Errors: Are they Intentional?

Aug 05, 2022,16:10 PM

Every once in a while, we hear of errors made in watch production. Sometimes I wonder, are they intentional?

Do you know of any watches with errors made in production and released to consumers? Do you think they are intentional?

Here are a few:

AP ROO Team Alinghi. The Logo was incorrectly printed. This turned out to be quite fortituous to the owners. 
Credit: The Watch Club


JLC Polaris Mariner with the outphased orange lume. Apparently reports have surfaced that the orange lume does not last long. Credit: Time and Watches

JLC Polaris with non-matching dial Credit: Amanico

Rolex Airking with an incorrect “3”. A “9” was placed instead. Credit: GQ

Rolex GMT Master. With hash or no hash between GMT and Master. Credit: SWE on this forum

Credit: Philippine Watch Club

Credit: Perezscope

Upside down numerals. Credit: Omega Forums.

JLC Geophysic calibre. Note the area around the balance wheel Credit: Hodinkee

In this other piece, the balance wheel periphery has a bridge, which is absent on the other piece. Credit: Hodinkee

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Yes indeed

 By: Cookies : August 5th, 2022-16:16
Here’s another: Flat 4 they say. Credit: ...  

How is this a mistake?

 By: mdg : August 5th, 2022-17:15
It would have been designed that way. It doesn't look like a misprint and is very similar to the 4 on my Submariner...

Here is an article

 By: Cookies : August 5th, 2022-17:20 So not a mistake u say. What does Rolex say?

It's not a mistake, it's just a variation.

 By: mdg : August 5th, 2022-18:06
At some point they changed the typeface/type design. Btw, my '83 Submariner has a 4 that is about half-way between sharp and flat.

Well said

 By: Cookies : August 5th, 2022-18:13
It could be a variation. Just like how they have some with the Rolexrolexrolex rehaut, and some with the lug-holes(if my memory serves me right). The 16610LV is among my favourite references from them. Then there are vintage Milgauss pieces without the mi... 

Got a few more i thought about

 By: Cookies : August 5th, 2022-17:17
Isograph was the hype for a while, and then it disappeared. Credit: Wristwatchreview Zenith Inventor. Very short-lived launch, one of our members was supposed to buy one, but it was not to be. Credit: ablogtoread Omega SM CK859. A limited edition or a car...  

Interesting and potentially very fun thread! So here's my favorite 'mistake' of all, made by my friends at Patek and enjoyed by myself and very few other collectors for the past 4 years! :-)

 By: FabR : August 5th, 2022-17:34
Naming Ref. 5177G-010 after the "Cinque Terre," five world-famous small towns located one hour east of "Boccadasse" (a borough inside of Genova, and the actual location depicted on the dial!) is arguably an understandable 'mistake' by Patek, *precisely be...  

Amazing story Fab

 By: Cookies : August 5th, 2022-17:42
Yes great depth u have, after years in the hobby. I realized this hobby is not just about blind acquisition of hypebeasts, but chronicling the journey, discussing topics, and having a laugh sometimes. Like fine wine, this hobby mellows and becomes more be... 

Not sure if one considers these as errors...

 By: Eddie1 : August 6th, 2022-03:05
...but when I saw the first release of Ulysse Nardin's "Falcon Tourbillon" at one of the SIHH events, the watch was presented with a falcon about to land /perch on the right arm of an Arab. Here's the picture I took then. I was told that the watch was, ob...  

Ooo now these lesser known examples surface

 By: Cookies : August 6th, 2022-03:28
This is one giant community of observers, and many of times, just asking or a post with questions yields golden answers like yours. I believe I searched the web for error dials and never came across the Falconer and the Bushido examples, until you mention...