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In 1980, amidst the backdrop of the Cold War, the Royal Air Force issued a timepiece that would soon become a symbol of precision and functionality in the world of military watches. This iconic watch was the Newmark Chronograph.
Among the four asymmetrical chronographs issued during that era, the Newmark was arguably the rarest, with just 500 units at most ever being crafted.
Its destiny was to be entrusted to the brave aircrew members of the Vulcan, Harrier, Sea-King, and Tornado aircraft.
However, the roots of a Newmark Chronograph can be traced back to 1969, a time when militarywatches were the epitome of form follows function. They were designed for one purpose: to assistaircrews in mission-critical tasks. These watches were utilitarian in their essence, devoid of unnecessary frills, and were a true embodiment of military watches at their purest form.
1983 saw a new era begin for British Military Chronographs. They were updated with Seiko quartz models, undoubtedly more reliable, but lacking the vintage feel and distinctive shape of the originals, now known as 'The Fabulous Four’.
Fast forward to the present, and with the launch of our Heritage Collection the legend of the Newmark Chronograph lives on. The Newmark 6BB Chronograph is not just a revival; it's a worthy successor to the original. It manages to retain the vintage charm that made its predecessor iconic while seamlessly integrating modern technology.
At the heart of the Newmark 6BB is the Seiko VK64 quartz movement, which features a mechanically actuated chronograph. This means that the engagement and disengagement of the chronograph are achieved through the use of levers and cams, just like the old days. It's a fusionof timeless design and contemporary reliability.
One standout feature of the Newmark 6BB is its vintage box sapphire crystal, which not only adds to its aesthetic appeal but also ensures superb visibility. The matt white handset further enhances readability, ensuring that you can rely on this timepiece in even the most demanding conditions.
And when the darkness sets in, fear not; the 6BB is equipped with X1-C3 lume all around, providing excellent luminescence.
The icing on the cake is that the central chronograph seconds hand ticks five times per second – again, like the movements of old. Given that the VK64 has no constant seconds hand, there is no outward indication that it is in fact a quartz watch.
To further solidify its authenticity, the Newmark 6BB bears an officially issued NATO Stock Number: 6645-99-870-5073. This isn't just a watch; it's a piece of history that has been reimagined for the modern world.
Complete with an Admiralty Grey NATO strap, the Newmark 6BB Chronograph is a testament to the enduring legacy of military watches. It pays homage to its roots while embracing the advancements of the present.
Whether you're a collector, an enthusiast, or someone who appreciates the blend of vintage aesthetics and modern precision, the Newmark 6BB Chronograph is a watch that deserves a place on your wrist. It's a timeless piece that continues to make history, just as it did in 1980 when it first took flight with the Royal Air Force.
To learn more about the Newmark 6BB Chronograph, or to order one for yourself, please click here: Newmark 6BB