The Oakley Titanium Special Edition Gearbox – Industrial Elegance

The Oakley Titanium Special Edition Gearbox – Industrial Elegance

I have to admit, I’ve never been a fan of Oakley watches. They’ve all seemed a bit “busy” in their design details and my preference has always been simple and industrial-looking. Back in the day I was on a search for a new timepiece I would like and I kept passing on each Oakley watch. So years ago, when Nixon released their first 51-30, I was instantly smitten. It was two-thirds of a pound of stainless steel. Flashy in a very simple way. I’ve always referred to it as my “subtle bling.” It’s been my favorite watch. Until last year…

In the summer of 2010 I saw a spy photo of the Oakley Gearbox. It wasn’t quite as big as the 51-30, but it was still a massive chunk of stainless. It was even more simple in design, but its circular square layout was flashy in its own understated way. Instant want.

[pullquote_right]It wasn’t too long after that rumors of a titanium/carbon Gearbox were in the works. Then I finally saw pictures of it. Instant want.[/pullquote_right]In January, I got to see the Stealth Black version and actually hold it in my hand. I’ve been trying to get one for some time. Seems that everyone else wanted that one, too. As of this writing, it’s still on back order.

It wasn’t too long after that rumors of a titanium/carbon Gearbox were in the works. Then I finally saw pictures of it. Instant want.

When it comes to Oakley, good fortune seems to smile on me. In this instance, it was in the form of the Oakley Titanium Special Edition Gearbox. I was told that they aren’t out yet, but a few pieces were made ahead of schedule. I was told I now have 1 of 7. I am stoked. I am fortunate.

For such a massive-looking watch, it’s a bit strange to feel how light it is (my 51-30 is more than twice the weight). I find myself staring at Oakley’s new creation quite often as the fit and finish are top-notch. I described my Nixon as “subtle bling.” I’m going to label the Oakley Gearbox as “industrial elegance.”

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[box_dark]GEARBOX TITANIUM SPECIAL EDITION WATCH (from Oakley.com)

The Virtually indestructible metal known as titanium was chosen for this special edition of Oakley Gearbox™. The company’s heritage in motorsports inspired the premier rendition of this unique timepiece, blending the art of kinetics with the elegance and precision of performance racing machines. As strong as steel but 45% lighter, titanium is impact-forged to create the sculptural case of this premium design, and the dial face is highlighted with carbon fiber.

Oakley Gearbox honors the heritage of mechanical engineering with unrivaled aesthetics and the precision of five-jewel Swiss Movement. This special edition utilizes a screw-down titanium case back, and with its screw-down crown, the case can withstand water pressure equivalent to 100 meters (330 feet) beneath the surface. A pure sapphire crystal protects the uniquely rendered dial face. Paired with a titanium buckle, the Unobtainium® rubber strap offers all-day comfort. The Oakley Gearbox Special Edition is powered with the endurance of a five-year battery.

Movement:

  • Swiss made quartz movement, 5-jewel
  • Three-hand analog display – hours, minutes, seconds
  • 60-month battery

Case:

  • Impact forged titanium
  • Screw-down stainless steel case back
  • High-precision Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining
  • Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Screw-down crown
  • 10 bar water resistance (100 meters / 330 feet)
  • Brushed titanium finish

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  • Unobtanium® Rubber Strap
  • Impact forged titanium buckle

MSRP: $895[/box_dark]

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