|Brand||O.G Watches (Oliver Gallaugher)|
||DK Precision Mechanics|
|Movement Type||Mechanical, manual-wind|
||Etachron with swan-neck fine-tuning device|
||Adjusted to 5 positions within +/- 6 sec/day|
|Functions||Central hours; central minutes|
|Country of Manufacture||Switzerland/Germany (Glashütte)|
||O.G Deep Space (Ref: DS1)|
The O.G caliber GUY-1 is a handwound mechanical watch movement with 17 jewels and a beat rate of 18,000bph. This 2-handed, time-only caliber is found in the independent brand’s debut model: Deep Space.
O.G is the initialism of Oliver Gallaugher, a UK based independent watch designer and the brand’s founder. Officially introduced in April 2023, the O.G Deep Space is a limited edition series with only 10 pieces in the world.
As the brand’s first movement, the GUY-1 is named after Oliver’s grandfather Guy, who was an inventor and engineer (learn more). It is based on the ETA/Unitas caliber 6498-1, made in Switzerland and refined and assembled in Glashütte, Germany with major visual and functional improvements.
In the brand’s own words:
“I’m inspired by many styles of watchmaking but have always found an emotional connection with more classically designed movements – their robust and timeless construction, lasting hundreds of years; treasuries of knowledge displaying techniques forgotten or often neglected by industrial movements. For the O.G brand, the aesthetic of the movement is just as fundamental as the front facing design of the watch.” – O.G Watches
Some of the topics covered in this caliber listing:
The main bridge, balance bridge and independent escapement bridges are original designs, milled in-house by DK Precision Mechanics.
In addition to the custom bridges, the cal. GUY-1 also features:
- Glashutte winding clickspring
- Swan-neck regulator system
- Screwed balance wheel
- Side-screws mounted dial
The “Deep Space” theme of the timepiece can be found under the balance wheel in the form of a custom crescent-shaped anchor bridge.
If you are a follower of O.G brand founder @designingwatches on Instagram, you may have seen the picture he posted of the crescent tips being sharp enough to prick the finger!
And those are not the only sharp parts on the GUY-1. Check out the tips of the custom bridge between the crown wheel and ratchet wheel…
The GUY-1 takes what is largely considered a minimalist movement and reworks it into something not typically seen from a 6498-1 base.
“Philippe Dufour is a huge watchmaking inspiration of mine, and I am particularly fond of older, vintage pocket watch movements that showcase a similar variety of decorations, executed with polished chamfers, jewel sinks and steel components. To some, this level of detail is unnecessary, but to me it gives life to the watch, as the movement is the heart and soul that beats inside it.” -O.G Watches
The finishing materials and techniques include:
- A re-modeled mainplate and bridges galvanized in 3N gold. The mainplate is decorated with perlage patterning, while the custom bridges feature Geneva stripes, polished chamfers and jewel countersinks.
- Steel components on the GUY-1, including screws, winding click system, swan-neck regulator, anchor wheel, pallet fork and driver cannon are polished to a mirror finish.
- A custom snailing finish is applied to the crown wheel, rachet wheel, mainspring barrel and anchor bridge. These parts are also finished with polished chamfered edges.
- The Mainspring barrel and gear train wheels are galvanized in 4N gold, also with a snail brush finish.
- The gear train is decorated with a diamond-bevelled center wheel
Although a standard Incabloc device is used as the basis for the anti-shock system, even the block bushing has a galvanised rhodium finish with a custom sunray pattern – a component that is not often found with a custom finish.
Pictured below, you can see the gear train finishing on the left and the dial side of the movement on the right:
Text on the calibre GUY-1 is kept to a minimum and reads: OG (boxed logo with opening in the box where the stylized “.” goes between the initials O and G) / ADJUSTED TO 5 POSITIONS / ONE OF TEN. GLASHUTTE/SA.
There is no jewel count or caliber number (at least not on the prototype).
The GUY-1 movement is not available for individual sale. The cost for a Deep Space watch powered by this caliber is £7800 or about $9,700 USD. Each piece is made to order on a first come, first serve basis. New orders are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 40% upfront with the remaining balance due when the build is complete. You can order here.
Deep Space watches with the O.G caliber GUY-1 carry a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects. Eligibility for the warranty is dependent on sending the watch to O.G for routine service every 4 years or less.
The GUY-1 renovates the architecture of a classic caliber with components and detailed finishing that modern mass production watchmaking has neglected. The result is a restored glory to one of the most beloved ebauches in the industry.
Note: All of the images in this caliber listing were provided by O.G Watches. These images are of the Deep Space prototype and do not necessarily reflect the finished product.