Swiss watch brand DELBANA celebrates its 90th anniversary with the relaunch of the mechanical Recordmaster watch. Originally introduced as a men’s model in the 1950s, the new limited edition Recordmaster watch embodies Delbana’s heritage and DNA of superb quality and unique style at an affordable price and is fitting for women and men.
When the Recordmaster was originally released, advancements in vinyl records had a profound impact on the music industry and society. This method of recording and transmitting sound has been replaced by continuously evolving audio formats but remains a nostalgic and cherished part of history. Likewise, the fifties and sixties represent a prime moment in Delbana’s history. Production reached an all-time high, distribution was thriving globally, and some of the brand’s most innovative models to date were introduced.
Emphasis remained on producing accessible Swiss Made timepieces while profound advancements in the watch industry such as hammer-winding movements were popularized. Contemporary technology and trends served as inspiration for Delbana’s new models as with the coveted Long Play Record for the Recordmaster.
True to the original, the design of the new Recordmaster is characterized by a series of stepped black microgrooves which mimic the texture of a vinyl record and serve as a backdrop for applied arrowhead indexes and retro Arabic numerals.
The perimeter of the dial is further appointed with a minute track containing oversized circular luminous hour markers that provide a whimsical touch and remind of sheet music and notes while the center of the dial is detailed with a delicate silver guilloche pattern.
The Recordmaster possesses cathedral shaped, luminous minute and hour hands and a striking, red central seconds hand. A vintage Delbana logo recalls the classic inspiration while the addition of the date at 3 o’clock adds a further design element and convenience. The ridged crown is engraved with the Delbana tower and solidifies the well-proportioned design.
At 40 mm in diameter, the size of the new model is slightly larger than those of the past while practical and comfortable for daily wear. The polished stainless steel surfaces of the case and clasp give it a modern yet classic appearance.
The mechanical movement recalls Delbana’s early pieces, before quartz was introduced, and is visible through a transparent case back to allow the user to experience the unmistakable quality of an automatic Swiss Made timepiece.
Polished stainless steel case with transparent case back
Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal
Water resistant to 50m / 165ft
Diameter: 40 mm
Centered silver guilloche pattern surrounded by black circular microgrooves.
Applied indexes, Arabic numerals and luminous hour markers
Date at 3 o’clock
Cathedral shaped, luminous minute and hour hands, red central seconds hand.
Automatic Sellita SW200 movement with date and Delbana customized rotor, 26 Jewels, 28’800 vibrations per hour
Genuine black patent leather strap with stainless steel buckle
Special black wooden box
Limited edition of 90 pieces