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For the last 20 plus years I have been totally obsessed with the iconic and timeless “California” dial that was made famous for Panerai by Rolex in 1936. At that time Panerai was developing a luminous material known as Radium and there were no markings on the dial other than the unusual Roman and & Arabic numeral dial and an outer minute track. This dial is known as the “California” dial. They didn’t want their competition or anyone else to know what they were developing and the California dial was the perfect way to stay undercover.
Since we at Kingsley 1945 honor tradition and respect history. we wanted to celebrate this completely unique dial inspiration by making a NEW watch called the Type III “Cali King”
I know I may sound biased but this is by far the best value watch I have seen in the watch industry today. It’s all about the subtle but important details.
Let’s start out with the dial. It a black sandwich dial which is made up of Roman and Arabic numerals that are carved into the dial. This is something that you see on Panerai watches and higher end watches that charge a premium to get this kind of detail. These numerals are very bold, legible and clean. It has great visibility at night. The dial has been patina’d to look more vintage and the hands are steel blued leaf style which adds great contrast and is a nice nod to the past. Under the upside-down triangle signifying the numeral 12, Kingsley is written in bold white block lettering, underneath the leaf style blued steel hands, 1930 is written in the same style font to give respect to the era this dial came from and underneath that “California is written in yellow script. This is a nice touch and adds that little pop of color to catch your attention and keep you interested . On the edge of the dial there is a nice minute track to complete the dial aesthetic.
The crystal is mineral glass and is slightly raised and tinted green for that extra level of detail and originality.
The brushed and robust stainless steel case is 44mm in diameter. This is an entirely NEW case known as the Type III case. The onion crown is bigger than most but made to give this watch the appearance of a pocket watch from the 1930’s. Unlike other onion crowns, this onion crown has been refined and rounded and sits perfectly in the middle of the case. It doesn’t make contact with the hand or wrist unless the hand is raised vertically and even then it’s not sharp or annoying. My IWC Big Pilot watch that I wore from 2005-2009 made a mark on my hand that is still very visible today. Also since we are a pilot’s inspired brand you really get the feel that it’s a pilot watch because of the crown. Back in the day pilot’s would wear leather gloves while they were flying which would get in the way of setting the watch. So they needed a bigger crown to hold onto while they were wearing gloves and that’s why the onion crown was developed. The polished stainless bezel is at the base of the mineral green glass tinted crystal giving it a unique refinement on another level.
Finally, the watch is fitted on a super high quality, proprietary, tan calf skin strap which makes the watch look very military issue. On the six o’clock side you have “24mm, vintage edition, leather” stamped into the strap and on the twelve o’clock side you have “Kingsley, designed in Providence, USA stamped into the strap.
Please keep in mind we did a very limited run of these watches so we use a super accurate Swiss quartz ETA movement in this watch. Even though it’s battery driven we have made some modifications to the movement housing that is again proprietary but completely customized and high end. I purposely took off the seconds hand so that you can’t tell that it’s quartz. Even if it was a manual or automatic movement I would do the same thing. It’s just cleaner and much more symmetric. Since we chose not to expose the movement we spared no expense with a heavy duty screw down brushed stainless steel caseback.
The best part is the price point. The NEW Kingsley 1945 “Cali King” retails in steel as pictured above for $800, in steel with black pvd for $850, in a bronze finish for $850 and steel with copper finish for $900. I have not been able to take this watch off since I got it. It’s my NEW addiction. I have wanted a California dial Panerai for so long. I don’t want one anymore because this is so much better! When you see what’s available in the watch market today for $800 this blows the doors off of anything I have ever seen! At the end of the day it’s hand assembled, well designed, solid construction, original and masculine all for under $1,000. You just can’t beat that!
NEW Kingsley 1945 Type III Trench watch- rare prototype
Please note- In addition to the Kingsley 1945 “Cali King” We have released a special prototype with the same exact configuration in terms of the case, movement, crown, caseback, hands and strap. We made a very scarce amount of these pieces with a black dial and 4 Arabic numerals laser cut into the dial and filled in with super luminova for legibility as pictured above. This is a sandwich dial like the “Cali King”. This rare prototype is NOT available to the mainstream public. It’s not advertised on the official Kingsley 1945 website or even on my official distributor page. This is exclusively for Kingsley 1945 Members who have bought 3 or more Kingsley 1945 watches or for our private clients that we select at our discretion. Because we only made a handful of theses watch dials it has a retail of $1,500 in stainless steel, black pvd for $1,600, in a bronze finish for $1,600 and steel with copper finish for $1,700. As an official distributor of Kingsley 1945 watches, I have some pull, so you might just be one of the lucky few who gets picked to purchase this rare and limited instrument.
I own and wear this watch in stainless steel but in the all black finish it takes it to a whole other level. I can’t believe how different it looks in the darker finish. Much stealthier and masculine and the contrast is unreal! That yellow seconds hand and “California” written in yellow above the six o’clock position is the perfect pop of color to give the dial life!
Ironically, I think watches with all black finishes are way over played and have had their day. Mainly because most companies charge a hell of a premium for an all black finish whether it’s PVD coated or ceramic. At under $1,000 the Kingsley 1945 “Cali King” in an all black finish allows one to take a dive without drowning! It doesn’t break the bank and the quality is right up there with the best of them! Please don’t delay contact me below to get started and order yours today!
To place your order for the NEW Kingsley 1945 “Cali King” and inquire about the rare prototype while supplies last, contact me here