We've reached our initial goal to get this project going. As a thank you to our supporters, we're upgrading the cases from black PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) to black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon). DLC is harder and more resistant to normal wear than regular PVD. The DLC coating will improve the overall quality and feel of the watch.
As a new stretch goal of $15k, we're introducing a high polish stainless steel finish case and a royal blue dial. We'll add more photos in the next few days.
Thank you for checking out our new project. We successfully delivered a previous Kickstarter project with great results. We have decided to create an affordable, well-built, and reliable stylish wristwatch with a timeless appearance without the standard industry mark up of up to 1000%. Being a very small US company, we needed to cut out the distributors, dealers, wholesalers, trade shows, and expensive advertising, so we could pass on the savings by dealing directly with you, the end-user. Having limited resources, we wanted to focus on the product quality and the people who will use it, rather than spend it on overly expensive glitzy marketing campaigns. The design of this watch had a unique set of challenges which had to be met - affordability, design, reliable movement, and good quality. With the design of the Peregrine Squadron Chronograph, we discovered not only the complexity of marrying form and function, but identifying some of the more minor elements that make for a "good" watch design. The size of the crown, dial, hour markers, strap, etc. all have to be right and proportional. All of this had to be achieved at an affordable price point.
We wanted to design a vintage inspired Pilot wristwatch that could be worn for any occasion. For decades, aviator watches were favored by pilots due to their large dial and case size making them easier to read, hack movements to correct time discrepancies, and over sized pumpkin crowns which could be used with gloves. We kept some of these characteristics and brought it down to a wearable size. Originally, pilot watches were hefty, some as large as 60mm, which is impractical by today's standards. We reduced that to a comfortable 44.5mm case. Even though we changed the dimensions, we maintained the overall look and feel of traditional pilot watches.
When it came to the design, we thought out each detail. The dial colors and larger hour markers are highly visible. The over sized pumpkin crown makes for easy operation. The quick set date feature provides rapid date changes. The fixed case lugs allows for fast strap exchanges without movable parts and unnecessary specialized tools. We chose a Japanese quartz movement for reliability and accuracy. We believe we achieved a quality watch you can enjoy every day. One of the most important elements of the case design is that while it's certainly part of the larger class of Pilot style watches, there is a distinctive quality that prevents it from being too easily confused with similar designs.
We chose stainless steel as the case material since it's one of the most durable and strongest materials available. Like traditional pilot watches, fixed lugs are a must. Spring bars can potentially fail and a watch can get damaged or lost. Fixed lugs are a permanent solution and allow for on the fly strap changes without tools. The stainless steel case will be offered initially in a matte silver finish and a matte black finish. As the campaign progresses and stretch goals are met, we will offer other case finishes, dial colors, and watch strap options.
The case diameter measures 44.5mm without the crown and 49.1mm with the crown. The case height measures 9.1mm. The large crown is a comfortable 6mm making time and date changes a breeze. The dials have painted Arabic numerals and hour markers making them easy to read with the white painted baton hands. We will offer genuine leather or canvas ZULU straps. You will be able to choose the strap color, case color, and dial color combination of your choice at the end of this campaign.
Watch Specs Recap:
Case Diameter: 44.5mm without crown
Case Height: 9.1 mm
Strap Material: Genuine leather or canvas ZULU
Strap Width: 22mm
Case Material: Matte finish steel or matte finish black PVD
Crystal Material: Sapphire crystal
Movement: Chronograph with date Japanese quartz movement
Water Resistant: 5 ATM / 50 Meters
One of our favorite elements is the vintage inspired dial. It was only after many tries and several months were we able to achieve the right colors for our dials. Our logo, Peregrine Squadron, is on the case back.
We searched everywhere for a quality strap manufacturer that would meet our standards. After many months of sourcing and testing various qualities of ZULU and NATO straps, we finally achieved the results we were looking for. You will have a choice of straps which will be determined when we send out the survey after the campaign ends. The current options are:
Brown Leather ZULU
Black Leather ZULU
Tan Leather ZULU
Black Canvas ZULU
Green Canvas ZULU
Upon the conclusion of this Kickstarter campaign, we'll send you a survey to select the color options for your case, dial, and straps, in addition to providing any other relevant details. At this point, you will also confirm your shipping address.
After we are successful in raising our funding goal, we will announce the first of our stretch goals at the top of our campaign page. The first stretch goal will be the introduction of a new dial color. When we raise $15K, dial colors such as blue, olive green, and British Racing green will become available.
After having made the watch prototypes, we are very pleased with the results, and are ready for mass production. During mass production, we'll upgrade the hour and minute hands to a stronger luminous. Our projection is as follows:
Projected Production and Delivery Schedule: March 2016 - Campaign ends.
The next 20 days - Wait for the Kickstarter funds to clear.
April 2016 - Schedule production and order materials.
May 2016 - Production begins.
Mid July 2016 - Receive the watches from the manufacturer.
Last week of July 2016 - Inspection process.
Mid August 2016 - Start shipping to the early supporters.
Last week of August 2016 - Ship, ship, and ship.
Beginning of September 2016 - Kickstarters should begin to receive and enjoy their Genesee Watch Co Peregrine Squadron wristwatches.
A NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL BACKERS:
Non-USA backers will be responsible for any and all customs, import duties, and/or local taxes you may incur in your country of residence. We recommend you ask your local tax authorities what you will incur based on the value of your pledge. Please understand, we have no control over what your own country will charge you in VAT and import duties. As a final note, we cannot misrepresent the customs information. We appreciate your understanding of this matter.
Risks and challenges
We are very confident in the design and very happy with the team we chose. The prototype versions we made have been tested and function as expected.
We need your support to reach our goal. If we can successfully fund this project, we will start the production promptly to ensure that we can fulfill all the orders within our estimated time frame. There are always risks in life, but this project should be fairly straight forward. We believe we have allowed plenty of time for the watch to be built and shipped out to you. In manufacturing there will always be challenges, but we believe that with our experience, we will be able to handle and adapt according to the situation. We believe communication is key so you will be kept updated with the progress of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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