In collaboration with Laco watches, Ablogtowatch founder, Ariel Adams, and site contributor/designer Matt Smith-Johnson created a unique limited edition timepiece that pays homage to the post-apocalyptic role-playing game series Fallout which first came out in 1997.

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX

There is no official relationship with Bethesda Game Studios, which owns the rights to Fallout, but the watch release was well-timed considering the latest game in the series, Fallout 76, was released just last month.

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX

According to the Wikipedia Fallout (series) page, “The series is set during the 22nd and 23rd centuries, and its atompunk retrofuturistic setting and artwork are influenced by the post-war culture of 1950s America, with its combination of hope for the promises of technology and the lurking fear of nuclear annihilation.”

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX

This aforementioned “retrofuturistic” artwork – influenced by the post-war culture of the 1950s America – is also what has inspired the design theme of the complete Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX watch kit which includes a specially made Savage brand bag, metallic box, and other complementary artifacts.

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX

The watch comes in a weathered stainless steel case the measures 42 mm x 13 mm (20 mm interlug width) and is fitted to a bund-style strap made from reddish-brown leather and olive canvas. Little details such as the lime green thread that looks like the green oxidation you get overtime on bronze, and a black/orange angled nuclear hazard warning stripe pattern on watch on the stays, amplify the nuclear fallout aesthetic.

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX

“The Laco Auxiliary Observer, or ‘RAD-AUX’, was created specially for the U.S. market. Taking inspiration from the Fallout gaming series, the RAD-AUX is a partial redundancy for the ‘Pip-Boy’ wrist computer. With this watch, you can time your radiation exposure when exploring the wastelands beyond your vault. Originally issued to Vault #43, this watch has seen years of hard use and certainly has a story to tell,” according to Ablogtowatch.

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX

On the dial, the post-apocalyptic design cues are apparent, including faded lume for the markers hands, an orange/black color scheme, and the international radiation warning symbol at 6 o’clock. The solid caseback even has a radiation time table engraved on it which, should your so-called “Pip-boy” fail, allows your RAD-AUX to be used in conjunction with a separate rad meter to calculate and time your exposure to radiation.

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX buckle

Each watch is manufactured and assembled in Pforzheim Germany, and uses a 4Hz Swiss ETA 2828.2 which drives the hours, minutes, and center seconds. The 25 jewels automatic mechanical movement features hacking seconds and a 38-hour power reserve. The additional accouterments such as the bag, box, and artifacts are all made in North America.

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX

The Laco x Ablogtowatch RAD-AUX watch is limited to 143 pieces and retails for $2,950. Learn more at www.laco-143.com.

Laco Auxiliary Observer RAD-AUX

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