Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Historical watchmaking married to modern engineering. Titanium case with laser engraved designs & powered by a 100 yr old USA movement.
Historical watchmaking married to modern engineering. Titanium case with laser engraved designs & powered by a 100 yr old USA movement.
17 backers pledged $10,060 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

100% American Made Wristwatches - Arcane Watch Co. project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$10,060

17


 

Welcome to Arcane Watch Company's 100% American made watch.
Welcome to Arcane Watch Company's 100% American made watch.

Some quick links for those who want more detail:

  

Resurrecting the spirit of American watchmaking both figuratively and literally.  Making a 100% American made watch we start to refill the giant shoes of our forefathers.  Using 100 year old pocket watch movements we pick some of the best created in our country and display their glorious nature.  

Illinois Autocrat Circa 1915 all movements we are currently using will be ~100 years old
Illinois Autocrat Circa 1915 all movements we are currently using will be ~100 years old

 

We bring these amazing pieces of history back to life in our new watch line Arcane. Rather than hide them away we feature them through a solid sapphire case back with the option to wear them movement side up as fine art.

The reversible case design is yet one more custom feature of this amazing line.
The reversible case design is yet one more custom feature of this amazing line.

Being from the Northwest recycling is a big part of our culture. To embrace this, along with the movements being brought forward in time our cases are milled from recycled aircraft titanium.  These come with your choice of the watch roll or five watch box. Ask about our limited production display case built entirely of salvaged and recycled construction material.

These are end cuts from 1.75 inch diameter bars that are used for single piece solid rod production.
These are end cuts from 1.75 inch diameter bars that are used for single piece solid rod production.

 

Beautiful dual sided display case made in the US.
Beautiful dual sided display case made in the US.

 

Fine time pieces should be accompanied by fine timekeeping, we make sure your watch, while having origins from 100 years ago, has the advantages of our years of experience to make them compete with modern marvels.  

Our experience servicing all levels of brands has given us a lot of insight towards manufacturing mistakes and design flaws.  We apply that knowledge to your new Arcane watch.  Included in these considerations are a mono-block construction for the case, a beefy crown assembly unlikely ever to be damaged by impact, a 1:30 crown for the comfort of the wearer, and interchangeable lugs for ease of future repair and refinish.

Monoblock titanium casing generates a structurally stronger design yet allows for thinner and lighter weight side walls.  The case is a mere 4 mm larger than the movement it houses.
Monoblock titanium casing generates a structurally stronger design yet allows for thinner and lighter weight side walls. The case is a mere 4 mm larger than the movement it houses.

 

We are asking the collectors out there to look closely and see the prestige that our country held in the watchmaking world and help us bring "it" back.

This hand engraved dial and case on a US pocket watch from 100 years ago.
This hand engraved dial and case on a US pocket watch from 100 years ago.

 

We encourage the enthusiasts to reach up and grab one of our watches and experience modern engineering and technology merged with the history of master watchmaking. 

The Arcane watch is the culmination of years of research and design, this is one of the two live working prototypes, beautiful and incredible to behold.
The Arcane watch is the culmination of years of research and design, this is one of the two live working prototypes, beautiful and incredible to behold.

Kickstarter and its community offer a perfect pairing for our fully customizeable line of watches.  With our technique for creating in-house dial designs and coloring options you get to choose the parts you like most and have us create your dream watch. 

The technique of laser engraving and oxide coloring allow us to perform in-house all stages required after the initial milling.
The technique of laser engraving and oxide coloring allow us to perform in-house all stages required after the initial milling.

 

We are an experienced company and have incredible customer support in making this step from repair to creation.  From supporters, we are looking for the volume needed to make these watches at an economical level. We want to know you want our watches enough for us to spend the time and energy it takes to make a truly great timepiece.

The clean room pictured here is part of our 3000 square feet flagship store.
The clean room pictured here is part of our 3000 square feet flagship store.

With 2 locations we have ample resources to pull this off.  And we have put immense amounts of time and research into these watches and the infrastructure needed to manufacture the parts both in-house and with our US partners.

Pictured here, our 2 CW21 certified watch makers.
Pictured here, our 2 CW21 certified watch makers.

Our flagship store in Bellevue Washington also houses our repair shop that rivals any major manufacturer for both technology and expertise.  We combine this with the passion and desire needed to bring a project like this to fruition.  With these and your commitment we will be "making history" for years to come.

The clean room has independent circulation and houses all the latest technology in watch repair and servicing. The Elmasolvex VA is by far the best cleaning machine ever to bless the benches of watchmakers.
The clean room has independent circulation and houses all the latest technology in watch repair and servicing. The Elmasolvex VA is by far the best cleaning machine ever to bless the benches of watchmakers.

It is with these facilities and modern listening technology that we approach the idea of making these 100 year old movements show off their fantastic design and fabrication.  We have taken one of these to .3 seconds per day with a delta of 8 secs between all 6 positions.

Automatic microphones allows us to time for 6 positions in ~2 minutes, this process would have taken weeks to do the adjusting and the timings. This link show you the Illinois Watch Company back in the heyday of American watchmaking.
Automatic microphones allows us to time for 6 positions in ~2 minutes, this process would have taken weeks to do the adjusting and the timings. This link show you the Illinois Watch Company back in the heyday of American watchmaking.

 

Chronoscope readings demonstrates how amazing Illinois movements from 100 years ago were. The amplitudes and running characteristics are better than most modern wrist watches and would rival that of all but the very best certified movements.
Chronoscope readings demonstrates how amazing Illinois movements from 100 years ago were. The amplitudes and running characteristics are better than most modern wrist watches and would rival that of all but the very best certified movements.

This is all about the demonstration of the quality that came from the US in its prime. At that point in history we were the #1 manufacturer of watches in the world. We look to not only educate our consumers about our role in the history of watchmaking but also to bring this bit of history forward to the 21st century.  

Our watches symbolize the achievements we have made as a country through the recycled aircraft titanium, the aerospace machining techniques, and the cutting edge technology to make this one of the finest time pieces you own.  You won't be able to keep from showing it off and luckily for you it does that relatively all on its own.  From the bold colors to the unique placement of the crown at 1:30 and sub dial at 7:30, from the quadruple sunk dial to the pillow finished titanium hands.

Actual pictures of real hands laser cut and hand finished with colored titanium oxide.
Actual pictures of real hands laser cut and hand finished with colored titanium oxide.

 

These options give you just a glimpse inside of our bespoke watches. You will be able to choose the coloring for the casing, the dials, and the hands.  In some instances we will offer dual tone or even triple colored options on the same watch. You also get to determine the detail of the dial design and the minute track format. Notice the 60 second Montgomery minute track and the dual tone browns with teal numbering.

This prototype is shocking to say the least, once you get past the denial of it being real you too are going to want a marriage of your favorite colors.
This prototype is shocking to say the least, once you get past the denial of it being real you too are going to want a marriage of your favorite colors.

This is also a good example of the larger lug size available to those with bigger wrists.  If you have a 7 and 3/4 inch wrist and it is relatively wide this is a better fit and allows regular length straps to fit you just right.  The handmade USA straps are offered shorter for the smaller wrist sizes since a regular length strap with our lug design will fit some of the largest wrists.  We help you make all of these choices with our customizer program that will be available before the end of the campaign. Here is a group of designs made using the optimizer in Photoshop.  These are color overlays of the #1 prototype in blue.  

These are all portrayed with the optional upgrade to the skeleton movement but we can do such a variety that we work with you to narrow it down.
These are all portrayed with the optional upgrade to the skeleton movement but we can do such a variety that we work with you to narrow it down.

Ready for yours?

Login sign up and let us know you are ready to make the choices. We will help you get through to your inner fashionista to make the watch you will hold closest to your heart. Be a founder of Arcane Watch Company. 

REWARDS

Commemorative Founders Ticket
Commemorative Founders Ticket

 

Commerative Titanium Clock
Commerative Titanium Clock

 

3 Watch Roll
3 Watch Roll

 

3 Watch Travel Roll
3 Watch Travel Roll

 

Arcane 5 watch Box
Arcane 5 watch Box

 

Preliminary Master Engraver Tira Mitchell's Limited Edition Design Series
Preliminary Master Engraver Tira Mitchell's Limited Edition Design Series

 

Risks and challenges

We have addressed most of the issues of preproduction that we see people run into with their kickstarter campaigns. This project has been in the works for the last three years and we did not list this campaign until we had eliminated all the issues that could sideline the endeavor. All our partners are more than capable of delivering on the quality and quantities needed. We have manpower to accommodate expected volume and will add more watchmakers if needed to minimize the time extension common of high volumes.

The prototyping while expensive, we feel was a necessary step prior to the campaign. Watching projects fail or have extreme time extensions due to short sightedness or improper expectation is hard.
We took our time with each step of the process and have gathered all the elements needed to create a 100% american made watch that can compete with finer timepieces on the market.

While looking into machine shops we had to go though quite a few to find one capable of the tolerances necessary for watch making and able to mill the unique parts of our casing and then had to go through several more to find one willing to take on a smaller job of short run for prototyping. Each portion of our watch including the display case required many hours in both imagineering & design stages.

The challenge of finding knowledgeable 3d CAD talent had a very severe set back to our initial time frames. Had we launched only having made the initial prototype from 2d sketches we would have seen issues and time delays experienced by many projects that often create budget overruns thereby ending the project.

The number one question I get asked is, "how long can you sustain making Arcane watches if they are based on antique movements won't the parts and the movements dry up?" This is a great question and was one of the first items I addressed in my process. We currently have hundreds of the 405 caliber based movements. And have several hundred of the movements intended for the 2nd and third generations of this series.

Illinois Watch Company over 15 years made approximately 400,000 of the various models based on the 405 caliber. these have not typically been thrown away but are in collectors caches or in grandpa's drawer and are often put up for sale as they are handed down. With few collectors and almost no wearers, pocket watches have little use in their current state and by picking the models we have we are able restore them beyond the level of when they were first made. We often polish parts that never originally were for either aesthetic or functional improvement. We time out these in 6 positions with significant dedication to adjusting down to expectations of modern mechanicals.

We have sourced a large amount of NOS staffs and mainsprings for these movements since these were produced in volume and pocket watches were starting to be phased out within a short time after these were manufactured. There is a relatively good supply of NOS parts at the individual supply houses around the states you just need to hunt for it.

Having current sources of income in our repair business has allowed us to survive all these steps required to be here today for your viewing pleasure.

This is our first Kickstarter and, if it's a successful way of garnering customer base and support, it will definitely not be our last.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Commemorative Titanium Founders Ticket

    We will send you a commemorative titanium ticket using the same techniques we use on our watch dials and our clocks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Your Name Engraved for History

    Inside of the case of the 001 Arcane Watch the first we ever make we will laser inscribe the names of all supporters of this reward. When they went to service Abe Lincoln's pocket watch they found an inscription on the plates secreted there by his watchmaker. We look to our future a hundred years and see the first Arcane being serviced and all the names of our supporters being brought back to light. We will send a photo via email of the final case inside and out.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Arcane "3 Watch" Travel Roll

    This awesome travel roll is made for us. This roll has a higher quality fit and feel than typical in a travel roll and is reminiscent of a camera lens case both in it rigidity and its weight.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    Titanium Clock Laser Engraved & Colored

    We will send you a commemorative Founders Clock made from recycled titanium using the same techniques we use on our watch dials.
    Made in the USA.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Arcane "5 Watch" Display Box

    This beautifully finished box is wonderfully made and holds 5 watches with a glass display top.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $900 or more About $900

    Skeletonizing

    Convert your model to having a skeletonized dial. We laser cut the standard dial design and skeletonize the main plate of the 100 yr old pocket watch movement.

    Get in at the beginning of a future American legend.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Arcane watches 011 through 60

    Stunning Arcane watch(these will retail for 4500 and we have lowered to our cost) in your choice of colors and dial selections.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,700 or more About $3,700

    Arcane watches 005 through 010

    Receive one of our custom dial designed monoblock titanium cased wrist watches with a 1-year warranty.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $4,000 or more About $4,000

    Limited Edition Series 1: #001-010

    A limited edition Arcane watch with dial design and case sides composed by Tira Mitchell

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    Edition of One

    Fly in and have dinner with our staff and get a chance to play with our laser manufacturing system.

    Help us make your dream come true of an entire watch manufactured just for you. We will make yours during your visit for you to take home with you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)