A WATCH FOR ALL YOUR DAILY MISSIONS.
The Military Supply 1 (MS1) Watch Collection, draws its inspiration from inside the cockpits of military aircraft. Climb into any gunship and you'll see an array of gauges and dials with simplistic, yet bold designs. We borrowed this look to create our beautiful, vintage looking timepieces.
You'll get not just one, but TWO high quality Seiko powered Chronograph watches, a unique military crate watch box, a limited edition serial numbered dog tag and 4 extra watch straps.
We had issued our backers a challenge for the first 4 days our campaign was live and we completed our goal, because of this we added 2 x extra Zulu style watch straps to the watch set. So all backers will ALSO get the following straps:
As a young child, my 8th grade class went on a field trip to a military warplane museum. I remember having a great time, there were a lot of interesting things to see and the tour guides were all military veterans with a great amount of knowledge on all the different exhibits.
The tour guide we had been paired up with was a jovial WWII veteran in his mid 70's. He had great stories and really gave us kids a memorable experience. One thing stood out about that day, all these years later, is a memory of a gauge that had been removed from one of the planes and left to sit on an old tool chest. Someone had rigged it up to thick Velcro band, I'm not sure why but it sparked my curiosity. I asked our tour guide what it was and he picked it up to examine it before proclaiming, "It's my watch!". He then put it on his wrist and laughed as it dangled awkwardly.
I don't remember if he went on to explain what it actually was, but I do remember standing there thinking that it actually would make for a cool watch. It had a black face, strong white lines and bold numbers printed in white. Inside the gauge were two smaller dials, each with it's own indicator needle and numbering. When we brainstorming ideas for this watch set, that's the image that kept popping into my head - and that's why the MS1's final design features bold numerals, strong lines and a chronograph with two dials.
With its simple lines, clean dials and vintage looks, the MS1 was designed and developed over a period of 8 months. What you see now is the final result of many experiments with movements and components to bring you a refined, high quality watch at a price that can't be refused.
- You get both watches as part of the set:
The MS1 was built to be the following:
- Tough - Built solid, with high quality materials to get you through all the messy situations.
- Reliable - With a trusted movement that can be powered for 3 years on one battery.
- Minimal - A vintage look and feel inspired by mission critical military aircraft instruments.
- Functional - An easy-to-view date function and chronograph seamlessly integrated into the design.
- Value - Get a lot for a little. Having no middlemen allows us to build you premium timepieces for a minimal cost.
To ensure a sturdy build, we had to use stainless steel to forge the MS1 casing. With a thin bezel around the watch, we thought a 42mm diameter case (measured w/o the crown) would be the perfect size for any wrist. It's not oversized if you have a smaller wrist, and it's definitely not too small if your wrist is larger. With a total height of 10MM and a weight of 59 grams (with a nylon strap), it feels good on the wrist.
Protecting the face of the watch, you'll find scratch resistant sapphire glass. Coupled with the stainless steel case and backing, the combination gives this watch a water resistance of 5ATM which will be fine under water during showers and swims.
Powering the MS1 Watch Collection is the Seiko (TMI) VD51 Japanese quartz movement. It has a minute, hour and second hand, as well as a date function at the 3PM location. The date window has been carefully cut to ensure it can be read easily - no need to squint as you check to see what day it is.
An added bonus to the Seiko VD51 is the chronograph function which has two dials to measure seconds and minutes. These are activated and reset by two pushers located on opposite sides of the crown. The movement can be powered up to 3 years on one battery (Sony battery included).
To complete the vintage military look on the MS1, we added a NATO style strap. These 22MM wide straps are made out of ballistic nylon, have stainless steel hardware and can be removed with little effort - no tools required. The MS1 Watch Set comes with 2 additional NATO straps to give you a nice combination of colors / looks.
All straps in the following pictures are included in the watch set:
See just how easy it is to switch straps:
We carried the military theme right over to our packaging with a rustic wooden military crate. Inside each crate, two MS1 watches will sit, nestled on a burlap pillow. That’s right - each package will contain two watches - in two different color finishes with interchangeable NATO straps. So whether combat ready, in dress blues or civies, the MS1 allows you to style your timepiece according to your wardrobe.
Each MS1 Military Watch Set comes with a special embossed dog tag. This dog tag has a serial number that is unique to each watch set, it indicates the production run/series, the production year and the watch number.
MS1 Watch Set
Each MS1 Watch Set includes the following:
- MS1 Chronograph Watch in black/black with black NATO strap
- MS1 Chronograph Watch in silver/white with army green NATO strap
- Hand made wooden military crate box
- Military dog tag with unique serial number
- Extra red/white/blue striped NATO strap ("The Patriot)
- Extra black/grey striped NATO strap ("The Secret Agent")
Rewarded When You Pledge $279 ($225 USD). EARLY BID available - the first 50 backers can get this Watch Set for $259 (About $205 USD)
NATO STRAP PACKS
In addition to the MS1 Military Watch Set, we're also offering 4 different NATO Strap Packs that can be purchased as an add-on or on their own. Aside from "The Officer" which is made out of genuine leather, each strap is made from ballistic nylon, with stainless steel hardware and are 22MM wide.
"A Few Good Men" NATO Strap Pack
- 1 x White NATO Strap
- 1 x Black / White NATO Strap
Rewarded When You Pledge $35 ($28 USD). Or get a discount when you purchase with the MS1 Military Watch Set.
"The Officer" Leather NATO Strap Pack
- 1 x Brown Leather NATO Strap
- 1 x Black Leather NATO Strap
Rewarded When You Pledge $40 (About $32 USD). Or get a discount when you purchase with the MS1 Military Watch Set.
"The Grunt" NATO Strap Pack
- 1 x Desert Sand NATO Strap
- 1 x Striped Green NATO Strap
- 1 x Camouflage NATO Strap
Rewarded When You Pledge $50 ($40 USD). Or get a discount when you purchase with the MS1 Military Watch Set.
"Dress Blues" NATO Strap Pack
- 1 x Navy Blue NATO Strap
- 1 x Navy Blue / Red NATO Strap
- 1 x Navy Blue / White NATO Strap
- 1 x Blue / Black NATO Strap
Rewarded When You Pledge $60 ($48 USD). Or get a discount when you purchase with the MS1 Military Watch Set.
Kingsbury offers a limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of One (1) year after original purchase from Kingsbury Watch Co.
This means that if the components or materials of your watch have any issues, or if the watch isn’t functioning correctly, we’ll repair or replace it (at our discretion). We don't cover normal wear and tear, broken or damaged crystal, watch case, strap, bracelet and loss or theft. You will void your warranty if you open the caseback, or forget to screw down or push in the crown and expose the internal components of your watch to moisture.
Proof of purchase is required for all warranty claims and service requests, so hold onto your unique serial dog tag, this is the ID for your warranty. Kingsbury will not accept a warranty claim or repair request if a watch has evidence of excessive wear or misuse.
Perhaps the major highlight, and what we’re most proud to announce, is our plans for the future of the MS1 Military Watch Set. Once we're fully funded, we're planning on keeping the production running so that we can sell the MS1 Military Watch Set in participating retail stores and through our website.
A percentage of sales from all future product will be donated to help various veterans causes - mainly to aid wounded military veterans as well as those suffering from PTSD. Some of the organizations we'll work with do great work like suicide prevention, providing supplemental health care as well as career counseling. We also have some ideas on how to get our backer community involved. This is a worthy cause that deserves more attention and we’re proud to do our small part.
All rewards will be shipped from either Upstate New York or Toronto, Canada depending on your location.
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Risks and challenges
Once the funding is in place, the challenge will be producing the watches in a large scale. Since we're already passed the prototype phase and have all the sourcing completed, we don't anticipate any major setbacks.
We are fully capable of handling any issues that might arise as our team has previous experience sourcing and manufacturing products. We will be transparent with backers throughout the process, and will give frequent updates and answer any questions from backers.
We are confident in our manufacturing and our quality control and believe strongly that we'll be able to meet our shipping goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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