The SD-09™ Spacecraft Watch - inspired by sci-fi ethos
The SD-09™ Spacecraft Watch - inspired by sci-fi ethos
The first spacecraft timepiece on kickstarter - using the best materials, pay attention to details, craftsmanship & distinctive design.
The first spacecraft timepiece on kickstarter - using the best materials, pay attention to details, craftsmanship & distinctive design. Read more
About this project
WHO WE ARE:
We are an independent design house base in HK. We are passionate about watches and are committed to quality. Using the best materials while paying the utmost attention to details, craftsmanship and distinctive designs. The SD-09™ Spacecraft Timepiece was borne from decades of craft, study, and tireless dedication.
WHAT THEY SAID?
"One of the most interesting features of the dial is the inner bezel minutes’ indexes with luminescent dots with a colored background between the 30th and the 45th minute"
"Bringing Science Fiction Dreams Back Down to Earth, SD-09 draw inspiration from sci-fi and futuristic mechanics, making them stand out from other watches that simply re-work classic designs. It is finished off with a strikingly handsome leather strap."
"Star Wars fans know how tough actual spacecrafts have to be. There is no such thing as cutting corners when it comes to material construction and the ability to withstand wear and tear. That was exactly what SD-09 founder and designer Sydney Dong was aiming for when he went to the drawing board on the SD-09."
"Sometimes, what comes to us out of crowd-funded campaigns is just a lot of “meh”, stuff that looks like the 20 watches before it with just a change of dial. Well, we are certainly not fans of badge engineering here at WWR. Then you get something like the SD-09 Spacecraft, and, well, it’s surely not a “me too” design."
"Everyone knows that a spacecraft must be able to withstand the most extreme level of wear and tear. It is the very concept behind the SD-09™ Spacecraft Watch, a strong and superior timepiece with unique design. Founder, Sydney Dong, launched the first Kickstarter campaign for SD-09™ Spacecraft Watches today."
The SD-09™ Spacecraft timepiece was inspired by sci-fi ethos, to convey a quantum revolution and space-time versatility that also emanates on a man’s wrist with understated elegance.
Note: the text on the bezel will be excluded & the smallest hex screws will be changed to circle shaped screws & will not stick out in final production. (Please go to check more details in the section of "specification" below)
CRAFTSMANSHIP - ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS:
The easy-to-read multi-layered sandwich dial and sub-dial disks boast luminescent hour and minute markings and hands, coated with the Swiss Super-LumiNova™ C3 (light green).
- Hour and minute hands made with gold brass (also called rose brass) with diamond cut finish
- The sub-dial disc is made by skilled Japanese artisans with high quality aluminum
We applied luminous material in several different ways at the same time:
- The numbers at 9 o’clock and 12 o’clock are painted with a layer of Super-LumiNova C3 below the sandwich dial
- Each second marking on the dial ring is hand painted with Super-LumiNova C3 with great precision and craftsmanship. (Each three dimensional semi-circular ball shape around the dial ring looks like the stars in the space)
- Super-LumiNova C3 is filled in to the hour, minute hands, markings and the sub-dial disc
THE SUB-DIAL DISC: The design of the sub-dial disc seconds was inspired by UFO spacecrafts, It looks like an engine of the spacecraft while functioning as a sweeping second hand. (The Phoenix Lights UFO Sighting in 1997 - this sighting is so famous it even has its own website. It also took place over the course of two days, and was witnessed by several thousand. On the edge of Tuscan, Arizona, near the Nevada line, witnesses claim to have seen a black V-shaped specimen with lights.)
We have 3 amazing design styles for the sub-dial disc with different lume patterns applied. Two of them are locked. We will unlock them once we achieve the stretch goals listed below:
The test of lume for "Turbine Blades design"
Complex cases consist of more than just the standard 3 parts, multi-part construction with highest precision and attention to detail.
The watch case consists of more than 20 different parts & more than 20 screws. Every part has to be created with great care and hand assembled with patience and craftsmanship.
EXHIBITION WATCH CASE:
Swiss Sapphire crystal with Anti-Reflective Coating displays the beautiful automatic movement’s beating heart and screw bar fixed.
Crown Protection System guarantees superior water and shock resistance, at the most vulnerable area of the case – the crown. It will prevent damage to the crown and resist water leakage as well. Three O-rings are placed around the crown for gasket seal. The water resistance is rated at 10 ATM (100m).
The Crown Protection System also ensures the crown must be pushed-in to its original secure position after adjusting the time & date.
WATER RESISTANCE RATING TABLE:
The SD-09™ Spacecraft Timepiece features 100 meters / 10 Bar water resistance.
SWISS SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL WITH ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING:
The Swiss Sapphire crystal is used with anti-reflective coating on both the lens and the case back. Our watches are more scratch resistance than watches made with plastic or mineral crystals.
Why we chose sapphire crystal with AR:
- Extremely scratch resistant
- Looks like new for many years
- Look more expensive
- It doesn't streak ( A water droplet will turn into a ball shape on the crystal and glide off)
This Sci-Fi inspired wristwatch is powered by an automatic Miyota caliber 8218 which does not require batteries, nor does it require solar energy from the sun. Just a few flicks of the wrist will bring the Japanese self-winding mechanism to life. A sapphire caseback lets you see the Spacecraft’s real engine in action.
MIYOTA MECHANICAL MOVEMENT 8218
Dimension: Overall diameter 26 mm Height: 5.67 mm
- Function; Shock absorber for balance staff
- 21,600 BPH
- Date calendar Small second
- 21 jewels to reduce friction and wear in the moving parts
- Automatic & hand winding Power Reserve up to 40+ hours
- The accuracy is about -20/+40 seconds/day
- Made in Japan
- Using genuine calf leather from Italy.
- Hand braided & crafted by experienced artisans making leather watch straps for over 10 years. We call them "art by hand"
- This strap is high cost and absolutely unique in the market because of the particular weaving skill that is required to make them.
Color: Black / Grey / Chocolate
In the final production, we will upgrade the style to the one on the right hand side.
- All 316L Stainless steel materials from Finland.
- Engraved brand logo & vertical brushed.
Note: The hex screws will be changed to circle shape in the final production
RELEASE & INSTALL STRAP:
On the leather strap, we have included a quick release system for you to swap the strap more easily for more convenience whenever you want to change the color.
Note: the hex screw on the lug is fixed. It is a part of the design for decoration not used for changing the strap.
Show Your Styles:
Video with vocal for main features:
Note: we have slightly changed our design for final production. This will not affect any functions of this timepiece, but will make it a cleaner and better design and customer experience.
A - the word of "spaceship" on the bezel will not be included and the same word on the case back will be changed to "spacecraft"
B - the smallest hex screws (only 2 mm) except on the bezel will be changed to circle shaped screws & will not stick out.
C - change C3 to BGW9 at the zero dot to be a pointer only for UFO design of sub-dial disc.
After these slight changes, you can see the prototype here:
Image above showing a silicone strap.
SD-09™ Spacecraft Timepiece - Sub-dial Disc of UFO Design
SD-09™ Spacecraft Timepiece - Sub-dial Disc of Turbine Blades Design
Limited edition for up to 500 pieces: We believe in creating an exclusive experience so that the first 500 pieces of SD-09™ spacecraft timepieces are produced with individually numbered especially for early backers.
After the first 500 pieces, the SD-09™ Spacecraft Timepiece will not be produced with individually numbered cases nor will they be considered as Limited Edition. First backed first served. The earlier you back us, the lower number you will get. Please note that your backer number does not indicate the number you will receive as some backers before you may have already purchased multiple watches.
First edition: Black paper cover with our brand name.
PU materials with weaving pattern covering a card board:
- We focus on value of the watches including the design & quality rather than trying to meet the rule of the label “Swiss made” to sell expensive price to you.
- Choose finest components from Swiss / other countries around the world depends on its price ratio & quality not to meet the criteria of a deceptive Swiss Made.
- Choosing the finest components from Swiss / other countries around the world depends on its price ratio & quality not to meet the criteria of a deceptive Swiss Made label.
- Working with a factory in China that they also has been working for some of the Swiss & German brands for more than 10 years. They source & produce components for them.
Our suppliers & factory partner: Reliable partners with 20+ years experience in watch-making industries. Mainly produce & export to 50% of Western Europe, 10% of North America & North Europe and others to South America, Asia & South East Asia countries.
You'll receive a survey via email to specify your choices of the color, style of the sub-dial disc second and the color for the leather straps after campaign conclusion. Limited edition only apply to first 500 pieces.
(HKD Convert to USD approximate 7.75)
SUPER EARLY BIRD OFFER:
EARLY BIRD OFFER:
ON TIME OFFER:
EARLY BIRD DOUBLE:
EARLY BIRD TRIPLE:
EARLY BIRD COLLECTION:
Our leather straps are made of genuine calf from Italy and the patterns are hand braided by skilled artisan in making weave leather watch strap.
Every package will include one leather strap & one extra silicone strap, you can also get an extra set and it’ll be like having three watches!
HOW TO GET EXTRA STRAPS: If you only want to have one single leather strap, you can pledge the reward of the leather strap directly.
If you want to pledge our watches and also want to have one more leather strap, you just add HK$300 approximately US$39 directly on the reward of your pledge, we will contact you by email to ask for your color choice of your extra strap and buckle after our Kickstarter campaign is over.
Stretch Goals #1 (HKD800,000 approximately USD103,226)
SD-09™ Spacecraft Super Massive Design (New style of Sub-dial Disc)
Stretch Goals #2 (HKD1,200,000 approximately USD154,839)
SD-09™ Spacecraft Beam Core Design (New style of Sub-dial Disc)
REMARKS: The full retail price for the SD-09™ Spacecraft Timepiece will be HKD3,380 / US$437. We will not be selling our watches in retail until all Kickstarter rewards have been shipped. Upon the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign we will be sending out a survey where you will indicate which colour for the watches, strap & sub-dial disc option(s) you would like and confirm your shipping address as well as other relevant details.
International backers: International customers are responsible for duties, fees & taxes charged by their respective countries. Visit www.dutycalculator.com for calculate approximate duties.
Estimated delivery: We expect to start fulfilling orders in Nov., 2017. While we do not expect this deadline to move, it is possible that the estimated shipment month may shift. If at any time you would like an update, please either check the "Updates" section of our Kickstarter Campaign, or feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warranty: We stand firmly behind our products. Each SD-09 timepiece includes a 1-year limited warranty. The SD-09 Spacecraft Timepiece offers a 1-year limited warranty on all watches which covers manufacturing defects. The warranty does not cover damages that may occur from normal wear and tear and everyday use.
Need help? We're here for you:
If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign has concluded, you can always reach us at email@example.com
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4.Submit payment information
5.Receive a confirmation email
Words by the Originator/Co-founder - Sydney Dong:
I am a product designer based in Hong Kong. I love product design, music and particularly my passion for watches. I enjoy vintage watches that not only tell the time, but also a history which tells a story… for me, it was about a citizen watch which I bought when I was studying in secondary school almost 30 years ago.
At that time, I had no money as a student but still I had the strong desire to buy the citizen watch. I remember I ate cheaper lunch & walked from school to my house every day for 45 minutes in order to save the bus fares and the meal money which my mum gave me everyday morning, in order to save up for the watch. This watch is still kept in my house and it is more valuable than any watch brands in my collection including Rolex & Omega for me as it tells my story.......
I think a timepiece is not just about beauty and functionality, it conveys something about a philosophy of life. We dedicate our timepieces to every detail by ensuring the uniqueness of the design, the high quality of its functionality as we believed that is something about an attitude and a commitment to our backers in each and every timepiece we make.
For our first watch style, it captivates the science fiction that conveys a picture of freely roaming space in a spacecraft. Finally, I hope you will like our concept & this timepiece! More importantly, enjoy the watch and a sincere thanks to our supporters.
Words by Co-Founder - Dr Christopher Tay:
I have known Sydney for more than 10 years now. I was his co-founder in his fashion business earlier but I know for years Sydney had wanted and aspired to move into the watch making industry.
Initially I was puzzled why the watch industry? And the need for us to compete with the already well-established watch makers in the industry and it will be an uphill task for us. However, Sydney convinced me with his strong passion, new concept and designs as he is truly an excellent product designer especially for uniqueness and refreshing ideas. His concept of the watches is also excellently new and exciting.
Coupled with my business experiences in many different sectors, we decided to go ahead with the business in watch making. After more than 2 years of hard work, we can already see how Sydney’s designs and concept of the watch making coming into light and producing excellent results, not only in the uniqueness of the designs but also the functionality of the best watches in the market today.
Sydney had merged so well with his fashion design experiences into these exquisite watches that even the straps in the watches are unique and high quality leather finishes. I am very proud of him and we are full of confidence in capturing a niche and unique sector in the micro watch industry business and turning future watch pieces into master pieces and high quality and limited editions. Having said all these, nothing is more important to us than to thank you all our backers, your support, care and love for uniquely designed watches which may become collector watches too.
We will never succeed and progress to achieve our vision as one of the uniquely micro watch brands in the world without your support.
Words by Co-Founder for Quality Controller & Finance Controller - Sandy Lai
We want to focus on the value of the components, such as Swiss sapphire crystal, Finnish stainless steel, Japan made movement, Swiss SuperlumiNova C3, but eliminate the high overhead of branding so that we can sell our timepiece directly to you online, no middle man costs, no luxury advertisements and not even any celebrity ambassador. We only want every dollar you spend will be worth more and in return, own our highest quality designs & workmanship. You are our Ambassador.
We chose Kickstarter for funding support because it is a good platform to gather all innovative creators here to find their potential backers who will support their ideals and it's good to create their own community to grow together.
We need your supports & please join us to make our project a reality. Your support will definitely help us place our initial order to our factory partner to meet the minimum order requirement. In order to thanks to our backers, the early backers will get a limited edition of this amazing timepiece. Thanks to all our Supporters!
NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO WEAVING OUR HISTORY:
As the final design / tech drawings, prototyping and testing phases have been successfully accomplished, we are finally confident and ready to manufacture the watches for our backers. We have the manufacturer and other part suppliers ready to make the watches with our green signal. All we need is your support. In order to bring this SD-09™ spacecraft timepiece to your wrists, we need to meet our factory's minimum order quantity requirement; and this will only be possible with your support. By making a pledge, you will secure a high quality SD-09 Spacecraft™ timepiece at a special Kickstarter price.
FOLLOW THE SD-09 JOURNEY: Check out our social media profiles to see how we go until here!
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
To ensure that every timepiece is created to standard and delivered in time, we will be maintaining constant and personal contact with the factory during the entire process of production. No matter what, we will update our backers during the production process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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