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The Tessera is the classic midcentury mechanical watch rebooted for modernity, and powered by your motion.

About this project

Press Mentions: 

The Padron Tessera is honored to have been recently reviewed by Watchuseek and Watchfreeks

Project Goals: 

This project is to support the production of the Padron Tessera, a highly crafted, all stainless 25 Jewel automatic watch both designed and hand-assembled in the USA.

As a self-winding mechanical watch, the Tessera uses no electronics and requires no battery. Instead, it translates your everyday body motion into winding power. When wearing the Tessera, your everyday activity will keep it powered. When off your wrist, it continues on its own power for close to two days.

Its case is a 150 Meter water-resistant design with antireflective coated sapphire crystal and surgical-grade stainless steel. 150 Meters means that it can withstand water depth of up to 500 feet, making it appropriate for snorkeling or swimming. 

Despite its robust engineering, you will find the cosmetics more refined than an ordinary dive style watch. Instead, the Tessera has an eye-catching planar design that is at home in an art gallery as it is on the beach. The design is based on my philosophy that a truly water resistant watch need not look like marine equipment, but should be understated, economical, and beautiful. 

The Tessera as seen in both brushed stainless and PVD black
The Tessera as seen in both brushed stainless and PVD black
The Tessera in brushed stainless with verdigris dial
The Tessera in brushed stainless with verdigris dial
The Tessera in brushed stainless with midnight blue dial
The Tessera in brushed stainless with midnight blue dial
The Tessera in PVD black with verdigris dial
The Tessera in PVD black with verdigris dial
The Tessera in brushed stainless with silverface dial
The Tessera in brushed stainless with silverface dial
The Tessera in PVD satin black (black dial is standard color)
The Tessera in PVD satin black (black dial is standard color)
The Padron Tessera is available in both PVD coated black stainless and bare stainless
The Padron Tessera is available in both PVD coated black stainless and bare stainless
View of the Tessera movement through the caseback with rhodium perlage finish
View of the Tessera movement through the caseback with rhodium perlage finish
The Tessera (shown with silver dial) is 42 x 45 x 12mm, a contemporary size that is neither too big nor too small. The solid 316L stainless band is 22mm.
The Tessera (shown with silver dial) is 42 x 45 x 12mm, a contemporary size that is neither too big nor too small. The solid 316L stainless band is 22mm.
The origin label on the box. Each Tessera is hand-assembled in the USA
The origin label on the box. Each Tessera is hand-assembled in the USA

Accessories

I've recently added a band adjustment tool so that anybody can easily adjust the stainless steel band length professionally on their own. This can be added to the shipment for a nominal increase in the pledge of $6. A photo is below. 

For $6 extra, a band adjustment tool will be included with your shipment
For $6 extra, a band adjustment tool will be included with your shipment

Engineering

Case

Sapphire optics have a Mohs hardness scale of 9 for incredible scratch resistance. Only diamonds are harder. The Tessera uses Sapphire crystal for the dial side, a feature that imparts amazing durability and longevity to the face of the watch. The antiglare coating also means that you can easily see the time of day in all daylight conditions. 

The case is 316L Surgical-grade Stainless, executed in a subtly brushed finish in both black and silver. The band is also solid stainless. Water resistance is rated to 15 Atmospheres (150 meters / 500 feet) 

Movement

The Tessera movement is a 25 jewel 28,800 bph bidirectional autowind. Shown here are the exposed train gears, automatic gears, and underside of the balance wheel. The gear pivots are well burnished and the movement plates are rhodium with a perlage finish
The Tessera movement is a 25 jewel 28,800 bph bidirectional autowind. Shown here are the exposed train gears, automatic gears, and underside of the balance wheel. The gear pivots are well burnished and the movement plates are rhodium with a perlage finish

The Padron Tessera uses a high beat autowind platform based off of the ETA 2824-2 and is capable of chronometer-grade performance and COSC certification. Features include a high-beat rate, a microadjuster on the balance bridge,  and bidirectional automatic winding design and a hack lever. Each Tessera is adjusted in three positions before shipping. 

A rock-stable timekeeper, the Tessera beats at a very high 28,800 times an hour (roughly a third the rate of a hummingbird's wingbeat) which results in the extremely silk-smooth motion of the second hand, the mark of a high-quality watch. The video below demonstrates the smoothness of the movement in action: 

Adjustment

In industry terms, the Tessera is what is called "COSC Capable" which means that it can be regulated to chronometer-grade precision for the best in timekeeping accuracy. 

I individually adjust each watch in three positions before shipping. The target range is the chronometer-grade standard of +- 4-6 seconds drift. 

Hand-Assembled in the USA

There is good workmanship to be found wherever people who are passionate about their products exist, yet it's my belief that an exceptional product is the end-result of an exceptional process. To do the very best work, a company should own its own builds and invest on that front. The Padron Tessera will be hand-assembled by Padron Watch Company. This is also a practice I began with the Vuelta earlier this year having been previously assembled overseas.

Watch Specifications

  • 316L Stainless Steel Case and Band
  • 15 ATM / 150 Meter (up to 500 feet) water resistance
  • Sapphire Crystal with Anti-reflective coating
  • Superluminous hands and dial
  • Exhibition Caseback
  • Screwdown Crown
  • Size: 42mm x 45mm x 12mm
  • Weight: 146 grams
  • Two Year Mechanical Warranty

    Movement Specifications

  • Cloned 2824-2
  • 25 Jewel Mechanical with Automatic Winding
  • Bidirectional Automatic design with reverser wheels
  • COSC capable with Microadjuster
  • Hacking lever (can stop watch to synchronize time) 
  • 28,800 beats per hour
  • Rhodium-plated engine-turned finish
  • 39 hour power reserve
  • Adjusted to three positions

About Padron Watch Company

I began Padron Watch Company as a restorer of vintage mechanical watches, a practice I continue to this day out of my office in Minneapolis. I am the creator of the Vuelta, a line of 17 and 25 jewel mechanical watches that found life in 2012 thanks to the support of Kickstarters everywhere, and went on to be a critical success. 

What Inspires my Work: 

My business found life in watch restoration, a practice I continue. Some of my projects are a century old, yet when restored, work as well as they did the day they were made and remain practical for everyday use. Unlike battery-powered quartz watches which are limited by the chemical degradation of electronic components, a well-maintained mechanical watch has no practical upper limit to its service life and can be passed down generation to generation. Indeed, I still wear the watch of my grandfather whom I was named after. 

A well-maintained mechanical watch lasts generation after generation. This 1965 Mulco Hit belonged to my grandfather Leo, pictured right with my sister Claudia. I wear this watch often.
A well-maintained mechanical watch lasts generation after generation. This 1965 Mulco Hit belonged to my grandfather Leo, pictured right with my sister Claudia. I wear this watch often.

From engine-turned finishes, precision machining and heat-tempered screws, the workmanship of the old watches I come across are always a refreshing testament to the skill and pride of its maker. 

In creating Padron Watches, I endeavor to make high quality pieces that are dependable, reliable, beautiful, and which commands an instant pride in ownership. This begins with quality components and rigorous specifications. It also requires making the build process central to the mission of my business.

Shipping: 

Shipping is free for US backers. 

International backers:

Shipping watches internationally requires a stringent level of controls to protect against damage and fraud. Your shipping surcharge is being partially subsidized by me and supports delivery via USPS Priority Mail International with guaranteed delivery and signature tracking for a 2 lb package. This level of service guarantees delivery in 6-10 business days. (not including customs-related delays)  

How Kickstarter Can Help: 

Funds will be used to produce the movements, case, dial, hands, bands, and boxes. It will also help with shipping consumables such as packing foam, wrappers, labels, tape, tags, booklets, and other printed collateral. 

I've outlined several different pledge options that all help in this regard. Your support -- even if it's just moral support -- is hugely helpful! 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk to consider in this project is the possibility of production delays. The Tessera sources its components globally, with assembly and distribution occurring in Minneapolis. It's a large supply chain dependent upon complex logistics and international customs regulations.

Padron Watch Company has proven experience managing this type of product development and successfully bringing watches to the market. The Vuelta, which went on to be a critical success was efficiently shipped to all Kickstarts earlier this year, with a moderate delay of five months from the projected date. Many more have been sold since.

Additionally, I make a point to shake hands with my suppliers and rarely execute orders sight unseen. Many of the people I work with are frequent exhibitors in established trade shows, and every one I deal with I have taken the time to meet with their team in person in Hong Kong and the US.

All of the tooling and development costs have been absorbed, and complete, finalized, beautiful prototypes are made, as well as the finished molds to proceed with mass production. This means that the development cycle will be shorter than the Vuelta with far less risk.

I have set the project deadline for January, based on prior experience with production timelines. I believe this to be a conservative estimate.

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FAQ

  • The black coating is PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition), one of the toughest, most durable coating processes available for watches. PVD is also used in the firearms industry, and is known for its good impact strength and excellent abrasion resistance.

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  • The Tessera is 42mm x 45mm x 12mm, with a 22mm band. This is a solid, contemporary watch size equivalent to a Breitling Superocean, or slightly larger than a Rolex GMT Master II. It also makes the Tessera smaller than a large wrist watch such as the Panerai.

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    Every little bit helps and you have my deepest thanks. Your name will appear as a contributor on the launch website.

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    A personal Thank You card, credit as a backer on my website, and free Padron Watch Company stickers.

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    A personal Thank You card, credit as a backer on my website, and a personally autographed 8x10 print of the Tessera schematic.

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    A personal Thank You card, credit as a backer on the company website, and an unused dial from the Padron Vuelta, autographed on the back.

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    Your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual. (A copy of the manual will be mailed to you)

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    Early Backer Reward: The Padron Tessera in satin silver with verdigris dial. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Early Backer Reward: The Padron Tessera in satin silver with silver dial. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Early Backer Reward: The Padron Tessera in satin black. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Next Tier Early Backer Reward: The Padron Tessera in satin silver and silver dial. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Last Early Backer Reward: The Padron Tessera in satin silver with verdigris dial. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Last Early Backer Reward: The Padron Tessera in satin black with black dial. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Last Early Backer Reward: The Padron Tessera in satin silver with midnight blue dial. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Limited Edition!!! Swiss movement ETA 2804 Hand-wound Padron Tessera in any choice of color combo. (Any existing dial option with either black or silver case) There will only be two of these in existence!

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    Receive a matching set of one satin silver and one satin black Padron Tessera. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Receive a matching set of one satin silver (with silver dial) and one satin black Padron Tessera. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual. [Note: The other pledge at this level is for the verdigris dial.]

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    Receive a matching set of two silver Padron Tesserae with your choice of verdigris, midnight blue, or silver dial. Note: Dial choices must be different from eachother, and will be specified in the survey.

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    Receive a matching set of one satin silver and one satin black Padron Tessera. For the silver, you can choose verdigris, silver or midnight blue for the dial. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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    Receive a matching set of one satin silver and one satin black Padron Tessera. For the dial color, select blue, silver, or verdigris for the silver case, and black or verdigris for the black case. With your permission, your name will be featured in a special acknowledgements page appearing within the Padron Tessera Manual.

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