WEM Watkins Electric Music

Dominator V Retro Blue

Speaker, Amplifier, Power

Main Details
Maker WEM Watkins Electric Music Company
Form Factor Floorstanding / Stand Mounted
Signal Path Analog Hardware
Made In UK
Notes It had always been the plan to make all 100 limited edition Watkins Dominators in the very sophisticated looking 60's golden brown livery to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this special amplifier. Then an unexpected discovery was made - a small quantity of genuine 1960's Rexine with similar to original patterns. First up, a classic Watkins blue and grey combination. With a quick
glance you may well think it's an original that just rolled out the Watkins factory fifty years ago, it's not, it's brand new. Not a fake, not a replica, it's a real Watkins Dominator that looks and sounds as good as a Dominator should.

Experts will notice that the "fleck" pattern in the rexine is a little different to the various types and shades used by Watkins, it does however represent a very good likeness and essence of the original much loved colour scheme. A matching control panel in blue with white graphics has been created to complete the look. Many Watkins amps were made in a red and grey colour scheme, but for some reason, the Dominator was not. The discovery of this bright red Rexine gave us an opportunity to see how the Dominator would have looked - had it ever been made.

It's thought that this particular shade and pattern of Rexine was used on the famous Dansette record players of the 1950's and 60's, we can't be certain of that, but can say it looks absolutely spectacular on a Dominator.

Charlie Watkins tells me there is actually a synergy between Dansette and Watkins designs. Charlie and brother Reg visited the Dansette factory during the early 1950's and it was Dansette's use of bright colours that inspired Charlie to use similar colours on his early amplifiers. It seems fitting that we call this design "Dansette Red".


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