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This new collection of sleek, utilitarian watches are powered by the sun, combining versatile style with long-lasting dependability.
This new collection of sleek, utilitarian watches are powered by the sun, combining versatile style with long-lasting dependability.
84 backers pledged $20,013 to help bring this project to life.

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The Lightwell Collection | Rugged Solar-Powered Tool Watches

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We’re an independent design company from the San Francisco Bay Area. We create straightforward tools that aid in leading simpler, more focused, and inspired lives. 

We launched our first solar watch collection on Kickstarter last year and were thrilled to receive so much positive feedback and requests for more solar-driven watch styles.

After months of development, we're excited to unveil the newest additions to the Lightwell collection: the Field Watch Mark II and the Chronograph.

Inspired by the utilitarian aesthetic of WWII-era military watches, we designed new Chronograph and Field Watch collections around practical functionality and low-maintenance durability. 

We referenced military specifications, borrowed cues from iconic field and pilot watches, and modernized its design with stronger materials and solar-powered movements from Seiko .

Our second iteration of the ideal everyday watch.

The new Lightwell Field Watch MkII builds upon the same 'do-everything, go-everywhere' principles as our original field watch, featuring a scratch resistant sapphire crystal, 100 meter water resistant case, and several new updates that improve its legibility and operation.

The new models are available in two dial variants: Type I and Type II. Type I is characterized by bold rectangular indices as hour markers and Type II is characterized arabic numerals along the hour track. 

We've updated the luminous hour markers with SuperLuminova BGw9 for a brighter glow and clear visibility in low-light conditions. 

The adjusted 38.5 mm sizing looks great on all wrist sizes, and the oversized crown makes time and date adjustments a breeze.

Field Watch (Black Type I) on Stainless Steel
Field Watch (Black Type I) on Stainless Steel
Field Watch (Black Type II) on Nylon Strap (Green)
Field Watch (Black Type II) on Nylon Strap (Green)
Field Watch (Ivory Type I) on Nylon Strap (Grey)
Field Watch (Ivory Type I) on Nylon Strap (Grey)
Field Watch (Ivory Type II) on Nato Strap (Navy)
Field Watch (Ivory Type II) on Nato Strap (Navy)

A classic tool watch with endless modern application.

Our take on the classic WWII-era pilot chronograph balances style and utility with a bold technical aesthetic that alludes to its precision and accuracy.

Simply put, a chronograph is a watch with built-in stopwatch functionality. Conventionally used by pilots, astronauts, and race car drivers, the chronograph still offers a range of everyday practical uses like timing workouts, measuring cook durations, tracking parking meters, and much more.

The Lightwell Chronograph is available in a variety of luminous dial options and colors

Chronograph (Type I - Black) on an Elastic Nylon Strap (Grey)
Chronograph (Type I - Black) on an Elastic Nylon Strap (Grey)
Chronograph (Black Type II) on Nylon Strap
Chronograph (Black Type II) on Nylon Strap

Chronograph (Ivory Type II) on Stainless Steel
Chronograph (Ivory Type II) on Stainless Steel

We love our planet and are committed to building mindful products with respect to its future. 

For us, this means being conscious about the materials we use and partnering with like-minded factories that minimize environmental impact. 


We work with our case factory to reduce environmental impact and industrial waste by recycling scrap metal from the production process
We work with our case factory to reduce environmental impact and industrial waste by recycling scrap metal from the production process

Our factory partners are transparent with their production and assembly practices and will manufacture our watches in compliance with local and international environmental regulations. 

As a proud member of the 1% for the Planet Foundation, we've pledged to donate a share of our annual sales to environmental protection initiatives across the globe.

When I started Centric Instruments last year, my hope was to make reliable tools that would serve people faithfully for life. The kind of tools that are relied upon so much, they become essential to our daily rituals.

But the goal wasn't only to design the perfect everyday watch– I wanted to encourage sustainable lifestyles that revolve around meaningful relationships, social value, and moments of connection with nature.

I hope this new Lightwell collection inspires you to lead a full and well-balanced life under the sun, and that every time you glance at your wrist, your watch reminds you to stay centered in the present.

If you're just discovering Centric Instruments and share our values, I hope you'll stick around and join us on our journey to a more focused, sustainable, and centered life. 

With thanks,

Michael Belen, Founder & Designer

Risks and challenges

We've spent the past 12 months developing this new collection with with our manufacturing partners and our supply chain and factories are ready for full production.

With one successful Kickstarter already under our belt and many years of experience bringing products to market for other brands in the outdoor goods space, we have developed strong relationships with our manufacturing partners and are confident we can deliver according to our projected timeline.

We understand there is a chance that our vendors may experience delays, but we will maintain transparent communication and keep you informed of any unforeseen complications.

We will ship the rewards from our warehouse in California. Backers located outside of the United States will be responsible for applicable VAT, duties, and customs fees.

If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to reach out to us at hello@centricinstruments.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 190 or more About US$ 190

    1 x Field Watch + Elastic Nylon Strap

    $190 (-25% off $250 retail price)

    - 1 Lightwell Field Watch MkII with Elastic Nylon Strap
    - Confirm dial style (Type I or Type II) and color (Black or Ivory) later
    - Confirm strap color (Grey, Navy, Olive, or Black) later

    Please update your pledge amount based on the additional strap(s) you want

    - Add $25 per additional elastic nylon strap. Confirm strap color(s) later
    - Add $50 per additional stainless steel bracelet

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    Pledge US$ 215 or more About US$ 215

    1 x Field Watch + Stainless Steel Band

    $215 (~24% off $280 retail price)

    - 1 Lightwell Field Watch MkII with Stainless Steel Bracelet
    - Confirm dial style (Type I or Type II) and color (Black or Ivory) later

    Please update your pledge amount based on the additional strap(s) you want

    - Add $25 per additional elastic nylon strap. Confirm strap color(s) later
    - Add $50 per additional stainless steel bracelet

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    Pledge US$ 225 or more About US$ 225

    1 x Chronograph + Elastic Nylon Strap

    $225 (-25% off $300 retail price)

    - 1 Lightwell Chronograph with Elastic Nylon Strap
    - Confirm dial style (Type I or Type II) and color (Black or Ivory) later
    - Confirm strap color (Grey, Navy, Olive, or Black) later

    Please update your pledge amount based on the additional strap(s) you want

    - Add $25 per additional elastic nylon strap. Confirm strap color(s) later
    - Add $50 per additional stainless steel bracelet

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    Pledge US$ 240 or more About US$ 240

    1 x Chronograph + Stainless Steel Band

    $240 (~24% off $315 retail price)

    - 1 x Lightwell Chronograph with Stainless Steel Bracelet
    - Confirm dial style (Type I or Type II) and color (Black or Ivory) later

    Please update your pledge amount based on the additional strap(s) you want

    - Add $25 per additional elastic nylon strap. Confirm strap color(s) later
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    Pledge US$ 350 or more About US$ 350

    2 x Field Watches + Nylon Straps

    $250 (~30% off $500 retail price)

    - 2 x Lightwell Field Watch MkIIs with Elastic Nylon Straps
    - Confirm dial styles (Type I or Type II) and colors (Black or Ivory) later
    - Confirm strap colors (Grey, Navy, Olive, or Black) later

    Please update your pledge amount based on the additional strap(s) you want

    - Add $25 per additional elastic nylon strap. Confirm strap color(s) later
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    Pledge US$ 385 or more About US$ 385

    1 x Field Watch + 1 x Chronograph

    $385 (~30% off $550 retail price)

    - 1 x Lightwell Field Watch MkII with Elastic Nylon Strap
    - 1 x Lightwell Chronograph with Elastic Nylon Strap
    - Confirm dial styles (Type I or Type II) and colors (Black or Ivory) later
    - Confirm strap colors (Grey, Navy, Olive, or Black) later

    Please update your pledge amount based on the additional strap(s) you want

    - Add $25 per additional elastic nylon strap. Confirm strap color(s) later
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    Pledge US$ 420 or more About US$ 420

    2 x Chronographs + Elastic Nylon Straps

    $420 (~30% off $600 retail price)

    - 2 x Lightwell Chronograph with Elastic Nylon Strap
    - Confirm dial styles (Type I or Type II) and colors (Black or Ivory) later
    - Confirm strap colors (Grey, Navy, Olive, or Black) later

    Please update your pledge amount based on the additional strap(s) you want

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Funding period

- (30 days)