About this project
I began Padron Watch Company several years ago as a restorer of vintage mechanical watches. With each new restoration I have constantly been struck by the amazing craftsmanship of the old mechanical winds. From the precision machining to the decorative finishes and tempered screws, you can clearly see the pride invested in their creation.
Since 2011 I have been developing modern mechanical timepieces with a focus on iconic design and exceptional durability and build quality. I have launched three of my models here: The Vuelta (featured in Wired Magazine), the Tessera, and the Hennepin, my most sold watch to date.
I am now extremely proud to introduce the Padron Selby. By miles the best work I have ever done and I'm excited to share it with you now:
Coverage of Padron:
I've been developing watches since 2011, and am grateful for the coverage my work has received over the years. Here are some highlights:
- Worn & Wound
- WCCO CBS Channel 4 News Minnesota
- Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
- St Paul Pioneer Press
- Wired Magazine Most Wanted List
The build quality and materials that make the Selby distinguish it as a serious timepiece. From its use of high quality mechanical watch movements such as the Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 and the Miyota 9015, to its use of surgical grade stainless steel and sapphire crystal (not glass) for the face, for the ultimate in scratch resistance. And its 150 Meter pressure rating and all stainless construction means you can wear the Selby in the ocean.
Each one is also hand-built one at time here in Minneapolis, rigorously tested and adjusted, and backed by a three year warranty.
A mechanical watch...
With no electronics and nothing to burn out, mechanical watches are famous for their longevity, and when serviced correctly can be handed down for generations. It's the reason why you see old pocket watches that still tick today. The Selby is a mechanical watch with two choices of movements, a top grade Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 and the Miyota 9015.
powered by your movement..
You never need to change any battery, or regularly wind the Selby, or do anything other than wear it. The Selby is designed to efficiently translate your everyday movement into power by means of an oscillating weight which spin with the slightest change of momentum.
and built for all climates.
Minnesota is famous for its outdoor recreation and demanding winters. To live here is to develop a real appreciation for exceptionally good gear built to last and that can go anywhere.
Each Selby is hand-assembled in Minneapolis, carefully inspected, and shipped from here. I make watches not just to outlast me, but to take on anything thrown at it.
Start with the face. The Selby uses sapphire crystal instead of mineral glass, for amazing scratch resistance. (Only a diamond is tougher than sapphire.)
316L Stainless Steel
The case is a high carbon 316L stainless steel. This grade of alloy is what's known as Surgical Grade or Marine Grade, and is valued for it's exceptional hardness and corrosion resistance.
Water Resistant up to 500 feet
The Selby is designed for water contact, and with its marine grade 316L stainless case and band, 150 meter water resistance, and screw-down crown, can be safely worn in the ocean.
Rigorously Tested and Backed by a THREE YEAR warranty.
I got into this business to make strongly specified timepieces that are not only beautiful to wear, but tough as nails. I build these in Minnesota to ensure the highest build quality, and I have only selected the very best watch movements to power my watches. Each carefully regulated to near chronometer grade specifications. I also guarantee my work for three years.
I'm also as much a product designer as I am a watchmaker. Every part of the Selby is my original design, created first in Solidworks which I then use to develop my schematics. I then work closely with manufacturers to flesh out complete engineering documents, identify correct materials, processes and techniques that best fit the overall vision while also being production ready. In fact, balancing that fine line is my favorite part of the job.
My approach towards design is that each feature be purpose driven, and each line directly reflects function. An amazing amount of detail goes towards achieving a clean look, that begins with original tooling for every case part. Even the second sweep needle is original to Padron, with the length of the tail precisely determined to achieve a unifying balance with the face. Through my work I always strive to create rational, elegant designs that when you see it, you know exactly what it is and why. That the lines which define it be few, —not necessarily minimal— but decidedly rational. That's what I want the Padron Selby to be about: Let it be rational; let it be beautiful.
Selby Watch Specifications:
- Size: 42mm x 45mm x 12mm
- Weight: 146 grams
- Luminous Hands and Indices
- Sapphire Crystal with Antireflective coating
- 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel
- Solid 316L stainless link band
- Optional Carbon Pattern Leather band. 120mm / 90mm length. THREE YEAR WARRANTY
Movement Option 1: Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 with Top Grade execution
- 25 Jewels
- 28,800 beats per hour
- Bidirectional Automatic design with reverser wheels
- Hack Lever
- Quick set calendar
- Incabloc Shock System
- Glucydur Balance Wheel
- Anachron hairspring
- Nivarox alloy pallet fork with zeiss rubis
- Nivaflex mainspring
Movement Option 2: Japanese Miyota 9015
- 24 Jewels
- 28,800 beats per hour
- Uni-directional automatic design
- Hack Lever
- Quick Set Calendar
- Parashock Shock system
What My Work is About..
Through my business I am committed to making purpose built, capable (and beautiful) timepieces. Keeping this focus has let me deliver well made, strongly specified watches that compete with established brands that sell at four to six times my price. Hopefully you'll get one, agree, and even tell your friends about it. That's the best marketing any business can ever hope for!
The Selby shares the same case and stainless band as the Padron Tessera, and these are parts which I have already acquired and am in possession of. This means that the timeline is aggressively cut by not having to have these parts made off-site and delivered.
The dial and hands will take approximately 45 days. Following this will be my personal build time. I build at a rate of 4-5 watches per day. They will be shipped as they are completed and this process will take around 35-45 days. I anticipate this process to begin right after the Holidays.
Risks and challenges
Padron Watch Company has delivered three Kickstarter projects to date in 2012, 2013, and 2014. I have spent the past four years building my operations while also traveling overseas to identify strong suppliers and cultivate business relationships with a focus on the long term. I feel in this time I've assembled a really solid mix of suppliers whom I have worked with before.
The Selby has less risk points as the case and band are actually already made. What remains is the fabrication of the dial / hands, additional sourcing time for some of the movements, and my personal build time.
Production delays are the most common risk to take into consideration. The best I can assure you is that with any challenge I do my very best to keep pledges informed and involved.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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