OCS Ring Proposal

The Class of June 83 is working on a proposal to have an OCS Graduation Ring designed. Design is in progress as shown by the image below.

More information will be provided through class orderlies as the design firms up. If interested, you could contact Ash Pagett through your class orderly who has further information and direct contact details.

4/10/2019 We have just received sample photos of the design as done for 1RNZIR.

Indicative prices will depend on final design. The following are prices for the above rings and depend on the price of gold.

  • White Lustrium                                 AUD $499
  • Silver/Platinum                                 AUD $699
  • 6K Yellow Gold                                  AUD $899
  • 10K Yellow or White Gold             AUD$1399
  • 14K Yellow or White Gold             AUD $1899
  • 18K Yellow or White Gold             AUD $2099

15/11/2019 Since designing the earlier OCS Portsea ring concept in consultation with the project’s early supporters (from multiple classes), the project team has since completed technical final artwork (FA) for the manufacturers we have shortlisted.

See this file containing the range of OCS Portsea (OCSP) rings we designed, in both white precious metal (WPM) and yellow gold (YG).  The images are shown below.

   

Recently, we requested design proposals from several shortlisted vendors and have whittled the list down to 2-3 finalists and we are now in the process of evaluating their design and commercial proposals.

We anticipate the winning designs being available for posting on the project’s blog by the end of Nov. 2019.

Subsequently, prototype rings should be available as photographic product models by year-end 2019 or early Jan. 2020 at the latest.

Once the rings have been supplied to the project’s early supporters (from multiple classes), class 6/83 “2020 SE Asia Reunion” attendee buyers, and class 6/83 buyers by end Q1, 2020; then ring orders will be opened up to all OCS Portsea alumni buyers who are interested.  We expect from Q2, 2020 onwards.

Eventually, orders will be able to be placed by individual OCS Portsea alumnus buyers directly with the vendor(s) selected.  Our project team and class 6/83 has no profit motive and has completed this project as a public service to the OCS Portsea alumni community.

“Design once, use many times.”

16/12/2019 Update

  • Having whittled down its vendor shortlist to two finalists (one US and one Australian), the OCS Portsea Ring Project subsequently received only one vendor’s design proposal on time.
  • The proposal submitted on time was from the US vendor finalist. A belated design proposal from the Australian vendor is still awaited.
  • The US vendor finalist has proven to be very accommodating of the project’s requirements. Their design proposal (below) conforms exactly with the project’s original design concept and technical drawings.
  • Accordingly, the US vendor’s latest revision of their oval face design proposal has been ACCEPTED.
  • With the ring’s oval face design proposal now accepted, the project is now focusing on the customisable text elements and commercial matters prior to placing some initial prototype orders.
  • Owing to technical constraints, the intended range of ring standard model configurations has been reduced from three to two (below).
  • As OCS Portsea’s livery colours evolved over time, to appease the different eras of graduates the ring’s background colours will also be customisable. With two red and two blue colour options to choose from.
  • So, all eras of OCS Portsea alumni should be able to select the colour scheme that resonates with them the most.
  • In addition to oval class-signet rings; matching cuff links, lapel pins, tie pins/clips, necklace pendants and other quality merchandising products are planned.

2/01/2020 Update

ADDENDUM (02/01/2020):

  • On reflection, I was a little disappointed to notice that our Australian vendor finalist’s prototype is not true to our technical final artwork that we provided them.  See annotated picture below.
  • Alas, an argument for the vendor following our selection process properly and getting their design proposal accepted before going into prototype production.
  • In any event, I will raise the design and quality issues noted below with the vendor.  Hopefully, they will be receptive to correcting the issues raised.

  • UPDATE – FOR PROJECT SUPPORTERS (02/01/2020):
    • Happy New Year everyone and best wishes for 2020!
    • Our OCS Portsea Ring Project is off to a flying start.  Just as well, as my recent/ongoing email provider problems and the year-end Christmas rush resulted in the project falling behind schedule.
    • Anyway, our project’s dual source strategy just got a major boost, which may help to get our timeline back on schedule.
    • Specifically, our Australian vendor finalist in Melbourne, VIC — having missed the earlier design proposal deadline of 27 Nov. 2019 — is now attempting to make up the lost ground and confidence.
    • They are proactively producing a “proof of concept/capability” prototype — at their own expense.
    • Presently, the prototype is still a work in progress, sans the contrasting centre lion/crown crest insert and background enamel colour scheme.  See picture below.
    • While some minor imperfections are visible and need further refinement, it looks very promising.  So, this new development augurs well for a “Made In Australia” option.
    • The prototype edges (mold?) could do with refinement and hopefully reduce the texture on the non-enamel recessed backgrounds too.
    • However, once the crest insert and background enamel has been added, it should be acceptable — subject to the above refinements.
    • I think they’re using a mold process rather than die press (stamping)?  Anyway, a promising prototype.
    • We eagerly await images of their completed prototype in due course.
    • Meanwhile, we are still waiting for the US vendor finalist to confirm the “top size” or oval face dimensions in mm (in relation to their price list) prior to placing our pending prototype firm orders with them.

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