Many people would ask “there are so many Submariners homages out there with their own flavor and design, why isn’t Ginault’s Ocean Rover following suit? The answer to the question is simple. It is actually very hard to make a classic 16610 Submariner homage so close to the original blueprint. The level of technical and production maturity required to pull this off is beyond many people’s expectation.
Being a Ginaulti we love to tackle the hard question first. Ocean-Rover is a product line to showcase the experts and Submariner lovers in the horology world of what we can achieve. The idea is to take on all the production challenges that most homage Submariners face and strike them head on. We decided not to take an easy way out by changing out hard to make parts with simple and cost effective substitutes.
Another question often asked is “Submariner homages have been done and done. There are countless micro and even well established brands doing the same thing. What could make Ginault stand out the crowd?”
We know we probably would score a zero on design input for the Ocean-Rover series but we know we are going to hit the bulls eyes when it comes the build qualities of our watches.
We known an equal quality built to the original 5 digit Submariner homage that delivers the same balance in aesthetic, performance and durability, and beauty in craftsmanship will appeal to those of whom seeking for the best Submariner alternative.
316L Stainless Steel
Our machinists in fact did not descend from the Swiss watchmaking background. But we have all packed decades of experiences when it comes to industrial design/production under our belts. We often mock ourselves “rusted people” because most of us came from a time and place where tools and machines were our childhood toys. This is how we make the watchcase. We first lathe them one by one from a premium US Steel rod.
Then we let the CNC machine center to give each disc a good 2 hours milling to shape the watchcase blank.
After milling, there is another hour of dirty and dusty brushing and polishing to transform the blank to a beautiful men’s jewelry.
The bezel is a tricky part to make. These fine internal gears, which functions stops when turning the bezel, can not be lathed or milled. The only proper way to make these gears is called “broaching” or “rifling”. We do not have machines or skills to make them but we know where to look for.
Ginault 94530G Bracelet
When we launched the BM1, many members wish that it also came with a stainless bracelet. We heard you and we made it happen.
Ginault 94530G is a solid linked bracelet. To produce a solid stainless steel bracelet this beautiful would require hundreds of hours of experience and the skilled hands jointing each link, brushing, polishing, and cleaning.
There are 4 permanently jointed solid links and 2 removable solid links on each section of the bracelet. An 8.1 inch wrist could fit in nicely with all links attached.
We also plan on making a hollow link version of the bracelet for those of you who has the weight reduction requirement in mind.
What’s in the Box
If stainless steel bracelet is not of your taste. We added in a complementary pair of fine quality handmade Zulu Nato straps.
40mm in Diameter, 50mm from Lug to Lug, 45mm from Bezel to Crown, 15.6mm Bottom to Top, Distance between Lugs: 20.05mm, Solid End Link width: 20.03mm