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CA$ 17,742
pledged of CA$ 60,000pledged of CA$ 60,000 goal
31
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 8 2015

About

The Venturer Collection from Whytes Watches

PROJECT UPDATE

*REDUCED SHIPPING RATES NOW APPLY*

After careful consideration and listening to comments received, we have decided to change our method of shipping and reduce our shipping rates accordingly. The following rates will now apply:-

                                                  One watch                 Collection

  • Canada                                 $25   CAD                     $40    CAD
  • USA                                      $25   CAD                     $40    CAD  
  • Rest of the world                  $70   CAD                     $100  CAD

If you have already paid (applies to USA backers) or are requested to pay the full shipping amount by Kickstarter anytime up to the end of the campaign then we guarantee to refund the difference after receipt of your payment as quickly as possible.    

Thank you all for your continued support. Please share with your friends.

Independent Venturer Review

There is a fantastic review of the Venturer Range of watches at The Time Bum, he loves the watch as much as we do. If you are considering a new watch then please read his review at The Time Bum

The Project

Whytes is an independent Watchmaking company based in Western Canada and founded by Steven and Catherine Scanlan. With Steven’s business acumen, Catherine’s design expertise and our combined love of watchmaking our aim is clear – to produce high quality timepieces, strong both in construction and style. We also want our watches to make a statement about you, feel great to wear, have longevity and all at a reasonable cost. A tall order? We don’t think so, we believe we have achieved this with our range of Venturer watches.

Pioneer Mk1 and Discoverer Mk 1
Pioneer Mk1 and Discoverer Mk 1

The Venturer Collection is comprised of two distinct limited edition watches inspired by the spirit, hardiness and tenacity of those of us who love adventure and new experiences, possessing some historical undertones but firmly rooted in the technology of today. We design the watches ourselves and work to produce our creations with a highly reputable watchmaking company whose clients include some of the most prestigious brands in the world.

Each watch has its own distinct personality, and each is available in 316L surgical quality stainless steel. The Discoverer Mk1 comes with a caramel strap and butterfly clasp, the Pioneer Mk1 with a black strap and traditional buckle fastening. Both are water resistant to an amazing 100 metres making that snorkeling or sailing adventure a worry free event

Limited Editions

Strictly limited to 250 of each design sold globally. The chances of running into someone wearing the same watch is approximately 14 million to 1. That is what will set you apart from the crowd, maintain exclusivity and make you feel a little special.

Watches will be sold in strictly numerical order, we cannot accommodate a request for a particular edition number. Sales will commence from number three.

Watch Materials, Design and Technical Specifications.

To produce a top quality watch we will not be compromised on materials therefore we have selected the finest watchmakers and components sourced from across the globe. Our attention to detail underpins our decisions resulting in strong, robust, reliable timepieces worthy of the most discerning wearers. The Miyota 9100 is the movement we have selected for the collection. This top quality mechanical movement is regarded as comparable to Swiss movements for reliability without the associated cost. We are confident that this movement will deliver.

A mechanical watch, your movement powers its movement. No need for batteries ever again. Sturdy and strong with a presence on the wrist, our distinctive case is made of 316L surgical grade steel, being 42 mm in diameter and is destined to become our signature case. The ceramic dial is protected by sapphire crystal that only a diamond can scratch. The lugs are a definite departure from the norm (well who wants to be normal?) standing out proud in perfect proportion from the case and with recessed screws holding the bar for the durable calf leather hand stitched strap firmly in place, and the Whytes logo is etched into every key component. To finish off, the reverse of the case is etched with the watch name and serial number. 

As a whole the watch weighs in at 110gms, producing a definite air of importance when worn.

Discoverer Mk 1
Discoverer Mk 1

The Discoverer Mk1 features a month dial and a day dial, a power reserve indicator and date, luminous raised hour markers and hands, and second indicators. The month and day is changed via a recessed indentation on the side of the watchcase and to facilitate any change, a titanium pin is included in the sale of this timepiece. No need for makeshift pins or picks. Available in classic stainless steel the watch exudes confidence and an awareness that you are unique.

Discoverer Mk 1 Titanium Pin
Discoverer Mk 1 Titanium Pin
Pioneer Mk 1
Pioneer Mk 1

The Pioneer Mk1 features raised black traditional numerals, power reserve indicator, 24 hour dial at the 6pm position showing the current time in a 24 hour format, date indicator, luminous hands and second markers. Again available in classic stainless steel.

And we haven’t forgotten the box.

The Watch box for Whytes Watches
The Watch box for Whytes Watches

We want your watch to reach you securely and in pristine condition, not be left to rattle around in its packaging en route to you. Additionally, the unveiling of your new watch for the first time should be an experience in itself. Therefore, in accordance with our no compromise philosophy we have designed, in keeping with our company colours, a high gloss lacquered black and cream quality presentation case, embossed inside and out with our logo. The watch is held secure in transit and underneath the watch holder is a compartment for keeping watch documents, the included watch cleaning cloth and the titanium pin provided with the Discoverer Mk 1 model for month changes.

Each watch comes with a 12 month warranty against mechanical or production flaws.

The Venturer Collection Technical Specification

The mechanical movement chosen to drive the Venturer Collection is automatic winding, has 26 jewels and a power reserve of approximately 40 running hours when fully wound. Your Discover Watch is protected by a flat sapphire glass of hardness grade 9 on Mohs’ scale. Your new timepiece is shockproof, antimagnetic and water-resistant to 10 ATM or 100 metres. The Case is 316L Surgical Stainless steel throughout, the back of the case screwed down by six small screws ensuring a solid tight fit to maintain that 100 metre depth when swimming or snorkeling.  Etched with the Limited Edition number, the company logo and details about the watch .

We have chosen Sapphire crystal as the window to the dial and coated it with an Anti Reflective (AR) to the inside to further protect the movement. Like every detail on this watch we treat quality as our goal, a standard mineral glass would just not be good enough. 

Discoverer 

 Your Whytes Discoverer Mk 1 watch shows you the time in hours, minutes and seconds, together with the date in date, day and month together with a power reserve dial. To ensure that this stunning watch continues to perform faultlessly in future, it is essential to observe a few important operating instructions. The Titanium Pin used to change the month on the Discoverer Mk 1 Pin could have been steel or brass or even a wooden toothpick but once again, quality and our love of a good watch ensured we would use only the highest quality products, Titanium it is and will be. You may only ever use this pin once in the lifetime of the watch, but once is enough for us to want to provide a quality product. 

Pioneer 

 Using the same movement as the Discoverer Mk 1 in its Miyota 9110 form and utilizing only the 24 hr watch face at the 6pm position it truly provides a feeling in the owner that the name implies, pioneer. 

Technical Overview

Feedback so far

We have received great feedback from various online platforms and through our market research focus groups, friends, acquaintances and work colleagues. Just a few of the comments below.

‘Love the look of these watches, great bearing, weight and very cool’.

‘Amazing men’s watches. When are you doing a women’s range?’

‘I would love to buy one for my fiancé as a wedding present’

‘Amazing quality and not so hard on the wallet’

‘Beautiful’

Stretch Goals

In the event that we reach are funding targets, we thank you and for each of the subsequent milestones reached you will receive the following in addition to your watch

$80k   An additional calf leather strap in an alternative colour

$90k   Black leather travel case

$120k Exclusive automatic watch winder for use when you are not wearing your watch.

Pledge Rewards

We believe in thanking everyone who supports us and although we only sell watches and not t-shirts or scarves etc we wish to acknowledge you for supporting us. Therefore all our rewards are watch based.

Pledge $20 or more

We thank everyone for their contribution to our goal. For a pledge of $20 or more we will give you $50 towards the cost of a full price, post Kickstarter, watch from the Venturer collection

Pledge $495 CAD

DAYBREAK LIMITED DEAL Receive one Discoverer Mk1 watch with caramel leather strap. Full retail value after Kickstarter will be $825 CAD and thus a 40% discount. 

Pledge $425 CAD

DAYBREAK LIMITED DEAL Receive one Pioneer Mk1 watch with black leather strap Full retail value after Kickstarter will be $775 thus a 46% discount

Pledge $850 CAD 

DAYBREAK LIMITED DEAL Venturer Collection. Receive both the Discoverer Mk 1 and Pioneer Mk1 watches and straps. Full retail value after Kickstarter will be $1600 thus a staggering discount of 47%. Almost half list price for this once only.

After this initial saving the price of the watches will go to a price where we will start to make a small profit before returning to the RRP at the end of Kickstarter. This is a once off opportunity.

Finally, Whytes is pleased to offer a one off, once only opportunity for you to have a watch edition from a subsequent new collection (edition of 100) named after yourself or a loved one*. The lucky person will also receive one of these watches plus both a Discoverer Mk1 and Pioneer Mk1 watch. You will be allowed to choose whether the named edition is a male or female line of watches.

Limited to 2 backers only.

* Names that are of a profane, racial, sexual or other unacceptable nature will not be allowed.  The successful winner will be allowed to name the watch after a location or other significant event etc. All names must be agreed by Whytes, and Whytes have the final decision on what name will be allowed.

Timeline

Production Timeline
Production Timeline

The Future for Whytes

We are ambitious, we aim to continue to produce additional ranges of excellent and innovative quality watches, and to ensure this, every penny we make will go back into the business after a donation to the Terry Fox Foundation here in Canada*. But it doesn’t end there, we have plans…..

  • Design and production of a women’s collection of watches
  • Introduce the start of a collection of watches with automatic Swiss movements in addition to developing our Miyota range
  • Expand to sell select quality watch accessories
  • Retail outlets

Thank you for your consideration and support, we know you will be extremely happy with your new acquisition and we would like you to share your experiences with us and send us a picture of you and your watch doing something you love. We would love to post on our website a picture of you proudly wearing your new Venturer watch doing your sport, hobby, work, whatever takes your fancy. (Well, within reason!)

* A proportion of all sales will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation, a Canadian based charity committed to raising money for cancer research.

Risks and challenges

1. Secure adequate funding. We are looking to you to help us mitigate this risk. Whytes are providing substantial funding but we require additional funding to ensure that we meet the quality that we, and you, demand and deserve.
2. Production delays which are out of our control. Mitigated by close relationship and good communication with the manufacturer and our knowledge of the production process.
3. Shipping delays. We aim to commence shipping of our watches no later than 120 days after Kickstarter ends but cannot guarantee this and will keep in close contact with our buyers with regard to updates. We will do our utmost to prevent delays in shipping, We don’t like being late.

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    ULTIMATE - The opportunity to have a range of watches (Male or Female) named after you or a loved one. Additionally you will receive one of each of the Discoverer Mk 1 and the Pioneer Mk 1 watches with an additional one watch from the named range. A once only opportunity

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