Welcome to the depths.
Thanks for joining us in the River Watch Company's inaugural project, the Tiber dual crown diver.
A great watch does exactly what it's supposed to do: it tells the time, with precision, no matter the circumstances. In the deep of the ocean, in the heat of the desert and even in the dark of space, we've relied on mechanical watches to orient us for more than 100 years. In that time, those with the best performance have become legendary companions to explorers of every facet of the planet.
We at the River Watch Company want to bring you some of this incredible heritage in the Tiber diver. Drawing its' inspiration from some of the first timepieces to tackle the oceans, the Tiber uses thoroughly modern components blended with classic design.
We've spent the last year drawing, rendering, scrapping, and redrawing the Tiber, and we're convinced it's everything it should be. So what, exactly, did we want? Glad you asked.
What we wanted (and how we did it):
We wanted an authentic, solid dive watch.
The Tiber is a diver's watch. It is waterproof to 200 meters, constructed from stainless surgical steel, and features a high grade sapphire crystal for excellent scratch resistance. It features Swiss Superluminova filled markers and hands for superior low light vision. The dual crown design allows you to use the upper crown to rotate the internal bezel for timing your dive, your run or how long your steak has been on the BBQ.
We wanted reliability.
The Tiber uses the rock solid Miyota 9015 automatic movement, prized for its' accuracy and reliability. Because it is an automatic mechanism, it never requires a battery, and as long as you are wearing it, it requires no winding. Because the movement is an 8 beat per second movement, you can watch the second hand glide around the dial all day long (seriously, it's distracting).
Oh, and it had to look damn good.
The Tiber was designed with an original case, dial and hands, meaning no other watch will use these parts. It draws on styling cues from the vintage super compressors, including the dual crowns and the rotating internal bezel. The sunburst dial catches the light just right, bringing out the applied, luminescent markers and the original stick hands. It's mounted on a Crazy Horse leather band, with little details made to stand out, like a signed buckle and a matte finish.
It looks good. Really good. It's going to slip under a shirt cuff in the office, or hang out with a T-shirt and jeans on Friday night. You like shoes? Awesome, so do we. Pair it up with suede chukkas or leather wingtips and you're rocking.
Meet the Tiber.
Affectionately called the Tiber Tuxedo, the black model sports a natural brown leather band that will pick up a very personal patina as you wear it.
You can never go wrong with black. Paired with a vintage colored C3 Superluminova, the Tiber Tux has a subtle matte black dial until the light hits it, and the sunburst effect steals the show.
And then there's silver. We call it the Tiber Sport - a splash of color replaces the vintage accent, and the silver sunburst dial just sings.
Paired with a matte black Crazy Horse leather strap, all attention will be on your watch, and in the dark, the BGW9 Superluminova will glow bright blue.
If the Tiber Tux is a fine single malt, the Tiber Sport is a refreshing craft brew for the summer.
What you can buy.
If you like what you've seen, you can buy a watch. Or better yet, you can buy two watches. One for you, one for your partner, your friend or your mailman. Better yet, two for you.
If you're quick, a Tiber will cost $375 CAD (that's about $310 USD).
Backers who sleep in can still grab one for $400 CAD, and latecomers can still save over the retail price of $500 CAD, by purchasing a Tiber now for $425 CAD.
If you're interested in a matched set, you can save the most throughout the campaign at $750 CAD for a Tiber Tux and a Tiber Sport.
New stretch goal added!
Our first stretch goal, at $70,000, gets all backers a NATO strap custom made to match the dial you select. Prepared for us by the Ague Trading Co., these high quality brushed hardware NATO straps are custom matched to the colors of the Tiber's dial.
Our second stretch goal, if the campaign hits $80,000 CAD, will be to provide both the black and brown leather Crazy Horse straps with each watch shipped for Kickstarter.
New stretch goals are being discussed right now in the Comments section, so back the Tiber today and help decide what you'd like to see!
We're offering the chance for the last few days to add more of our beautiful Crazy Horse leather straps to your order. Just follow these simple instructions and add $25 CAD per extra strap to your pledge, and we'll ship out the additional leather straps when your Tiber ships.
The technical stuff.
Case: 42mm 316L stainless steel, 50mm lug to lug length and 22mm lug width, 11.3mm thick.
Movement: Miyota 9015 Automatic, 28,800bph, hacking and winding.
Crystal: 2.2 mm sapphire, AR coating on dial surface.
Water Resistance: 200m/20 ATM
Crowns: Etched logo on 4:00 screw down crown, triple gasket bidirectional 2:00 crown
Caseback: Screw type with etched logo
Luminous compounds: Vintage Beige Superluminova C3 on Tiber Tuxedo, Aqua Blue Superluminova BGW9
1 Year international warranty
Note: Because the Tiber as photographed is still a prototype, small changes for the better will be made before shipping. We are currently developing and testing slightly longer and broader hands, as well as slightly wider and deeper markers, for the express purpose of packing more luminescent powder in there.
The watches photographed for the campaign are prototypes, and don't fully reflect the fit and finish you should expect from the end product. They are hand assembled one-offs solely to help get this project on the go, and as such have a variety of tiny flaws. Please feel free to address me about any particular concerns.
Where and when.
All of the design for the Tiber diver was developed by us, with input from the fantastic online community of watch enthusiasts around the world.
We developed a partnership with a factory based in Shenzhuan, China, who have demonstrated time and again that they are dedicated to producing a very high quality product for ourselves and other small brands like us.
All final inspection will be done in British Columbia, Canada, by ourselves at the River Watch Company.
Who we are.
We are the River Watch Company.
We are a new company located in British Columbia, Canada, in a town nestled in the heart of the Fraser River Valley. Not surprisingly, that's where the name comes from - the river is all around us.
We're a family affair - a couple of watch enthusiasts who serve as watch design, web design, customer relations, janitorial staff, cheerleaders and whatever else we need to do to get our ideas to you.
Read the reviews.
Worn&Wound, May 15: "...when someone turns to crowd funding with a project that is clearly well thought out and, dare I say, unique, we at worn&wound almost feel a sense of duty to share it with our readers."
The Time Bum, May 17: "Sum: Nicely done, indeed. The Time Bum approves."
The Watch Paper, May 19: "...it’s not a surprise, the Tiber Diver, as you will see, comes with all the ingredients of an instant hit."
Visit us online:
With special thanks to Marcos Santana Photography and Dan Meinhardt Archival Photography!
Risks and challenges
We've had our hands on the prototypes (and so have our photographers, bloggers, friends and neighbours) for the past 5 months, and so we're confident in our product.
However, every project comes with risks, and in this case the biggest challenge will be tackling the potential delays inherent in the manufacturing process.
We've been reassured by our manufacturing partner that manufacturing will take 3 months, but we've all seen unpredictable and unexpected challenges cause delays in manufacturing. So, we're allowing 5 months for manufacturing to ensure we can deliver all of your watches by Christmas 2015.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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