Tuesday, October 11, 2016

G. Gerlach Pm36

With this new model, Polish watch brand G. Gerlach recreates the legacy of classic, hand-wound railway watches manufactured by legendary watch makers like Hamilton, Elgin and Waltham. A typical railway watch fulfills the specific requirements of the railroad transportation such as high precision, outstanding quality, high visibility and heavy duty. Readability was a main factor. Dials and hands used luminous materials, hand applied. It created a thick, visible and robust layer that changed the appearance with time.
This wristwatch pays tribute to the Pm36 steam locomotive designed in 1936 in First Polish Factory of Locomotives FABLOK. The main constructor was Kazimierz Zembrzusk great polish designer, inventor and scientist.

Before 2nd World War only two prototypes of Pm36 steam locomotive were built the same year. First of them (Pm36-1) had an aerodynamic cover. Aerodynamic cover was tested in a aerodynamic tunnel in Warsaw University of Technology. The second one (Pm36-2) had a standard look. Top speed of aerodynamic version was 20 km/h higher than the version without fairing, archiving astonishing for that time 140 km/h. The Pm36-1 gained a gold medal at the 1937 International Exposition of Art and Technology in Paris (Expo). It was a great success for a growing industry of independent Poland between World Wars.

Only one locomotive survive the World War II. It was Pm36-2. It was in service until 1966 then  it was transferred to Warsaw Railway Museum. In 1995 it went through a major overhaul and returned to the service as a tourist attraction in Wolsztyn Museum.
G. Gerlach created a watch as homage to this great polish construction. Crafted in surgical stainless steel, there are two versions of the watch like there were two versions of the locomotive: Pm36-1 – with white dial, polished case and mesh bracelet & Pm36-2 – with black dial, sandblasted case and leather strap.

The Pm36 watch is equipped with mechanical movement with hand winding (Seagull ST3620) with power reserve up to 56 hours.

Technical details
Seagull ST3620 movement
Case size: 43x52x13 mm
Case made from surgical stainless steel 316L, polished or sandblasted
Waterproof: WR100
White or black face
Luminous hands and face
Sapphire glass, one side covered with anti-reflective coating
Leather or mash bracelet, 22mm lug-to-lug size

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