Please not that some images on this page are of previous prototypes, and below changes will occur for the product edition:
From the prototype (pictured above), I have made several improvements on the 6-Petal Sakura Mother-of-Pearl dial:
1. The petal directions will be changed to above images (top petal heading upwards is more traditional Japanese style Sakura pattern).
2. The logo will also moved to the 6 o'clock positon.
3. The dial will be outlined with gold / silver. This is due to the fact that the mother of pearl is very thin, and it would easily crack from the edge as seen in below image:
Having outline would prevent it.
4. The previous prototype had NH36 3 o'clock and 3.8 o'clock legs, but the product edition will have NH36 3 o'clock and Miyota 9039 3 o'clock legs.
5. The previous version of the silver prototype had the "A" logo in white, the product edition will have it in silver color.
- Dial diameter: 28.5 mm
- Dial thickness: 0.42 mm
- legs compatible for NH 36 and Miyota 9039, both 3 o'clock crown position (You have to cut the unnecessary ones)
(above is also prototype image)
Yes, usually a sakura / cherry blossom flower has only 5 petals. I know. But a watch dial is usually divided into 12, and so 6 petals fits better for a watch.
There is also a cool story I can tell about a 6 petaled sakura that really exists.
The Space Sakura (宇宙桜, read as そらざくら / Sora-zakura) is a name that is used for cherry blossom trees that grew out of the seeds that went into to space on the Space Shuttle Endeavour OV-105 in 2008, and and stayed at the ISS 's Japanese Experiment Module "Kibō" (meaning "hope") for 8 months.
There were 14 different types of blossoms from 14 different locations in Japan, but the one in particular, the one came from a very old cherry blossom tree (Cerasus itosakura) in Yamanashi prefecture's Jissou temple. This cherry blossom tree is the very first natural monument designated by Japan during the Taishō era (1912 to 1926), and said to be 2000 years old. Its name is 山高神代桜 (Yamadaka Jindai-zakura), and its descendant that traveled to space is planted in the same temple is named 宇宙神代桜 (Uchuu Jindai-zakura), adding the 宇宙 (Uchuu / space).
That's a cool story right? Unfortunately though, the word Space Sakura (or more specifically, the Japanese word "宇宙桜") is a registered trademark. Although, technically, it seems the trade registration doesn't seem to cover watches, instead, other products, such as clothing products, drinks, and events. So I guess I have no problem selling this dial as Space Sakura Dial, but I would not want to cause any trouble with the trade mark owners, so now I'm asking a related party.
*Please note that due to the natural Mother-of-Pearl, each dial has different pattern, which you cannot choose!*
Standard International Shipping
Our international shipping use DHL Global Mail.
We will provide you two tracking numbers. One that tracks your shipment from Finland to DHL warehouse in Germany, and another which tracks the shipment from Germany to your address.
It would take several days between the second tracking number would be updated.
According to DHL, their delivery aim is the following:
To Germany: 2-4 days
To EU: 3-6 days
To USA and Canada: 5-9 days
To Rest of the World: 6-12 days (for example, a package to Nagoya, Japan took 10 days)
DHL Express Shipping
It costs more, but it's faster!
Free Domestic (Finland) Shipping
Shipping within Finland use Posti Domestic Parcel shipping service which delivers our product to your nearest Posti Parcel Locker.
Delivery in 1–3 working days. (If you trust Posti that is!)
1-Year Manufacturing Defects Warranty
I have been wearing one of the functioning prototypes for almost 6 months. So far, it's functioned with no problems, and I am confident that it would for at least the next 6 months.
The reason I made sure that it's specifically 1-Year warranty for "Manufacturing Defects" is that I believe that most of the people who have never utilized the warranty of a product don't realize that the warranty only covers Manufacturing Defects. Some watch brands offer a longer warranty, such as 5 years or 10 years—but by then, how would you know that your broken watch suffered a manufacturing defect, or normal wear-and-tear? And would you ever be able to convince the brand's customer service that it was indeed a manufacturing defect?
Their warranty doesn't cover wear-and-tear, or user error, and neither does this warranty. But I do think it is important to clarify that it is a warrant for manufacturing defects, instead of just issuing that it is a vaguely worded "warranty" which sounds like something that might cover something more than manufacturing defects. And 1 year is enough time to warrant manufacturing defects.
60-Days 100% / 90% Return Policy
If you wish to return the watch, you can absolutely do that within 60 days of purchase. You have to take several photographs of the watch and send an email to me before shipping it back. Depending on the condition of the watch, the amount of the refund is different.
-Full Refund: If the watch, within 60 days of purchase, was never worn, and the packaging (boxes, wraps) is intact. Please send us an email with photographs of the watch and the proof of purchase, before shipping it back to us. When shipping back, please use a trackable shipping method. We will fully refund the watch and the shipping cost once it arrives to us upon inspection.
-90% Refund: If the watch, within 60 days of purchase, was never worn, but some of the packaging (boxes, wraps) is missing. Please send us an email with photographs of the watch and the proof of purchase, before shipping it back to us. When shipping back, please use a trackable shipping method. We will refund 90% of the watch and the shipping cost once it arrives to us upon inspection.
Attached video shows how good this looks in person.
My order came with a cool custom dial holder, and some candy :D
Note for modders: you should choose a case that does not require a chapter ring, I used the ultra slim ring from Lucius Atelier because nothing else was narrow enough.
I ordered both the silver and gold inlaid dials and used them with the new Namoki "PRX" case with integrated bracelet. Paired with the appropriate silver or gold hands--I ended up with two of the best mods I've ever made. The quality of the MOP dial is definitely worth the money I paid, everything here is high quality and well finished. Absolutely beautiful work, thank you!