Very different but also for the experience, something of pretty good value too. It’s the Dietrich OTC-A01 or the Organic Time Chronometer A model , version 02 and I think personally that it’s one of a very special breed that thinks it’s skeleton and yet still manages to be easily read. And that my friends is no easy feat believe me!
The movement that is seen in part skeleton form is the enhanced Automatic mechanical Miyota 82S7 with the escapement visible in the dial and the time indication is by the wonderfully sculpted Hour and Minute hands in night bright luminescent Superluminova, a small seconds and 24 hour hand in addition. Note the amazing seconds indicator at 4 o’clock which is the hexagonal star shaped disk in a polished yellow gold tone that rotates continually which gives a wonderfully fascinating “automaton” mobile effect to the watch wearer.
The case, frame are made of 316L Stainless Steel micro-bead blasted with black DLC coated bead blasted stainless polished bezel on top. The glass is Sapphire with anti-reflection coatings applied on the under surface along with the Superluminova coated indices.
The Water Resistance is a healthy 50m or 5ATM and the Crown is sealed with a double O-ring and the case back is an engraved screw back. Dimension wise it appears at fist glance to be quite large with a width of 49mm (including the crown), though this is tempered by a much smaller than anticipated lug to lug measurement of just 48mm. The height is also smaller than at first appearing at just 13.7mm, so a deceptive piece of construction in my view. The strap is a NATO style nylon and there is also a carbon finish strap available as an option.
The color scheme I selected here is the more subtle Red (02 model)as it comes with the dark finish case which I prefer. There is other more sudden color scheme (the 01) with bright fluorescent green being the most popular I understand.
The dial of course is the most striking element of this model and has a unique 4 layered black dial, which allows the wearer to see everything and more, very easily. In fact as I alluded to in the first sentence, this watch only requires a “quick glance” to be able to tell the time quickly, something that some watches even with plain dials can’t seem to manage.
And finally as I said, this watch is not as big as it first appears owing to it’s rather unique design with the underneath strap carrier being curved to the wrist and the top to bottom dimensions being to compact.
Here you can see it fits rather well on the wrist and doesn’t look large at all. Perhaps something that other watch makers should look at, as they often have real trouble making a watch fit a normal wrist. Dietrich though have no such issues and it’s even more amazing when you consider the cost of this technical, individual and yes “organic” marvel is under, yes under £1000.
I love it.
I’ve got to get one – it’s as simple as that – it really is . . . .