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The Oostpoort Royal Blue

Delft Watch Works

Today we initiate this new weekly series dedicated to promising micro-brands and rising talents of the independent watch scene. And for this first article we have chosen Delft Watch Works, a relatively unknown brand whose work we’ve been following up for some time now. The Oostpoort Royal Blue is their first model recently introduced.

Far away from traditional hot watchmaking hubs like the Vallée de Jeoux in Switzerland or Glashütte in Germany, the Netherlands isn’t anymore a country whose horological merits can be regarded as anecdotical. After all it is in this country where the watches made by the Grönefeld have seen the light, leading the rise of a new batch of young and talented independent watchmakers from other non traditional watch countries. 

Delft Watch Works´ Oostpoort

Origins and current portfolio

A brand that carries its home city in its name can only be proud of its origin and heritage. For this reason it shouldn’t surprise that for their first model, Twan and Michiel, the two brand ounders, have chosen the most emblematic symbol from the city of Delft, the Oostpoort. Oostpoort would translate into English as East Gate and its shape can be seen on every watch dial at 12:00.

Oostpoort Royal Blue

Although Delft Watch Work’s first model is available in 3 different flavours, also including one with a flashy date wheel visible through a translucent dial, our favourite is the blue and white dial version called the Oostpoort Royal Blue.

Firstly, the dial’s outer perimeter in white surrounds a circular deep sunray blue finish occupying the centre. Only the Delft Oostpoort logo and the brand’s name take some attention away from the vivid deep blue colour. Secondly, the rest of the elements on the dial have been reduced to a minimum, making the dial neither excessively busy nor boring by any means. Finally, the indices are applied and their metallic finish matches that of the hands.

Additionally, the hands are wide and slightly triangular and have been skeletonised in their center allowing the blue from the dial to be seen underneath. The seconds hand has been equipped with a dynamic circle placed in its tail adding a casual cue to the overall dial aesthetic. The overall look of the watch can be classified in that new trending category called casual dress watches.

The Oostport Royal Blue case is made of the ubiquotuous 316L stainless circularly brushed on the bezel and lugs, and polished on the sides. The diameter of the case is 40mm and the height 12,4mm. These proportions, alongside its relatively short and thick lugs, make the watch versatile enough to offer good wrist presence for both large and medium-sized wrists. The case offers 5 ATM of water resistance and is topped by a double-domed antireflective sapphire crystal.

Delft Watch Works´ Oostpoort

The movement

The movement is a relatively straight-forward automatic Swiss caliber called STP in its top-grade variant. It ticks away at a frequency of 28.800vph and has 26 jewels and a decent power reserve of 44 hours. In a world in which many micro brands choose to use Japanese movements to keep the price as affordable as possible, Delft Watch Works decision to go for a Swiss movement is a nice add-on, especially at this price point.

Obviously we are not talking about a haute horlogerie movement here, but when they look through the glass, the owners of the Oostpoort Royal Blue will surely appreciate a nicely decorated movement with perlage on most plates and bridges, as well as a personalised rotor with Cotes de Genève and the Delft Watch Work’s Oostpoort logo engraved on it.

Price

The Delft Watch Works´ Oostpoort Royal Blue is delivered with a brown suede leather strap. The price tag of €749 (shipping costs included to most destinations) make it a very attractive option difficult to beat in terms of value for money. The Oostpoort Royal Blue is currently on stock and, according to their website, Paypal is the preferred payment method.

For more information visit Delft Watch Works website.

About the author

Santiago lives and works since many years in Düsseldorf (Germany) as a petrochemical commodity trader. In his free time he loves learning about vintage mechanical watches and fountain pens and collecting them. You can find him on Instagram as @watcher_nostalgic
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