I didn't mean to buy the watch. But it wasn't exactly an accident either. My wife told to me to sit on my hands because she knows how I can get at these vintage watch auctions, but there was something about that beautiful blue face... I couldn't help myself. It was one of the earliest examples of that particular watch design I'd ever seen. A classic military model straight out of the 1940s. And I felt lucky to win it at auction. It was described by the seller as "needing some TLC" and that couldn't have been more true. I took it to my watch guy and he spent a few days with it, deconstructing it, researching the movement, cataloging the work that would have to be done to get it running again. He rolled his chair back from his work station, lifted the loupe from his eye and said, "I can restore it for you. But by the time I get done, it'll basically be a brand new watch." And it was right then that I decided to build the Stauer Exemplar Watch.
We kept the striking metallic blue dial because it was what had attracted me to the watch in the first place. But we added complications, making this timepiece a chronograph and creating a more balanced design. Between 4 and 5 o'clock we included a date window and made the hands luminescent so you can stay on schedule day or night. The stainless steel case gleams even brighter than the original did after polishing, and on the genuine leather band we added bold white stitching for contrast. But the biggest change we made was on the inside.
The Exemplar is driven by an incredibly precise quartz movement that oscillates at a frequency of 32,768 cycles per second to keep time accurately within one second per day. This is what I love most about my job — taking great treasures from the past and making them even better than before. Fits wrists 7"”8 ½".