We at Curio Supply Company always keep an eye out for good designs (for our good design guideline, see our earlier blog entry The Golden Rule below) and this one scored a lot of points in our books.
For a watch collector, a case opener is indispensable as it let us verify movement numbers and a quick survey of the condition of the movement. The case opener designed by Paul is by far the best that we have used so far. Unlike a case opening wrench, there are no movable parts to it and therefore no chance of slipping and preventing any potential of ruining the watch case.
Machined out of a solid piece of brass, the case opener measured 39.5mm in diameter and 17mm in height. It stays dormant as a piece of abstract art until it is called to action. We even have a visitor who thought it was some kind of turning knob for a high end stereo system! It is hard to ignore the weight when you first pick it up, the sturdiness is apparent when compared to the clickety-clack of the case opening wrench, the weight complemented nicely with the precise notching making full contact with the notch on the case. From there, just a few turn and voila! the case is open. In case (pun intended) you needed more room to apply torque for a really tight case, the opener incorporated a hole for a matching rod insertion for more leverage. Though, we are pleased to say that we have not yet encounter a case that requires it.
As the renowned industrial designer Dieter Rams would say, good design is as little as possible. We think the case opener did just that. A simple but elegant solution to a problem and it just so happened that it also looks great. We are proud to give a shout out to Paul for a job well done.
If you would like to order one for yourself, Paul can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. The case opener does open other case backs other than Speedmasters*. I have included a list of all known watches below:
- Omega Speedmaster: Moonwatch series
- Omega Speedmaster 145.014 MK II
- Omega Seamaster 14755
- Omega Seamaster 165 series (165.XXX)
- Omega Seamaster 176.007
- Omega Seamaster 196.0072
- Omega Railmaster 2914 (other Railmasters model to be confirmed)
- Omega Geneve 166 series
- Omega Constellation 198.0034
- Omega Megaquartz 196.0038
- Certina Argonaut 8401
- Seiko 6138.0030
- Tissot 46587-2X
- Vertex Military
*All model numbers provided by Paul based on the community effort of the Omega Forums (Omegaforums.net)
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