My name is K. Barlas and I am a horophile (a person who has an obsession with timekeeping devices).
I was eight years old when my dad took me to buy my first watch, a $15 Casio. Ever since then, I can't remember a day leaving my home without a watch on my wrist. I have spent countless hours on watch forums drooling over watches that I could not afford. The style of watches I have loved throughout the years has evolved yet my love for vintage timepieces and minimalism has not changed. Over the years, I have come to know and befriended many with interests alike. My friends and I meet up to play chess and talk about watches and share our newest interests and findings.
Decades of collecting/obsession over watches and we still find ourselves searching for the perfect timepiece. We wanted a watch that is minimal in style with a classic feel yet maintains its elegance and would not cost a fortune. We searched high and low looking at new stylish brands to old vintage watches but did not find that masterpiece.
We decided to list all the things we love about watches and find essential and figured out creative ways to fashion them into one watch. And so the MONGOL M1 Series was born.
We designed our collection with two things in mind:
Affordable: Starting at $79 on Kickstarter, we wanted to make sure our consumers get exactly what they are paying for. Unlike other brands, we won't waste your money on expensive branding and packaging.
Versatility: We are offering FOUR different versatile options to go with whatever your style may be. The watches use a 40mm case which is the perfect size suitable for men and women.
When choosing the name for our company, we wanted something simple yet powerful and would drive curiosity. The name MONGOL was inspired by my family lineage.
The MONGOL logo depicts the Knight chess piece. Through the appreciation of chess, we realize the importance and power of a knight. Arguably, it is the most important piece on the board and we decided to elevate it level to a King, hence the crown.
We have come up with four watch models solely based on what we desire in our watches. We have picked the manufacturer solely based on quality, cost efficiency and our prime needs to carry out this project. We aim to keep our cost low which means, the funding won't be wasted on a fancy watch box with diamond studs on it (I know some of you wanted that, but sorry). Now our goal is to successfully get this project funded through your help! so we can all get a watch that we can appreciate without breaking our bank.
We have FOUR different watches in the MONGOL M1 Series:
M1M1 CLASSIC WHITE: minimal, white dial on a silver case with a camel leather strap.
M1M2 CLASSIC BLACK: elegant, black dial on a silver case with a black leather strap.
M1M3 RALLY EDITION: unique, black dial on a matte black anodized case and black leather strap.
M1M4 EMPIRE ROSE: glorious, pearl white dial on a rose gold case and dark brown leather strap.
Be a Founder with us! For limited time, you can back our project and get the Founder's Edition case back on the watch. Make sure to select the reward with the Founder's Edition case back. All tiers with multiple watches come with Founder's Edition case back.
We are also offering a Genuine Leather Watch Pouch which can be used for storage for up to three watches or while traveling to make sure you have your favorite watches with you no matter where you go.
The watch pouch will be available in black or brown leather. It also has a small pocket to store a strap changing tool. Just pledge $25 more to any reward tier and you can receive leather watch pouch.
We are using some of the most sought after materials in the watch industry to make our watches durable, elegant and simply glorious.
Inside our stainless steel case, we are using a Swiss made Ronda 6004.d movement known for its built quality and accuracy for years on.
The small sub dial with the red hand tells the seconds which is signature to the M1 Series watches. We wanted to emphasize the passing of each and every second as a reminder to slow down and enjoy the moment you are in.
The buckles have the MONGOL logo of the knight chess piece etched on.
The watches are topped of with a sapphire domed crystal which is extremely scratch resistant. The case is made of 316 stainless steel which makes the case strong yet lightweight. Handling the watch in your hand, you will feel the premium quality of the material. But when its on the wrist, its easy to forget its there.
Onion crown because we loved the way it looked with the smooth circular shape of the case. No classic watch is complete without an onion crown.
We designed the lugs to compliment the classic styled case.
We paid close attention and focus on every little detail about the watch as we designed it. The Genuine Leather straps have the MONGOL WATCH CO. name and logo engraved on the back.
They are also 5ATM / 50 Meters water resistant so you won't have to worry about a little sprinkle or jumping into the pool on a hot summer day.
- Case Diameter with Crown: 43mm
- Case Diameter without Crown: 40mm
- Lug to Lug: 50mm
- Case Thickness w/domed crystal: 11mm
- Face Diameter: 39mm
- Band Material: Genuine Leather Band
- Band Width: 20mm
- Band Thickness: 4mm
- Total Weight: 43g
- Case/Back Plating: 316 Stainless Steel / Anodized Steel.
- Clasp: Standard Steel Buckle Clasp
- Glass: Sapphire crystal (scratch resistant)
- Display: Analog
- Movement: Ronda 6004.d Swiss Quartz
- Seconds Function: Small Seconds dial, Red hand
- Water Resistant: 5 ATM / 50 Meters
For any project to be successful, trust and transparency is very important between the project creators and the backers. We have laid out most of our basic costs here but not including some little things like shipping supplies and Kickstarter cost.
Once the project is funded, we will send out surveys to all the backers to collect their preference for the rewards. The backers will be able to choose any style of watch on the same tier. We will begin production for the boxes immediately after the project ends. When all the surveys are completed, we will begin the production of the watches and the watch pouches. As soon as the production goes through quality check, the pledges will be packed and shipped in the order of the pledges made.
This is the part where we need your support through this Kickstarter project. The funding from this project will pay for the manufacturing, packaging and logistics for the M1 Series watches. Your support will put you first on the list to own and receive the M1 Series watch delivered to your door! In addition, it will also make it possible for this collection to be available for the world in the future.
And remember, you will not be charged for your pledge unless we reach our full funding goal.
Social Media - Help us get the word out!
Even if you can't fund our project, we need your help to get the word out. Please share us with your friends, family and on social media.
Who We Are:
MONGOL WATCH COMPANY was started by a handful of horophiles with minds full of ideas and ambitions. We have set out to revive a classic yet forgotten style in watches with a minimal and modern twist and elegance in mind. By profession, we are engineers, accountants and entrepreneurs who all come together for the love of watches. We have spent months and months researching, working together with our manufacturer and perfecting the samples. With your help, we are ready to make this project successful and build you a perfect timepiece that you will love!
Also check out our website: MongolWatches.com
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we have faced so far has been the acceptance of the company name. We are aware of some referring to those with down syndrome as mongol. The term was used by a doctor in 1866 to describe the symptoms but is no longer a valid use of the term. The doctor's name was John Langdon Down hence it was named Down syndrome after him. The word mongol was denounced by the World Health Organization in mid 1900s. In some parts of the world, the word was adopted as a derogatory term and is still in use.
We hope these implications change over time and so a whole country/race of people do not have to be embarrassed by the term they identify themselves as.
Another challenge we have faced is the marketing aspect of our company and this watch project. Our goal is not to compete with over priced watch companies which spend countless resources on advertising and promoting their brands. Instead we aim to use your backing in creating and improving the quality and durability of the watch in every way possible.
So for this, we need your help! Whether you back us with $25k (please do) or with $2, please talk about us, share us with your friends and on social media. The more word gets out, the faster this project gets funded and the more we can add on to this project.
As any project, unforeseeable challenges can arise. To ensure the smooth execution of this project, we are working with well renowned and experienced watch manufacturers to adhere to the well thought out timeline. In case we do experience any hurdles along the way, we promise to be transparent and provide frequent updates regarding the progress of the project.
With that said, we are confident about the success of this project because we have done extensive research and consulted with multiple watch manufacturers prior to starting this project. Now all we need is your help.
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