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Inspired by 1930s era military design. Powered by the automatic Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1.
Inspired by 1930s era military design. Powered by the automatic Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1.
185 backers pledged NZ$ 109,048 to help bring this project to life.
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Vintage Pastel Watches with Swiss Automatic Movements

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Beaufort Watches is inspired by vintage design. This brand stands to invigorate the present time with designs from the past.

With our first watch release (the Aerotimer) we have fused a variety of WWII era design cues with modern features to create a high quality modern wristwatch.

The goal was to create a timeless watch that fits all the criteria of what we would look for in a watch. A watch with a great story, captivating design, and specifications that over-deliver.




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Beaufort Watches is a New Zealand based watch company - Named after the ‘Bristol Beaufort’, a WWII torpedo bomber that was mainly operated by the British, Australian, and New Zealand Air Forces.

As a New Zealand brand, it only felt right to name the brand after a piece of New Zealand’s military heritage.

The Bristol Beaufort was an RAF aircraft, developed and built in the UK (later also produced in Australia), and was in service in the New Zealand Air Force from 1941-1942. RAF aircraft were operated by 489 (NZ) Squadron. The RAF variant was the Beaufort Mk I.

Bristol Beaufort planes (No.39 Squadron RAF) flying in formation over the Mediterranean Sea, 1942.
Bristol Beaufort planes (No.39 Squadron RAF) flying in formation over the Mediterranean Sea, 1942.





MOVEMENT UPDATE: All Aerotimer movements will now be upgraded to the Elaboré version (free for all backers).

The SW200-1 calibre, a formidable movement, is Sellita’s counterpart to the ETA 2824-2. Over the decades, Sellita has become a powerhouse in Swiss movement supply. The SW200-1 calibre is well known to be precise, reliable, and robust.

  •  PRECISION: +/- 12 Seconds per day
  •  VIBRATIONS: 28,800 Bph, 4hz
  •  JEWELS: 26
  •  POWER RESERVE: 38 hours
  •  FUNCTIONS: Hours, Minutes, Sweeping Seconds Hand, Date, Stop Second Device for Precision Time Setting
  •  WINDING: Self-Winding, Hand-Winding





The Beaufort Aerotimer watch case is built from a 3-piece construction: The bezel, the main body, and the display case-back. Each piece is crafted from 316L stainless steel and is finished to a mix of brushed and highly-polished surfaces.

Case measurements: 40mm Diameter, 48.5mm lug to lug, 11.45mm Thickness, 22mm lug width






Each Aerotimer is fitted with a single-domed sapphire crystal. On the underside of the crystal, a layer of anti-reflective coating is applied to give the dial greater legibility when it is under the sun.

In addition to the sapphire on the front, the case-back is also fitted with a sapphire crystal. As sapphire is one of the hardest materials on Earth, it is extremely resistant to scratches.





CALIFORNIA DIAL

The dial for the Beaufort Aerotimer is based on the vintage California Dial. Simply put, it is a dial that consists of half Roman and half Arabic numerals.

The application of this design was implemented by the Italian Navy back in 1936 after they commissioned Officine Panerai to construct a watch that would be both legible at night and underwater. However, Rolex was the first to utilise this design by applying it to their infamous bubbleback watches back in 1934.



GILT DIAL

In the Aerotimer collection, the Navy dials feature a ‘Gilt’ dial. A ‘Gilt’ dial means that gold metallic flake is printed onto the dial as a substitute to the standard ink print. The result, when combined with matching indices and hands, is a vintage aesthetic that is both timeless and classy.






The Beaufort Aerotimer features C1 Super-LumiNova® from Tritec. This is a white Luminescent that is applied to the hands and also the 3hr, 6hr, 9hr, and 12hr indices.

Super-LumiNova® is charged by light (both sunlight and artificial light). When light energy is absorbed by the material, the electrons begin to energise rapidly, creating a phosphorescent glow. Over time, as the energy level of the electrons slow down, the brightness of the glow decreases.





Our straps are made from Italian Full-Grain leather. The straps are fitted with a single-open deployment clasp.

The straps feature a quick release mechanism that allows the wearer to switch out the straps quickly and effortlessly.


3 Strap Colours:

  • Black
  • Cognac
  • Navy

Note: You will be able to select the colour of your strap at the end of the campaign.




Each Beaufort Aerotimer watch is securely shipped within our robust box packaging. The design is made with a matte textured brown exterior, with black printed writing, paired with a luscious velvet interior to keep the watch safe and scratch free.





  •  CASE MEASUREMENTS: 40mm Diameter, 48.5mm lug to lug, 11.45mm Thickness, 22mm lug width
  •  CASE MATERIAL: 316L Stainless Steel 
  •  CASE BACK: Sapphire Crystal Exhibition Display
  •  FRONT CRYSTAL: Single-Domed Sapphire with Anti-Reflective Coating
  •  WATER RESISTANCE: 10ATM/100 Meters
  •  LUME: C1 Super-Luminova
  •  CROWN: Push/Pull
  •  DIAL COLOURS: Mint, Salmon, Navy Gilt, Arctic White
  •  STRAP MATERIAL: Italian Full-Grain Leather with Deployment Clasp

Update: The Lume has now been upgraded to BGW9 Super-LumiNova (Blue Lume).






1. Add $35NZD for an additional Italian Leather Strap (colour of your choice).


2. Add $55NZD for 2 additional Italian Leather Straps (colours of your choice).


3. Add $50NZD for a Metal Mesh Strap (available in Stainless Steel and Rose Gold).



Stretch Goal No. 1

$75,000 NZD - Free additional Italian Leather Strap (colour of your choice).


Stretch Goal No. 2

$90,000 NZD - Lume upgrade to BGW9 Super-LumiNova®

The current Aerotimer models are equipped with C1 Super-LumiNova® which gives a light green glow. Whereas, BGW9 Super-LumiNova® produces a blue glow.

Stretch Goal No. 3

$100,000 NZD - Movement upgrade to SW200-1 Elaboré

The Aerotimer models are currently fitted with the Standard Sellita SW200-1 movement. 

On the Elabore version, the most namely features are the finishing quality of the movement. Features include:

- Bridges with circular graining
        - Snailed undercuts
        - Oscillating weight with Geneva stripes and snailed bevels
        - Rhodium plated

In terms of specs, the Elaboré version of the SW200-1 movement has a greater precision of +/- 7 seconds per day vs. the Standard version which has a precision of +/- 12 seconds per day.

Stretch Goal No. 4

$125,000 NZD - Free additional Metal Mesh Strap.









Warranty:

Each Beaufort Aerotimer watch comes with a 1 year service warranty.


Shipping:

Please be aware that you are responsible for any duties, taxes, and fees applicable in your region.


Need Help?

Feel free to email us at: hello@beaufort-watches.com

Risks and challenges

As we will be beginning production during the busiest time of the year for manufacturers (due to Christmas coming up), we have accounted for possible delays by adding a 'buffer' to our timeline.

We believe that planning is key to minimising our risks and we have done so by organising and planning every step of our post-Kickstarter process. We are also very aware of our manufacturer's capabilities and delivery date accuracy as we have already been working with them for almost a year now.

Should there be any issues or delays, you will be promptly notified with an update.

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge NZ$ 539 or more About $345

    LATE EARLY BIRD | AEROTIMER AUTOMATIC

    ONE (1) BEAUFORT Aerotimer Automatic

    Save $231NZD (30%) on the future retail price.

    (After the campaign, you will receive a survey to select your watch and strap colour of choice).

    Includes:
    • Beaufort Aerotimer Automatic
    • Italian Full-Grain Leather Strap
    • Decorated Protective Watch Box
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    Pledge NZ$ 616 or more About $395

    20% OFF | AEROTIMER AUTOMATIC

    ONE (1) BEAUFORT Aerotimer Automatic

    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL:
    Save $154NZD (20%) on the future retail price.

    (After the campaign, you will receive a survey to select your watch and strap colour of choice).

    Includes:
    • Beaufort Aerotimer Automatic
    • Italian Full-Grain Leather Strap
    • Decorated Protective Watch Box
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    Pledge NZ$ 1,001 or more About $641

    DOUBLE | 2x AEROTIMER AUTOMATIC

    EARLY BIRD

    TWO (2) BEAUFORT Aerotimer Automatic

    Save $539NZD (35%) on the future retail price.

    (After the campaign, you will receive a survey to select your watch and strap colour of choice).

    Includes:
    • Beaufort Aerotimer Automatic
    • Italian Full-Grain Leather Strap
    • Decorated Protective Watch Box
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    Pledge NZ$ 1,501 or more About $961

    TRIPLE | 3x AEROTIMER AUTOMATIC

    THREE (3) BEAUFORT Aerotimer Automatic

    Save $809NZD (35%) on the future retail price.

    (After the campaign, you will receive a survey to select your watch and strap colour of choice).

    Includes:
    • Beaufort Aerotimer Automatic
    • Italian Full-Grain Leather Strap
    • Decorated Protective Watch Box
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    Pledge NZ$ 2,001 or more About $1,281

    QUADRUPLE | 4x AEROTIMER AUTOMATIC

    FOUR (4) BEAUFORT Aerotimer Automatic

    Save $1,079NZD (35%) on the future retail price.

    (After the campaign, you will receive a survey to select your watch and strap colour of choice).

    Includes:
    • Beaufort Aerotimer Automatic
    • Italian Full-Grain Leather Strap
    • Decorated Protective Watch Box
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    Pledge NZ$ 501 or more About $321

    SUPER EARLY BIRD | AEROTIMER AUTOMATIC

    ONE (1) BEAUFORT Aerotimer Automatic

    Save $269NZD (35%) on the future retail price.

    (After the campaign, you will receive a survey to select your watch and strap colour of choice).

    Includes:
    • Beaufort Aerotimer Automatic
    • Italian Full-Grain Leather Strap
    • Decorated Protective Watch Box
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Funding period

- (35 days)