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The Hand-Wound Delbana Recordmaster Mechanical (Live Pics & Price)

Setting the tone for the era of vinyl records, Delbana strips back the Recordmaster to manual winding.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |
Hand-Wound Delbana Recordmaster Mechanical

The passion for music can run just as deep as the passion for watches, or anything else for that matter. I have yet to come across someone who absolutely dislikes all kinds of music, as there’s always something that resonates with you. Delbana captures the spirit of music with its Recordmaster, created to celebrate the brand’s 90th anniversary in 2021. The accessible Recordmaster is named after, and inspired by a historic Delbana watch that honoured the vinyl record and is now introduced in a manual-wound version, the Recordmaster Mechanical.

Hand-Wound Delbana Recordmaster Mechanical

Dropping the automatic movement in favour of a manually wound one has allowed Delbana to shave off a bit of height of the case. This now measures 40mm in width, just as before, but 10.8mm in height instead of 11.3mm. The stainless steel case is fully polished, or coated in yellow gold PVD for a more eye-popping yet period-inspired look. The case is fitted with a sapphire crystal on the front and a mineral crystal see-through caseback on the reverse side.

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Hand-Wound Delbana Recordmaster Mechanical

The previous Recordmaster was only available with a silver dial (not including the Recordmaster II), but the Recordmaster Mechanical adds champagne- and copper-coloured dials into the mix. All come with a guilloché-like pattern on the centre section and a contrasting grooved track inspired by the grooves in vinyl records. A vintage Delbana logo, polished applied numerals and a minute track with luminous dots finish off the dial. The syringe-style hour and minute hands are finished with Super-LumiNova and paired with a red-tipped central seconds hand.

Hand-Wound Delbana Recordmaster Mechanical

Mechanically speaking, Delbana opted for the Sellita SW210-1 movement to replace the SW200 in the automatic version. This runs at a rate of 28,800vph and delivers a modest 42h of power reserve. The movement has a basic but acceptable level of finishing, which is to be expected at this level of watchmaking. Nevertheless, it does what it needs to do perfectly!

Hand-Wound Delbana Recordmaster Mechanical

The new Delbana Recordmaster Mechanical comes on a leather strap in brown or black, depending on the colour combination of the dial. The black and silver dials retail for EUR 875, the copper dials are priced at EUR 900 and the yellow gold PVD-coated models cost EUR 975. As such, Delbana upholds its very sensible value proposition, this time in a series of non-limited editions.

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