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It is posts like that that make me wonder how one can choose anything other than a dornblueth. The one thing I worry aboutthem too is that they are just a family business, you never know how much longer the company may last. Makes one really want to order when he still can
I agree. I love that they still keep things small, truly hand-made (no CNC, etc.), super high-quality, beautifully designed, etc.

They are indeed a family business, but it looks to me that Dirk Dornbluth is still pretty young; they do have assistants; and if DD's son or daughter don't take over the business I assume some life-long employee will continue the brand, like Jorg Schauer has with Stowa.

This interview was done just this past March, and DD's answer indicates a stable future:
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YC : D. Dornblüth & Sohn have been making watches since 1999. It is still very much a family business, with a limited number of watches made per year. How many are you now producing annually, and are you planning to increase these numbers?

DD : The only change we have made during this time is the location. We are still a family business and will soon have 6 employees. Our oldest colleague Roswitha will retire in about 2 years, so we have been very lucky to find a young watchmaker to take over her tasks. He will start within the next weeks and learn from her until Roswitha leaves our team. The annual production has not increased, it is still 120 pieces. Output is limited by the traditional way of watchmaking which we utilise in our Manufacture every day.

I think it is absolutely great that in 1999 Dirk D presented his father Dieter with a watch for his 60th birthday...the first in-house Dornbluth movement, which the father had designed (but never built) 40 years before! Such a cool story.

Newcomer, If you haven't read it yet, this is also a very nice piece on Dornbluth, longer and with many good photos of the workshop.


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Where do you buy Dornbluth watches?
This one is shog[1].gif (I like small watches)
http://www.dornblueth.com/flash.php?p=collection&s=refcal_09&ss=00
Also, anybody know the price on it?
Obviously the best way would be direct from Dornbluth, but that takes more time as they are made to order.
Otherwise the non-Germany ADs are listed here. The ADs, however, don't have large quantities as Dornbluth only produce 120 watches per year. Prices range from ~ $4,000 to ~$8,000, more for custom of course.

easy_golfing, that 09 Jasmin you linked is the only women's watch Dornbluth produce, to date. 34.5mm.
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Yeah, I read that article a while back--that is really what got me started on the Dornblueth! I still worry that they may start mass producing though, it is a temptation that even the best of us would struggle to resist. I really think I will stick with Dornblueth now. My heart has always said Dornblueth, despite the fact that it might make a bit more sense to go for JLC, IWC, or some of the better known brands.
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Same here!

Why do you think they would start mass-producing? That would require a huge investment by some major group, and I don't get the feeling Dornbluth wants to head that way. I think they are happy being part of this new generation of small, semi-custom, hand-made German makers. I mean, since they started in 1999 they have only made +/- 1600 watches in those 13 years. How many do IWC, etc. produce in 1 month? I just don't see Dornbluth in the mass market. Also, their line is very tightly defined, as are Hentschel, Schauer, Nomos, etc. I don't know if there is enough range to goi big (although I suppose Nomos produce far more watches than Dornbluth).

If your heart has always said Dornbluth I think you have your answer.

I too would love a Dornbluth over just about any other watch.
I love the Center Second, but I agree with some that it might be a bit stark on the face.
I'm not real keen on small sub-seconds, although I am intrigued by the 99.3, but it's $$.
I can certainly understand why that fellow wanted to commission a Center Second + power reserve + pointer date. The power reserve feature is really nice on a manual-wind. But I bet that fellow's watch will top $10K since it is custom.

On the other hand, the Lang & Heyne 'Markgraf Heinrich' that was posted as a comparison on the Dornbluth forum, which has the same complications and apparently the same base Unitas movement (although the LH is even more elaborated than the DS) and is a beautiful design (but I actually prefer the DS) sells for ~$75K!
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I wonder what a Center Second with only power reserve would cost....
Dornbluthcenterseconds_PR.jpg

Damn, I'm fixated on these watches! smile.gif

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that's not a recent model though is it?
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No, it's from of the early 2000's generation (with 2892 movement).
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Yeah, the 99.3 is quite something, but that is getting way out of my price range. The 99.2 I guess seems to be the best option. Although having a date is nice, that is always something I can tell from a quick glance at my cell phone. A power reserve on a manual wind is just too functional to pass up. It certainly does seem that our tastes are fairly similar though. And that L&H watch is beautiful, those movement are absolutely stunning!

In regards to DS expanding, I am not really worried about anything happening anytime soon--but I guess I have seen so many brands expand lately, that I would hate to see another family-run brand go public. But yes, from that article you linked it does seem that they are much more concerned with making superlative watches than they are with growing their business.
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that's not a recent model though is it?

that looks already ridiculously nice
the more recent one looks even better than that i think..
post #9038 of 48312
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that looks already ridiculously nice
the more recent one looks even better than that i think..

is that the one with only a 12 numeral at the top? if so i like the old one better but haven't seen the white version of that one.
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Beautiful IWC...I have a vintage 1959 Omega with a white dial that's very similar...where can I find a good quality strap similar to this one? Thanks!
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I love that GP Akeem. I'm hunting for a 49460 ivory dial.
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Holiday snap - 14060M on NATO
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I wonder what a Center Second with only power reserve would cost....
Dornbluthcenterseconds_PR.jpg
Damn, I'm fixated on these watches! smile.gif



worship2.gif I've got to email Dornbluth and see what a watch like this would cost.
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^That and the stowa marine original look so similar
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The Dornbluths are awesome, I'd love to own one. Unfortunately watchbuys closed off their site so that it can only be accessed in N. America so I can't see what they have. Anyone care to do a screengrab or something for me? Particularly the 99.1 in rose gold.
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