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Affordable automatic watches designed in London by a Swiss and British duo, inspired by Victorian Britain and it's industrial heritage.
Affordable automatic watches designed in London by a Swiss and British duo, inspired by Victorian Britain and it's industrial heritage.
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The Camden Watch Company is an independent British watch company based in the London borough of Camden.

Anneke is a British watch designer trained in Switzerland, where she lived for ten years, and Jerome is Swiss, born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the heart of the Swiss watch valley. During her time in Switzerland, Anneke designed watches for fashion brands and 'Haute Horlogerie' brands alike, with prices ranging from £50 GBP over £1 million GBP.

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Together, we founded The Camden Watch Company with the aim of designing beautiful and high-quality timepieces at an affordable price point. Watches that weren't just good to look at but that also had a story to tell.

We launched our quartz collection in 2014 and it has been extremely well received, but we've always wanted to complement the collection with a range of automatics.

For over twelve months we've been sketching, sampling, re-sampling and working day and night to create the best automatic watch that we could.

And now we have.

The Camden Watch Company No.29 automatic watch is real labour of love. A watch that has been meticulously designed and thought through to the very last detail. Our magnum opus.

By supporting our Kickstarter, you are able to purchase the watch at a great price and become amongst the first to own a Camden Watch Company automatic timepiece.

The watch is ready. We're ready.

All that's missing is you.

 

 

Over a year in the making, this is a watch that has been refined, reworked, modified and distilled until just right.

A watch designed not only to look beautiful but to also be extremely wearable.

This is not a watch to dust off once a year for special occasions.

Or a watch to be prized but ultimately forgotten at the back of a drawer - thoughtfully gifted only to be put to one side.

This is a watch to be worn.

A watch to be put to use; loved and looked at every single day. Dressed up with a dinner jacket or dressed down with a t-shirt, paired with whichever clothes the wearer desires.

An affordable automatic timepiece full of details, inspired by Victorian Britain with the modern customer in mind.

The Camden Watch Company.

Not for one but for all.

 

 

 

 

The Case

When it came to designing our automatic range, we first looked to our current collection for inspiration. The choice was clear; the No.29 is overwhelmingly our most popular watch, so this should be the cornerstone of our first automatic range.

The case is 43 mm in diameter, lending a hardwearing and substantial feel to the watch - but by combining this with a large dial opening and tapered case body, we have made sure that it feels in no way bulky like other watches of this size can sometimes seem.

The case finishings are an intricate mix of polished edges and fine brushings, a nod to the industrial inspiration of the watch that also lends an elegant feel to the overall design.

The Dial

The overarching idea inspiring the design of the dial comes from traction engines, a Victorian invention that revolutionised manual labour. As was often the case with the Victorians, these machines weren’t just built to be practical, but were designed to be beautiful. A high level of craftsmanship, quality and intricate design details can all be seen on machines from this era.

The numbers and surrounding frame are inspired by the front plate found on these engines, and the machined pattern in the centre of the dial is inspired by the detailing found on Victorian steam engines in general.

As an added industrial touch we have used a circular brushed metal finish on the dial, ensuring that although it is still classic, it is also a thoroughly modern design.

The Crown

The crown shape is based on the crowns found on vintage pocket watches, and as a final flourish, the crown engraving is based on a section of bridge that spans Regent’s Canal in Camden.

A perfect example of the Victorian engineering that inspires so much of what we do.

 

 

 

  • Case Diameter: ø 43 mm
  • Case Depth: 11.55 mm
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel 316L
  • Strap Width: 22 mm
  • Strap type: Genuine Italian Leather
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM / 50 metres 
  • Movement: Japanese Automatic (Miyota 8215 Fine Finishing)
  • Vibration Frequency: 21’600 bph
  • Reserve: 42 hours
  • Lens : Sapphire with dual anti-reflection coating
  • Case-back Lens : Sapphire with dual anti-reflection coating
  • Two year guarantee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Backers

As with the rest of The Camden Watch Company watches, we will be shipping our automatics for free worldwide. We can deliver to almost every country, but if you are unsure and would like to confirm shipping then drop us a line at kickstarter@camdenwatchcompany.com. Please note that orders shipping to outside the EU may be subject to additional customs charges and taxes, applied by the destination country’s customs office.

Estimated Delivery

We expect to start fulfilling orders towards the end of March. If at any time you would like to check on the status of your pledge, then you can either check in the 'Updates' section or contact us as kickstarter@camdenwatchcompany.com.

Guarantee

All Camden Watch Company automatic watches are guaranteed against defects of material and manufacture for the period of twenty-four months from the date of fulfilment under the terms and conditions of this guarantee. For more information please visit www.camdenwatchcompany.com.

 

  

 

Risks and challenges

Here at The Camden Watch Company, designing high quality, affordable watches is what we do.

We have been working in the watch industry for over ten years, and The Camden Watch Company has been designing, creating and delivering high-quality watches at a great price point for just over three. We have two stores in London, one in Camden and one in Boxpark, and an online store that ships globally.

We've delivered watches all over the world, from Alaska to South Africa to right here in Europe.

The prototypes are fully designed and ready to go, and the production line is just waiting for our say to get the manufacturing process underway.

Through our past experience we are confident in the timeline that we have set out. We know that there is always the chance of the unexpected to happen, and will keep all backers updated throughout the process and at every stage.

Thank you so much for your support.

From Camden, with Love.

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    Pledge £9 or more About $12

    Thank You & Automatic Range Enamel Pin

    Help make our dreams come true by supporting our automatic range. You will receive a special Automatic Range hard enamel pin and a thank you note.

    Includes:
    • Automatic Enamel Pin
    • Thank you note
    • Free Shipping Worldwide
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    Pledge £280 or more About $365

    One Automatic Watch

    Receive a Camden Watch Company No.29 Automatic watch at 20-25% less than the future retail price. (RRP £350-£375).

    Choose from the available colour versions at the end of the campaign.

    Includes a two year guarantee and FREE SHIPPING worldwide.

    Includes:
    • No.29 Automatic Watch
    • Two Year Guarantee
    • Bespoke Automatic Packaging
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    Pledge £540 or more About $704

    Two Automatic Watches

    Can't decide which colour you want? Have a friend who wants one too? Don't worry - we've got you covered.

    Receive two Camden Watch Company No.29 Automatic watches at 20-25% plus a further £10 per watch less than the future retail price. (RRP £700-£750).

    Choose from the available colour versions at the end of the campaign.

    Includes a two year guarantee and FREE SHIPPING worldwide.

    Includes:
    • No.29 Automatic Watch
    • Two Year Guarantee
    • Bespoke Automatic Packaging
    • Free Shipping Worldwide
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    Pledge £795 or more About $1,037

    Three Automatic Watches

    Receive three Camden Watch Company No.29 Automatic watches at 20-25% plus a further £15 per watch less than the future retail price. (RRP £1050-£1125).

    Choose from the available colour versions at the end of the campaign.

    Includes a two year guarantee and FREE SHIPPING worldwide.

    Includes:
    • No.29 Automatic Watch
    • Two Year Guarantee
    • Bespoke Automatic Packaging
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    Pledge £1,040 or more About $1,356

    Four Automatic Watches

    Receive four Camden Watch Company No.29 Automatic watches at 20-25% plus a further £20 per watch less than the future retail price. (RRP £1400-£1500).

    Choose from the available colour versions at the end of the campaign.

    Includes a two year guarantee and FREE SHIPPING worldwide.

    Includes:
    • No.29 Automatic Watch
    • Two Year Guarantee
    • Bespoke Automatic Packaging
    • Free Shipping Worldwide
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    Pledge £5,000 or more About $6,517

    DESIGN YOUR OWN Camden Automatics

    Design your very own Camden Watch Company automatic watch and receive 6 executions.

    Using our No.29 case, our logo and the same movement, you will design you very own watch.

    Choose the colours, the dial design, finishings, patterns and any extra logos. And we'll of course be there to help you every step of the way, just tell us what you want and we'll take care of the rest.

    Then you will receive 6 executions of this bespoke watch.

    Perfect for a group of friends or a wedding party.

    You are responsible for ensuring that you have the rights to reproduce any logos or imagery and we reserve the right to not produce anything we deem offensive or defamatory.

    Includes:
    • Bespoke Automatic Watch
    • Two Year Guarantee
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    Pledge £8,000 About $10,428

    DESIGN YOUR OWN Camden Autos CLUB KIT

    Design your very own Camden Watch Company automatic watch and receive 12 executions.

    Using our No.29 case, our logo and the same movement, you will design you very own watch.

    Choose the colours, the dial design, finishings, patterns and any extra logos. And we'll of course be there to help you every step of the way, just tell us what you want and we'll take care of the rest.

    Then you will receive 12 executions of this bespoke watch.

    Perfect for a club or as a corporate gift.

    You are responsible for ensuring that you have the rights to reproduce any logos or imagery and we reserve the right to not produce anything we deem offensive or defamatory.

    Includes:
    • 12× Bespoke Automatic Watch
    • 12× Two Year Guarantee
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    Pledge £245 or more About $320

    Early Bird Automatic Watch

    Be one of the first backers and receive a Camden Watch Company No.29 Automatic watch at 30-35% less than the future retail price. (RRP £350-£375).

    Choose from the available colour versions at the end of the campaign.

    Includes a two year guarantee and FREE SHIPPING worldwide.

    Includes:
    • No.29 Automatic Watch
    • Two Year Guarantee
    • Bespoke Automatic Packaging
    • Free Shipping Worldwide
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    Reward no longer available 15 backers
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    Pledge £435 or more About $567

    One LIMITED EDITION Automatic Watch

    Receive a Limited Edition and exclusive to Kickstarter version of the Camden Watch Company No.29 Automatic in Black and Rose Gold.

    This edition is only available through Kickstarter and will not be retailed elsewhere.

    As an extra flourish, each watch will be individually numbered on the case back.

    Includes:
    • No.29 Limited Edition Automatic Watch
    • Two Year Guarantee
    • Bespoke Automatic Packaging
    • Free Shipping Worldwide
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Funding period

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