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In this day and age where people queue to buy the latest gadget or smart watch, ever wondered what represents your individuality from the ones around you? Ever felt the need to flaunt your unique design aesthetic and break the meta?

With your support, SaStek watches can bring to life, the most unique aviation inspired timepiece out there. Not only is it visually stunning it also features an automatic heart so the watch will keep ticking through all your journeys, never missing a beat. Add to that the value for money the specifications of the watch bring to the table, simply put, there is nothing like it.

We call it, the TIME SPEED INDICATOR!

 

Hands on review
Hands on review

 

 

Hands on review and Q&A
Hands on review and Q&A

 

 

So lets get ready to take flight...Ignition sequence start

T minus 10:  THE CONCEPT

The project was born from the need for a unique, aviation inspired timepiece which could express time in a different manner. Researching the available watches in the market, I came to the conclusion that most designs were too generic or reproductions of more expensive classics. Creating another one of those is not the SaStek way!

The Time Speed Indicator's design takes inspiration from aircraft cockpit instruments as well as jet engines. The hour and minute displays are designed along the lines of a Machmeter instrument aka Air Speed Indicator which measures the speed of an aircraft. The name of the watch is a take on the same ideology i.e. measuring the speed of time, hence the name Time Speed Indicator. Similar to a machmeter where a primary hand works on a major scale and a scrolling secondary display working on a minor scale, the watch features a similar concept with hours and minutes.

The design aesthetic didn't really need a seconds hand, but it is important to have a visual cue to the functioning of the watch, right ? The solution is inspired from a jet engine feature with the exact same purpose! The spinner profile painted on the nose cone of a jet engine enables ground crew to immediately know whether the engine is spinning or not. The seconds disc on the watch features the exact same profile so the user can glance at the smooth sweep working of the reliable Japanese automatic movement underneath.


T minus 9: THE DESIGN

Having years of engineering experience, I set out to design every detail of the watch to perfection. Unlike a lot of watches brands out there with generic parts ordered off an Alibaba catalogue, the goal of SaStek watches is to create unique timepieces. This means that expensive tooling is required to create bespoke components, however, no compromise has been done on the Time Speed Indicator collection. Every component barring the automatic movement i.e. case, dial, hands, disc are all unique and individual to this watch.

SKETCH TO FINISHED WATCH
SKETCH TO FINISHED WATCH


The concept was first sketched on paper which helped iron out  proportions of various aesthetic elements. An eye for judgement is necessary to ensure form follows function and vice versa. Following this, all components were optimized through computer aided design (CAD) and rendered at every stage to understand how the watch would look as a finished component.

CAD to Rendering process
CAD to Rendering process

T minus 8: REWARDS

There are a total of 7 watches available to choose from . Three strap colors, two case finishes and five dial colors offer something for everyone and for every occasion.

VERDE STEEL
VERDE STEEL

VERDE STEEL :

Hour hand and dial markers: Sea Foam Green

Steel finish case

Brown leather strap with Black stitching

VERDE PVD
VERDE PVD

VERDE PVD:

Hour hand and dial markers: Sea Foam Green

Black PVD finish case

Brown leather strap with Black stitching

GIALLO
GIALLO

GIALLO:

Hour hand and dial markers: Yellow

Black PVD finish case

Black leather strap with Yellow stitching

ARANCIO
ARANCIO

ARANCIO:

Hour hand and dial markers: Orange

Black PVD finish case

Black leather strap with Orange stitching

ROSSO
ROSSO

ROSSO:

Hour hand and dial markers: Red

Black PVD finish case

Black leather strap with Red stitching

AZZURRO PVD
AZZURRO PVD

AZZURRO PVD:

Hour hand and dial markers: Blue

Black PVD finish case

Yellow leather strap with Black stitching

AZZURRO STEEL
AZZURRO STEEL

AZZURRO STEEL:

Hour hand and dial markers: Blue

Steel finish case

Yellow leather strap with Black stitching

T minus 7: IN THE PRESS & FORUMS

and more reviews upcoming!

T minus 6: SPECIFICATIONS

With such detailed thought going into the design process it was critical that the watch specifications could do justice to the watch. After all, a watch is meant to be robust and dependable. So let me introduce you to the specifications of the watch and selection criteria used for the design process:

  •   CASE MATERIAL

The watch case is crafted out of 316 surgical grade stainless steel. This grade of steel is known for its excellent corrosion resistant and strength properties making it the ideal choice for this watch. Once manufactured, the case is then sand blasted and coated black through a PVD ( Physical vapor deposition) process depending on the finish required.

  • CASE DIMENSIONS

The diameter of the case is 44mm with a lug-lug distance of 52mm. Although the case diameter was guided by design packaging constraints the thickness of the watch body has been limited to 9.5mm which is exceptional, considering that it houses an automatic movement within it. This makes it wear close and comfortably on the wrist. In addition to this, the weight of the watch at 73 grams strikes the perfect balance between lightweight and luxurious heft.

  • SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL

Extremely hard and scratch resistant sapphire crystal is used on the watch. On the Mohs hardness scale, sapphire ranks 9/10 and can only be scratched by diamond, being 10/10. This makes sure that the watch would be "crystal clear" to read for years, just like the day you purchased it.

  • AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT

The movement is the heart of a watch. At SaStek watches, we like all things mechanical and there is nothing more interesting than an automatic movement that uses the wearers motion to store energy to use it for telling time. For the Time Speed Indicator collection, I have chosen to incorporate Miyota's extremely reliable 9015 movement. This Japanese movement offers excellent price-performance ratio featuring 24 jewels, up to 42 hrs power reserve, 28,880 vibrations per hour and can be wound manually in addition to simply wearing the watch in order to wind it automatically.

MIYOTA 9015 AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT
MIYOTA 9015 AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT
  • NIGHT VIEWING

With a unique design came a unique challenge, "how to feature night viewing of time ?" . On traditional watches, the complete face of the watch is exposed to light which charges up the luminous paint. On the Time Speed Indicator, the minutes disc is viewed through a window which meant that the above concept wouldn't work. The solution, by dividing  hours on the dial into four, 15 minute quadrants and having an hour hand with a Super-LumiNova® marker, time can be read with good accuracy.

NIGHT VIEW
NIGHT VIEW
  • LEATHER STRAPS

All watches would feature genuine leather straps with a standard 24mm lug fitment size. The Giallo, Arancio and Rosso option will feature black leather straps with matching colored stitching while the Verde and Azzurro versions would have tan and yellow straps respectively with black stitching. Although the buckles on the prototype straps do not have any branding on them, production versions would feature the SaStek logo on them.

  • CASE BACK

The aviation theme continues to the back of the watch with an etched pilot motif design. It also highlights the water resistance rating of the watch - 5 ATM and the name- Time Speed Indicator.

CASE BACK - STEEL & PVD
CASE BACK - STEEL & PVD

T minus 5: READING THE TIME

Although the watch is unconventional, reading the time is quite easy. The hour hand can be glanced for a quick approximate read while the minute marker can be viewed to read the time to the nearest minute.The following photo illustrates the concept:

TELLING THE TIME
TELLING THE TIME

T minus 4: PACKAGING

A big part of the experience in buying a new watch is its unboxing. That being said, a large packaging box do not have much utility associated with it. For the Time Speed Indicator, I have decided to go for a slim, slide out type box arrangement. Not only does it look slick, its low profile means it can easily be packed within luggage for trips.

RENDERED ILLUSTRATION OF THE WATCH BOX
RENDERED ILLUSTRATION OF THE WATCH BOX

T minus 3: TIMELINE

Leveraging my engineering experience from the Automotive industry, a lot of focus has been placed on durability testing of the prototypes. A lot of other projects are onto Kickstarter within a month of prototype availability which, I believe puts more risk onto the backers on the longevity of the watch.

Although the supplier we have selected has extensive experience in producing timepieces to the highest quality, the Time Speed Indicator  prototypes have been under daily use since the last 8 months. Through this thorough test phase, we are confident in the quality and longevity of the watch that would be delivered to our backers.

Following the Kickstarter launch, we plan to run the campaign for a month which will follow start of production in mid October, once the surveys have been completed . You can expect to start seeing deliveries begin in mid-late January 2017. Start the new year with a new watch!

T minus 2: ABOUT US

My name is Saket Sharma and I am the designer and founder of SaStek watches. We are a husband and wife team based in United Kingdom.

I am a lead engineer in the automotive sector and have worked on projects for some of the most famous German and British vehicle manufacturers. Although this my first Kickstarter campaign, I bring to the table a wealth of experience on technical aspects, quality control to high standards as well as project management.

T minus 1: SUPPORT AND SHARE

With a watch like the Time Speed Indicator, every component is bespoke and needs expensive tooling/manufacturing. Through personal investment, I have passed a critical stage of the project in getting a design from paper to physical prototypes. The prototypes have been thoroughly tested to ensure that all bugs are ironed out and the watch delivered to you is perfect. We are ready for take off!

The next step requires an order fee to start production. By becoming a backer, you would help fund the first production run and avail the watch at a discounted price not to mention being the first to own this unique timepiece.

By sharing the project as well as inviting friends/family to like our Facebook page, we can get the project in front of many potential backers which would help us reach the minimum funding goal. Kickstarter is all or nothing, help us make it through.

Link to SaStek Watches on Facebook
Link to SaStek Watches on Facebook

 

You can also follow us on Instagram. We would be excited to see and share wristshots of production watches delivered to our backers!

SaStek Watches on Instagram
SaStek Watches on Instagram
  

 

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Azzurro Steel version
Azzurro Steel version

 

Risks and challenges

Although we have tried to anticipate any issues that might come up, manufacturing of precision products can sometimes lead to minor unexpected delays. That being said, manufacturing and testing of prototypes has reduced the risk to a minimum.

Our chosen supplier has extensive experience in manufacturing watches to a high quality standard and is ready to start production as soon as we meet our Kickstarter funding goal. There would be a two year warranty with the watch for added peace of mind.

The timings specified in the plan have some contingency built into it to avoid over-committing and under-delivering. In case of any delays, we would keep our backers updated with the current status and work through it to ensure that you get the perfect watch.

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