A regulator is a watch that has subsidiary registers for the different timekeeping elements—separate sub-dials for the hours, minutes, and active seconds. Dating back to the late 1600s, these timekeepers were primarily used as a point of reference by watchmakers to set the time against. A few weeks back, we wrote about one such example from Christopher Ward. That watch took a decidedly contemporary approach in its execution, featuring a blacked out case and a dial inspired by cockpit clocks.
Today, we’re going to take a look at a watch that brings the regulator concept back to something a bit more classic—introducing the Steinhart Marine Regulateur.The Marine Regulateur is, as the name implies, styled after a classic marine chronometer, with many of the standard fixings that come with that moniker. The watch is available in two flavors: a glossy white dial with blue hands and a black one with white hands. The layout is relatively straightforward. At 12 is a 12-hour register, at six is the active seconds, and the main scale along the edge of the dial is for the minutes. The dial is stacked with cut outs for the registers, which give them extra depth.