PROJECT UPDATE - 7 July
Many backers and potential backers have requested the silver dial version of the watch in a non date version. Originally we had planned this as a stretch goal but we are pleased to be able to offer this version now to both existing and new backers.
So, all backers now have the choice of 3 dial colours with either a date or no date.
We can't post images here but our Facebook and Instagram pages have been updated today (7 July) with an artist's impression:
Following the resounding success of our RAF 6BB Chronograph wrist watch on Kickstarter in 2018 we are pleased to be back and launching the Newmark 71.
The Newmark 6BB project involved the painstaking re-construction of a military issue pilot’s watch and the positive reception it received (and continues to receive) is testament to the attention to detail that we consider the norm. We succeeded beyond our expectations with the Newmark 6BB and now we need your help to succeed with the Newmark 71.
Once again, we have delved into the Newmark back-catalogue and produced a wonderfully updated version of a classic wrist watch, here's where we started with the Newmark 71...
And this is where we finished...
Whilst we make no claims to the history of the original Newmark brand, it is nonetheless an interesting history which dates back over 100 years and it’s a name that we are extremely proud to able to use on our watches.
Originally an importer of Swiss watches, Newmark manufactured under their own name from 1950 -1960 at their factory in Croydon, near London. During that decade they produced some 7 million wristwatches with models such as the ‘52’ the ‘Crescent’, the ‘Calendar’ and the ‘Phantom’ amongst others.
From 1960 to around 1980, Newmark switched back to importing Swiss watches in a vast array of designs and styles, updating their range as much as four times a year. This period produced some interesting designs to say the least! It also produced designs which have become classics in their own right and which many manufacturers shared. One such design forms the basis of our Newmark 71.
Amidst a sea of so called 'homage watches', we like to think that the Newmark 71 revival is a little different...
The Newmark 71 reimagines that classic design from decades past which we have updated, upgraded, refined and upsized…
We wanted to bring the vintage Newmark bang up to date so we’ve equipped it with a modern high beat movement known for its reliability; in addition we’ve added:
- a screw down crown
- a double-domed sapphire crystal
- a ball-bearing bezel with lumed sapphire insert
- a silky smooth bracelet
- three dial options (all featuring some of the best lume in the business)
We prefer to call this a Sports Watch rather than a Dive Watch…with a classically sized 39.5mm bezel it won’t look out of place with a suit (be it a wet suit or a dinner suit) and the integrated curvature of the crystal and bezel means that it will slip beneath your shirt sleeve with ease...
Of course, with 200 metres water resistance built in, the Newmark 71 is just as at home beneath the water as it is above.
We’re pretty fussy about how things are done and so when it came to the Newmark 71 we didn’t want to cut corners…at the same time we strove to create a value for money watch that would stand the test of time. We think we have succeeded.
At the outset, we realised that backers like to have choice so with the Newmark 71 we have taken that into consideration.
The design lends itself to more than one dial colour so we are offering three...
Not everyone needs or wants a 60 minute bezel so we are offering a 12 hour option, great for tracking another timezone (and of course, we've made it bi-directional)...
Not everyone needs a date so we are offering a no date version...
And some prefer a traditional steel bezel insert so there's one of those too:
You can decide on which version you would prefer after the campaign ends but here's a diagrammatic of what's on offer:
UPDATE: Silver Non Date Dial now an option for all backers!
We understand the importance of you, our backers and the expectations that you have of us. Without you, the Newmark 71 won’t happen and that’s why we have been realistic in all respects. The Newmark 71 has been made to a quality, not a price. It hasn’t been made just to be marketed here on Kickstarter, it has been made because we are passionate about the Newmark name and growing it to become familiar when people think of a quality watch.
In a nutshell, what we have done is be upfront with no over-promises. Many features which others consider stretch goals we’ve built right in – from serial numbers, to the top grade lume, to the ball bearing bezel, the 3 dial colour options and sapphire bezel inserts.
These features exist now in the prototypes we have already made.
There won’t be delays because we need to look at what is feasible. We’ve already done it.
What you see here is what you will get.
We haven’t set an over-inflated ‘future retail price’ so we can show a huge discount because we are ‘cutting out the middleman’.
We haven’t over complicated the project with the potential delays and financial implications involved.
We haven’t specified the watch with anything that might be difficult to achieve or obtain.
We haven’t employed the services of third parties for post-campaign logistics, we will be doing it all ourselves so that we have an eye on each and every aspect of the project until the rewards are safely on your wrists.
A real name on a bespoke watch – we take pride in the Newmark name, we don’t use off the shelf parts apart from the movement; the Newmark 71 was re-designed from the ground up – each curve and facet carefully considered and executed in order to bring the vintage watch into the 21st Century.
Constructed from solid stainless steel, the case of the Newmark 71 has been designed with easy wear in mind. With a diameter of 38.5mm (bezel is 39.5mm) and with a 47mm lug to lug length, it will fit all but the smallest of wrists and at just 13mm in total thickness (including the domed crystal) it shouldn't cause problems with sleeves.
We've designed in the curves and shapes that make the Newmark 71 stand out from the crowd and of course, reflect its vintage heritage.
Naturally, the caseback features the iconic ‘skindiver’ which featured on many watches of the period and not forgetting a serial number unique to each watch.
Few would argue that the Newmark 71 should be equipped with a screw down winding crown – and indeed it is.
We’ve discreetly added our logo but more importantly, we’ve designed the crown tube to screw into the case:
This is the way some very famous brands do things with the benefit of making crown tube replacement much easier should it ever be necessary.
This may seem like a small detail but it's the small details that count and whilst hidden from view, it's more reassurance for you that the Newmark 71 is not run of the mill.
Acrylic, mineral or sapphire? For the Newmark 71 it’s sapphire of course – practically unscratchable and in this case a whole 3.4mm thick.
Double domed and with a double anti-reflective coating to the underside, you are assured of a clear and distortion free view of the classic dial beneath.
Available in three colours (velvet black, sunburst blue and sunburst silver) the Newmark 71’s dial is classic simplicity and legibility.
We’ve given the markers a thick coating of Super-Luminova GL X1-C3 which translates to one of the brightest and longest lasting luminous compounds in the business. And this goes for the custom designed hands too.
As you can see, we took the vintage style hands, made them a little more prominent and added that excellent lume. Day or night, you'll have no trouble reading the time!
From the word go we wanted the bezels to be top notch. The bezels themselves feature a ball bearing click mechanism so no click springs to break and you have a choice of 60 minute or 12 hour versions.
Of course, the 12 hour versions are bi directional, we didn’t want to compromise.
The inserts are sapphire or brushed steel – in the case of the sapphire versions then these are lumed with the same high grade compound as the dial and hands; and because the lume is actually beneath the sapphire then there is no chance of it flaking or becoming dirty.
Our bezels were designed to flow into the curvature of the crystal making the topmost surface of the watch as one.
Sapphire: Black or Blue - 60 Minute or 12 Hour
Brushed Steel: 12 Hour
When considering which movement to use for the Newmark 71 we based our choice on our own experience of decades of watch collecting. That experience has simply been excellent reliability and extended service intervals from Japanese movements.
But we wanted to take things a step further than a standard low beat movement so we opted for the excellent Miyota 9015. High beat, hacking and hand winding, the 9015 has proven to be very popular since its introduction in 2009 and has been favourably compared to Swiss movements costing much more.
Make no mistake, the Miyota 9015 is a cut above the average automatic movement and its design ensures that it doesn't suffer from some of the problems that befall some more expensive movements, notably in the winding mechanism.
For those who prefer no date then we are offering two versions (black and blue dials) with the Miyota 9039 – a true non-date movement with no ‘ghost’ date position.
Silky smooth and comfortable to wear with more than a hint of vintage, the all steel bracelet features solid links throughout and micro-adjustment on the solid milled double folding push-button clasp.
We think it’s a perfect match for the watch and we’re pretty sure you will agree. It has been referred to as the 'escalator' for possibly obvious reasons!
The design means that the bracelet is very flexible but at the same time very strong and we've added solid end links to ensure that this strength runs all the way to the watch case.
Featuring brushed top and bottom surfaces and polished sides, it matches the case finish perfectly.
For those wondering, the bracelet is adjustable for wrist sizes from 6 to 8.5 inches via screwed links as well as the six micro adjustment holes in the clasp.
What would a vintage styled sports watch be without a rubber strap of some sort? And what could be more suitable than the classic 'Tropic' style?
With each Newmark 71 and only here on Kickstarter we're including a black vintage style 'Tropic'.
Our strap is not made from the more usual silicone, we have used an EPDM rubber compound which gives good flexibility but dramatically reduces the dust attracting nature of silicone used for lower quality straps. In addition, EPDM gives a much better definition to the classic cross hatch pattern of the Tropic strap.
We were extremely lucky that we had original examples of the vintage Newmark Sports watch to work from when we decided to embark on this project back in September 2018.
However, what we didn’t want to do was simply scale the watch up to a modern size. So we set about tweaking the case profile and plan-form so that the result wouldn’t be too bulky and would have a character of its own.
Where we didn’t want to stray too far from the original watch was with the dial and handset. The triangular quarter markers are classic in themselves and pre-date even the original Newmark by a decade, having been used by Eterna for example on the original ‘Kontiki’. In fact, the only real changes we made were to relocate the date to a more symmetrical position and beef up the hour and minutes hands. The result is superb legibility in all respects, both day and night.
Quite simply, our recent experience with our Newmark 6BB meant that we were aware of the potential difficulties in prototyping one watch based on another. Our manufacturing partner’s experience of working with us meant that they knew what our expectations were and how best to meet them.
So the time was spent to get things right first time and this is exactly what happened. We were able to pass off the first set of technical drawings with all but the smallest of tweaks. Based upon these, the first and only round of prototypes were produced and these are what you see here.
Full specifications of the Newmark 71 can be seen below:
With design and prototypes complete and tested, all that remains is for the production run to start. Here’s what’s ahead...
It is difficult to convey a wristwatch properly in 2D photographs so we sent a prototype to the USA for a video review. It gives a great idea of how the watch looks in real life...
And a written review from the UK, (please click the image to read):
And another (please click the image to read)
***UK and EU rewards will be shipped from the UK***
Please understand that any customs duties or import taxes arising at the time of delivery are the responsibility of the backer and are out of our control. These will need to be paid by the backer if they occur.
We will be shipping the Newmark 71 worldwide by the most suitable method depending on the country in question. For the majority of countries this will be DHL Worldwide Express and require a signature upon delivery.
Shipping is free for all backers.
Whilst we fully understand that backers will be eager to receive their watches as quickly as possible, please be patient. Once watches have left us then we are in the hands of the delivery service concerned.
Each Newmark 71 will be guaranteed for a period of 2 years from the date of shipping.
The guarantee covers defects in materials or workmanship. Within the 2 year period, repair or replacement of parts will be performed free of charge except in the case of damage caused by accidents or lack of care.
The guarantee does not cover:
- The crystal and bracelet.
- Damage to the case, crown and crystal (including scratches) resulting from mishandling (including within water) or abuse.
- Damage resulting from unauthorised alteration, manipulation or repair.
I am Ewan Wilson and as a team, my wife Sureerat and I have been involved in the watch world for over 15 years; prior to this, my interest in watches stems back some 40 years during the early mass production of quartz.
Since around 2000, I have on occasion published watch reviews online via my own website; in particular, these reviews have focused on smaller brands which took my interest.
We are based near Cheltenham in the UK, literally a stone’s throw from the old Smiths watch factory where the military issue ‘G10’ of the late 1960s was produced. In fact, I grew up alongside the children of workers at the factory, perhaps not appreciating at the time how the world of watches would become a real interest in the years ahead.
We feel privileged to have had the opportunity of bringing the Newmark name back to the world of watches and our first watch, the 6BB honoured that privilege.
Which brings us to today, our second campaign and the Newmark 71!
We hope you like it and please share our campaign, we’d appreciate it...
Risks and challenges
We understand that once our funding goal is reached then we have an important responsibility to you to ensure that we fulfil rewards and keep you fully updated with all news and progress as we work toward shipping rewards on time.
So that is exactly what we will do - we will make sure that you are kept informed with any developments, no matter how small, that take place after the campaign has ended.
We have purposely kept the project as simple as possible both from the product and logistics perspectives. We will be personally overseeing and checking continually as production progresses and we haven't set over-optimistic timelines. Every watch will be personally inspected by us to ensure they are of the standard that we ourselves would expect.
If, for any reason there should be a production delay then you will be notified and the reason given - it's as simple as that.
It's the least we can do in return for your faith in our project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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