Stealthy, different and dark?

Well this is definitely different – OK a concept watch presently and stealth owing to the angular case patterns apparently.  Though lowering it’s radar signature doesn’t seem quite apt for a watch!
In this titanium alloy model, rotation of the bezel activates capacitive touch sensor buttons under the four directional arrows, which alters the display as shown on the image.  Dual time, Date, Alarm Compass and perhaps even Altimeter – the possibilities seem amazing.

More information can be seen at
Which leads me on to the actual subject of this weeks Post – Stealth watches, what are they?
According to the Thesaurus at reference.com –
stealth mid-13c., “theft, action or practice of stealing,” from O.E. *stælþ, which is related to stelen (see steal), from P.Gmc. *stælitho (cf. O.N. stulþr). Sense of “secret action” developed c.1300, but the word also retained its etymological sense into 18c. Got a boost as an adj. from stealth fighter, stealth bomber, radar-evading U.S. military aircraft, activated 1983.
So pretty simple then 😉

The Redline Stealth - press the red button and retire immediately!

The Redline Stealth – press the red button and retire immediately!

Anyway I seem to have heard and seen quite a large number of “stealth” watches, though what this term actually means regarding a watch is somewhat varied and open to interpretation.   Aeronautical folks would say that it means that whatever has been “stealthed” will avoid radar detection by reducing it’s surface signature.   Breaking up the outline with angular planes so that radar struggles to detect it.  OK I get that, but applied to a watch?Or it might mean that it’s black or gray and almost impossible to see, by not only casual passers by, but perhaps even the wearer!

Citizen Stealth - even the mainstream guys are into it!

Citizen Stealth – any color as long as it’s gray!

Another interpretation is a hidden on demand digital LED display on an otherwise analog dial watch – press the button (why are they always “detonator” red?) and hey presto, there’s a bright LED digital display –  OK – actually I can go along with that one.

And I thought I knew what Stealth was!

And I thought I knew what Stealth was!

But “seriously” I think that maybe the most common take on “Stealth” does appear to be a black case, black dial with gray numerals – or is it difficult to see blue numerals, I could be wrong . . .!

Then there is the fascinating fact that although some watches are advertised by dealers and sellers alike, as “Stealth”, the actual manufacturers don’t always describe it as such.Ashampoo_Snap_2014.03.08_17h33m25s_015_ Ashampoo_Snap_2014.03.08_17h42m50s_016_

Citizen Stealth - I just hope it's luminous!

Citizen Stealth – I just hope it’s luminous!

So it seems that it’s another of those emotive words used to sell the watch to the fanciful buyer, or one who just loves that “look” on their wrist for a bit of fun!  Like Commando, Infantry, Covert and so on, but whatever the interpretation of this “Stealth” term one thing is absolutely sure, it promotes some extraordinarily fun looking watches!

The Gulper Shark - you can't help wanting to press the plunger!

The Gulper Shark – you can’t help wanting to press the plunger!

But beware if you’re looking for quality then it might be better to view the term with an open mind, as it’s not always synonymous!

Shark - Gulper analog - PRESS the red and LED pops up.

Shark – Gulper analog – PRESS the red and LED pops up.

I’m also not going to say anything about these models as regards quality or function, but simply show this collection of models to feast your eyes on.
These particular models are or have been described as Stealth and the last one, the Gulper Shark (what a name!) so described on just one obscure cached web page – but the red detonator button absolutely does it for me – I simply can’t wait to press it!  😉
And as a serious watch collector I wouldn’t be seen dead wearing such a thing – would I?
Oh yes I would – the RED detonator does it –  it’s brilliant!!!!
Here is an amazing concept watch called Stealth Tourbillon, inspired by stealth fighters. Featuring sharp lines and edges, the watch is crafted with titanium alloy. The highlight of the concept is its ability to switch modes from analog to digital. You change functions by rotating the face dial. Switching to the Dual Time module shifts the focus to the different time zones. In the Digital Module the user can set the date and alarm and access many other functions like compass and pressure meter.

Wu explains, “To control the digital module, the capacitive touch sensed buttons inside the four directional arrows on the bezel are used to select the option efficiently, which is activated on digital mode.”
Read more at http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/04/19/the-stealth-tourbillon-watch/#tLTOQ56TBGCZKFAb.99
Here is an amazing concept watch called Stealth Tourbillon, inspired by stealth fighters. Featuring sharp lines and edges, the watch is crafted with titanium alloy. The highlight of the concept is its ability to switch modes from analog to digital. You change functions by rotating the face dial. Switching to the Dual Time module shifts the focus to the different time zones. In the Digital Module the user can set the date and alarm and access many other functions like compass and pressure meter.

Wu explains, “To control the digital module, the capacitive touch sensed buttons inside the four directional arrows on the bezel are used to select the option efficiently, which is activated on digital mode.”
Read more at http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/04/19/the-stealth-tourbillon-watch/#tLTOQ56TBGCZKFAb.9
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