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Anstead Watches is launching the OCEANIS, a mechanical watch inspired by the ocean and designed for real-world professional use.
Anstead Watches is launching the OCEANIS, a mechanical watch inspired by the ocean and designed for real-world professional use.
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    1. Garland Meyer on August 9, 2013

      I worked awhile with the 50 cs silicone oil and got my bezel to turn more freely. Now that I can spin it I am confidant that it will get better with time. I found that adding the oil on the inside of the bezel (where it adjoins the crystal) worked better for me than applying on the outside edge.

      I also added a deployment clasp to the leather strap, which makes it much easier to put the watch on and will hopefully add some years to the life of the leather. All in all I am very pleased with the watch and would like to thank Tom for such a nice product. I am looking forward to your next offering!

    2. Garland Meyer on July 18, 2013

      My bezel is still so stiff it is basically unusable. Silicon did not really help mine much. Has anyone tried to remove the bezel and figure out why it is so tight?

    3. Tod Loofbourrow on March 18, 2013

      The watch is great! I now wear it every day. For tight bezel, I find winding bezel backwards for a few turns or pulling it out and then pushing it in seem to do the trick,

    4. Tom Anstead Creator on March 9, 2013


      Try Pure Silicone Oil 50 cs centistokes. Silicone is the key. You can also take it to a local watch dealer who may be able to service it with silicone if you don't want to use it. I put it between the case and the bezel.


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      Jan on March 9, 2013

      Tom: "I've gotten a few comments about the bezel being stiff. First, I'm very sorry about that. The prototype was smooth so I expected the bezels on the production models to be the same. I'm looking into an easy way to corrent it. I will test it myself before I make a formal recommendation. I expect to have an answer within the week. I'm confinent there will be an easy solution."

      Any news about the fix for this ???? Mine is hardly movable ;-(

    6. Kefford Denton on February 15, 2013

      Billy, that's normal for automatic movements, they tend to change the date and day at different times to reduce stress on the day/date advance mechanism and mainspring. Quartz movements can advance both at the same time if they use separate steppers for the displays, but will often do the same as an automatic if they are cheaper movements with a single stepper.

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      Susanne on February 14, 2013

      Any Aussie's interested in purchasing my Anstead Watch + silicon strap? Please Message me. Initially backed intending to give it as a gift but another replacement was purchased during the wait over the Christmas season. Would prefer to keep shipping to Australian addresses only.

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      Billy Luk on February 13, 2013

      Hi guys, i noticed the day does not change right at 12AM it changes around 1:30AM. However, the date does... I am just wondering if this is normal.


    9. Gap Rin on February 12, 2013

      Tom, I have to say that your watch is really nice. Its very solid and extremely strong (even the leather band is so strong!) anyways, when is the website going to be up? I would love to post my photo with this watch everywhere I go now!

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      Joel Wenham on February 12, 2013

      Hi Guy's! Loving my watch, everything seems right to me, the band size, colour of the face, nice layout.

      Im new to mechanical watches though and have a few queries. Watch ran out so i wound it then adjusted the time. Got to about 11 and realised it was PM and shouldn't adjust time in this range so wound back to the correct AM time. Set date and day after. Now the DAY is "slightly" out of alignment (sits a bit lower) so i think i may have damaged it when adjusting the time previously :( it still operates fine though, live and learn.

      Im home for a few weeks so have been wearing it daily, this afternoon i noticed it makes a small rattle/noise when rocking side to side, i presume this is the clutch on the charging weight and that means it is fully wound from movement?

      Sorry for my ignorance! absolutely love this watch though!

    11. Tom Anstead Creator on February 11, 2013

      Thanks for all the great comments. I'm so glad you're getting complements on your watches -- fantastic!!! You guys have made my day…my year! I can’t wait to make the next watch. There will be many more.

      No owners forum on the website for now, but that’s a great idea for the future. I’ll be sure to look into that for the next version of the website. (I need to get this version launched).

      Thanks again!


    12. Matthew Shanahan on February 11, 2013

      Hi Tom The watch arrived last week and I love it. There is not a bad thing to say about it. The attention to detail is great. I cant wait for the next watch or project. Thanks Matt.

    13. Mans on February 11, 2013

      Tom, will the new site have an owners forum? so we can stay in contact and help people out on problems, etc

    14. Kamish on February 11, 2013

      Tom - I want to say thank you for a great watch. I absolutely love it. Yes, the band was a little tight the first day, but as the week has gone by and it is breaking in. I can not wait to see your next project.

    15. Sean Walsh
      on February 9, 2013

      Hi all, as below I concur. I got my watch Friday and by the afternoon I had some fabulous comments on how it looks. I am trying the rubber strap in the morning for a different vibe.
      Keep us all in the loop re the next watch, if I can ask for one thing do make sure it's 44mm plus :)
      Travel safe

    16. Steven Hoh
      on February 9, 2013

      Rec'd my watch today ... very nice indeed ... Thanks Tom.

    17. Steve Earnhart on February 8, 2013

      Tom - I got the watch yesterday and is totally badass. I'm a professional musician in LA so I have a pretty high profile around town and I got a ton of compliments on it throughout my gig last night. Great job!

      Lemme know when the pilot is ready!

    18. Tom Anstead Creator on February 8, 2013

      I hear you Mans. I wouldn't do a men's watch in quartz. I'll keep working toward a full watch line.

    19. Mans on February 8, 2013

      @Tom.. since ETA almost stopped with being a supplier for non swatch group manufacturers there is indeed a huge shortage of them. Quartz would be a no go for me! For 750... count me in! 1500 would be out of my price range (I also have to think about the around 20% duty....)

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      Billy Luk on February 8, 2013

      Got my watch just now and i got to say its amazing! Thanks Tom! The quality is really good, and thanks for changing the strap for me. Looking forward to your future projects, keep up the good work. Best of luck!

    21. Tom Anstead Creator on February 8, 2013

      Ben, Mans, Aarron --

      Thanks for your support. I really want to make flight watch soon. I want to make a full line in fact. Currently, there is a high demand on the world market for movements and it's very hard to get Swiss movements. So, if I started a flight watch project today, it could take a year to deliver. (quartz movement watches could be done in 16 weeks). That's a lot to ask for a KS pledge. Also if I go Swiss with a flight watch, it could end up retailing for $1,500. So even a KS pledge would have to be about $750 go get it going. Those are the obstacles right now. Because of all your support, I may look for a investor to could put up a nice bit of money to help me get that started.


    22. Tom Anstead Creator on February 8, 2013

      Ash --

      That's standard for all mechanical watches. When you see the time between 10 and 2, start by just advancing the time (instead of day and date) once you move the time passed 12, you'll know if you are at a.m. or p.m. because the day/date will change at midnight, or not change at noon. Once you know you are not between 10pm and 2am, you can then set the day/date.

      Hope that is helpful.


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      Ash on February 8, 2013

      Hi everyone,

      I just received my watches, and they are perfect, really nice timepiece.
      I have a question though, in the brochure it says that you should not change time or date between 10pm and 2am. If the watch shows for example eleven o'clock, how do you know if it's AM or PM. Sorry if my explanation isn't perfect.

      I'm really looking forward to the next model!

    24. Ben Blowers on February 8, 2013

      Tom if you're going to do a number of watches through Kickstarter you might as well do 3 at once. You've already got an established mailing list so getting the pledges you need should not be a problem. Would you make any savings doing it that way?

    25. Mans on February 8, 2013

      Yeah same here, dress and flight are high on my wishlist... GMT would also be cool!

    26. Aaron Lin on February 8, 2013

      Ah! I was hoping you would have a flight watch this year. No worries I'll wait for the next!

    27. Tom Anstead Creator on February 7, 2013


      I actually think I'm going to do a women's watch next. It takes so much money to produce a watch. I'll do another Kickstarter project. If that goes well, I hope to do a men's automatic in 2014. I can't wait. I have an entire line of men's a women's planned. For men, I want to do a flight watch, divers, dress, GMT, etc. All it takes is money :)


    28. Aaron Lin on February 7, 2013

      Hey Tom,
      I was just wondering but would you have a estimated date of your next model release? 3 mths? 6 mths? 1 year?

    29. Tom Anstead Creator on February 7, 2013

      Thanks Ben. That means so much. It is an uphill climb. Luckily, Kickstarter has been a great experience. I've learned a ton and the support of some many great people motivates me.

    30. Ben Blowers on February 6, 2013

      Thanks Tom
      - I do really to wish you all the best with this, I've followed and seen Christopher Ward grow for a number of years over here in the UK and its great to see people in a market as competitive as this make a success

    31. Tom Anstead Creator on February 6, 2013

      Ben and all,

      I've gotten a few comments about the bezel being stiff. First, I'm very sorry about that. The prototype was smooth so I expected the bezels on the production models to be the same. I'm looking into an easy way to corrent it. I will test it myself before I make a formal recommendation. I expect to have an answer within the week. I'm confinent there will be an easy solution.

      Quick note: Don't use WD-40 or some other type of oil that could collect dirt and degrade parts over time.

      Launch date on the website -- right now I think it is two weeks out. I'm going to update some pictures and the programmer is finalizing the shopping cart. Then it will be ready.

      I'll be putting out another update again soon. I'll try to give some overall ufollow-up on everything about the Kickstarter experience!

      Thanks for the feedback!


    32. Ben Blowers on February 6, 2013

      Got mine today and its more subtle than I appreciated- nice! Only problem I've got is the Bezel is really stiff - I'm close to shredding my skin when I try to move it! Tom any thoughts on that.

      Tom apart from that issue I think its great and you've certainly have got me as another loyal customer over in the UK - looking forward to the website - when's launch date?

    33. Mans on February 6, 2013

      Got it today, 60 euro on tax blah. Still its a sweet deal. But I have to agree on the leather band too stiff. Tom you might want to address that in coming watches.

    34. Dickson Lee on February 5, 2013

      I just missed my delivery by UPS, but the left me a bill for the import charges. $97.30
      I'm from Canada, btw. I understand having to the duty ($32.61) part, but the brokerage fee ($57.25+7.44GST) leaves me stunned.

    35. Ben Blowers on February 5, 2013

      thanks for that Aaron - looks a really solid piece of kit , can't wait, mine should arrive anytime now - will be trying some bracelets to see how they look and will post on the facebook link

    36. Aaron Lin on February 5, 2013

      Hola all, here's some pictures on different straps for your ideas!

    37. Parisri on February 5, 2013

      Great watch, Thanks

    38. Peter Horrungruang on February 5, 2013

      Hi Tom,

      Just received the watch today in Australia. i'm impressed with the quality. Looking forward to your future collections!!!

    39. Ugo Mailloux on February 5, 2013

      Hi all, has anyone received the watch in France (Or other international countries)?
      If yes, what is the amount you had to pay to UPS for VAT, taxes and brokerage fees?

      Thanks for your answer,


    40. Bryan on February 5, 2013

      I have successfully changed from the leather strap to the silicon strap, without a spring bar tool! ( I was too eager to do it before I could run out to get the tool, watch enthusiasts; please don't kill me!)

      However, I intend to switch straps once only as, with the silicon strap, it looks sleeker, and fits my purpose of this watch being an all-weather, all situational , solid strong functional watch for day-to-day use. So I'm keeping my oceanic with a silicon strap. I still have my other dress watches for formal occasions.

      I have posted 2 photos of the watch switched with the silicon strap, on anstead's Facebook page. Do check
      It out, thanks

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      Bill Billotte on February 4, 2013

      Got my watch today! It is awesome. Totally worth the wait.

    42. Matt on February 4, 2013

      My watch was delivered today, and it looks great. Thanks for all your hard work in putting this together. Hopefully, this will be the start of a long line of successes for you in the watch world. Keep us informed of future versions.

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      Gareth Alston on February 4, 2013

      Hi - UPS have tried to deliver my watch today - in the UK (I wasn't in) - however, I have received an email and card through the door saying I owe £46!

      Assume it is a problem at their end?

      Many thanks.

    44. Tom Anstead Creator on February 4, 2013

      Thanks for all the great comments. So glad to hear you are recieving your watches and happy with them. Feel free to post comment and picts on the Facebook page if you'd like. I can't wait to get the website up. Also can't wait to create future designs! Thanks everyone!

    45. Aaron Lin on February 4, 2013

      Hi Tom,

      Received it today and it is simply amazing. Will support your future timepieces!

    46. Bryan on February 4, 2013

      Hi Tom,

      I received my watch today! Wheeee.. The leather strap is still rather stiff, I can't wait to change to the silicon strap, it will really look snappy in my collection and also make the watch very usable day to day. Thanks!

    47. Kefford Denton on February 4, 2013

      Received today in Melbourne, Australia. Excellent, speedy service from UPS. Fantastic watch, wearing it right now because I can.

    48. Tim klingenberger on February 2, 2013

      I received mine yesterday . It's beautifully and thoughtfully designed. The leather band is fantastic quality.
      Thank you for a great product and being true to your word. I would like to get another when they become available. Well done.

    49. Kevin Myers
      on February 1, 2013

      Just got it, and this is one beautiful piece of workmanship!!!

    50. Tom Anstead Creator on February 1, 2013

      Byan, your package went out and it is now in Changi, Singapore.

      All shipments are made at this point (there are actually 3 that need to go out but I'm waiting for something). If you didn't get an email, it doesn't mean it didn't ship. If anyone has messages about needed customs forms, let me know. You may need to help in your country by providing an appropiate email where I can send them. Please private message me for issues like that. Thanks!


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