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Serge Panchenko Applies His EDC Knife Design Prowess To Automatic Watches

Serge Panchenko first started building blades in 2008, and after cutting his teeth on what he describes as “traditional forged items,” the Ukrainian-born craftsman and knife designer quickly moved on to increasingly elaborate fixed blades and folders. And though he’s already produced a diverse array of knives and other EDC-focused products such as tactical pens, beads, mini pry-bars, keychains, and multitools, Serge has now announced his latest endeavor: the Model 1 Watch.

Inspired by an amalgamation of ’60s and ‘70s dive watches, as well as Serge’s signature custom knife design language, the watch is built around a 42mm 316 stainless steel case with a matching 316 screw-down crown with a raised Serge Knives logo and your choice of stainless steel or antique bronze bezels. Paired with a stainless steel bracelet — that, like the case, has a stonewashed finish – the Model 1 also boasts a branded screw-down case-back, and a 3mm sapphire crystal covering a textured, Swiss Superluminova-painted dial. Water-resistant to 200M (or 656’), the Model 1 is powered by a Miyota 9039 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Official pricing has yet to be announced, though Serge tells us the Model 1 is expected to carry an MSRP in the $400 range with deliveries expected to begin in around four months.

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