The NH TYPE 2A is a mechanical wristwatch developed, manufactured and sold by NH WATCH Co. Ltd., a Japanese watch brand founded by Naoya HIDA.
The NH TYPE 2A is a hand-wound wristwatch with the second hand located in the center of the dial. With a case diameter of 37 mm, this contemporary creation meticulously incorporates the design of vintage watches from the 1930s to the 1950s.
To create this timepiece, the brand has utilized the specific expertise of Roku-Roku Sangyo Corporation; the Tokyo based company which manufactures the high precision micro fabrication machines. With this technology, the brand has succeeded in crafting complicated shapes as well as three-dimensional elements on the dial like the engraved brand name and the indexes with extraordinary precision.
The NH TYPE 2A watch is equipped with a three-hand mechanical hand-wound movement with centre seconds hand. In 2019, for their debut timepiece (NH TYPE 1B), NAOYA HIDA &Co. created the Calibre 3019 SS, an in-house mechanical manual wound-movement developed from the legendary ETA Valjoux 7750 Swiss made chronograph movement.
The watchmakers NH WATCH Co. Ltd. have extensively modified the base ETA Valjoux 7750 caliber to develop an exceptional in-house movement. They have also incorporated an innovative click mechanism for efficiently converting the self-winding chronograph movement to a manual-winding movement (Calibre 3019 SS) with a classic three hands layout.
This newly created three-hands caliber features a small second dial at 9 o’ clock. For the new model (NH TYPE 1B) launched in 2020, the brand once again modified the Calibre 3019 SS to provision a centre second hand instead of small seconds.
Measuring a diameter of 37mm and thickness of 10.7mm, the watch case is made from SUS 904L stainless steel, known for its high corrosion resistance. The watch is fitted with a curved sapphire crystal glass with the non-reflective coating. The stainless steel case back of the watch maintains a simple layout with inscriptions of the model name and serial number.
The NH TYPE 2A watch boasts an elegant German silver featuring stainless steel hour and minute hands as well as a blued steel centre seconds hand. This three-dimensional dial maintains three distinct layers: The outer seconds track, the middle dial ring with hour-markers and the central dial engraved with the brand name.
All the three hands are placed on the dial centre. The four Arabic indexes (3, 6, 9 and 12) on the dial ring are all hand-engraved by skilled artisans. Following that, the synthetic Japanese lacquer (Cashew) is poured over the surface to produce a unique finish.
The brand inscriptions on the central dial and the bar indexes are engraved by a high-precision micro-fabrication machine. Like the Arabic indexes, the above dial elements are equally treated with the synthetic Japanese lacquer.
The NH TYPE 2A watch is fitted with a Navy blue calf leather strap hand-crafted by Galuchattail, a Japanese workshop that creates custom watch straps and leather accessories. The watch box is made by the Tokyo based leather accessory atelier Takumics.
Cal. 3020CS Manual winding
Diameter: 30.0mm（ 14 Line）
Frequency: 28,800/h (4Hz）
Power reserve: Around 45 hours
Special features: Newly designed main and balance bridge, clock, and click spring for pursuing a comfortable winding
Material: Stainless steel (SUS904L)
After the cutting work by the ultra-high precision micromachining machine, polishing
Case diameter: 37.0mm
Case thickness: 10.7mm
Curved sapphire crystal with non-reflective coating on the backside
German silver dial
Brand logo: Engraving by Ultra High-Precision and High-Speed Micro Fine Machining Center
Minute, Second scale: Engraving by Ultra High-Precision and High-Speed Micro Fine Machining Center. The minute ring of the dial outer periphery incorporates a separate component
Indexes: Hand engraved by skilled craftsman (Arabic index); Inked by synthetic Japanese lacquer (Cashew). Brand logo, Bar index and scale.
Hour and minute Hands: Stainless Steel
Second hand: Blued steel hand. The tip of the center second hand is bended by hand to match the second scale
Hand-stitched, Navy blue calf leather on the front and rubber on the back
Made by Galuchattail
Size Lug Width 20mm – Buckle Width 16mm
Pin buckle in Stainless steel (904L)
Shrink finish, Chrome tanned Daily Steer Leather. Travel Pouch Style.
Made by Takumics
2,100,000 JPY, excl tax (Approximately $19,643 USD)