I first experienced the Alkin brand at World Time in August 2019 where I was lucky enough to be able to handle the Model Two in its early form. Whilst doing so I also met Charlie Fowler, the design mind behind the watch and owner of the brand, who was keen to talk me through the design.
The Model Two (which I have pestered Charlie for news on a few times since then) is finally being released for pre-order today, June 30th at 1600 GMT+1 at http://www.alkinwatches.com
Let’s jump right in and take a look at the specs of this delightful design; the compressor style case is 316L brushed stainless steel and this houses a Miyota 9039 movement which can be seen with a decorated rotor through the Sapphire caseback. The handsome sandwich dial and internal bi-directional bezel are viewed through a Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating which is operated by one of the two screw-down crowns, thanks to which the watch boasts 300m water resistance.
The case is diameter is 41mm with a 48mm lug to lug and a lug width of 20mm. Having tried the piece in person it sits very nicely on my just under 7″ wrist and at 12.8mm thick it doesn’t stand too proud.
The Model Two will ship with a Brushed Stainless Steel Bracelet. Although I haven’t seen this in person, it sounds promising as it has fully articulating solid links and solid end-links.
This evening it will be available with a pre-order price of £325 ($399 USD) and it will subsequently be available with a full price: £410 ($499 USD).
There will be three dial colours available. Blue, Black and a fully lumed Super-LumiNova BGW9 White dial. I am personally torn between the Blue and fully lumed dial – although I don’t have one of the latter in the collection as yet so this might sway me.
The thoughtfully pragmatic packaging that ships with the watch is all paper-based and comes with a vegetable-tanned leather travel pouch rather than an enormous box to find room for.
As you can see from the photographs (supplied by Charlie) – the Model Two is a handsome beast and the depth to the dial really does give it something. The short lugs help make this watch wear smaller than the 41mm case diameter suggests and I am really pleased to see Charlie finally bring his Model Two to market having been waiting with bated breath. Congratulations, Charlie!