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Rick BellBy Rick Bell
First created
Rick BellBy Rick Bell
First created
$12,959
pledged of $37,000pledged of $37,000 goal
65
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 9 2016 3:56 PM UTC +00:00

About

Build Your Own Watch began with a genuine passion for watches, and the joy of watch assembly. Our unprecedented concept demystifies the industry and navigates a clear process of designing your own personalized, quality timepiece from your choice of beautiful materials and unique options. 

We are the first watch company ever to offer self-assembly with free video instruction, or the option to have your creation assembled by a watchmaker. We are the watch brand of YOU!

The Series One Kit

 

Your watch creation experience will start with the Series One Kit, including compelling standard options:

  • The 42 mm 316L Series One Case, with the sapphire and case back crystal installed
  • One Miyota 8215 Movement
  • Your Choice from 3 Dials: Blue, Black or White
  • Your Choice from 3 Hour and Minute hand styles, Dauphine, Leaf or Stick w/Lume
  • Your Choice from 4 Sweep Second hands, White, Silver, Red or Orange
  • Your Choice of 6 coordinating genuine leather straps

 

 

Once you have made the included choices, our premium choices can be selected. We offer exciting additional options to truly make the watch yours.

Guilloche Engraved Rotor

 

A particularly exciting premium selection is the exclusive opportunity of having your movement’s rotor traditionally artisan-engraved using an early 1900’s Rose Engine Lathe. 

This coveted engine-turned Guilloche engraving is a rare and luxurious decoration option for a watch at this price. Give your watch an adornment that shares its roots in traditional pocket watch decoration and is reserved, until now, for only the most prestigious brands. 

The Artist will cut one of two ornate designs we have selected for your choosing. The Sine Wave design has a three-dimensional quality that reflects light beautifully while your rotor moves within the case. The traditional Barley design speaks of pure detail and refinement, making your watch an exciting conversation piece.

Custom Dial Printing

 

Our handsome dial choices can certainly be left as is to retain the aesthetically clean look of your watch. Or, if you desire, we can customize the dial with your own personal Logo or inscription. Our pad printing process allows for up to 8 colors in one design and ensures the crisp lines of your design can still be seen under 10X magnification. We even save the mold for you, should you require another printing. With this premium option, the possibilities are endless. 

Buckle Engraving

Every quality watch has a signed buckle, yours can be no exception. Rounding out our premium optional choices we can laser engrave your initials on the buckle.

Self-Assembly

 Our free, comprehensive step-by-step video instruction empowers you to build your own custom, elegant watch with more flexibility and choices than any other brand in the industry. 

Don’t have watchmaking tools, or know which to buy? Don’t worry, we’ve partnered with Esslinger.com, a leading distributor of watchmaking tools, where you can purchase a comprehensive beginner’s tool kit to get the job done. This specific tool kit will be featured in our free instructional videos. 

The tool kit can be purchased separately here:

http://www.esslinger.com/build-your-own-watch-tools-parts/

You will enjoy the process of installing the dial on the movement, setting the hands, installing the crown, and finally casing the watch! Try something unique, experience the challenge and satisfaction that comes with assembling your own watch. 

If you feel the assembly process is not for you, we will gladly have our watchmaker turn your selections into a fantastic watch that you had the fun of customizing.

 

Watch Configurator

Due to this wide array of options and customization we’ve created an online design interface to ensure a visual design process that is accurate, thorough and fun. With this interactive platform, you simply select your dial, hand design and the color of the sweeping second hand, along with the material and color of your watch strap. The details of your design are showcased for you to compare and contrast as you edit. 

The website is live now for you to enjoy; feel free to visit and consider what you might create! Visit us at:

www.buildyourownwatch.com

What happens if the Series One Kit is funded? How do I make my selections?

We are committed that each and every customer has the experience of using the online Watch Configurator. After the project funding period is over we will email our backers with a code, which will be used on our website as credit towards the exact reward you chose.

Feel free to give your code away as a Christmas gift or present. For most backers, though, delivery of the watch will not make Christmas. 

Tech Specs on the watch:

 

 

*If Assembled by Watchmaker

Tech Specs on the 8215 Movement:

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Our manufacturer has been in business since 1973 and produces watches for over 450 brands. The first 50 cases and various parts have been completed to exacting standards. We are confident in the ability to have our cases, dials, and hands created and tested within our delivery time frame.

Coordinating the vast variety of options complicates our logistics and compresses turnaround time. Whereas most watch companies have one version of their watch, we have over 600 possible combinations of our Series One Watch.

Our engraved rotors are hand engraved by a local artisan whose attention to detail and design takes time to achieve, adding to one of our logistics challenges.

We have set overly cautious delivery dates to accommodate the extra time involved with customizing your watch.

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    The Standard Series One Kit Includes your choice of dial, hands, leather strap and one Miyota 8215 Movement. Includes free engraving of your initials on the buckle (3 Characters). Includes premium option of one engraved rotor. Includes assembly by watchmaker. Selections to be made at a later date. Buyer responsible for import duties and VAT tax. ($426 Retail)

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    2 X Custom Series One Watches

    Ever wanted a custom watch for your group or business? Let us make some custom watches for you with your Logo on the dial, your initials on the buckle and your choice of a custom engraved rotor! Our prices go down with multiple dial printings, save on a cool gift for employees or business associates! Don't worry our watchmaker will make the watches for you! The Standard Series One Kit includes your choice of dial, hands, leather strap and one Miyota 8215 Movement. Includes engraving of your initials on the buckle (3 Characters). Includes premium option of one engraved rotor. Includes premium option of a custom printed dial. Includes assembly by watchmaker. Selections to be made at a later date. Buyer responsible for import duties and VAT tax. ($1,150 Retail Value)

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    3 X Custom Series One Watches

    Ever wanted a custom watch for your group or business? Let us make some custom watches for you with your Logo on the dial, your initials on the buckle and your choice of a custom engraved rotor! Our prices go down with multiple dial printings, save on a cool gift for employees or business associates! Don't worry our watchmaker will make the watches for you! The Standard Series One Kit includes your choice of dial, hands, leather strap and one Miyota 8215 Movement. Includes engraving of your initials on the buckle (3 Characters). Includes premium option of one engraved rotor. Includes premium option of a custom printed dial. Includes assembly by watchmaker. Selections to be made at a later date. Buyer responsible for import duties and VAT tax. ($1,725 Retail Value)

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