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A High End Dive Watch With 48 Possible Custom Variations

A Grab-and-Go Durable Swiss Made Watch Movement, 20 ATM of Water Resistance, Timeless Design and the Highest Grade Components

A High End Dive Watch With 48 Possible Custom Variations

A Grab-and-Go Durable Swiss Made Watch Movement, 20 ATM of Water Resistance, Timeless Design and the Highest Grade Components

$7,567
pledged of $21,700pledged of $21,700 goal
28
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 7 2014 5:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

ManchesterWatchWorks: Modern, Original Limited Edition Timepieces with Vintage Inspirations

"...the fact still remains that this is a watch you would likely be living with on a semi-regular, if not daily, basis. In that aspect, the ManchesterWatchWorks TatoskoQ performed admirably." - A Blog to Watch

*You spoke, we listened! See the new bezel insert design and hand sets below. Now available as an options. 

Long before Nessie in Loch Ness, the Abenaki, a Native American people, had a name for a colossal water beast that called Lake Champlain in Vermont home - they called it "Tatoskok."

ManchesterWatchWorks is proud to unveil a timepiece named after this legendary creature - a 20 ATM dive watch - the TatoskoQ. 

As seen on/Coming soon to:

Reviews (click the link):

The Time Bum Reviews the TatoskoQ

"...after a few days on the wrist, I found I rather liked this oddly named watch with its clever spin on the familiar diver's design." - The Time Bum

  • Specifications:

-42.5mm 316L stainless steel case with polished finish and/or black PVD plating and/or bead blasted finish

-47mm lug to lug 

-11mm in height 

-20 ATM/200 m water resistance 

-22mm drilled lugs for easy strap changes and curved for comfort

-Swiss Ronda 715Li quartz movement with a 10-year battery life and low battery indication

-Textured black wet sand-like dial with C3 lumed markers and a 12:00 marker inspired by the American diver down flag 

Thick, layered C3 Superluminova lume.
Thick, layered C3 Superluminova lume.
  • Specifications (continued):

-Choice of 4:00 date window or without date window (see pics) 

-43mm knurled unidirectional 120 click bezel 

-Aluminum bezel insert with C3 lume at 12:00 and a swallow-tail 12:00 marker inspired by the international diver down flag 

-C3 lumed arrow hands with red-tipped seconds 

-6mm knurled engraved 4:00 screw-down crown 

-Flat sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating to minimize distortions and reflections

-Screwed down case back 

-Black PU strap with engraved buckle and/or a MWW custom designed strap with engraved strap keeper

-If purchasing for the Holiday season, message us for a complimentary postcard of the TatoskoQ to use as you wish (an "IOU" stocking stuffer, card, etc.) as delivery will be in early 2015

New bezel insert design available for your TatoskoQ!
New bezel insert design available for your TatoskoQ!
New hand set option.
New hand set option.

 Summary of Customization Options:

- Choice of black rubber strap or a custom MWW designed nylon strap

- Choice of dial with or without a date window

- Choice of polished, PVD black or bead blasted case finishes

- Choice of bezel insert designs

- Choice of hand sets

The Creation/Design:

As with all ManchesterWatchWorks in-house designed timepieces, the TatoskoQ began as a hand drawing and a list of specifications. This model was built around the concept of a grab-and-go-anywhere-thin-as-possible dive style watch with certain design elements inspired by vintage pieces. Of course, we added many of our own unique design ideas to complete the TatoskoQ (like the bezel and dial markers inspired by diver down flags, the sand-like finish of the dial, our first custom designed strap and the caseback illustration). 

In addition, the accurate and durable Swiss made movement allows the case thickness to be only 11mm (many dive watches are greater than 14mm in thickness). Plus, the battery only needs to be replaced once every 10 years, which adds to the TatoskoQ's low cost of ownership.

Early design drafts.
Early design drafts.
Engineering schematics.
Engineering schematics.

Pre-Production (Completed):

As of the launch of this project we have completed the design and planning phases for the production of the TatoskoQ. We have also received the fully functional and approved pre-production samples shown on this project page. The next phase is funding, which (if you are reading this) we are currently in.

Etched caseback.
Etched caseback.

Funding and Production (10/14-1/15):

All of our funding goal here on Kickstarter will be used to produce and fulfill theTatoskoQ (minus our charitable donations TBD at year end). If this campaign is wildly successful, any "extra" monies will be put back into ManchesterWatchWorks to keep us up and running between watch releases (as we are a new company). Our ultimate goal is to become completely independent and still adhere to our original mission to produce high quality timepieces with great value.

Once this project is fully funded, the manufacturer will receive the green light to start full production and sourcing of all components described here and shown on the sample TatoskoQ's. 

When this campaign is over, I will keep all backers abreast of the progress through Kickstarter and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mww802

Engraved strap buckle and keeper.
Engraved strap buckle and keeper.

Post-production (2/15):

Once the watches are assembled, they will be shipped to Vermont, USA, where I will QC each watch, then package and ship them out to my backers. Each watch will be securely wrapped in eco-friendly packaging  to travel safely to your home. 

The unsold/non-KS backed pieces will be sold through our new website  - www.ManchesterWatchWorks.com

Goals:

Your pledge will enable us to progress the TatoskoQ to full production. We will be using a combination of revenue from this Kickstarter project and my own personal investment to fund full production.

As with all ManchesterWatchWorks timepieces, this will be the one and only production run of the TatoskoQ - proving exclusivity and affordability can co-exist.

Example of a bead blasted case finish.
Example of a bead blasted case finish.

About MWW:

Call us 'old-fashioned' but our business philosophy is simple - make a great product and stand behind it. 

In addition, our company is built on the firm belief that high quality, beautifully designed timepieces can be made affordable for any wrist. And crowd funding significantly reduces our overhead so we can achieve that goal and sell more for less (instead of less for more). 

We are also firm believers in giving back to our  community and our planet. As such, we strive to use eco-friendly packaging whenever we can. Plus, a portion of all gross sales will be donated annually to St. Jude's Children Hospital and/or the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Our reach only goes so far. That's where word of mouth comes in. So, tell all you know about the TatoskoQ and get one while you can!

Thanks for your support!

Enjoy your time,

Douglas Kim, Founder, ManchesterWatchWorks

Risks and challenges

As with any project, there are always risks and delays that can arise due to a variety of factors beyond my control including supply chain and quality control issues as the components come from different manufacturers/suppliers all over the world. However, I am confident that I am well able to deal with any issues that may arise with the production.

Having owned and worked on hundreds of watches, I know a well built watch when I see one. So, I have selected a manufacturer who is used by many, respected brands all over the globe (many of which I have owned). As such, they have a proven track record when it comes to quality.

I have also made sure to select a proven movement from Swiss movement manufacturer, Ronda, of which there is generally ample availability. So rest assured, quality control will be high and customer service will be a priority.

In addition, your ManchesterWatchWorks timepiece will be covered by a twelve (12) month warranty effective from the shipping date. The warranty covers manufacturing and material defects.

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    A hearty 'Thank You!' from ManchesterWatchWorks.

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    Polished Steel TatoskoQ - Pledge at this special KS only price and save $160 off the already extremely competitive retail price. (Choose a date or no-date dial and a black rubber strap or MWW custom designed strap with a survey after funding ends.)

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    TatoskoQ on both straps - Pledge at this special KS only price and save $140 off the already extremely competitive retail price. Your TatoskoQ will come with both the MWW custom designed nylon strap and the black rubber strap. (Choose a date or no-date dial and a case with polished steel finish or black PVD case with a survey after funding ends.)

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    Two Tatoskoqs - Choose your case finishes (silver polished and/or PVD black), dials (date and/or no-date) and straps (MWW custom designed strap and/or black rubber strap) with a survey after funding ends.

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