The latest creation from Kingsbury is a return to our roots. The MS2 Platoon is inspired by the iconic designs of WWII era field watches. This military styled field watch is made with 316L Stainless Steel and has a Sapphire Crystal protecting the dial. The MS2 is powered by a Miyota 82S5 Automatic movement that features a true no date dial, has a 40 hour power reserve and beats at 6 vibrations per second.
With 3 color options to choose from, each watch is paired with a matching 22MM canvas strap (with quick release tabs) that compliments the case and further underscores the heritage character of this timekeeper.
With its simple lines, clean dials and vintage looks, the MS2 was designed to be worn as an everyday watch. Developed over a period of several 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.
- Tough - Built solid, with high quality materials to get you through all the messy situations.
- Reliable - With an automatic movement from a trusted, world class manufacturer.
- Minimal - A vintage look and feel inspired by WWII era field watches.
- Functional - An easy-to-view dial with luminous markings and hands .
- Value - Get a lot for a little. Having no middlemen allows us to build you premium timepieces for minimal costs.
To ensure a sturdy build, we had to use stainless steel to forge the MS2 casing, which has been given a beautiful brushed finish. With a modest bezel around the dial, we thought a 41mm diameter case (measured w/o the crown) would be the perfect size. With a total height of 12MM, it feels and looks good on the wrist.
One thing about the MS2 that stands out is the crown. The diamond style crown sits off center at the 4 o'clock position giving it a very unique look. The screw-down crown, which will be signed with the Kingsbury 'K' on production models, is the perfect size and easy to grip.
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 10ATM (100M).
The dials of the MS2 Platoon have a vintage feel and are inspired by classic field watches from the WWII era. The matte dials have bold and luminous, numbered hour markings. The watch hands, which are also luminous, are thin batons with fine pointers. Printed on the outside track, you will find 24-hour markings for reading out military time.
To keep with tradition and to also maintain a clean look, you'll notice the absence of a date window. It is important to note that the MS2 uses a true no-date automatic movement, meaning there are no phantom crown positions!
At the 6 o'clock position you will see a small, concave gauge, that counts down the seconds. The small second hand is colored in an accent color that matches the 1500, 1800, 2100 and 2400 hour marking on the outside dial.
The caseback on the MS2 Platoon is constructed from 316L stainless steel and has a screw-down design allowing for the tightest fit and best protection against water. Each case has a clean look with no markings or engravings.
The caseback design also has an exhibition window, made from scratch-resistant mineral glass, that allows you to see the beautiful automatic movement.
To help keep the traditional look, each MS2 Platoon comes equipped with a matching canvas strap with stainless steel hardware. The 22mm wide straps, are soft and comfortable to wear. Each strap comes equipped with quick release tabs on the back that allow for easy removal/installation, no tools required! The brushed buckles will all come laser etched with the 'Kingsbury' brand name.
Each backer will be able to choose TWO leather straps as an included bonus. These straps are made from genuine leather, are 22MM in width and have a multi-hole pattern that gives off a sporty look. These straps also come with quick release tabs that allow you to install and remove them with ease. We are offering two colors - black and dark brown (you will select the colors after the campaign is complete).
In addition to the leather straps, all backers will receive a complimentary stainless steel butterfly deployment clasp which can be installed on any of the leather or canvas straps that come with the MS2. This buckle is made for straps that have a maximum of 22MM and are laser etched with the Kingsbury brand name.
No field watch would be complete without a way of reading your dials in the dark and the MS2 Platoon is no exception. For our design, we chose a high quality Japanese made lume which appears white under normal conditions and glows green during low light conditions (when charged).
Both the numbered hour markings and the hour and minute hands have been treated with the luminescent paint, which is not only functional, but gives the watch a desirable glowing design.
The MS2 Platoon has a trio of color options to choose from:
- "INFANTRY" - Silver Case / Black Dial / Green Strap With Silver Hardware
- "COMMANDER" - Gold Case / Green Dial / Green Strap With Gold Hardware
- "STEALTH" - Black Case / Black Dial / Black Strap With Silver Hardware
Your watch will be delivered in a vintage looking watch pouch. This makes our packaging practical as you can reuse this pouch for carrying your MS2 (or any other watch that fits). Also included will be an instruction manual for your watch / 82S5 movement.
For this campaign we've decided to bring back the military style, mini-crate display box from our very first campaign to create a unique special edition package. Inside each hand made wooden crate, two MS2 watches will sit (you'll choose the colors), nestled on a burlap pillow. In addition to the Stretch Goal rewards already unlocked, you'll receive your choice of two NATO straps (one leather and one Nylon) and a serial numbered dog tag. Only 25 sets will be available through this campaign and only 50 total will be produced.
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.
KINGSBURY WATCH CO.® was established with a singular purpose - 'To design and manufacture high quality timepieces at an affordable price.'
Started in the Spring of 2016, Kingsbury was developed by a group of watch collectors who were not only incredibly passionate about watches, but also had extensive background in the manufacturing & marketing consumer products.
This experience, combined with the latest developments in technology and manufacturing processes, led them to believe that they could deliver a solid alternative to anyone who shared their passion for watches at prices that made sense.
We launched our first product on Kickstarter 1 year ago and have had 4 successful campaigns since. There are 3 things you can expect from a Kingsbury Kickstarter campaign:
- Communication: We respond to questions and comments in a very timely manner both during and after the campaign.
- Deliverables: We have had 4 previous Kickstarter campaigns and we've always completed our production without any major delays.
- Customer Service: If you experience any issues with your products we will take care of you right away.
Risks and challenges
The challenge with any such venture is always during mass production. There is always a risk of delays during manufacturing, shipping, etc. However since we already have done pre-planning, the risks are very limited.
We are fully capable of handling any issues that might arise as our team has previous experience sourcing and manufacturing products. This is also our fifth Kickstarter project, our last four were both a success and our backers told us time and again how well we had managed the project. We will be transparent with backers throughout the process, and will give frequent updates and answer any questions that arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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