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Spending Time With The anOrdain Model 2 MKII Racing Green

A refreshing interpretation of a field watch with a delicious deep green dial.

| By Robin Nooy | 6 min read |

The small Scottish brand known as anOrdain has made quite a name for itself over the past five years, mainly through its traditionally crafted vitreous enamel dials. Usually reserved for watches at a much higher price point, anOrdain has found a way to make them in-house, at a competitive level. After our recent trip to Glasgow, visiting anOrdain’s atelier in an old carpet factory, we learned how these unique dials are made by hand. The first watch to come out of this atelier was the Model 1, a refined, elegant dress watch. A couple of years later, the Model 2 was introduced, which took the art of enamel dials in a different direction and presented it as a field watch. Just before the summer, we learned that the Model 2 was updated into the Model 2 MKII, which also launched a new size alongside the inaugural 36mm. And during my time in Glasgow and a couple of weeks after, I got to spend plenty of time with it!

A Field Watch of a different kind

The Model 2 has always been the more robust-looking watch in anOrdain’s portfolio. It’s designed as a proper field watch with a sturdy steel case and a clean time-only display. With the introduction of the MKII, anOrdain also catered to the wishes of fans, collectors and enthusiasts for something a bit larger. Where the first generation of the Model 2 was only available in 36mm, this is now the Model 2 MKII Medium, which is joined by the 39.5mm wide Model 2 MKII Large. The design of either size is identical and comes in a fully polished or fully brushed finish, depending on the dial colour. Despite its uniform finish, which sometimes hides details, the case’s pleasant profile and design elements stand out nicely.

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At just 11mm in height and 43mm or 46mm from lug to lug, it is also a wearable watch that appeals to many people. The strong lugs have a slightly angled inner angle (reminiscent of Omega’s lyre lugs), and the caseband protrudes into a crown guard on the right-hand side. The back shows a solid caseback that can be decorated with an engraved map of your preference or a personal message. This also hides the reliable and vamiliar hand-wound Sellita SW210 that powers the Model 2 MKII. Running at a rate of 28,800vph, it delivers a power reserve of 38 hours.

Racing Green Enamel

Obviously, the vitreous enamel dial is the main attraction of any watch that comes from anOrdain’s Glasgow-based atelier, regardless of type and colour. The rich lustre of an enamel dial is simply unrivalled by other dial types, either made by hand or by machines. There’s a real sense of craftsmanship in these dials, which becomes tangible when handling the Model 1 and Model 2. With the Model 2 MKII, anOrdain decided to drop the transparent enamel dials and offer only opaque ones. And although the fumé style dials, which was an accidental creation, look amazing, it makes sense to me to pair the field-watch looks of the Model 2 with opaque dials only.

When the Model 2 MKII was introduced a couple of months ago, a quartet of colours were announced: White, Grey Haar, Flax and Racing Green. While each looks good on its own, the Racing Green stood out to me when I visited anOrdain and got to see it in person for the first time. Part of the appeal of this particular colour is my love of cars and motorsports, often expressed through our Petrolhead Corner stories. The colour is very rich and deep and shows all the details enamel dials are loved for. The dimple towards the axis for the hands, the very fine orange peal structure only visible in some angles, the slight dip as it reaches the outer edge of the dial, it’s all just very lovely.

The Model 2 MKII also saw some other updates besides the introduction of a 39.5mm version. It now comes with a minute track on the outer edge, giving it a more sporty look and an updated font design for the numerals. The prints are very crisp, and a fine contrasting outline enhances the index for each hour. In this case, it matches the colour of the restyled hands, fitted with a luminous tip for a bit of nighttime visibility. The final details that make this an excellent dial are the subtle inclusion of the name of the brand and the fact you’re looking at a vitreous enamel dial.

The waiting game

Like pretty much all watches made anOrdain, you have a bit of freedom of choice when it comes down to the straps. The Model 2 MKII Racing Green comes on a very nice and comfortable reddish-brown, grained leather strap, but you can opt for suede, Shell Cordovan or Russian hatch bovine leather straps instead. Depending on the size of the Model 2 MKII, medium or large, the strap is 18mm or 20mm in width and fitted with a brushed steel pin buckle.

All anOrdain watches are produced in limited quantities due to the atelier’s annual capacity, but I’m told that about 200 Model 2 MKIIs will be made each year. If you want one, though, you’re going to have to play the waiting game, as the entire collection has a substantial waiting list. Prices start at GBP 1,825 without taxes for the medium size and GBP 1,995 without taxes for the large size. Options in terms of straps or caseback engraving do not affect the price.

My final thoughts

While the combination of a field watch and a delicate vitreous enamel dial might sound a tad contradictory at first, it works very well with the anOrdain Model 2 MKII. And I must admit, I grew quite fond of the Model 2 MKII Large with this Racing Green dial! It wears very comfortably, has excellent legibility and comes with a distinct personality that’s not comparable to anything else. That gorgeous vitreous enamel dial, which is made almost entirely by hand, only adds to the pleasure of handling such a watch. Size-wise, both work great, although I am leaning more towards the Model 2 MKII Large as its dial is a bit more ‘open’.

And although some might write it off as a bit pricey, considering it is a field watch with a simple time-only display and a manually wound movement, in reality, it’s much more than that. It’s an expression of individuality and one that shows great attention to detail from front to back. The craftsmanship that goes into each dial is profound, setting it miles apart from most other watch brands. And on top of that, I dare you to find a better watch with a genuine handmade heat-fired enamel dial by an independent watchmaker in the same price bracket! It’s something extremely scarce, if available at all.

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