The SUBDELTA story
In 2014, a few Dutch watch aficionados met on Holland’s largest watch forum and shared what was to be a perfect pilot watch. It wasn’t long before they realised they were not alone. The result was a production of exactly 52 pieces of a watch named “P1lot One”, a hand-wound titanium “lefty” pilot’s watch built for a group of really passionate watch enthusiasts.
After redefining what horological passion really meant to them, some members of that group under founder Hans de Ree got together again for the next project – and that’s when SUBDELTA was born.
The first SUBDELTA watch
The first watch built under SUBDELTA was the 2016 Periscope, a one-hand 24-hour automatic piece, forged from bead-blasted grade 5 titanium and housing a bespoke movement from Russia. The matte hardware and day/night dial totally fitted in the submarine theme. It was built for 25 enthusiasts around the globe, referred to as “Commanders”. They all have their personal build number, which is engraved in the crown.
Being now built under SUBDELTA, nothing had changed from the spirit and quality of the “P1lot One”, as the watch was built to the highest standards and specifications defined by watch enthusiasts and a sharp pencil when it came to budgeting – cutting corners was not an option, neither was making a big profit a consideration.
What’s SUBDELTA up to now?
We have 2 projects going on. First we have shipped the Black Ace, a 42mm grade 5 titanium pilot’s watch. Its successor is the Blue Ace, which is basically a Black Ace, but with a saturated blue dial and brushed stainless steel hardware. The Swiss hand-wound, totally re-engineered and heavily modified pocket-watch movement with central seconds hand and Swan Neck fine regulator can be seen through a sturdy sapphire crystal case back.
The prototype of this 2017 ACE was on a world tour, where it met future owners in the USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland.
We’re now developing the 40mm Destro, also a “lefty” toolwatch. Please visit the watch here.
SUBDELTA continues to redefine all the rules that make a brand, in an attempt to build that perfect timepiece, true to its origins.
Global diametre: 40-42 mm
Price range: € 990 – € 2,000 ex 21% Dutch V.A.T. and shipping