Konstantin Chaykin is a watch manufacturer in Russia that developed a limited edition timepiece that will be made available to just 8 of the first takers. Inspired by the company’s Mars Conqueror of 2018, the Chaykin line has been graced with the limited edition Konstantin Chaykin Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter Project Watch. The watch originated in Moscow, Russia with careful oversight of Chaykin himself. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter Project Watch.
1. The Chaykin Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter Project Watch features 3 indications
The Mars Conqueror Mk3 features three indications of time. Local time is expressed by the main hands, and a UTC sub-dial is placed at the 12 o’clock position to display a second time zone. Perhaps its most unique feature is the MCT, otherwise known as Mars time, in a sub-dial that displays the extra-terrestrial time indication at the 6 o’clock position.
2. The entire watch is an in-house manufacture
Often, watchmakers collaborate with other professionals and providers within the watchmaking industry to obtain either designer input, parts, or assembly functions. The module consists of 125 parts and it is designed in its totality by Konstantin Chaykin manufacture. This includes the manufacture, the finish, and the assembly.
3. It’s powered by a reliable movement
The movement that powers the timekeeping of the Konstantin Chaykin Mars Conqueror Mk3 Fighter Watch is an ETA 2893-2 base for the K 15.0 caliber. It’s slim in profile yet powerful with a thickness of 6.6 mm. The power reserve is 42 hours. It is a self-winding movement that can also be replenished through the winding of the crown.
4. The crown is an in-house patented design
As previously stated, each part of this unique extra-terrestrial inspired watch is created in-house. It is worth mentioning that the crown is the design and creation of Konstantin Chaykin, and has been patented, along with 77 other patented inventions to the watchmaker’s credit, bearing the patent number RU2518300. Another fascinating feature of the Mars Conqueror is that it uses two crowns. Uniquely, one is used to choose among the functions of the movement, and the other is used for powering the reserve and for adjusting the time.
5. The Mk3 Fighter is a futuristic timepiece
Travel to the planet Mars is something that is going to take place in the future, and under this inspiration the design of the exterior of the watch itself is futuristic. Konstantin Chaykin combined elements of this in the shape of the watch that also heavily reflects a military personality. The “Martial” wheel movement is a Konstantin Chaykin creation and it is used to provide an accurate indication of the time on Mars.
6. The case is unique
The case of this timepiece is rugged and futuristic, made from titanium material symbolic of an aircraft and space material, in the shape of a trapezoid. Dominant triangular edges are featured. The bezel is attached to the case with an ample 24 functional screws which add to the overall design of the watch. This gives it the overall appearance of a spacecraft docking system’s mooring lock. It points to the future in a variety of ways and the odds of finding another that resembles this unique design are slim. The very name of the watch points to the likelihood of a military base on Mars in the decades to come.
7. The strap offers another symbol of Mars
Although it’s constantly referred to as the Red Planet, Mars takes on an orange hue, and the strap is fashioned to reflect another worldly aesthetic. It is made of genuine leather in black color. The lining of the strap is orange and the stitching is a complementary orange to eye-catching contrast.
8. The Mk3 was a work in progress
Konstantin began work on the first timepiece in the Chaykin Mars Conqueror in 2017. He began with sketches and drawings until he was satisfied with the design on paper, then progressed to the creation of the prototype. The Mk3 is a progressive work that has taken a few years to complete. His initial designs were not put into production because of the tremendous expense involved. He kept working at it until he could produce a more affordable version that he called the Mars Conqueror Fighter Mk 3, short for Mark 3. It is as wonderfully complicated as the Mk1 which didn’t go into production, but the Martian time invention is not only less expensive, it is also a bit simpler.
9. Each part of the name reflects a complicated inspiration
Konstantin Chaykin is the manufacturer and the designer of the watch. Mars is the futuristic journey for colonization that inspires this part of its lengthy title. The Fighter Mk3 reflects the design of a Soviet fighter aircraft’s cockpit instruments, which is established as the signature part of any future Martian-time watches made by the Russian brand.
10. The Konstantin Chaykin Mars Conqueror Mk-3 Fighter watch is a limited edition
This is a rare timepiece from the moment it is created. The manufacture has kept the number of this model to a strict limit of just 8 pieces in titanium to be made and distributed throughout the world. Capped with a sapphire crystal, it is water-resistant up to 100 meters. The only way to purchase one of these ultra-rare futuristic watches is to inquire directly with the maker, Konstantin Chaykin. The established price before taxes is €19,710 per watch before taxes. This is set to be a highly collectible piece that is likely to increase in its value through the passage of time. This watch stimulates the imagination and it creates a sense of wonder about how our existence may be impacted by future space travel and it may indicate new trends in aviation timepieces as we advance forwards in our pursuit of space technology.