Saturday, March 02, 2019

MKII Cruxible

I know this a bit late (a lot actually) but MKII Watches have released their take on the A11 military watch. The watch is called the Cruxible. To be honest, I am indeed very tempted to get one as I have and had their watches before and can attest to the detail and build quality MKII Watches are known for.

From the MKiI website on the Cruxible...

Cruxible’s construction principle is guided by the Type A-11 issued watches but completely reconsidered for performance and serviceability. The mid-case has been strengthened and redesigned to accommodate a screw down crown providing 100 meters water resistance and modern take on the scroll lug inspired by the Patek Philippe reference 1463 and iconic CWC G10 field watch. Of all of the crown styles supplied on the watches from the war period we selected the oversized-type crown for its ease of use and singular ability to evoke the design’s origins, history and purpose.

The core elements of the iconic dial have been carefully reworked to deliver a more nuanced interpretation of the war time specification and improved readability. In allusion to period USN watches the Mk II logo and depth rating are printed in gloss black on the dial to provide this information for reference only as needed. The hands have been painstakingly restyled to make them visually stronger and more functional while preserving an American aesthetic. 

The case back is styled after the decagonal case backs indicative of the “waterproof” versions of the A-11 specification. In a departure from the vintage design Cruxible’s case back features a high-dome that is designed to allow the watch to sit more comfortably on the wrist.

Since the Type A-11 watches were non-luminous we incorporated the SuperLumiNova such that its presence is hidden in plain sight. Barely discernible to the unaided eye the dial is deftly coated with SLN on its four cardinal points to prioritize legibility but boldly announce itself in the dark. The fully luminous hands are constructed to recall their spartan origins through a modern approach that is more aesthetically cohesive with the dial. 

Photographs: MKII Watches

I do like the discrete scripts on the watch dial.

The specifications:

Case Width:  39.00 mm
Case Length:  48.50 mm
Case Thickness:  13.55 mm
Lug Width:  20.00 mm
Weight:  78 grams (without strap)
Crystal:  Double domed sapphire crystal, with anti-reflective coating on interior surface only
Luminous:  SuperLumiNova
Movement:  Made in Japan SII NE15 (Rotor features Côtes de Genève), quickset date, hack setting, automatic with manual winding capability. Movement origin: Made in Japan
Water Resistance: 10 ATMs
Case Finish: Bead blasted 316L stainless steel

The watch comes in two versions, one with date and the other without. 

Photographs: MKII Watches

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