Windstar: Automatic Watches Inspired by Navigation at Sea
The ultimate timepiece on land and sea, The Windstar Watch Collection embodies outstanding mechanical performance.
We believe there is still missing iconic watch with nautical theme, influenced by the water, ships, sailing and components which represent the navigation at sea style. We have been working to develop this design over the year under conditions - The watch design must be unique, durable quality and everyone can afford it !
Europe’s mariners and mapmakers knew only about half the Earth’s surface with any detail. Rival nations were exploring the seas in search of greater wealth, power, and prestige. But uncharted seas were dangerous. To make ocean travel safer and faster, people had to develop better maps, better navigation tools and techniques, and better clocks. The Compass (Windstar), four cardinal directions and astrolabe was invented to help mariners travel throughout the sea.
We wanted to encompass a strong nautical theme that brings together the iconic elements that have become synonymous with sea navigation – the Windstar and Astrolabe, so our collection are inspired by the art of directing vessels through traditional practice, geometry, astronomy, and special instruments. It is this unique vision that influenced every stage of the production process. And the finished product certainly exceeded expectation.
All backers will receive:
1./ Exhibition watch case back including sapphire crystal with engraved titles of Founders or Limited edition and Windstar brand.
2./Silver Milanese mesh band especially selected to match our watch design of course with engraved Windstar symbol.
The choice is up to you. So you can scrap 1st and 2nd Stretch goals in updates.
Smart Deal Reward Added !
What this reward including:
Pledge €340 or more
Smart Deal | 2 Watches
You will get: 2 Limited Edition Windstar Watch Assembled with Automatic Movement Seagull TY2706 (You will choose the model and leather strap of your choice later)
Plus we extending for this reward: Engraving your name: example "Founders - John Smith"
Add extra €240 if you wish to upgrade your automatic movement for Swiss Sellita SW260 -1
Free shipping worldwide.
You save €400 off future retail price of €740 plus extra €20 for customized engraving
With this collection we bring the soul and feeling of sea navigation to your wrist. For affordable prices you can own the real concept of Windstar watch.
All models are powered by Seagull TY 2706 or Swiss Sellita SW260-1 - 44 mm 316L stainless steel watch case in three colors: Plain stainless steel with brushed and fine polished effect, PVD black plating stainless steel case or Gold PVD plated stainless steel case, sapphire crystal glass and choice of fine leather straps with stainless steel engraved clasp, backed by two years of warranty and free shipping worldwide for the best price what we can offer for automatic watches with fantastic eye catching design.
01 Windstar Silver Line
S/S 316L SILVER CASE - BLACK/SILVER DIAL/ROMAN AND ARABIC INDEXES - SILVER HANDS WITH RED TIP - BLACK LEATHER STRAP WITH RED STITCHES
02 Windstar Black Line
S/S 316L PVD BLACK CASE - BLACK/SILVER DIAL/ROMAN AND ARABIC INDEXES - SILVER HANDS WITH RED TIP - BLACK LEATHER STRAP WITH RED STITCHES
03 Windstar Gold Line
S/S 316L PVD BLACK CASE AND GOLD BEZEL - BLACK/SILVER/GOLD DIAL/ROMAN AND ARABIC INDEXES - SILVER HANDS WITH RED TIP - BLACK LEATHER STRAP WITH RED STITCHES
04 Windstar Black Line Lume
S/S 316L PVD BLACK CASE - BLACK/SILVER DIAL/ ARABIC INDEXES WITH SUPERLUMINOVA - SILVER HANDS WITH RED TIP AND SUPERLUMINOVA PIGMENT - BLACK LEATHER STRAP WITH RED STITCHES
05 Windstar Silver Line Lume
S/S 316L SILVER CASE - BLACK/SILVER DIAL/ ARABIC INDEXES WITH SUPERLUMINOVA - SILVER HANDS WITH RED TIP AND SUPERLUMINOVA PIGMENT - BLACK LEATHER STRAP WITH RED STITCHES
06 Windstar Gold Line Lume
S/S 316L PVD BLACK CASE AND GOLD BEZEL - BLACK/SILVER/GOLD DIAL/ ARABIC INDEXES WITH SUPERLUMINOVA - GOLD HANDS WITH RED TIP AND SUPERLUMINOVA PIGMENT - BLACK LEATHER STRAP WITH RED STITCHES
With timeless design inspired by navigation at sea, quality components and detailed craftsmanship, we have created the Windstar timepiece whether you're in the stands or the driver's seat. This is introduction to the premium components we use to craft our watches.
Our case of course are inspired by elements from compass and is designed to give modern touch with different finish: circular brush on the top of bezel and fine polish on the sides. The case material are 316L Stainless steel with diameter of 44 mm and ideal thickness for well - proportioned case - 13 mm. We chose Sapphire Crystal glass for its scratch resistance and high quality.
The screw-down crown are engraved with Windstar symbol using sandblast technology. On the sides are crown protectors cut on half to produce interesting looks.
To emphasize cardinal directions from the compass we added to our case design components S (South) and N (North) symbols - top and bottom and small arrows on both sides. Also bezel are attached to main case with four screws.
To power our Windstar watch we have two option for you to choose: The Seagull TY2706 26 jewels Chinese automatic movement or Sellita SW 260 -1 31 jewels Swiss automatic movement.
Numerous watch creators on Kickstarter platform pick it this caliber to power their timepieces, so we was sure this is the good choice for our Windstar watch supported with two important parts: affordable price and specification for the design (dimensions, hands position). We took special care and tested TY2706 movement for eleven months. And our conclusion came to very satisfying results. Durable and precise good quality movement keeping technical specification on the dot.
We knew this movement must satisfy our expectation, because almost all Seagull movements are licensed and inherited from Swiss movements example: Swiss Venus 175 was bought by Seagull and presently produce it as a caliber ST-19. We strongly agree with some opinions from the blogs and articles, that five or six years later Seagull movements will have identical quality with Swiss movements. All above are the main reason why we chose to equip this watch with TY2706 movement.
Please read small introduction of Seagull Company
Tianjin Seagull Watch Group Co. Ltd. company was founded in 1955, it is the world's largest manufacturer of mechanical watch movements, producing one quarter of total global production by volume (20 million movements made each year). Most of the European watchmakers using Seagull movements (Germans, Swiss etc.). continue...chinesewatchwiki , wikipedia , gearpatrol
Sellita SW 260 - 1
We don't think we need to introduce or write too much about very well know Swiss movements producer Sellita as much as Seagull, but it will be unfair to not mention about this caliber nothing at all.
Sellita’s SW calibers are based on the features (dimensions and functions) of those ETA movements that are now in the public domain. The company has thus been able to develop direct alternatives to the Swatch Group’s best-sellers: the SW 200 can be used in place of the historic ETA 2824; the SW 300 is a clone of the ETA 2892; and finally, moving up the range, the SW 500 is a replacement for the 7750 chronograph movement. Many Swiss watchmakers use these models as a base movement, personalizing them with complications.
The SW 200 was improved, becoming the SW 200-1, in 2008 to improve reliability. Three gears were changed with new tooth profiles. Having said that, when you see the Sellita SW200 movement in a watch, it is the same movement as an ETA 2824-2.
Fear not the Sellita movements as they appear to be just as good as ETA. The true test will come in a few years, but know that the parts are the same, and ETA parts will fit into Sellita movements to the best of our knowledge.
Our multi layered dial are designed according two components. Astrolabe (invented by Greeks and developed in Islamic world. Astrolabe are used for determining latitude on land or calm seas, although it is less reliable on the heaving deck of a ship in rough seas ) and compass.
Black background are embossed with lines according Astrolabe composition. Rose star or Windstar with ring are layered for second hand movement. The two different indexes "Roman and Arabic" are chosen to bring this different worlds together and let them sail away. They are painted on S/S colored rings - one are 2D and for Roman indexes we chose 3D half circle ring. In case of Superluminova dial both indexes are Arabic combination with Rhombus shape.
If you choose to power the Windstar watch with Swiss Sellita SW 260-1 we need make small adjustment of the dial for this movement, because of different watch hands dimensions - 1.4 mm between Seagull and Sellita. The small watch seconds hand ring will be smaller and we need to move him closer to the center and its no more overlapping big ring which include hours indexes.This adjustment doesn't have significant impact on overall design look and feel.
We used Swiss Superluminova on the Windstar watch dial grade C3. Superluminova simply is the best photo-luminescent product on the planet except tritium tubes what is different luminescent technology. It glows brighter and last longer than any other product, from any competitor. It also don’t suffer from ageing as much as other products. The pigment are applied on the hours Arabic indexes combination with the Rhombus shape, on the minute and hour hands and small dots on the indexes of seconds hand small ring.
You can chose from ten different colors available for our Windstar watch in two styles - full-grain leather and shiny alligator crocodile grain. We will adjust the color of clasp according your preferred model - silver, black or gold after campaign - just mention this in survey.
Our straps are made from fine genuine leather and colors are selected to match Windstar watches design. Clasps attached to them are made from 316L Stainless steel with three type of colors and polished and satin brushed finish. Each clasp has Windstar symbol engraved to complete our design journey.
We thinking also for good packaging which take essence of Windstar journey, but has reasonable price. They are made from the leather combination with PU Leather and nice engraved stainless steel plate. If you think about nice present you don't need to spend extra for packaging.
We offering free shipping worldwide, with the exception of Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Myanmar/Burma, North Korea, Russia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Please note that you may be responsible for duties, fees and taxes applicable in your region.
To commemorate the launch of our first collection on Kickstarter, the first 30 backers will receive limited "Personalized Founders Edition" watches which include engraved your name: example "Founders - John Smith."
There are only 400 limited pieces available in all Windstar models. You will receive your numbered watch according to your backer's number. It will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity. On your daily life journey you will feel, that you own a special and personal watch.
We are design studio based in Cork - Ireland. Over the years, Martin, the founder of Martin Design Watches has continued to perfect his craft, designing eye-catching watches that not only stand the test of time, but are also perfectly equipped to meet the demands of everyday, contemporary timekeeping. Also our designs coming from a dissatisfaction with the generic minimalism that is currently flooding the watch production.
Live in Cork, Ireland, Martin has always been passionate about all aspects of watch design. And it was this passion that inspired him to create his own collection of exceptional timepieces that push the boundaries of conventional aesthetics. Applying meticulous attention to detail at every stage of the design process, Martin is a self-confessed watch enthusiast with an ingrained understanding of the components needed to produce good performance timepieces at affordable prices.
Proving that style and functionality can work together with effortless ease, every timepiece crafted by MD Watches has been designed to optimise performance, precision, and durability - offering flawless functionality and outstanding quality. In 2016 join MD Paul Lin from Hong Kong as our technical support and production manager. Paul has many years experience in watch production engineering and he completed numerous successful projects. Without support of Boris who is in charge for all video and image production we will be not here today. Special thanks to David for being such a great model for our Windstar watches.
At the very core of the brand’s ethos is the belief that durable quality products don’t have to break the bank.
We believe in our watches. That's why we have invested our own money and time in them, but we still need your support and this is where Kickstarter comes in. Your support for the production of these unique affordable watches will also make them available to all in the future. And of course, you will be the first to own Windstar timepiece. Thank you for taking the time to check out the project.
Risks and challenges
We have been received the prototype from manufacturer eleven months ago and until now we test their quality. They run and feel as expected on 100%.
We have confident deliver to all backers in September 2018, because we have built in extra time for any potential delays in the manufacturing process and expect to ship by the projected dates.
This is our first project on Kickstarter. We will do our absolute best to meet the dates/time frames as set out in the timeline above.
To ensure that every watch is created to standard and delivered in time, we will be maintaining constant and personal contact with the factory during the entire process of production. No matter what, we will update our backers during the production process.
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