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Yes WorldWatch Version 7

"It took John Harrison 40 years to make his H4.
It took us 20 years to make the V7."

Yes Watch Story

our story

It must have been 1993. It all started out innocently enough. I was traveling and just wanted to know when the sun would rise the next morning. Go for a beach walk at first rays. Essential time information really.

My Rolex Submariner could not tell. I checked around, no other watches could tell either. What now? I decided to make my own. Couldn't be that hard? It was.

Didn't know, but it was like opening up Pandora's box. An endless stream of a fascinating history of time keeping came to light. It was one of the very original mysteries, the counting of day and night is primordial. Along with the sun and the moon it lies at the foot of all calendars and time keeping.

Yes Watch Original Drawing

I envisioned the YES watch to be a beautiful mechanical time piece. At the Basel Messe in 1997, I had lunch with an engineer from Glashutte. After a few minutes he smiled, cut me off and simply stated that if I wanted to do all that in a mechanical watch, I would be carrying a backpack on my wrist. Case closed. We laughed and had another beer.

Turns out neither mechanical nor quartz technology are capable of rendering the time information I was after. Only astronomical algorithms combined with chip and screen technology could do the job.

Eventually we found our way to Hong Kong. The one place that could develop such a watch from scratch, and get it manufactured. Of the two dozen different manufacturing specialties needed to put our celestial time piece together, only Asia has all of them.

Yes Watch Hong Kong

Putting real time keeping
back on the menu

When it comes to the art and science of time keeping there are three fundamental cycles we have counted since the dawn of existence:

  • First. The daily spinning of the earth, day and night, sunrise and sunset, 24 hours.
  • Second. The lunar cycle. 29.53 days from each full moon to the next, from moonrise to moonset.
  • Third. The solar year, 365.24 days before the year starts again. Solstices, equinoxes and cross quarter days.

The nearly unsolvable challenge our forefathers of time kept running into was that these 3 cycles don't ever neatly sync up with each other. They all spin on their own cycle. Follow one and the other two will eventually go out of sync.

Albeit brilliant for man and the machine, the 23:59:59 falls woefully short of presenting the whole picture of time. In a world that is beginning to understand we must reconnet with nature isn't time we reconnect with natural time as well? Awareness is half the battle, action is the other.

Making it happen

In 1999, we incorporated the YES watch company in Marin County, California and got to work with our Swiss and Hong Kong partners. Creating perfection was and is a whole lot easier said than done, but 18 months later we proudly released our first WorldWatch collection.

It was a rude awakening. In spite of being a very lean and mean time machine, the case measured in at a solid 43x16mm. The size prompted a nearly wholesale rejection in the market place. Turns out that the watch industry was not really in the time keeping business, they are in the jewelry and fashion business. Time keeping ability seemed almost irrelevant.

Early Yes Watch

Professionals picked up on the time keeping insights offered

Those who had a practical application for the time data offered soon emerged. Astronomers gave us our first love. Photographers, cinematographers, pilots, boaters, world travelers, military personnel and watch collectors soon followed. With the YES watch, they could all plan their activities with much greater accuracy and confidence than ever before.

In 2004, we sent a sample of the Zulu watch to the Chief Astronomer with the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London. His scientific and historical review was stellar, and I was beyond flattered when he immediately put the watch on display in the Museum collection. That is when I knew my instincts were legit.

Yes Watch at Royal Observatory Museum
Yes Watch at Royal Observatory Museum

Perfection is an endless pursuit

There is no better product feedback than what you get from caring customers, from those who plunked down hard earned cash to buy. Over the years, we have listened intently and taken notes.

Yes WorldWatch V7 Blueprints
The blueprints for the V7.
The result of seven generations of programming and watch making.
Yes WorldWatch V7 Blueprints
The live LCD consist of 1094 segments which allows for a very accurate rendering of the digits and the sun and moon cycles.
Yes WorldWatch V7 Blueprints
An exploded view of the front end of the module.
The metal harness holds all the underlaying components together.
Yes WorldWatch V7 Blueprints
Cross section of screw pin lug-nut and case.
The case is built to 10 ATM water resistance with AG sapphire crystal.
Yes WorldWatch V7 Blueprints
Custom case construction.
Yes WorldWatch V7 Blueprints
Omni-directional ratcheted bezel construction and back plate with alarm.
Yes WorldWatch V7 PCB
Two of the four layers in the PCB that runs all operations, LCD, analog hand, back light, alarms and power supply.
Yes WorldWatch V7 Charging System
The custom made charging system and lithium ion batteries will keep the V7 charged for up to 2 months on a full night of charging.
Yes WorldWatch V7 Tritium Tubes
T24 color coded tritium tubes marks the hours; one tritium tube on the arrow hand marks the time. Combined with the electro luminescent back light, it offers a crisp night time readout.
Yes WorldWatch V7 Hand Arrow
Inspired by ancestry, the arrow hand balances perfectly on a state of the art, motor-driven, 24-hour Swiss Ronda movement.

Quality Is job number one

Manufacturing a quality product is easier said than done. Ask Apple or ask your local microbrewer. The answer will be the same. It takes everything you got and then some. We are honored to work with a team of seasoned watch development professionals out of HK with manufacturing capabilities in China.

Various watch parts are sourced from Japan, Thailand, Switzerland, Taiwan and China. Our key partners specialize in watch making and have decades of experience. Each of them works with a range of sub vendors.

ALPHASOFT A boutique programming group located on the Hong Kong island. They have been with us since 1999. Our programming group is our rock in HK. I trust them 100%, as detailed oriented and caring as they come.

KEY TIME A quality watch assembly shop in HK that also specializes in tritium tubes. We have been working with them since 2013. They also manage the titanium case and bracelet manufacturing.

UDC A state of the art module manufacturing company. Been part of our development and manufacturing team since 2013.

RONDA A state of the art Swiss movement manufacturer with factories in Switzerland and Asia. We have worked with them since 1999.

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