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    DIY: Design It Yourself - My new Unity watch

    So, I've been a bit excited for the last week after discovering Unity Watches from Barcelona.
    Before reading on, some of you may want to cut up your credit cards, if you find this as enticing as I did...

    http://www.unitywatches.com

    They have a set range of their watches in different styles and the special edition bronze Jules Verne model, but the main attraction is the watch configurator.

    http://unitywatches.com/store/config...tore=unity_eng

    This allows you to choose from the range of case finishes, bezel finishes, dial, hands etc. I admit it's hard to come up with anything much better than Unity themselves, but I think I managed to? The results are shown below, I called it Caged BlackE (they seemingly randomly attached the E, it must be a Spanish thing...)

    Unity assemble, pack and ship your watch so it arrives in 7 business days. I was skeptical, but they delivered to me in NL within the 7 days.

    So, on to the watch I created. It's currently the only one like it in the world. If you want, you can pay 50% more on the purchase price and they will retire your design, so it is a completely unique one off. Otherwise, once you have designed yours, the site notifies you that someone has chosen this combination and design before.

    Here's my watch.

    The rather nice box -



    And now the watch in the box with the 'credit card' warranty card



    Let's dive in for a look at this beauty...





    As you can see, black DLC case, bezel, case back and crown. Black screws for the "staples" (a new watch word on me!?)
    You can see the clear inspiration from Panarai on the dial layout, but I think the overall similarity is just with the dial?

    Here you can see the curve of the crystal a bit better




    A side shot of the case and crystal





    A case back shot with the Valanvron V24-2 - quite nicely finished and up there with my decorated 2824-2's...




    Wrist shot





    The full specification of my watch and serial, on the back of the warranty card, a nice touch





    It's a very well finished watch and I like the quality of the DLC finish over PVD, very nice.
    It's also very comfy and easy to read.

    So, if you fancy something different, perhaps unique, for Glycine money, I'd check out Unity watches of Barcelona.
    Also, Eduardo, the CEO of Unity was a pleasure to deal with and the customer service was excellent.
    All in all, a good experience and I can recommend the finished product.

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    Re: DIY: Design It Yourself - My new Unity watch

    Wow, a unique watch you can design yourself, with really different modern looks and not a single comment?
    Well, looks like I'm keeping this secret to myself then!

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    I had fun playing around with the case options.
    Thanks for flagging this one up.

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    Thanks for the info. Good to hear some feedback on one of these DIY places.

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    That is pretty cool i have to say
    Might have to treat myself in April (uh oh)

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    Really interesting concept. Just had a good play with the online configurator.

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    Thanks for posting this up, like your combination btw. I had some fun with the configurator too. Strangely, my selection came to 678 whereas some of the off-the-shelf designs are 800+, which is unusual for a custom jobbie but I wouldn't complain about that..!

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    Not for me, but as long as you are happy - its your dosh after all.

    For some reason, the riders or 'staples' reminded me of a certain Romaine Jerome model and that somehow ruined it for me, as I got a queasy feeling in my gut - not due to your watch, but because I was reminded of the RJ watches.

    A totally unfair comparison and really not something, that should have reflected on your watch.

    Congrats. Seems you are happy with your new watch - that is all that matters.

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    Very nice watch & a great looking web store... I know what I'll be doing tonight.

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    Out of all of them, I think this is my favourite combo so far.....


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    Looks like it's flash based :(

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    Does the company make a model named 'Mitford?'









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    Does anybody have the scoop on the movements?

    Some say, the VALANVRON is a reworked Sea-Gull (not that there is anything wrong with that), some say it isnt....

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    "THIS COMBINATION IS THE FIRST TIME THAT BUILDS"

    WooHoo ... !

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    I like the concept and the watch, especially with the black case. Ive tried to create one with the iPhone but the design option doesn't want to play ball (probably financially for the best)!

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    Just whiled away half an hour with the configurator...... very nice site. Thanks for sharing.

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    Not bad at all.
    Congrats, great looking piece!

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    Very nice! Going to have to give this a try!

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    Pity they only do one type of case, great concept, just need a little more variety.

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    906.29 to you sir. I quite like it.

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    Glad everyone is having fun. I'm loving mine, I have to say.

    It's very "fresh"

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    The "soft case" is OK. Not a fan of the "strong case" if I'm honest.

    Fun to mess about with at any rate.

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    That's a pretty cool idea, and I could see them adding more case styles later.

    I better stop looking though as it could get costly.

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    Good idea but are they not limiting their sales potential by signing off individual designs?

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    Very cool idea! Have to spend a bit of time on this :)

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    I made this, quite like it


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wexford View Post
    Wow, a unique watch you can design yourself, with really different modern looks and not a single comment?
    Well, looks like I'm keeping this secret to myself then!
    Wexford, any chance to have a lume shot? Interested on how black superluminova 'shines' :)

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    Refreshingly different, I could even live with some of the designs that came up, but a very sinister and unpronouncable movement name............!

    Daddel.
    Got a new watch, divers watch it is, had to drown the bastard to get it!

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    Nice watch, nice idea. I could be tempted to do a build myself.

    BTW Seb d, I really like that blue dialed one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seb d View Post
    I made this, quite like it


    Like your style! Not so sure on the 'crown' label though... unbalances the style




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    Quote Originally Posted by lantis View Post
    Wexford, any chance to have a lume shot? Interested on how black superluminova 'shines' :)
    I tried that the other day when taking the shots, but it's somewhat beyond my Galaxy S3 camera and my skills as a photographer, apparently ;)
    It's "dim" is the best way to describe it and fairly short lived, I'll do some more testing and report back.
    If anyone has tips on how to take a dim lume shot with a camera phone, please let me know!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddelvirks View Post
    Refreshingly different, I could even live with some of the designs that came up, but a very sinister and unpronouncable movement name............!

    Daddel.
    Yeah, Valanvron sounds like the evil bad guy in a superhero movie!
    They do use ETA 2824-2's as well... for now :)

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    Has anyone got the Augmented Reality to work? What was it like?
    I have regular reality to deal with and I struggle with that at times....

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    thats actually a good fun website, i like the option to make your own version unique.

    I thin i would like the case a lot more if it didnt have those staples though.

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    Great site, as mentioned above, I'd prefer a more traditional case. But then I am boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spaceslug View Post
    Just whiled away half an hour with the configurator...... very nice site. Thanks for sharing.
    Ditto - great fun! Thanks for the heads up!

    ATB

    Jon

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    Lots of fun to be had:


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    I have the bronze one, hope you like it. With 2824-2














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    What a great way to indulge your imagination. I tried it before reviwing other posters , only to find my "unique" watch replicated by another member!

    Thanks for posting and enjoy your watch

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharly View Post
    I have the bronze one, hope you like it. With 2824-2



    Welcome to the forum, if I'd never heard of it and I just saw the picture, I would think Jules Verne, so they've done a good job!
    I wouldn't think "Nautilus" though :)

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    hours of fun to be had

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    This is a good game!

    Here are my two efforts at 619 Euros and 694 Euros respectively...









    What d'you think?

    Simon

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    Does anyone know what the Wr is on these? I can't see it listed on the website anywhere.

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    If you look at the back of the watch in my second photo you'll see it says 256 ft...

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft View Post
    If you look at the back of the watch in my second photo you'll see it says 256 ft...

    Simon
    Thanks. Brightening the image I see that in full it says "WR 50MT / 256FT" which is of course a little odd.

    50 m = 164 feet
    256 feet = 78 m

    I'm sure it doesn't make much difference either way but it would be nice if it was consistent.

    Or perhaps it depends on whether you're in Metric or Imperial water. ;-)

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    Or just avoid going out in the rain...

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    This is my somewhat traditional design. It has the eta movement and polished caseback.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sharly View Post




    Nice. For me, the blue dial seems to be the pick of the bunch. I like the extra depth the sunburst effect gives in.

    Is that the larger or smaller case size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robcat View Post
    Nice. For me, the blue dial seems to be the pick of the bunch. I like the extra depth the sunburst effect gives in.

    Is that the larger or smaller case size?
    Looks like the larger case based on the size of the staples

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