akin model two automatic
Inspiration Behind The alkin model two
While speaking to Charlie Fowler the brand owner and creator of the akin model two it was t clear that he has a passion for minimalistic design. Clean, crisp nonsense well executed design is what akin is all about and can be as seen throughout his entire range. The alkin model two is now different and you can clearly see the evolution from the model one and it’s a stunning one at that! This time around Charlie has developed a super compressor using design cues from Ervin Piquerez SA (EPSA) patented super compressor design of 1956 with his minimalistic blend of his model one.
There are 3 models on offer in the akin model two range are; blue, black and the absolutely stunning white that has a full lumed dial.
Underneath the dial lies the Miyota 9039 movement which is a welcomed upgrade on the models I have perviously seen. The Miyota 9039 movement was introduced in 2018 and offers 28,800 mph, hand winding, hacking and a 42 hour power reserve. And is a very reliable movement at that which will be easy to service and maintain.
The case is made from 361L brushed stainless and formed in super compressor styled case. There an is a AR coated sapphire crystal to the front and a display sapphire to the back. Twin screw-down crown at 2 and 4 o’clock give the watch a great aesthetic. Crown one at the top of the watch is the to set the outer compressor ring. The second crown at the bottom is to set the time.
A sandwich dial is comprised of two dials sandwiched together with the top dial having the hour batons cut out giving the alkin model two watch dial some depth. At 12 o’clock is the alkin logo and a 12, 3, 6 and 9 is the raised arabic numerals. Above the 6 o’clock is Automatic and the depth rating 300m / 985ft. The hands are truly in keeping with the alkin model two watch and a highly legible. Applied Super-LumiNova BGW9 is applied to the dial, bezel and hand is a great choice for a tool watch. This makes the watch equally legible in low light conditions especially on the full lumed white dial version.
- Miyota 9039
- 28,800 mph,
- Hand Winding,
- 42 hour power reserve
- MATERIAL : 361L Stainless Steel
- DIMENSIONS (mm) : 41 x 48mm
- LUG WIDTH : 20mm
- THICKNESS (mm) : 12.8
- SHAPE : Round
- COLOUR : Brushed Stainless Steel
- BEZEL : Internal Bi-directional
- CROWN : 3.5 x 6.5 Screw-down
- DIAL COLOUR : Black, Blue, White & Black
- Type : Sandwich
- Lume : Super-LumiNova BGW9
TYPE : Stainless Steel Bracelet
WATER RESISTANCE : 30 ATM/ 300M
WATCH WEIGHT (g) : 165g
WARRANTY : 2 Years International
- Price is excellent given the construction cost of the watch.
- Super Compressor Style
- Sandwich Dial
- Super-LumiNova BGW9
- The long wait from seeing the watch to production. However this has been to ensure the that is perfect for releases.
Would I buy this watch? Well the answer is simple. Yes, I would and I am. Apart from the wait it’s a beautiful watch. I have continually tracked this watch for 7 months after seeing it and with an RRP from £395 its a no brainer. Given that Charlie has gone with introductory price of £325 for the first 50 lucky buyers I think the akin model two is an absolute bargain!
Once the watches our back from the US Charlie has offered me a hands on review of the watch and a did this from memory, so sign up below and I’ll keep you posted.
Updated: The watch went live and had an excellent response on the 30th June. I myself picked up the white version and I’m informed by Charlie the was the star of the day. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to be in the first 50 and probably the first to order.