I ran across this a site that is purely dedicated to truely great dive watch -- The PRS-2 Dreadnought. There have been many like it that followed in its footsteps, but this baby is the original.
The site covers everything from the origins of the watch development to the owners to a review against a Marathon & Rolex. Here is a taste of what is there...
In August of 2003 Timefactors
released the PRS-2 Dreadnought. The price was 450 UK pounds (around 720 US Dollars using the exchange rate at that time) and it was considered exceptional value for money given the specifications and build quality of the watch. Just how good the value was at the time has been demonstrated on several occasions with several of the watches being sold on for prices in excess of 1,500 US Dollars. Number 23 actually made $2,061 at auction in June 2004. Remarkably, all 200 sold out before they were even finished being manufactured. Quite an achievement for a watch from a relatively unknown watch company which did no marketing other than word of mouth and postings on several watch forums. The Dreadnought had arrived and unfortunately, except for the 200 lucky owners, very few people will ever know what it is like to own one.
Because Timefactor's operation is purely internet based, the Dreadnought arrived by post. Getting to the watch meant unwrapping several layers and was a similar experience to disassembling a Russian Doll. The first part of the PRS-2 presentation package was a plain white box with a Dreadnought logo on the top. Next came a polished wooden box. This was quite large (21cms long by 13cms wide by 8cms high) and hinged.
Opening the box revealed the watch sitting on a black velvet cushion. It was indeed quite an eye opener. The watch is big and in the case of #143/200, it is polished. It must be noted that the Dreadnought was originally released totally bead blasted except for the bezel, the outer bezel with the minute chapter and the caseback, which was brushed. This one was totally polished by the previous owner and is believed to be one of only two totally polished Dreadnoughts in existence. It has not been altered mechanically and functionally, just cosmetically. Interestingly enough Eddie Platts did have a sample of a polished case during pre-production but decided to go for the bead blasted finish.
The Dreadnought has a rounded lug design which doesn't extend beyond the depth of the caseback. The Dreadnought sits flat on the wrist like most other dive watches, but it does sit high. It is unquestionably a big watch. It is 53mm from lug to lug, 49mm wide including the crown and 16mm high. The sapphire crystal is 3mm thick and sits proud of the bezel and has an antireflective coating on the inside of the crystal. My own preference is for a flat crystal as I think it is slightly less prone to scratches, but it must be remembered that sapphire crystal is extremely hard and less susceptible to scratches anyway.
To read more and see the orginal content/other data, here is a link ---->>> http://www.prs2dreadnought.com/index.htm
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