About this project
I'm a watch guy through and through. I also grew up around recording studios and spent years building one with my friends. I'm a dreamer and a designer and wanted to make a watch for a long time. In January of 2016, I decided to go for it. And here we are.
The Collins Watch is rooted in the clean, functional design of a classic military field watch, but I also threw in a few subtle nods to my recording background. The most obvious one you'll notice is the "volume knob" crown, but there are others hidden around the dial.
A lot of passion went into this watch and I'm thrilled to finally have the chance to share it. By backing this project, you're not just investing in a quality watch, but also helping to bring a new company to life. I hope to be designing and crafting watches for many years to come.
- Jimmy Collins, Creator
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The silver model comes with an engraved, solid case back. The black model features a sapphire display window. All watches are engraved with unique serial numbers.
Sapphire is the strongest material available for a watch crystal. Being one of the hardest stones on Earth, you will be hard-pressed to scratch it. Our sapphire is also coated with anti-reflective material so you can can get a crystal-clear view of the dial.
100 METER WATER RESISTANCE
100 meters is a lot of meters. We've build the Collins Watch for true all-weather use. You can swim with it, shower with it, and take it just about anywhere.
Super-LumiNova is Swiss-made pigment with strong phosphorescent properties. In other words, it glows in the dark, and quite well! Our lume application is thick so you'll be able to clearly read your watch in the dark. It also just looks cool.
SEIKO (SII) NH35A MOVEMENT
The Japanese NH35A movement is a true workhorse and comes from a long line of venerated movements from one of the most respected watch manufacturers in the world. While some mechanical movements can be quite delicate, the NH35A is build to last. It has an excellent power reserve (41 hours), boasts great accuracy, and has proven itself over many years of ticking in watches around the world.
CUSTOM LEATHER BAND
Our leather band comes with a custom "Collins" imprinted buckle, as well as a printed emblem on the inside of the leather. Our bands are made of high quality genuine leather and have a beautiful aged look. The buckle is also matched to your watch: silver for silver and black for black. Should you choose one of our quality all-weather straps, you will also not be disappointed. These are tough, durable straps built to go anywhere.
In designing the Collins Watch, Jimmy wanted to bring something personal and unique to the table, while keeping true to the classic look of a flieger-style field watch. In addition to the distinctive "volume knob" crown, there's the second hand which resembles the needle of a volume unit meter, and the slashed zero on the dial that looks like the "0" on an early synthesizer or perhaps the "phase" button on a recording console. Recording equipment is made to incredibly high standards and can cost more than a luxury car. It's precise, aesthetically pleasing and built to last, not unlike a quality watch.
We're proud that our watches are assembled, tested, and tuned in the USA. We've sourced quality parts from around the world which meet or exceed industry standards and are excited to be using the Japanese Seiko NH35A automatic movement. It's a true workhorse and comes from a long line of venerated movements from one of the best watch manufactures in the world. All our watches are pressure tested to 10ATM (100 meters) water resistance and tested for durability. We've carefully controlled every step of the process to ensure your watch exceeds expectations.
Kickstarter backers will get the first serial numbers of our watches and receive limited-edition engraving. We are beyond grateful for your support in helping us launch this first watch. We hope to make many more in the future, but it all begins here on Kickstarter and we want to show our appreciation however we can.
SEIKO NH35A Automatic
Vibrations/Hour: 21,600 bph
Power Reserve: 41 Hours
10ATM (100M) water resistance
Super-luminova “old radium” Lume
Stainless Steel 316L Case in Beadblast silver and black PVD
Push-pull “volume knob” crown (can reach 11)
Custom genuine leather strap
Black and Green nylon zulu bands available
Assembled, tested, and tuned in the USA
The Collins Watch is already well into production. The photos on our Kickstarter page feature watches pulled right off the line, so what you see is what you'll get. We decided to fund this project as far as we could on our own before launching this campaign, so we could deliver to you by July 2017. Should we sell out of our first batch, we're prepared to scale up to meet the demand and have our next run ready for delivery by September 2017. We know it can be frustrating to deal with long waits and unpredictable Kickstarter timelines. That's why we're guaranteeing our July ship date for the first batch of watches and are doing everything in our power to make sure you'll get your watch as soon as possible.
In addition to our July 2017 delivery guarantee for early bird backers, we are also pleased to offer a two-year warranty on all watches. Should anything go wrong with your watch, just email us and we'll take care of it. If your watch is damaged due to "human error" (dropping from a tall building, deep sea diving, leaving the crown pulled when you shower, etc.) we'll be happy to offer a replacement at a discount. We are really proud of the manufacturing quality of our watches and fully stand behind our products.
Risks and challenges
The risks to our backers is minimal. We decided to fund this project as far as we could on our own and have already overcome the primary hurdles of design and production. We used watches right off our production line in our photos, so what you see is what you get. The raw materials and parts for our watch adhere to industry standards and the Seiko NH35 movement in particular has proven itself over many years as an extremely reliable and durable movement. We've also pressure tested all our watches and are very confident in their performance. The funds raised on this campaign will allow us to complete this project and deliver within our guaranteed ship date. We are still finalizing our packaging and delivery logistics, but are prepared to ship with temporary packaging should there be any delays. We are Kickstarter veterans and understand how this process works. We've designed our campaign to minimize risk and think you will be very pleased with the results!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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