In 1980, the Royal Air Force issued the Newmark Chronograph to its aircrew. The Newmark was one of four asymmetrical chronographs of the period and arguably the rarest with just 500 at most being built. Vulcan, Harrier, Sea-King and Tornado crew would count amongst those who relied upon their Newmark.
The roots of the Newmark Chronograph date back to 1969. They were the epitome of form follows function, military watches at their purest. In 1983, British Military Chronographs were updated to Seiko quartz models; more reliable without doubt but lacking the vintage feel (and distinctive shape) of the originals which were to become known as ‘The Fabulous Four’.
Now the Newmark Chronograph is back and updated; a worthy successor to the original, the Newmark 6BB retains vintage charm but combines this with a modern quartz movement – appropriately Seiko. The Seiko VK64 is a quartz movement with a mechanically actuated chronograph – the engagement and disengagement of the chronograph is achieved through the use of levers and cams – just like the old days.
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, then there is no outward indication that it is in fact a quartz watch. The 6BB bears an officially issued NATO Stock Number: 6645-99-870-5073 and comes complete with Admiralty Grey NATO strap.
316L Stainless Steel with brushed finish
Nominal diameter 38mm, maximum 41mm (excluding crown)
Lug tip to lug tip 46.5mm
Lug width 20.05mm
Thickness 12.8mm to top of domed crystal
Solid screw down case back with circular brushing
Removable spring bars
Water resistant to 100 metres (static pressure)
Non-screw down with 24 teeth
Domed vintage sapphire
Seiko Instruments VK64A Meca Quartz; timekeeping by hours, minutes and 24 hour hands
Chronograph to 60 minutes by central seconds (in 1/5 seconds) and 60 minute counter
Battery type SR936SW with 3 year life
Velvet black with matt white numerals
Hour dots, 12 and 6 numerals and batons Super Luminova X1-C3
Date window at the 6
Super Luminova X1-C3 fill to hour and minutes hands
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