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D. Dornblüth Regulator

The year was 1959. The place was Chemnitz, or as it was then called: Karl Marx Stadt in the former DDR. Watchmaker Dieter Dornblüth designed his very own movement, based on inspiration provided by a silver pocket watch he had serviced for a client. He had only just started building his design when he was called to take over a watchmaker’s business in Kalbe and had to abandon his plans for his own movement.

Forward forty years, to 1999. Dieter’s son Dirk had designed his own steel watch, which he presented to his father for his 60th birthday. Based on the Glashütte 60.3 caliber, it was the trigger for father and son to sit down together that same night and start sketching their very own base movement. So many years after Dieter had abandoned his dream, the father/son team launched their cal. 99.2 movement. Dornblüth Manufacture was born.

Today, D. Dornblüth & Sohn is well established as a maker of fine watches. The brand offers a range of in-house movements, visible through glass case backs, in classically designed watches. Many of the timeless Dornblüth designs are reminiscent of naval chronometers with their “spade” hands and rail-road minute tracks.

Based around the 99.2, Dornblüth offers a range of variations. Simplified variants such as the 99.0 and 99.1 feature time only. More complex variants such as the 99.3 add complications such as power reserves and pointer dates. Different sizes and a specific women’s model are available as well.

The Dornblüth regulator separates the hour display from the minute and second hands. While the latter two are still positioned on the central axis, the hours have been moved to a sub-dial at six o’clock. At the twelve position, we find a power reserve indicator, leaving space at three and nine for the Dornblüth logo and “Regulator” designation. The result is a clean looking and extremely legible watch. Dornblüth likes to do things a bit differently. While most regulators feature separate hands on three different pinions for hours, minutes and seconds, here the minutes and seconds are still positioned coaxially. Back in the days, watchmakers often used regulator clocks as references to set their creations to, as they allow for extremely precise reading. Dornblüth’s version comes in several different configurations and colors. The case is available in steel and rose gold. The dial options include a matte silver and black finish.

Specifications:
Case: Stainless steel or 18k rose gold, 42mm diameter / 12,5mm height
Crystal: Sapphire, slightly domed with single-sided anti-reflective coating (inside)
Movement: 18.000 BPH with +/- 50 hours power reserve with power reserve indicator
Dial: Black or silver with superluminova or heat blued hands

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