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Watches Inspired by Life Outdoors

We get it. You'd rather be outside sending a wall, running a trail, or just exploring the great outdoors.

So would we!

That's why we created Dapper Dirtbag - a line of watches designed to remind you of what you love most and support the places that matter.

Our initial line of designs draws from the iconic views of America's National Parks
Our initial line of designs draws from the iconic views of America's National Parks

Modern Style | Dirtbag Spirit

Our name refers to the term Dirtbag as used in outdoorsy circles – a name for people so committed to an outdoor lifestyle that they abandon societal norms, such as work or housing, to pursue their passion full-time.

That’s the type of passion we want to inspire. We know there are a lot of people who wish they could be climbing or surfing 300 days a year. We want to give them one small way to express that passion every day.

The Watches

Our watches come in two styles:

Engraved

  • Natural bamboo wood casing and face
  • Genuine brown leather strap
  • Japanese quartz movement

Printed

  • Natural zebra wood casing
  • Matte printed face
  • Genuine brown leather strap
  • Japanese quartz movement

Prototype Designs

Half Dome Engraved
Half Dome Engraved
Half Dome Printed
Half Dome Printed
Delicate Arch Engraved
Delicate Arch Engraved
Delicate Arch Printed
Delicate Arch Printed
Tetons Engraved
Tetons Engraved
Tetons Printed
Tetons Printed

Stretch Goal

If we can double the campaign goal and raise $10,000 in contributions, we will open up our Dirtbag Lifestyle designs to all of our backers. While we haven't created samples of these designs yet, here is a preview of the initial sketches:

Lifestyle Design Sketches
Lifestyle Design Sketches

Keeping Nature Neat

We are committed to keeping the places that inspire us beautiful for the future. 5% of the company's net profits will be donated to conservation efforts protecting our wild places.

Design and Creation Process

While it's taken a while to get to this point, the process has been pretty simple and straight forward. Using our favorite places as inspiration, my sister, a middle school art teacher, creates the designs for our watch faces. 

We then have worked with a manufacturing partner to create production samples of our designs, and are now working on a new series of designs, based on active lifestyles.

Project Fulfillment Plan

Once the funding period concludes, we will send out a fulfillment survey to all of our backers so you can select which watch(es) you would like as your reward. 

Once we receive the order details, we will work with our manufacturing partners to create the inventory we need to fulfill your orders. 

The expected turnaround time to receive the inventory is 30-60 days. We will then put the merchandise through our own QA check and begin shipping to our backers. Our goal is to be able to ship National Park designs in June.

Note: If we do reach our stretch goal and open up the lifestyle designs, orders for the new designs will take 2-3 months longer to fulfill, as we are still finalizing the designs. 

The Ultimate Wear Test

This past fall, I gave our Engraved Half Dome watch the ultimate wear test out in the field: I took it to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite:

I Saw the Sign
I Saw the Sign
Posing Pretty
Posing Pretty
In Action on the Cables
In Action on the Cables
On the Way Out of the Park, Remembering that It's Always Time for Adventure
On the Way Out of the Park, Remembering that It's Always Time for Adventure

The watch definitely passed the test. And between me and you, this baby gets you compliments everywhere you go. Whether on this trip out to Yosemite, or when I'm just wearing it around at work, people notice it, and they aren't afraid to tell you how much they love it.

How Dapper Dirtbag Came to Be

The idea for Dapper Dirtbag came a few years back as I was packing for a trip up to the Canadian Rockies. I was thinking about how much specialized gear there is to use when you are out exploring nature, but when I'm back home, there isn't really anything in my day-to-day apparel that ties me back to my passion for the outdoors. I wanted to create something that would fill that gap.

A watch seemed like the perfect place to begin. As an accessory, it's there to express style. Why not make it my own style? I started looking for manufacturers that could customize a watch face to display the iconic scenes of nature. I also turned to my sister, a very talented artist, to create custom artwork to use in the watch face designs. After a few months of tinkering with artwork and talking with several production partners, we were able to create our first sample. Since then, It's been a process of refining designs, gathering samples, and deciding to actually go forward with creating this product line. Along the way it seemed fitting to expand from natural scenes to include the outdoor sports and activities that people are so passionate about. We hope that this project can raise enough to get both the National Parks and Lifestyle design lines off the ground.

Risks and challenges

As with any design and manufacturing project, there are risks associated with the delivery timeline and supply chain management. We have worked to build a good relationship with our manufacturer and have placed several successful test orders, but nothing on the scale that this campaign would bring.

We have built buffers into the project delivery timeline to allow for unexpected hiccups that are certain to come. We will be open in our communication with you, our backers, as issues arise and we work our way through them.

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    Dapper Dirtbag Club

    Get a dapper dirtbag sticker to proudly show your membership.

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    Early Bird DirtBacker

    Choose any one of our watches ($90+ retail value)

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    • Dapper Dirtbag Sticker
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    DirtBacker

    Put your passion on your sleeve with the original Dapper DIrtbag watch. Choose whichever design speaks most to you. ($90+ retail value)

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    Early Bird Super DirtBacker

    Choose any TWO of our watches. Are you kidding?!? ($180+ retail value) What a deal!

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    • Dapper Dirtbag Sticker
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    Early Bird Epic DirtBacker

    Choose any THREE of our watches! You're rocking the triple entendre bro! ($270+ retail value)

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    • Dapper Dirtbag Sticker
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    Super DirtBacker

    Choose any TWO of our watches. Are you kidding?!? ($180+ retail value) What a deal!

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    • Dapper Dirtbag Sticker
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    Epic DirtBacker

    Choose any THREE of our watches! You're rocking the triple entendre bro! ($270+ retail value)

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    • Dapper Dirtbag Sticker
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Funding period

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