The AMT 1

Community Articles October 7, 2002 admin


The AMT 1

by Jack Freedman

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In the previous issue, no. 3, we examined an avalanche of horological breakthroughs which put Swiss watchmaking in a renaissance period with new shining talented stars on the horizon. We looked at technical innovations offered by some venerable watch houses as well as those from budding horological geniuses who are slowly making a name for themselves. I promised to unveil one of the most creative and innovative high-grade timepieces ever to be manufactured in the field of watchmaking. After unfairly keeping you in suspense for months, here it is:

In this issue, no. 4, it is my distinct privilege to introduce for the very first time to TimeZone readers a unique timepiece designed and crafted after five years of painstaking research and development. It’s a special watch born from a project that I am proud to be involved with and hope it will appeal to connoisseurs, watch buffs and those who appreciate a recognizable quality timepiece. My company continues to provide technical input as it has throughout the many phases and assembles these luxury wrist watches for a new company based in the U.S.

The following story shows how a small determined company, faced with the proliferation of products and brands, did everything possible to stand out from the competition and created an extraordinary wrist watch; an exceptionally designed self-winding four-year perpetual calendar with meticulous craftsmanship and special materials never before produced.

Introducing a major breakthrough in watchmaking: The first state-of-the-art, luxury mechanical wrist watch crafted in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.

The AMT 1

from BTI


For the right wristTM

The Right Vision

The art and soul of the AMT 1 watch comes from the passion of Benjamin Alvarez, the creative designer, behind BTI, Benjamin Timepieces, Inc. of New York City.

Inspired to create a revolutionary timepiece that would set a new precedent for watch design, Benjamin created a watch which incorporates totally innovative processes, materials and manufacturing techniques.

Drawn to the aesthetics and function of high-performance, superior-quality goods, Benjamin spent many years studying the technology and construction of luxury items such as automobiles, airplanes, high-end electronics, jewelry and watches. He discovered that while most luxury goods were poised to enter the 21st century with many cutting-edge advancements in materials and fabrication, the watch industry was not keeping up with the times.

With an inventor’s gift for innovation, an artist’s sensibility for beauty and style, and an engineer’s eye for precision, Benjamin set out to reinvent the wrist watch – to create the highest-quality timepiece, using the most advanced methods and materials available, and to do it solely in the United States.

As a pioneer in modern watchmaking, Ben ventured into the frontier of a new era in watches.

It took Benjamin nearly five years to realize his dream of creating a watch that departs from traditional timepieces in design, components, and technical innovations. He carefully researched high-tech advancements in the aerospace and military industries, sought out the best available materials and assembly processes he could find, and persistently, sometimes even aggressively, directed the fabrication of completely custom parts.

The result of Benjamin’s dedication is the groundbreaking *AMT 1 watch. *American Made Timepiece

The Right Components

BTI ventured beyond the tools and materials traditionally used in watchmaking to create a timepiece that defies convention. Every single component adheres to specifications established to fit the exclusive, patented design of the AMT 1 watch. The parts were created in ultra-precision manufacturing facilities in the U.S.A. – alongside projects commissioned by the largest military contractors in the country.

The AMT 1 is different from any other watch ever introduced in the following ways:

DIAL: Made with a single point turned finish, the domed dial echoes the curves of the underside of the hour hand. The arc of the dial creates pockets of space for the calendar sub-dials.

HANDS: Custom machined from a solid aluminum billet, the slotted hands resemble tuning forks. The hands curve in relation to the dial and the crystal and mark time in a smooth sweep defining the three-dimensional space. The hands are made in New York by a firm that specializes in aerospace and medical device manufacturing.

CRYSTAL: The crystal of fused-silica, made by the same manufacturer that creates optics for guidance missiles, is coated with diamond-like carbon (DLC) and has a ranking of 9 on the Mohs hardness scale. The shape of the domed crystal reflects the arc of the dial, and hands, creating a series of concentric curves. The case back window crystal is sapphire. The clear crystal exposes the beauty and precision of the mechanism with its decorated rotor and gold cylinder weights.

HOUR MARKERS: Made of gemstones and precious metals, the markers are embedded directly into the crystal creating an unbroken expanse of three-dimensional space between the dial and the crystal.

CROWN: The domed crown, secured to the stem from opposite sides with two hex screws, is attached to a diamond drawn stainless tube coated with ultra-hard friction reducing titanium nitride.

CASES: Protected by a diamond coating, the cases are made from stainless steel with mirror polished, matte, natural or black finishes.

STRAPS: Sleek and sophisticated, the straps are fashioned from deluxe salt-water crocodile skins. They are padded and stitched for extra comfort and fitted with a cushion core to conform to the wrist and keep the watch in a set position on the arm.

WATER-RESISTANCE: The unique internal water-proofing seals are non-degrading and service free. Gaskets and special seals protect seven points of potential leaks. The crystal and case back gaskets, similar to standard O-Ring gaskets, are custom made by Gore-tex Sealants and are non-aging. A two-component seal protects the crown and four calendar corrector pushers. A non-aging gland is encapsulated inside a micro spring-loaded energizer, exerting force to both the inside and the outside of the seal creating a dual-pressure seal that arenders AMT 1 water-resistant up to 30 meters.

WATCH ASSEMBLY: BTI’s timepieces are assembled, finished, and quality controlled in the U.S.A. by SUPERIOR WATCH SERVICE INC., a service center for high-end mechanical watches. Superior has also been selected as the exclusive, aauthorized after-sales service for BTI.

SWISS MOVEMENT: The AMT 1 watch depends upon the reliability and precision of the prestigious Dubois-Depraz sub-dial calendar mechanism, built on the components of a Swiss decorated ETA 2892A2 automatic mechanical movement. The four-year perpetual timepiece (with no leap year functions) is fitted with four calendar correctors on the side of the case for easy and quick adjustments. The movement is the only component of the AMT 1 watch not made in the U.S.A.

The Right Foundation

Established in 1995, New York City-based Benjamin Timepieces, Inc. (BTI) produces limited edition (customizable) timepieces whose function and form is limited only by the imagination of creator Benjamin.

BTI’s mission is to identify state-of-the-art design, engineering, and manufacturing techniques available in the U.S.A. and apply them to the production of timepieces that will stand as the most distinctive and sophisticated ever made.

BTI spares no expense in the creation of its watches, making sure that every feature represents the best possible material and fabrication available today.

BTI demands the highest performance from its manufacturers, who must be able to work outside traditional watch production techniques to create parts based upon principles never before used in watchmaking.

The Right Support

Jack Freedman — (Senior V.P. Technical, Benjamin Timepieces, Inc.)

Jack is also the founder and President of Superior Watch Service Inc., and a respected and internationally recognized watchmaker. His factory authorized service center, established in New York since 1969, handles repairs of prestigious luxury brands. Jack is a member of the Technical Committee of the American Watchmakers Institute. He contributes technical information on the TimeZone and WatchNet internet sites. His feature on TimeZone called Escape Wheel*ing is accessed monthly by over 10,000 readers.

The AMT 1

from BTI


For the right wristTM

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Basic calibre movement: ETA 2892A2, luxury finish

Thickness of watch: 11.4 mm

Diameter of watch: 38 mm

Water-resistance: 3 ATM / 30 meters

Power reserve: 42 hours

Components: 200 +

Jewels: 26

Crystal: Upper – silica; lower – sapphire

Hands: Solid aluminum

Rotor: Decorated, with gold weights

Case: Diamond coated steel

Dials: Domed, with subs

Strap: Deluxe salt-water crocodile, 21mm wide

(technical specifications & revisions subject to changes – when there is an opportunity to improve we seize them)

The AMT 1 perpetual calendar automatically adjusts for the varying lengths of months (28, 29, 30 and 31 days) without a leap year function.

A watch worth waiting for!

Custom Crafted – Custom Made – Custom Delivered With each piece individually numbered and engraved on the case back


Variations: Custom made to order

Warranty: One-Year limited warranty

Delivery: Three months minimum wait

Payment: American Express, Visa, MasterCard

Checks or Money Orders accepted

(New York residents add sales tax)

Order: 50% deposit required

Price: $9900.00 (U.S. DOLLARS)


Jack Freedman (Senior V.P. Technical, BTI)

Phone from U.S.A./Canada: (800) 275-4687

Phone from overseas: (718) 851-5306

Fax Number: (718) 435-2098


(v1.4 – 3/98)

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Jack Freedman