NH (NAOYA HIDA) WATCH Co. is a Tokyo based manufacturer and distributor of premium mechanical watches. On 04th April 2020, NAOYA HIDA & Co. unveiled NH TYPE 1C, a revised edition of their NH TYPE 1B timepiece, which was launched and sold out for 2019.

Compared to the NH TYPE 1B, the following changes have been made.
– The lugs were made 0.5mm thinner on the outside.
– The shape of the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock has been changed.
– It features a curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective finish on the inside.
– In the NH TYPE 1B, there was a single step before the crown was pulled to reach the time setting position, but this was eliminated in this new model.
– The NAOYA HIDA & Co. brand logo on the dial has been moved up 0.37mm* (* not reflected in the images featured in this article)
– The material of the leather strap that comes as standard has been changed.

This modern, practical wristwatch with case diameter of 37 mm incorporates the design of vintage watches from the 1930s to the 1950s. The machining of the dial, case and other parts of the NH TYPE 1C watch models has been carried out with high precision micro fabrication machines. Made by Roku-Roku Sangyo Corporation of Japan, the state-of-the art machineries are perfectly suitable for machining difficult materials with a few microns of precision. NH (NAOYA HIDA) WATCH Co. has also utilized this advanced technology for creating complex, three-dimensional shapes like concave bezel and to engrave the brand name on the dial.

Featuring two centre hands – for hour and minute – and displaying a subsidiary dial for seconds at 9h; the NH TYPE 1C watch houses a manual wound mechanical movement. This movement is based on the reliable ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph caliber but has been converted into a hand-wound movement with a newly developed click mechanism.

Measuring 37mm diameter, the watch case is fitted with a curved sapphire crystal with non-reflective coating.

The material used for constructing the case and the buckle is SUS904L stainless steel, which is known for its high corrosion resistance. This high-grade stainless steel is difficult to process and only a very limited number of brands use this alloy for manufacturing the timepieces.

The NH TYPE 1C watch features a clear and easy to read dial made from German silver. The Breguet Arabic hour markers on the dial are all hand-carved by skilled artisans. Afterwards, synthetic Japanese lacquer (Cashew) is poured over the surface to create a unique finish. The blued steel hands also add a luxurious appearance to this timepiece.

Limited to 20 pieces this year, the NH TYPE 1C watch costs 1,850,000 JPY, excl tax.

Technical details

Cal. 3019SS Manual winding
Diameter: 30mm(14 Line)
Thickness: 4.3mm
Frequency: 28,800/h (8beat/Sec – 4Hz)
Jewels: 18
Power reserve: Around 45hour
Special feature: Newly designed main and balance bridge, clock, 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 mm
Case thickness: 9.8 mm
Curved sapphire crystal with non-reflective coating on the backside

Dial material: German silver
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 ring part of the dial outer periphery incorporates a separate component.
Indexes: Breguet numerals, Hand engraved by skilled craftsman; Inked by synthetic Japanese lacquer (Cashew). Brand logo, index and scale

Material: Steel
Finish of hands: Blue steel by heat treatment
Bending by hand to the tip of the minute hand to match the minute scale

Hand-stitched, worn-out style-finished Kip 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)

Material: Italian vegetable tanning leather
Made by Legame
Hand shaping and patina finishing

A quick update on 11 July 2021

In April 2021, the brand also announced an addition to NH TYPE 1C, which was released in 2020 and sold out with 15 pieces manufactured. Only 15 additional pieces will be manufactured and sold; production will be discontinued in 2022 to make way for NH TYPE 1D. The retail price of this new edition of NH TYPE 1C as on April 2021 is 2,035,000 JPY (including 10% consumption tax). Applications will only be accepted via email.

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