“All Black” watches became quite popular starting a few years back, and although the brands themselves have mostly backed off the trend, the custom aftermarket modders seem to be still quite busy meeting the demands of consumers in the marketplace. I’ve written about several of the major modders at least once over the years — starting with my original article Black Watches – Bamford & Sons and Black-Out concept Fill a Niche and moving on to some of their soooo cool creations such as the Black-Out Concept Panerai Submersible, Pro-Hunter Maxi Dial Submariner Date, Project X Designs Blacked Out Rolex Explorer II Orange. Note that the business here is not just making these watches black, but also adding phenomenal color accents on the dials, etc. It is a competitive business, for sure, and each company has their own unique way of doing things in order to sell their services, but as I have never used their services I am not partial to any one (so please no asinine comments from any of the co’s I just graciously mentioned above).
Anyway, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve written about any of this, but out of curiosity I recently jumped on the Black-Out Concept website and I discovered awesomeness — BOC now has a “Simulator” feature which allows you to create your own custom watch. It is pretty damn cool and as such I wanted to give a quick run down.
First you select the watch you would like to customize — at present the list consists of Rolex Daytona, Deepsea, Submariner, GMT Master II, Yacht Master, Milgauss GV and Audemars Piguet Kasparov:
After selecting your watch, you are then able to customize the watch. And WOW can you customize! For example, for the Rolex Deepsea there are over 20 different components of the watch (mostly on the dial) that you can change to a variety of colors. Even a custom engraving on the caseback!
Basically each and every component of the watch can be set to the whims of your imagination using the Black-Out Concept Simulator! The possibilities are virtually endless, and you can spend hours playing with various color combinations (guilty!)!. If you decide you want to purchase the watch, you must submit your design and email and Black-Out Concept promises to contact you in order to quote a price and finalize your order. The Simulator does appear to be in “beta” (test) mode, but even so I found it to be quite fun to dream up my own custom Rolex:
What a great service these guys offer, and this Simulator is a really cool idea. Although the Simulator only offers Rolex (and the one AP), BOC has and will customize any watch you want — like the custom black Panerai Submersibles that I featured last year.
You can check it all out at http://www.blackoutconcept.com