Buckle up for a handmade, titanium, diving tool watch. Proudly built in the Netherlands.
This will be one of very few really exclusive watch projects on Kickstarter and you could be realising it together with us. We invite you to participate in an unexpected and unique horological journey.
Welcome to the very first Kickstarter campaign of Pellikaan Timing of the Netherlands. Welcome to the Diving Dutchman a.k.a. DD-1!
The Diving Dutchman (DD-1) is handmade out of grade 5 titanium (Ti5) in the Netherlands. You know, that small European country, where the good stuff comes from ;-) It's probably unlike you've ever seen before and it could be yours in a while. We only need a handful of backers to get going!
Although we have been making watches in low numbers since 2008, we still feel very excited to be here. And we feel a lot of pride too.
At Pellikaan Timing, we don't intend to sell it by the thousands. Instead, we'd rather stick to our roots as a microbrand. The Diving Dutchman will only be available in a maximum production run of only 50 copies.
The first 25 copies will be available at high discounts (up to € 900). The sooner you decide, the higher your discount. The last 25 copies will be available for the normal retail price. Whichever reward you choose - we are thrilled to welcoming you aboard. It will be a fantastic journey and you can be an active part of it.
Some stretch goals are to be defined and we invite you to determine those together with us.
o Designed and handmade in the Netherlands - a Dutch craftsman has been selected to make the cases. He has tons of experience in creating the most beautiful handmade titanium cases. He has been making fine titanium cases for some other Dutch microbrands as well. By hand, in the Netherlands. Trust us: he's a true artist. Our watches are not built by machines in large Asian factories (no offense)! Another Dutch craftsman will be making those beautiful black leather straps to order. Especially for your wrist. By hand, in the Netherlands. Must we go on?
o Mechanical movement - in this watch, we use a handwound mechanical movement of the upcoming Swiss brand "Isoprog". It's the IP13, based on the ETA/Unitas 649x series, who need no introduction. They're beautifully decorated and work better than the original. Especially with our invention.
o Patented invention: we fit the IP13 with an invention of our own, the balanced achor (patent pending). This tiny little piece reduces friction, improves pulse transmission and extends service intervals. You will notice in the long haul (starting with your wallet). We'll show you a video and a couple of close-ups later on.
o Form follows function - we started with the beating heart of the Diving Dutchman, improved the balance and took care of the looks later. Most brands work the other way around: nice looks, less attention to the movement.
o Very clear, bold design - the design has no unnecessary items. We went for legibility and usability. This still resulted in a unique appearance.
o Optimal water resistance - a proper diving watch should be water resistant to a pressure of at least 20 ATM (200 metres). This one is. More is unnecessary and because this takes thicker crystals and cases for instance, the design would be far too bold.
o Proven track record - watches from Pellikaan Timing have been sold to many satisfied customers since 2008. We're not newbies.
Dutch engineers need little introduction. Countries and companies from all over the globe hire our engineers to solve complex engineering problems. Especially when it comes to water, for instance the Palm Island in Dubai. Our small country is becoming more and more important in the watch industry too.
We're very proud to be making watches by hand in the Netherlands. The last couple of years, new Dutch microbrands pop up every now and then, making very interesting timepieces. Dutch watches stand out from the crowd because of their build quality, design restraint, high quality and interesting price level. Until now, there are few high-end Dutch watches on the market, let alone on Kickstarter, and we know a watch at this price point is uncommon. Especially for a non-Swiss brand. So in many respects, offering the Diving Dutchman here could be perilous. As true Dutchmen, we're not afraid though. Let's see if we can pull this one off. Together with you. Will we write history together?
We rely on no blingy marketing campaign. We don't hire expensive actors to perform in movie-like presentations. Our introduction movie was made by one of our interns. Because he liked to do that and is very good at it. Every cent is spent for the development of our watches. Period. That's why we haven't sent a bunch of prototypes to leading websites and blogs. Sure - their readers will help our cause and might boost our Kickstarter campaign, but we rather stick to doing what we're good at. A good watch sells itself, we believe. The Diving Dutchman you see in the video and images is prototype 01, so you might see a little imperfection or some dust here and there. If you zoom in. These will be gone in the actual production run. No worries.
The Diving Dutchman is no ordinary diving watch. That's what they all say, you must think. Now, we don't necessarily believe the world needs yet another diving watch. We do believe the world is ready for this one though. A proper handbuilt titanium diving watch with a lot of Dutch naval heritage and personality in mind. With a top-shelf movement and clean, bold looks.
No mocking about. No sapphire bezel inlays. No shiny bits 'n pieces. No 2,000 metres+ water resistance. No sandwich dial, no diamonds, no color. No confusing and cluttering elements. Anywhere. The Diving Dutchman is a textbook example of a restrained, legible, usable diving watch.
Please look at this movie to see how a professional diver with proper diving gloves operates the rotating bezel. More than enough grip there!
Before you read any further, we insist you understand why we built the Diving Dutchman. To be able to grasp the idea behind it. Even if that means teaching you a lesson in history ;-) Here goes.
We have always been looking for that perfect diving toolwatch, but couldn't find it. So we wanted to create one of our own. The Diving Dutchman was conceived when we researched Dutch naval history on Wikipedia. We stumbled upon Mr Cornelis Drebbel (1573-1633) - a Dutchman - who built the world's first navigable submarine in 1622. 1622! That's four centuries ago and few have heard from him. Time to change that. Did you know a small lunar crater was named after him also, but that's of no relevance in this story ;-)
Most likely invited by King James I of England himself, he moved to London in 1604. Nothing too spectacular so far, really. Fasten your seatbelts though. This man revolutionized naval warfare. And he was Dutch. He was also an engineer. As are we. What better theme for the Diving Dutchman could we find? Thought so.
Mr Drebbel was a brilliant engineer. He dedicated most of his carreer trying to invent a submergable boat. This weapon would give any army a cutting edge. He tried and tried and tried and it took him 2 prototypes before he could make the real deal. His 3rd submarine catered for no less than 16 sailors and ... worked! Never again will naval warfare be the same again.
He demonstrated his vessel to King James I himself on the river Thames, while being observed by a few thousands Londeners. That's a lot of prying eyes, but it was successfully submerged from Westminster to Greenwich at a depth of around 12-15 feet (4-5 metres). Even the King himself embarked for a short run. This makes him the very first submerged monarch.
As a proud Dutchman, I wanted to pay Mr Drebbel a tribute. To dedicate my first diving watch to him. So hereby. Thank you Mr Cornelis Drebbel. This one goes out to you.
That wasn't too bad, was it? Thank goodness you're still awake ;-) In a way, we know how Mr Drebbel felt. As Dutchmen we too are now with a diving instrument on an exciting, international podium.
On to where it's all about: the movement. I give you the Isoprog IP13.
What a beauty this is! Surely you agree? We could have fitted the Diving Dutchman with a stock-standard ETA 2824-2, but it's practically impossible for a non-Swatch brand to get hold of them - let alone a microbrand who issue watches in low number. Let's look at a far more interesting movement from a Swiss manufacture, who are willing to sell their product to us, shall we?
Highlights: matte black finishing, circular Côtes de Genève decoration, blued screws and a so-called "swanneck regulator". Impressive! we always knew we wanted to fit the Diving Dutchman with a handwound, 16,5" movement, but when we saw images of this IP13 online, we just couldn't resist. Isoprog of Switzerland is a young manufacture, who use the good-old Unitas pocketwatch movements of the 50s as a basis. From there, they went on and created this magnificent movement. It's not a cheap movement - but we didn't choose the cheap-ass way on the Diving Dutchman at all. Only the very best will do. No corners are cut.
We now know the IP13 is an ehanced version of an enhanced version of the good-old Unitas pocket watch movements. Still we believed we were able to improve it some more. As engineers, we are always baffled by the poor quality of a movement's balance. Or rather - imbalance. That's why we've invented our own balanced anchor. Its patent is pending (application number NL1041281). Our design reduces internal friction, improves pulse transmission and extends service intervals. This is how it works:
On the following images you can see our modified balanced anchor.
Your Diving Dutchman will sport a beautiful, high quality black leather strap. Totally handcrafted in the Netherlands by a reknowned Dutch artist. The grade 5 titanium buckle will be signed with our logo. Also handmade in the Netherlands by yet another Dutch craftsman. We deliberately chose for a restrained design, to avoid any cluttering and to draw all attention to the case and dial. The strap will be sized to order, so it will always fit your wrist circumference just right.
We feel your Diving Dutchman - althoug being water resistant to 20 ATM (200 metres) - needs an awesome, waterproof case. A case that's built to last - just like your Diving Dutchman. That's why we'll fit your Diving Dutchman with the one-and-only Nanuk 903 explorer case of Canada.
Being Dutchmen, we'd selected the signal orange version. Orange has been the color of the Royal Dutch Family for centuries. The foam interior will have lasercut cavities, so the contents will stay exactly in place. Click here for the Nanuk website to see more images and specifications of this stunning Nanuk.
This Nanuk 903 has a powerclaw latching system, is IP67 rated waterproof and made of impact resistant NK-7 resin. This one will last your entire life. And beyond. Just like ... you've guessed it: your Diving Dutchman.
We very much welcome you to back the Diving Dutchman. Not only do you receive this stunning diver's toolwatch, as an Early Bird you can get it with an unbelievable discount. The sooner you embark, the lower the end price will be. The Diving Dutchman will have a maximum production run of only 50 copies. Unfortunately, you won't be able to reserve a particular build number. First come, first serve ;-)
We thank you in advance for the trust you put into our project. Thanks you in advance for your business. Please ask any question whatsoever and we will try to answer it as soon as we possibly can. Please note we live in the Central European time zone (GMT +1). Thank you for your understanding.
o Early 2015: conception of the Diving Dutchman and patenting our improved balance anchor.
o May 2015: historical research on Mr Cornelis Drebbel.
o June-September 2015: prototyping, negotionating with subcontractors and suppliers.
o October 2015: prepare Kickstarter campaign.
o October 15 - November 15 2015: go-live of Kickstarter campaign. Depending on the amount of backers, there will be stretch goals. We already have some brilliant ideas, but probably not as brilliant as you guys :-) Please let us know!
o November 15 - December 31: prepare production, start personal communication with all backers, buying process.
o January 01 - June 30 2016: production and free world-wide insured shipping (we shall handbuilt your Diving Dutchman by order, "first come - first serve".
o Fall 2016: after sales (if neccessary).
All rewards are priced without 21% Dutch VAT. Since we're a business (a Limited to be precise), our EU backers are legally obliged to pay 21% Dutch VAT extra. Kickstarter doesn't (yet) have a VAT calculation tool or anything like that. We solved this problem by incorporating this VAT in the shipping costs for our EU backers. Please note that these are by no means shipping costs.
Backers outside of the EU don't pay any VAT and shipping costs. calculate 21% Dutch VAT to EU backers, but KS doesn't have this option (yet), we solved this by using the EU shipping costs for this VAT amount.
All backers are responsible for any customs and/or import charges themselves by the way!
All Diving Dutchmen (plural for Diving Dutchman of course!) will receive VIP shipping services: the Nanuk 903 will be properly packaged in a neutral cardboard box (not revealing its precious contents of course) and will be insured. We will personally make sure all our backers receive their Diving Dutchman.
Let's look at the spec list of the Diving Dutchman.
Case diameter: 45 mm (49 mm with screwed-in crown)
Case height: 14.5 mm
Case length (lug-to-lug): 59 mm
Case material: grade 5 titanium
Lug width: 22 mm
Crystals: twin synthetic sapphire crystals (front & back) with top-of-the-line Swiss AR coating on the inside with a blue hue - the front crystal also has scratch-proof AR coating on the outside)
Movement: Isoprog IP13 handwound, based on the Unitas/ETA 649x series (link)
Strap: black leather strap, handmade by a Dutch craftsman. Titanium buckle, handmade by another Dutch craftsman. Wait a minute - it's all Dutch, remember?
Water resistance: 20 ATM (200 metres)
Packaging: signal orange Nanuk 903 waterproof explorer case (link)
Warranty: 2 years international warranty
Thanks for reading and ask any question whatsoever.
With the warmest of regards,
Risks and challenges
Pellikaan Timing has been making fine handmade Dutch watches since 2008. In this period, we have created many great mechanical timepieces in low numbers. We have tons of experience in planning, production and customer satisfaction. We have few customers but they are very happy with us. Please take a look on our website http://www.pellikaantiming.com for all actual models.
Being in the watch industry for this many years, means we are more than qualified to tackle any production challenge whatsoever. And to resolve any issue. We will always try to resolve any issue whatsoever. All customer leave the building "happy" so to speak.
The project itself will be executed by a handful of mostly Dutch craftsmen (including myself), who are as keen to create this full-on Dutch diving watch as we are. We aim for customer satisfaction. For life.
All your funds will be used to realise this horological dream of mine and I don't spend too much money and effort on marketing. I don't need it. Let my watches tell the story to a few enthusiasts and let them spread the word.
We offer you a 2-year international warranty, should any production flaw or error cause any problems whatsoever.
Should you hesitate and/or have questions or remarks, please drop us a message. We will help you as soon as we possibly can.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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