In 2006, we met just outside of Tibet. After several years of performing and coordinating musical events, non-profit work, and traveling the world, we returned to America.
Two years ago, in my husband Tenzin's pursuit of the perfect watch, we realized that the timepiece he envisioned just did not exist.
What he wanted was a high-specification automatic timepiece that would last a lifetime- for under $1000. This pursuit has inspired us to create a truly unique, reliable, and affordable timepiece with the perfect balance of ruggedness and functional beauty, capable of everyday use in every environment; a sport watch that can travel to the depths of the ocean, into the boardroom, through cities and across mountains.
The 'Dorge' is the first model from NDRO Watches. Comparably spec'd to watches with a much higher price point, we are pleased to unveil the culmination of our efforts.
- Fully-automatic sweeping hand movement 28,800 bph
- 316L Surgical stainless steel case (45mm w/o crown, 50mm lug to lug)
- Sapphire crystal face
- Sapphire crystal exhibition back
- Screw-in crown with 200 meter water resistant
- Super lumen coated hands
- 42+ Hour power reserve
- 24 jewel movement
- Hacking Second (second hand stops when crown is pulled)
- Hybrid Automatic/Mechanical Movement Watch is powered by wrist motion and can be hand wound as well
- Genuine brown leather band
- Heat resistant, waterproof black silicone band (optional)
- Om mani padme hum inscribed rotor
Since the movement is the spirit of the watch, the time-tested 9015 Automatic Miyota 24-gem, sweeping hand, 42+ hour power reserve movement with hacking seconds as well as the ability to hand-wind seemed a logical choice given its reputation for durability and accuracy. This movement beats at 28,800 beats per hour giving the second hand a fluid sweeping motion and improved accuracy. No batteries needed, ever.
Why an automatic movement?
Honoring the past while making a commitment to the future. You are making a statement that tells the world that you value craftsmanship that is dedicated to innovation and evolution. The 'Dorge's' movement is a testament to time, designed to last a lifetime. Unlike a quartz movement, which when broken cannot be repaired, a well-crafted automatic movement is designed to endure.
Did you know that the vast majority of high-end luxury watches contain the same movement, the ETA 2824. A movement made by the Swiss Swatch company.
The Miyota 9015 movement has been compared in countless forums by watch enthusiasts and engineers to the ETA 2824. It is not only a comparable movement in quality, durability and accuracy, but has many technical features that are not present in the Swatch movement.
We believe high-performance watches of the finest quality do not need to carry a hefty price tag.
The 'Dorge' has a sapphire crystal face providing excellent scratch resistance. This precision CNC milled 316L surgical steel case offers supreme durability under extreme environmental conditions. The screw-in crown allows a water resistance of 200 meters, making it dive-capable.
Powered by virtue:
The exhibition back, also sapphire, allows the owner to view the internal mechanism of the movement.
Tibetans spend countless hours spinning prayer wheels inscribed with the prayer Om Mani Padme Hum. A prayer wheel is a revolving cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, a revolution of which symbolizes the repetition of a prayer. This non-denominational mantra is said to bring virtue to all sentient beings. We have inscribed Om Mani Padme Hum on the rotor. The natural motion of the owner's arm spins the rotor, thereby powering the watch, while saying this prayer. This watch is powered by virtue.
We are offering a limited edition of 10 individually numbered, laser inscribed timepieces that carry a multi-generational lifetime warranty. These watches do not differ in any way from the others, which all carry a limited-lifetime warranty. NDRO timepieces will truly stand the test of time; these are heirloom pieces, guaranteed for lifetimes.
NDRO is a Tibetan Khampa word for 'go' and 'movement'. It is also known philosophically within Tibetan Buddhism as the work that is required to achieve enlightenment. At the moment of enlightenment, it is said that you are hit with two lightning bolts. That image is called the Dorge and it also symbolizes indestructibility. The 'Dorge' is our company logo and the first watch model.
The Khampa people are the nomadic warrior tribes of eastern Tibet. Kham is a historical region covering a land area largely divided between present-day Tibet Autonomous Region and Sichuan province, with smaller portions located within Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan. In the 1950s, China invaded the land and it became politically China.
The indigenous people of Kham are incredibly important to us and significant to this project. Tenzin Gyaltsen (co-founder/creator) is the son of a Khampa man. Tenzin was born over the mountains in India, raised in California, and in 2003, returned to Tibet to further explore and understand his roots. Aliya Peer (co-founder/creator) met Tenzin Gyaltsen in 2006 in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China- the closest metropolitan city to Kham.
If we are successful in the launch of NDRO Watches, our company pledge is to develop a handicraft artisan project to offer Tibetan-made, yak leather watch bands. 100% of the proceeds from the yak leather bands will return to Kham and the artisans that created them. For Tibetans to be truly free, they must be able to control their own destiny. Please help us to reach our target so that we may offer this stretch goal.
It is not just a watch, it is a movement. NDRO!
We value the support of the Kickstarter community and the opportunity to bring a high-specification, automatic timepiece to you- at an affordable price.
Risks and challenges
We've taken care to offer only what we know we can produce in the time we've committed to. We are a small company; we value quality, and commit to finance continued growth and development in quality products. We also maintain a friendly, fair, and creative work environment, which respects diversity, new ideas, and hard work.
Tenzin and Aliya
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