|A loose Swiss Army Airboss Mach 6 Limited Edition Dial. Photo: www.ipreferanalogues.com|
2008 Swiss Army Airboss Mach 6 Power Gauge. Photo: Victorinox
- Why would this dial be loose and not with the rest of the watch?
- Was the original watch damaged leaving only spare parts?
- Was it a spare dial not used in the 333 production run?
- Was it a test dial used to test the tools that engraved the various surface treatments?
- Was it a dial with errors that did not pass inspection?
- Was it a sales or manufacturer sample not to be seen outside of the company?
- Was it used in advertising photography or as a display at a trade show?
Swiss Army's Airboss Mach 6 Power Gauge dial by comparison is much more complex. It is worthy of its limited-edition status. It is a masterful example of a watch company flexing its design and manufacturing muscles. I would suspect that the designer and manufacturing team involved with producing this watch were happy with the results. It's a home run!
|Layers of eye candy are applied to this very special limited-edition dial. Photo: www.ipreferanalogues.com|
|Color coded diagram showing the dial finishing techniques used by Victorinox on the Mach 6 Power Gauge|
If you are not familiar with watches, then the diagram might need some further explanation. There are 2 different gauges of circular engraving on the sub dials of the watch. Circle engraving v. 1 is a wider gauge easily seen with the naked eye. Circle engraving v. 2 appears as a border around the sub dials and is ultra-fine and subtle. I did not even realize it was there until I magnified it. The naked eye cannot necessarily see the microgrooves, but it does give the area a different surface quality than the larger engraving style. The best way to describe it is to say it looks more matte. Applied parts are separate metal pieces that are glued to the surface of the dial giving them shiny edges and a 3-D effect. Embossed areas stand out higher in relief and debossed areas are indented lower in the the dial surface. The sunburst pattern has metal graining that emanates from a central point of the power gauge sub dial like sunbeams. I did not even mention the additional polishing, directional graining, a third circular graining on the applied items, but that is present too.
|Compare this photo with the diagram... Photo: www.ipreferanalogues.com|
|Possible irregular lume on Swiss Army Airboss Mach 6 Power Gauge dial. Photo: Photo: www.ipreferanalogues.com|
In this scenario, I think that the stains of time have disguised the dial's original appearance. This could be called a patina in collector watch circles, but I might call it something else like surface wear. Patina shows signs of age that naturally occurs as watches get older. That could mean the luminescent paint no longer glows and darkens in color. Sometimes, the surface of an old watch dial becomes finely cracked or changes in unexpected ways like when so called "tropical dials" fade from black to brown.
|White surface staining indicates possible contact with liquid or moisture. Photo: www.ipreferanalogues.com|
Or perhaps, this dial was casually stored with something else on top of it so that it suffered scuffing on the raised surfaces and chipping on the dial edges. Imagine a group of dials stacked on each other without protection between them or this dial stored in a drawer with other parts. I am not suggesting this was done by the seller who has been in business a long time, but who knows where this dial was before he got it. There is a good chance that this dial just needs a cleanup by a professional who knows how to remove dirt and leave paint and surface details unmarred.
|Chips on the edges of the dial might indicate that it hit something. Photo: www.ipreferanalogues.com|
|The rarely seen back side of a Swiss Army Airboss Mach 6 Power Gauge. Photo: www.ipreferanalogues.com|
Maybe there are only 332 out of 333 of these limited-edition watches left in the world. I would love to track them all down and see where they scattered across the globe since 2008. This is only a novice opinion about the mysterious workings of a Swiss watch maker, so if any expert out there wants to set the record straight, then please contact me.