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Dijkman Watches Versum, another one-man Dutch brand

Dijkman Watches Versum, another one-man Dutch brand


We’ve been investigating the Dutch fields of watchmaking as of late, with for example the Van der Gang 20019 chronograph , the 3D-Printed watches of Dutch watchmaker Michiel Holthinrichs or the principal watch by De Rijke Watches & Co , the Amalfi Series I. Today we shed light on one more Dutch creation, driven by exclusive’s energy for the specialty of watchmaking, and supported by a long profession and striking stories; the Dijkman Watches Versum, planned and worked by Holke Dijkman, the single man behind the brand.

The elements for a great deal of start-up specialty brands are typically comparative. Above all else, it is quite often determined by energy, and furthermore, it normally begins at a youthful age by destroying your father’s old radio to perceive how it functions. Or then again a clock, electric alert, CD player or whatever you could lay your hands on. As is the situation of Holke Dijkman, who began his own image with an extraordinary thought for a first watch, after numerous years working his way through the Dutch field of watch and clockmaking.


Holke’s vocation was hindered by the Dutch compulsory military help that was still around during the 1980s. At that point, subsequent to learning at the Horlogemakers (Watchmakers) Vocational School in Hoorn, the Netherlands, he was working as a clock repairman. His advantage and abilities in fine mechanics paid off in the military as he turned into an optical and mechanical instrument engineer.

Fast forward to 2001 when he took up a situation with Christiaan van der Klaauw , then actually headed by Mr. Van der Klaauw himself, an AHCI-part since 1990 and eminent for his tickers with galactic complications. Barely 10 years after the fact, the company was offered to and repositioned by Daniël Rientjes, Holke Dijkman headed out in different directions with Christiaan van der Klaauw. At that point the brand was exclusively delivering mechanical cosmic watches, in which Holke assumed a gigantic part in creating gear moves and prototyping for these complicated watches.

Currently working for Van der Gang Watches in Dokkum, in the most northern area of the Netherlands, he responded to the call of making his own watch in his extra time. The task began around six years prior, and now he has conveyed the initial not many watches. These first models are as yet pressing onward, as he keeps in contact with his customers to get criticism on the exactness, quality, and dependability of his watches. With low numbers that way, it is effectively sensible yet additionally exceptionally essential to monitor your crowd. Terrible client support or a severely completed watch is an executioner for little brands. You will not discover any of that here however, a really modest and sensible person making a cool watch that is in fact impressive!

The most intriguing part for any watchmaker, apparently obviously, is the running cog wheels and pulsating heart of a watch. The development, with every one of its parts, working as one to keep it running as exact as could really be expected. Also, truth be told, for most watch darlings (or nerds), it is the same. I especially like a watch that has something going on, on the dial side. It keeps it fun and entertaining.

The thought for Holke DIjkman’s Versum was just about that. Imagine a scenario in which you could flip the development, and have the running stuff and equilibrium wheel on display with as negligible a dial as could be expected. The thought isn’t totally new, as there are other models out there, yet there are a couple of specialized difficulties that are not handily broken. To begin with, you need to get the stems for the hand to pivot the other way to forestall time being shown counter-clockwise. Second, it implies slicing THROUGH the development with these stems or folding the required mechanics over it here and there or another. We’ll clarify the subtleties in a little bit.

Case and Strap

The case for a Dijkman Watches Versum begins as a machined clear, which is then exposed to a cycle called Electrical Discharge Machining, bringing about a totally completed case. The end-product is a vigorous, cleaned steel case that estimates 42mm across, with tough hauls and a similarly solid crown with a stuff molded enrichment on top.

The case is approx. 13mm in stature, which gives the watch a massive profile – yet this was purposeful. It needs to house the upset development and the accompanying additional arrangement of pinion wheels to make the unordinary timing sign. The tallness shifts between the two forms, as one is fitted with a level gem and the other with a somewhat domed crystal.

Dial and Hands

The dial – or absence of dial to be exact – is rather irregular because of the upset development. To start with, you look into the pinion wheels of the development, that considers it to be altered and still show the right time. It is a genuine display to wind or set this watch as you have a really clear perspective on the gears.

Time is shown on two separate part rings, accessible in two forms: a modern adaptation, with Arabic numerals on the hour ring, and a rendition with Roman numerals on the hour ring. Simply above, and outwardly of great importance ring is the part ring for the minutes.

The hands for the Dijkman Watches Versum are a serious distinctive story. The hour hand is a little triangle drifting over within part ring with either Roman or Arabic numerals. It is suspended from a huge stuff that is mounted under the part ring. Within that stuff is a little lip, with a stem holding the triangle set up. It gives off an impression of being drifting noticeable all around, because of this construction.

The minute hand is situated on the enormous, halfway mounted stuff. It includes a noticeable metal ball and is driven from a stuff situated underneath the hour and moment section ring permitting a perspective on the pinion wheels propelling the hands.

Heat treating these hands is no choice, as the variety in thickness because of the development of them would bring about lopsided tone. Consequently, these are lacquered in blue.


Holke chose a solid Swiss workhorse for his DIjkman Watches Versum, the handwound ETA/Unitas 6497/6498 – generally simple to get, truly dependable, effectively functional. How Holke deals with the development is remake the sign of the hours and minutes (seconds are dropped).

On the rear of the development is a second sign of the hours, again on an enormous stuff molded wheel with regards to the general look of the watch. Note that this is anything but a subsequent time region sign or anything, yet a recycled that shows the current hour. A smidgen of a trick to make the posterior of the watch stand apart a touch more. A few sections have been overlaid or rhodium-plated by Holke in his own workshop, which adds to the profundity of the watch.

Despite the broad variations to the development, and the additional parts to the running stuff expected to show time as it does, the development holds about a similar force as it did previously; 46 hours. Holke Dijkman adds an aggregate of 14 new hand tailored pinion wheels to the development, 10 of which are expected to reroute the hours and minutes and four to supplant the industrial facility made ones.


I was extremely intrigued with the watch. Indeed, you can contend why flip the development and afterward make an approach to demonstrate the right time? However, on the off chance that that is your line of reasoning, you’re overlooking what’s really important. Numerous watchmaking tries look for a response to the inquiry “should it be possible?” And quite a bit of watchmaking needs to do about being exceptional, sharing your innovativeness and planning an item that has a story to tell.

I was additionally intrigued by the degree of completing and the general quality – particularly for a watch made by a small time show. The case is huge however all around constructed and the actual watch feels exceptionally durable and comfortable. Indeed, there are microscopic hints of tooling and contacts that reveal to you this is a generally carefully assembled watch, however that adds to the experience of claiming a particularly extraordinary watch. Think of it as a sign of the producer, the dash of craftsmanship by the very hands that have built it.

The Dijkman Watches Versum comes on a cushioned leather tie and in a hand tailored wooden box. It is restricted in numbers, 250 coincidentally, yet additionally by Holke Dijkman’s creation limit as he makes the watches in his extra time. The initial six watches have been conveyed since the idea was completed and rushing to Holke’s liking. Cost is set at EUR 5,750, which would appear as though a ton thinking about the decision of development, yet satisfactory when taking all the hand tailored parts into account. For more data go to .