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This watch is a modern reboot of the gentleman's mechanical-wind timepiece.


Note: You can order the Chaparral high water resistance band upgrade in combination with any other pledge for the Vuelta by simply adding $49 to the amount. Message me to indicate if you want black or red stitching. Thanks.

What inspired me to do this.

I've been a lifelong tinkerer and builder of things, including guitar amplifiers, bicycles, and cartesian robots. Several years ago I realized nobody could reasonably repair my grandfather's watch, so I would have to fix it myself. This set me down the path of restoring watches, and what started as a hobby ultimately turned into the Padron Watch Company, which specializes in vintage mechanical wind timepieces.

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. There is a genuine kind of gladness that happens when encountering anything made exceptionally well; It's a self-evident quality that tells you this object was willed into existence by craftsmen, versus conference calls. We need more of this. 

Nothing is being spared in its fabrication of the Padron Vuelta, which includes precision milled PVD coated surgical grade stainless steel engineered to 15 ATM water resistance (500 ft) with a sapphire glass front. The Vuelta will be a completely original precision timekeeper. Because very little will be "off the shelf", every aspect of it's design will require new molds and tooling.

The Vuelta will also be a mechanical-wind timepiece.

Why A mechanical in an age of electronics?

If you already wear a typical analog dial quartz watch, then you will definitely enjoy owning the real thing. The charm and appeal of a mechanical cannot be described without owning one yourself. The 'tick' is different. The smooth transit of the second hand is different. The solid feel on the wrist is different. And the lack of battery plus the ability to last for generations all add to their charm.

And In the same manner a crafstman builder may put in a "truth window" in a bale home, the back on the Padron Vuelta will have a clear exhibition caseback, revealing the gorgeous inner workings within. 

Which is quite beautiful to look at! 

The Vuelta. What it is:

Vuelta (n): "a turn; a revolution; a reprise; a return."

A rugged, beautifully finished mechanical timepiece available as a 17 jewel hand-wound and 25 jewel Automatic. 

Features:

  • Case Diameter: 43mm x 48mm
  • Surgical grade 316L stainless steel (500 ft Water Resistance)
  • Sapphire crystal front with anti-reflective coating
  • Exhibition caseback
  • Genuine Leather or optional Nylon band.
  • 2 year limited warranty

Movement Specifications:

Vuelta 25 Automatic

  • Seagull ST21 25 Jewel Automatic (identical to ETA 2824-2)
  • 28,800 Beats per Hour
  • Quickset date function
  • Hacking feature
  • Engined finish
  • Novadiac shock resistant technology

Vuelta 17 Pilot

  • Seagull TY3620 17 Jewel Manual wind
  • 18,000 Beats per Hour
  • Engined Finish
  • Novadiac shock resistant technology

Shipping

I want to thank everybody for supporting this kickstarter project and have done my best to offset distribution costs as much as possible. Domestic shipping costs are included. If you reside within the Continental US, shipment is free. 

Canadian residents, please add $5 to your pledge. If you are located overseas, please add $14 to your pledge to cover additional costs. 

New Feature: The Chaparral™ Band with Ultra Water-Resistance (add $49 to your pledge)

(*Note: This photo is of a similar band offered by Big Chief. The Actual Padron Chaparral™ will have black (or red) stitching with a different style PVD black buckle. An updated photo will be posted as soon as it's available.) 

The Padron Vuelta comes stock with a black genuine leather band with your pledge. The Chaparral™ Band is an upgrade to a premium handmade band with a patented open waterproofing process, perfect for a watch with 15 ATM (500 ft) water resistance like the Vuelta. 

Handmade in the USA by Big Chief Leather for Padron Watch Company, the  Chaparral™ is a black genuine leather band using a patented breathable waterproofing process that renders extreme resistance to freshwater and saltwater. Water passes through the leather yet allows to leather to dry out without warping or odor. The same process is used for modern military applications and has found its way to makers of ultra high-end watches. The  Chaparral™ is available in black with black stitching and black with red stitching. Adding $49 to your existing Vuelta pledge will replace the stock band (please note stitch color). *Note this band is not available separately. 

How will the money be used?

Kickstarter funds will be used to pay for tooling and molds for the first  manufacture of the Padron Vuelta. Funding will also help source the all-important mechanical movements and secure equipment for testing, regulation, and adjustment.

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FAQ

  • Both the Vuelta 17 and Vuelta 25 measure at 43mm x 48mm x 11mm. These are dimensions for a contemporary Men's style. (larger, but not cartoon large)

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  • It means that this watch has been designed to resist water pressure up to 150 meters, or 500 feet. This is an unusually high level of water resistance for a non-dive watch, and I chose to do this precisely because of my experience with vintages. Too many good watches of the past have shown evidence of water damage. I wanted to use the best modern methods to ensure a dry watch under demanding conditions. :-)

    15 ATM is a near dive rating, and it means you should be able to safely wear this watch in a pool or the shore (but not a hot tub, as hot water ruins gaskets) If you intend to submerge a water resistant watch, you must ensure the screwdown crown in screwed in all the way.

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  • Yes. It was pointed out to me that my wording was unclear. To be clear, when you pledge for the preorder, it covers the order of the watch. Domestic shipping within the US is free. There are shipping costs if you are in Canada or otherwise outside of the US which you should add to your pledge.

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  • The Chaparral™ is Padron Watch Company's ultra water-resist leather band upgrade handmade in the USA by Big Chief Leather. Treated with a patented breathable waterproofing process, the Chaparral lets moisture pass through it, making a comfortable band that dries out without warping or odor. Please add $49 to your order per watch and then message me indicating whether you want red or black stitching.

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  • Domestic ship within the United States is free.

    If you are in Canada, please add $5 to your pledge.

    If you are overseas, please add $14 to your pledge.

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