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Combining the love for Classic cars/racing and watches the Vintage Driver Chrono was born. Join us for an AWESOME ride!
If you missed out on the Kickstarter you can still Order via our website, click below!
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518 backers pledged CHF 157,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Vintage Driver Chrono by Straton Watch Co.

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What started it all was the love for classic cars, racing, watches and the influence of Kyle´s 1977 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT. His passion for a piece of automotive history combined with his love for horology, set out to create a watch which reflects these interests hence Straton´s slogan “Style created through passion”.

Kyle´s 1977 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT
Kyle´s 1977 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT

The watch itself is a resemblance of the Veglia Borletti tachometer (Rev counter) of the Alfetta GT seen by the two-digit minute/second markers, also the needle-like wedge of the second hand. Just like the instruments in the car, the Vintage tan colour on the dial creates a retro feel and comes to life at night with green lume.

Version A with Black leather rally strap and the Tachometer by Veglia Borletti
Version A with Black leather rally strap and the Tachometer by Veglia Borletti
Lume shot of the dial
Lume shot of the dial

The stainless steel case is 44mm wide and 12mm thick and has a knurled bezel. The texture of the bezel serves no function, but it is the sort of mechanical detail that Kyle wanted to incorporate into the design. The case was completely designed by us for us and is not a generic case which can be found on Alibaba or some catalogue. Kyle has taken the time, invested money and effort to get the finish he was striving for.

Sketches and dimensions
Sketches and dimensions
Close up of the case showing the details and tooling
Close up of the case showing the details and tooling

The Vintage Driver Chrono is available in 5 colour variations Black, Blue, Orange, Grey and White. Each Backer of a watch will receive a plain colour NATO strap and two racing striped NATO straps inspired from the classic racing Era. Backers also have the option to purchase Genuine Leather Rally straps in Black, Grey or Orange to switch up the look of the watch. You also have a choice of having your watch either with or without a date window. 

With Date window - click to enlarge
With Date window - click to enlarge
Without Date window - click to enlarge
Without Date window - click to enlarge
Available with or without date window
Available with or without date window
Racing striped NATO straps and the Genuine Leather Rally straps
Racing striped NATO straps and the Genuine Leather Rally straps

The dial features a Chronograph 60 minute timer (left), a 24 hour display (right), a small 60 seconds dial (Bottom) and a sweeping chronograph seconds hand (centre) that can be activated when needed.

Close up of the dials
Close up of the dials

The Vintage Driver Chrono´s  "engine" is powered by a reliable and functional Mecha-Quartz movement made by Seiko.

What exactly is 'Mecha-Quartz'? - A movement developed by Seiko is a hybrid movement which combines the accuracy of a quartz watch (+/- 20 seconds average per month) with a Mechanical Chronograph (5 beat per second sweep chronograph hand and fly-back chronograph reset). For more information and detailed specifications of the Seiko VK series please visit the Time Module website.

  • Case Material - 316L (Surgical Grade) Stainless Steel 
  • Case Size - 44mm 
  • Lug To Lug - 50mm 
  • Case Thickness - 12mm Lug Width - 26mm 
  • Movement - Seiko VK63 mecha-quartz hybrid 
  • Crystal - Sapphire Crystal
  • Hands - Luminescent Hour/Minute/Second and Chrono Hands 
  • Strap - 22mm NATO Stainless Steel Buckle (1 Plain and 2 Racing inspired NATO straps, Genuine Leather Rally straps purchased separately 
  • Water Resistance - 10ATM/100m 
  • Warranty - 24 Months
Vintage brown leather carry travel case
Vintage brown leather carry travel case
The complete package: 1 watch, 1 plain NATO strap, 2 racing inspired NATO straps and the leather carry case
The complete package: 1 watch, 1 plain NATO strap, 2 racing inspired NATO straps and the leather carry case

Every person who has owned an ordinary watch box knows that they are  useless and are often left locked away and forgotten about. For the Vintage Driver Chrono packaging we wanted create something which was purposefully made to store not only a watch but also the extra straps that come with each watch, furthermore we wanted the packaging to be durable and something which could be taken along on those road trips knowing that your watch is safely stored when not on your wrist. Finished off in Vintage brown we think it fits perfectly with the theme of the watch.

By backing this project today you will be helping us fund the first production run of the Vintage Driver Chrono and in exchange you will be receiving a watch of your choice at a reduced pre-production price. The Vintage Driver Chrono is expected to retail for around $370 so purchasing today not only ensures you get a watch at a discounted rate you are also ensuring that the watches go into production once the funding goal is reached.

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The prototypes of the Vintage Driver have already produced and approved and now we are ready to go to production. All the images you see on this project page are of the prototypes and are representative of the final product. We will begin production once we have reached the project goal and we aim to deliver all watches through December/January, we have been conservative with our timeline as we would rather over estimate than under estimate.

                        
                                             
                                                                                                                

Risks and challenges

We realize creating and delivering a product is a complicated process and sometimes with unexpected delays, however this is why we have taken the up most care and diligent preparation.

We have spent the past 8 months developing our supply chain for this specific watch and have a have a well-established relationship with reliable manufacturing partners.

We're going to keep our backers/buyers informed during the production process and this will be done with regular updates and sharing pictures as often as possible, for example machining and tooling of cases, dial preparation, final assembly, movements and packaging.

As we believe in the best customer service and experience as possible we guarantee no question will go unanswered more than 24 hours. If along the way we find that there is a setback in production, or there is a delay somewhere during process in the timeline, we will be transparent and keep all of our backers informed.

We hope for a bright future for Straton Watch Co. and believe not only in a quality product but also TOPNOTCH service.

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    Pledge CHF 29 or more About $30

    GENUINE LEATHER RALLY STRAP

    Receive 1 x Genuine Leather Rally strap in either Black, Orange or Grey.

    Approx. $30/ €27 / £19
    (You save 20% on Retail Price)

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD

    Receive 1 x Vintage Driver Chrono watch which includes 1 x plain NATO strap both racing striped NATO straps and travel carry case.

    Approx. $204 / €187 / £131
    (You save 45% on Retail Price)

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    EARLY BIRD

    Receive 1 x Vintage Driver Chrono watch which includes 1 x plain NATO strap and both racing striped NATO straps and travel carry case.

    Approx. $225 / €206 / £144
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    Pledge CHF 239 or more About $247

    YOUR OWN VINTAGE DRIVER CHRONO

    Receive 1 x Vintage Driver Chrono watch which includes 1 x plain NATO strap and both racing striped NATO straps and travel carry case.

    Approx. $245 / €225 / £157
    (You save 34% on Retail Price)

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    Pledge CHF 279 or more About $288

    SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION VERSION F

    Receive 1 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION version F Vintage Driver Chrono watch which includes 1 x Genuine Leather Rally strap and both racing striped NATO straps and travel carry case.

    Approx. $290 / €260 / £190

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    SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION VERSION G

    Receive 1 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION version G Vintage Driver Chrono watch which includes 1 x Genuine Leather Rally strap and both racing striped NATO straps and travel carry case.

    Approx. $290 / €260 / £190

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    Pledge CHF 279 or more About $288

    SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION VERSION H

    Receive 1 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION version H Vintage Driver Chrono watch which includes 1 x Genuine Leather Rally strap and both racing striped NATO straps and travel carry case.

    Approx. $290 / €260 / £190

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    SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION VERSION I

    Receive 1 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION version I Vintage Driver Chrono watch which includes 1 x Genuine Leather Rally strap and both racing striped NATO straps and travel carry case.

    Approx. $290 / €260 / £190

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    GET ONE, GIVE ONE?

    Receive 2 x Vintage Driver Chrono watches which includes 2 x plain NATO strap and two sets of racing striped NATO straps and 2 travel carry cases.

    Approx. $430 / €394 / £276
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    Pledge CHF 459 or more About $474

    GET ONE, GIVE ONE?

    Receive 1 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION and 1 x Normal edition Vintage Driver Chrono watches of your choice which includes 1 x Plain NATO strap and 1 x Genuine Leather Rally straps and two sets of racing striped NATO straps and two travel carry cases.

    Approx. $475 / €425 / £310

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    Receive 2 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION Vintage Driver Chrono watches of your choice which includes 2 x Genuine Leather Rally straps and two sets of racing striped NATO straps and two travel carry cases.

    Approx. $518 / €460 / £335

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    Pledge CHF 619 or more About $640

    FRIENDS PACKAGE/BUNDLE

    Receive 3 x Vintage Driver Chrono watches which includes 3 x plain NATO strap and 3 sets of racing striped NATO straps and 3 travel carry cases.

    Approx. $637 / €582 / £407
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    Receive 1 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION and 2 x Normal Edition Vintage Driver Chrono watches of your choice which includes 2 x Plain NATO straps and 1 x Genuine Leather Rally straps and three sets of racing striped NATO straps and three travel carry cases.

    Approx. $685 / €610 / £445

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    Pledge CHF 699 or more About $722

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    Receive 2 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION and 1 x Normal Edition Vintage Driver Chrono watches of your choice which includes 1 x Plain NATO straps and 2 x Genuine Leather Rally straps and three sets of racing striped NATO straps and three travel carry cases.

    Approx. $725 / €650 / £470

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    Pledge CHF 739 or more About $764

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    Receive 3 x SPECIAL BACKERS EDITION Vintage Driver Chrono watches of your choice which includes 3 x Genuine Leather Rally straps and three sets of racing striped NATO straps and three travel carry cases.

    Approx. $765 / €685 / £500

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Funding period

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