About this project
Hi, my name is Harnek Gulati and I built these wooden word watches. If you would like to know how they were built, you can click here to follow the build.
- A completely wooden walnut case, strengthened through penetrative finishes to leave a wooden feel and aesthetic
- Three different designs available: German, English, and Spanish
- A leather strap designed for this particular walnut case
- Dimensions: 43mm x 33mm x 7.7mm
- Custom-made wooden button
- Pressing the button once turns on the word layout to find the nearest five minute mark. Example: "It is half past six"
- Pressing the button again turns on the digital layout. Example: "6:32"
- Pressing the button for the third time turns off the display
This started off as a present for my roommate. I wanted to learn embedded C and CAD, so I built him the first prototype. But it was really fragile and didn't really function as a watch as it only had a month long battery life. So I built my next roommate a better version, in Spanish, along with building myself one. I gave myself a deadline of presenting at the MiTxMake Fair, and went ham on building.
My first prototype was done by the MITxMake Fair and with only a few more iterations required before the second prototype, I prepared for my last roommate's birthday. Unfortunately, I didn't account for some low tolerances when I built her version and had to give it to her a few days later. She ended up liking it though!
The watch was then finalized. I spent a lot of money making those prototypes, but I'm finally happy and proud of the final design. I want to make more and see if others would like it (Like maybe you!). If you do, then please let me know.
What's the battery life?
Two years! And just in case you wanna keep it for ever and ever, the battery is easily replaceable.
Do I get all three languages with one watch?
No, the languages are on different designs of the watches
How can I get mine personalized?
You get one personalization on the front side where Molly and my names are currently. The back is unfortunately not customizable as of now.
Do you offer other bands?
I spent a lot of time picking this one out in particular, but unfortunately I cannot offer different kinds of bands at this time. The bands themselves are modular, however, and fit any 20mm band spacing.
Can I get my own font for a name engraved?
Can I get a custom watch (Example: I want it to say "Love" on the third button click)?
Sure, but that's not part of this Kickstarter. You can email me separately for that pricing information.
When can I get my watch?
The tentative schedule is as follows:
Note: These will most likely be done in batches.
Risks and challenges
The biggest problem is moving to manufacturing. There is a high upfront cost to a lot of manufacturing plants, especially due to the nature of custom watches and CNC milling. Earlier, I did all of the CNC milling and PCB soldering myself, but spending an entire day building a watch isn't something I can do at scale.
My biggest challenges are manufacturing the case, utilizing the same penetrative finishing, while still ensuring quality. Before the penetrative finishes, the wood is very fragile and must be handled with care. Furthermore, due to the unpredictable nature of wood compared to aluminum or steel, quality is very important and will be taken seriously.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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