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Air Blue WATCHES capture the true essence of vital cockpit instruments & flying’s rich history with unrivaled Craftsmanship, & Value.
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Hi My name is Stan,

I am a life-long enthusiast and collector of all things watches. My journey into watch-making began when I was shopping for a replacement strap for one of my beloved timepieces. As a consumer, I was astounded by the ridiculous prices watch companies were asking for a simple strap. I imagined that there were watch enthusiasts around the world, like me, who would appreciate high quality straps at reasonable prices. That led me to start my first company; Panatime. At Panatime we specialized in exquisite watchstraps at a value. In a short time Panatime became the worlds largest Internet strap retailer. I ran Panatime with a simple philosophy; treat the customer the way I would want to be treated. Over the years, through my many conversations with my loyal customers, I learned that there was a real frustration among the average consumer with their inability to afford quality timepieces, so I opened a dive watch company, Deep Blue Watches; and I was met with overwhelming success. I took my experience from Panatime and applied it to Deep Blue and created sensible priced Dive Watches with all the key features and top grade components offered by the higher end brands, at a fraction of the price. I have taken the dive watch industry by storm, and have successfully shown the average consumer and the avid collector alike, that there is no reason to overpay for a quality dive watch. 

Now the time has come (pun intended!!!) to ask you for your help in making my latest dream a reality. 

Over many years dealing with our friends and customers, we received numerous requests to create a collection of Aviation Inspired Pilot watches with the same philosophy as Deep Blue; unrivaled design, craftsmanship, value and most importantly; dedication to our customers. Pilot and Dive watches are the most popular Sport watches in the world. After conducting extensive research on the main players in the Pilot Watch Category we found many areas for improvement. Typically they were either overpriced or sadly, using inferior materials. Given our experience and success with Deep Blue, we have decided to answer the call of our customers. We are excited to share with you, our first collection of Pilot Timepieces; AIR BLUE. The same philosophy and ethics that we founded Deep Blue on will be infused into Air Blue. Air Blue styles are based on the Classic Pilot Watches of the past as well as today's modern designs. 

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By using high tech materials we are able to build more reliable timepieces than in the past with features Pilots would have loved to have back in the day. Quality, authenticity, attention to detail and of course incredible value is what separates Air Blue from our competitors. We need your help to complete this project and bring it to fruition.

All Air Blue watches will incorporate:

Anti Reflective Sapphire Crystals: These cover your watch dial. Sapphire is much more expensive than traditional mineral crystal. They are scratch resistant and the Anti Reflective coating allows for clear dial viewing which is critical for Pilots.

Screw Down Crowns and Casebacks. A crown is the instrument that is used to set your watch. By utilizing a “Screw Down” Crown Mechanism in conjunction with a “Screw Down” Case Back, high levels of water resistance can be achieved as well as creating a dust free environment insuring the highest level of accuracy. 

Swiss Made Ronda Precision Quarts Chronograph Movements: A movement is the engine that powers your timepiece. Swiss Made assures precision for your critical timing moments.  We will be utilizing Swiss Made Ronda chronograph calibers 5040D, 3540D, and 3520D. These movements are Swiss Made (not Swiss parts) Ronda 5040D is in the Bravo Chronograph, Ronda 3540D is in the Charlie Chronograph, and the Ronda 3520D is in the Delta Chronograph. 

Automatic Seiko Precision Jeweled Movements: A movement is the engine that powers your timepiece. Automatic Movements are powered by highly engineered components that work together in perfect synchronicity when wound via the crown or wound via the movement of your wrist. These are highly sought after by watch collectors for their complexity, beauty and accuracy. 24 jewels 21,600 VPH.  Air Blue Logo on rotor.

Genuine Leather straps.

 316L Surgical Stainless Steel Case. 

 High Quality Case construction with unique case designs. 

1 Year warranty on parts and labor.

Swiss Superluminova to light up the dial.  Not just hour markers but in some instances minute markers as well .

 Delta Collection Vintage Lume 

Case Construction and Design - Automatic Movement Shown - Exhibition case back - Air Blue Logo on rotor.

Our team of designers accepted input from our current customers for the Air Blue Collection. They learned that most important to them was an initial offering of the Classic Pilot watch or “Flieger” which means “Flyer” in German. In addition, they wanted to see classic Pilot Watches from World War II the 50's and 60's. We decided on a very ambitious plan with a goal of producing 6 of the most famous Pilot Watch styles ever created. Designs have been submitted and delivery for the first group of Air Blue Watches should be available by October 15, 2015. Recognizable to most watch enthusiasts will be the classics of a bygone era- these timepieces invoke the history and courage of our American Heroes who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.

We updated these classics by incorporating concentrated amounts of Super Luminova on the dial, exhibition case backs (see through) that  show the precision automatic movements and military grade straps to project a great tactical look. We also received direction from current and retired Fighter Pilots who advised us on designs. Most important to them, was ease of dial readability either during day or night as well as precision and accuracy.  In addition, Sapphire Crystals were very important to insure a scratch resistant timepiece while conducting maneuvers in the cockpit where space is limited.

This is only the beginning. After our initial offering Air Blue will become home to all of your favorite time tested pilot designs so you can begin your collection today and grow it with us as we continue to release new versions. With your help, we can build Air Blue into a dominant force in the watch industry just as we did with Panatime and Deep Blue. Moreover, our plans for AIR BLUE will include Licensed Pilot watches with the logos and insignia's of the 2 top American aerial demonstration teams: The US NAVY’S “BLUE ANGELS” and the US AIR FORCE “THUNDERBIRDS”.

We are also working on a  Air Blue Accessories Collection so you can update your favorite AIR BLUE watch with new and exciting custom bracelets & straps to fit your own individual style.

As you can see we have a lot to offer and it is all based on our proven record of success! Now we need your help to launch Air Blue. Our designs have been made and all we require is the last push from you to get us up and flying!  As you review our video and story you will notice an emphasis on our past successes.  Please remember and this is important, I am not a “newbie” or “wannabe” I have been manufacturing watches and watch related accessories for over 10 years and as such I am well versed in the many phases of manufacturing. I possess the ability to deliver the highest quality timepieces at very competitive pricing. Our rewards to you for contributing to this campaign will afford you the luxury of purchasing Air Blue watches at HALF THE RETAIL PRICE, assuring you an AMAZING VALUE!  All this is to instill within you, our backers a sense of trust, responsibility and accountability. If you are a watch collector you have an added benefit of receiving the first editions of Air Blue Watches, which will only grow in value. As a watch industry veteran, I can honestly say the most important perks that we can bring to you with AIR BLUE are; loyalty through superior customer service, value for your hard earned dollar and exquisite designs with the highest quality built timepieces. These are the cornerstones of our company, the values we cherish and the ones with which I have built my success on in the watch industry over the past 10 years.  

Your contribution to the Air Blue Campaign will afford us the ability to continue to rally against the "Big Brands" by delivering timepieces that rival them on every level. The main reason their watches cost more than ours is because they are making you pay for all their advertising, marketing and public relations programs. These are ridiculous costs they are passing onto the consumer that YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO PAY! Please help us to make Air Blue available to everyone. We are selling direct to the consumer and saving everyone all the unfair costs you simply should not have to pay. Join our dogfight, help us win the battle, take flight with AIR BLUE and soar with us!

Check out this story on Air Blue in IW MAGAZINE ( International Watch )

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 Check out this Feature on Air Blue in TIME ZONE com

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Check out this feature story on Worn and Wound 

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 Check out this feature story in Keep The Time

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 Rewards 

The List price for Air blue watches is $399 Per watch . Automatics and Swiss Chronographs. For Rewards please contact me with your choice # after backing this project .

 Please choose a number below for your reward All watches are 44mm except 1-6 (please note rewards #1,2,3,4,5,6 Come in 3 sizes 41mm 44mm 47mm Please specify ) Please email your choice numbers  via Contact me tab .

Specifications - For more info please Contact me 

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Air Blue Alpha automatic  Collection Available in 41mm , 44mm , 47mm . Sapphire crystal AR coated , Screw down Crown & Caseback, Seiko Nh 35 Automatic Movement. BGW9 Blue Swiss Superluminova, 10 ATM Watrer resistant . 13mm Thick . 41mm - 20mm Band Lugs, 44mm-22mm Band Lugs, 47mm -24mm Band Lugs . Genuine Leather Strap. Please choose Stainless or Black (PVD) Finish 

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Air Blue Bravo and Charlie Automatic Collection Available in 44mm , Sapphire crystal AR coated , Screw down Crown & Caseback, Seiko Nh 35 Automatic Movement. BGW9 Blue Swiss Superluminova, 10 ATM Watrer resistant . 13mm Thick .44mm-22mm Band Lugs, Genuine Leather strap .Please choose Stainless or Black (PVD) Finish

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Air Blue Delta automatic Collection Available in 44mm , Sapphire crystal AR coated, Screw down Crown & Caseback, Seiko Nh 35 Automatic Movement. BGW9 Blue Swiss Superluminova/ Vintage Green Lume , 10 ATM Watrer resistant . 13mm Thick .44mm-22mm Band Lugs, Genuine Ballistic Nylon Strap Leather Backing .Please choose Stainless or Black (PVD) Finish 

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Air Blue Bravo and Charlie Chronograph Collection Available in 44mm , Sapphire crystal AR coated, Screw down Crown & Caseback, Bravo -Ronda 5040D Swiss Made Movement, Charlie- Ronda 3540 Swiss Made Movement . BGW9 Blue Swiss Superluminova, 10 ATM Watrer resistant . 13mm Thick .44mm-22mm Band Lugs, Genuine Leather Strap .Please choose Stainless or Black (PVD) Finish

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Air Blue Delta Chronograph Collection Available in 44mm , Sapphire crystal AR coated, Screw down Crown & Caseback, Ronda 3520 Swiss made chronograph  Movement. BGW9 Blue Swiss Superluminova/ Vintage Green Lume , 10 ATM Watrer resistant . 13mm Thick .44mm-22mm Band Lugs, Genuine Ballistic Nylon Strap Leather Backing .Please choose Stainless or Black (PVD) Finish

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$25 Reward -Kids Licensed Watches Choose :

Thunderbirds -Black , Red, Blue

Blue Angels -Black,Blue,Light Blue

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$10 Reward - Wild Wings Air Blue Racing Launch Edition Game -Download for your PC/Mac/Mobile 

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All Mens Air Blue Watches Ship in this cool functional Case that doubles as a sunglasses case with Key Chain 

All watch Rewards will come With a "Remove Before Takeoff -Air Blue Keychain" and Free Air Blue Racing Game app Download 

Please help Promote Air Blue Watches so we can become a dominant force in the industry ! 

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