When we think of a pilot’s watch, a very specific image likely pops into our heads. The watch we imagine is almost certainly something inspired by the timepieces worn by pilots (on both sides) during World War II. These designs have permeated our collective watch consciousness to such a degree that it’s refreshing to read about the new watch from Bangalore Watch Company, based, naturally, in India, and how it puts a new spin on a very traditional style. While there are some similarities to a German style flieger here, the new MACH 1 is absolutely it’s own thing. Let’s take a closer look.
Bangalore Watch Company MACH 1
- Case Material: Stainless steel; black PVD
- Dial: Black, with Type A and Type B layout options
- Dimensions: 42mm x 48mm x 11mm
- Crystal: Sapphire
- Water Resistance: 100 meters
- Crown: Screw down
- Movement: Sellita SW220-1
- Strap/bracelet: Textile
- Price: $680
- Expected Release: November 2019
Bangalore Watch Company, simply by virtue of being based in the city that was home to HMT’s watch manufacturing division throughout the second half of the 20th century, is steeped in what is a very significant watchmaking tradition, which is quite honestly worthy of its own article. Bangalore Watch Company consciously sets out to produce watches that tell stories that are unique to India, which is an endeavor worth celebrating, as watches have a unique ability to communicate those stories in interesting ways.