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post #1 of 10 Old 6th November 2013, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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E63/64 M6 Tachometer Wrist Watch

Some of you may know me as the guy with the Individual M6 with Ontario Gold paint, a two tone leather interior and Hawaiian koa wood trim.

If there is enough firm interest, I can produce a limited edition set of watches which are designed to resemble the tachometer of our beloved E63/64 M6s (and E60 M5s).

I'm already in the business of designing and making watches using Swiss mechanical movements, so this project is nothing new for me except that if I offer it as a "Group Buy" I can keep the price very attractive. If I don't receive enough interest, these watches will not be produced.

1) The watches will NOT say BMW, M6, M5 or have the ///M logo as that would run afoul of BMW's trademarks. BMW already has a exclusive watch branding arrangement with Ball Watches, so it will do no good to even ask for permission to use their name or logos. The best I can do is to have the same colors as the M logo on the dial (but not angled).

2) These watches will use the same stainless steel (316L "Surgical Stainless") cases that I use for my "Ka La" line of watches. The cases for this limited edition watches will be PVD Black coated. They are 43mm in diameter and 12.5 mm thick. They have a domed sapphire crystal (with anti-reflective coating) on the front and a sapphire crystal on the 'exhibition back' so you can see the Swiss Selitta SW 260-1 automatic movement. These watches do not use batteries, they are wound either manually or by simply wearing as the weighted rotor keeps the watch wound when worn. The movements come from Switzerland. The watches are designed (by me) and assembled (by a Swiss trained watchmaker, not me) here in Hawaii.

3) The watch will use dials and hands custom designed just for this limited edition run. They will come with a leather strap and a deployment (folding) buckle. The leather strap will vary from the illustration.

4) The minute hand of the watch is designed to look like the tach needle on our beasts. The hour hand will be white. The "small seconds" hand will be at the 6 o'clock position (to mimic the oil temperature gauge). The marking on the small seconds will be "20", "30" and "40" but the seconds hand will spin in a full circle.

5) The dial and hour hand will use Super-Liminova which makes them glow (for awhile) in the dark.

6) These watches would retail for at least $1500 USD if I produced them as a normal production item. But with a committed group buy, I can offer them for just $1000 USD.

7) If I get a minimum number (10) of firm orders, the project will proceed. Only after the green light will customers be asked for a 35% ($350) deposit. The balance will be due when the watches are ready to ship.

8) Estimated shipment will be 100 days (and probably less) from the "green light" date.

9) Once I have orders for these watches, I will not repeat the production. So your watch will remain a limited production, collectors piece.

10) Below is a render of the proposed watch along with photos of the Swiss Selitta mechanical movement. The decoration on the back of the movement may vary from the photo.

Mahalo for your interest in the project. Really I'm doing this because I want one and it is only practical to build a watch in a production run (even a very limited one). Check out the watches these will be based upon at: Mark Carson - Individual Design
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Very nice!

But the III M-Stripes should be /// M-Stripes (in my opinion)

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Very nice design Mark. Caught my interest and a nice compliment for my M jacket, hat, and gloves. I've seen your other watches on members and they are superb. So I have interest. Hope you get 10 interested.
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Hi Mark!
Looks Great...count me in!

I will answer the email tomorrow.


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just curious what the price difference is for 904L steel. I know it doesn't make that big a difference, but some of my other watches use that so I was curious.

Any chance of a rubber band that looks like a tire? Similar to what Chopard uses on their Mille Miglia?


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Unless you are Rolex, basically no one uses 904L steel. Compared to 316L (which the other 99% of makers use), it is more costly, harder to machine, has better corrosion resistance to salt water and some acids. But is also has more nickel so if yor skin is allergic to nickel you have a greater chance of reacting to 904L.

I can get some tire thread straps if need be. Just don't be asking for PS2 thread pattens, ha ha.



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just curious what the price difference is for 904L steel. I know it doesn't make that big a difference, but some of my other watches use that so I was curious.

Any chance of a rubber band that looks like a tire? Similar to what Chopard uses on their Mille Miglia?


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Well you and my buddy Milton (MKSixer) are the only ones who have expressed serious interest. It is possible to make a very, very limited number (say 2 or 3) but the unit cost goes up. Not sure if you want one at $1800 or not. But if you and Milton are in, I can still do the project. On the other hand, having a "1 of 3 every made" watch is very bespoke and cool.

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Yes one of three is pretty dam exclusive!~

I used to have a few nice ones, IWC Pilots watch can't remember how to spell it in German, Fortes Cosmonaut, etc... I'm no stranger to self winders with superlative movements.

Keep me posted my friend...

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