Zayger Watches - a 3D printed watch, made in the USA.
Zayger Watches - a 3D printed watch, made in the USA.
Zayger Watches, creating timepieces with a combination of 3D Printing and old school manufacturing.
Zayger Watches, creating timepieces with a combination of 3D Printing and old school manufacturing. Read more
About this project
THE LEATHERTIME WATCH
The LeatherTime watch is a great watch to fit the modern wardrobe. It is fashionable with a classic watch look that catches the eye from close and far. Its features include a 40mm case with a 4mm crown, a leather strap and matching leather dial, with leather inlay on both sides of the case. It will also have a high functioning Swiss quartz movement and be water resistant to 3ATM.
There are different options in the leather and case material.
Leather choices are:
Lorica (synthetic leather) is also available
Your choice of case materials are:
- Antique bronze
- Gold plated steel
- Polished silver
- Polished gold
The color options for Alligator/crocodile are many, at least 15 options will be available, so to simplify things a e-mail will be sent during the production process for you to choose the band color and size.
Colors for the specialty leathers (lizard, python, etc) are limited in some of the materials. As more funding comes in, more color options will become available.
My name is Shlomo Mockin. My passion for watchmaking began when I was a kid, and heard that one of my great-great-grandfathers was a man named Shlomo the Zaygermacher. He was a watchmaker and musical composer with the same name as me. I have always been musical, but my interest in watchmaking grew in me over the years. After reading about the field, I realized that watchmaking is a great career, but hard to learn and even harder to find a place to learn it. Several years ago I was offered the chance to work at a leading online watch retailer and distributor in their repair center. I jumped at the opportunity.
For the past four years i have been learning the art and craft of watchmaking. I learned to repair and make parts for all types of watch movements, from quartz to mechanical and automatic, and I got to work on many great complications such as chronographs, retrogrades, jump hours and perpetual calendars. I also became a master polisher, polishing all types of materials i.e. brass, stainless steel, silver, gold, platinum and titanium. I learned to electroplate with gold, white gold, rhodium and PVC.
As fate would have it, my wife’s grandfather is a master silversmith. During my first two years as a watchmaker, I would go down to his workshop in my spare time. He would show me how to create things out of metals, using techniques like casting and molding, and machines such as the lathe and the mill.
This knowledge has given me the tools to create my own line of watches.
From the start of my career as a watchmaker I spent every spare moment I
had scribbling down my own designs in notebooks and drawing apps on my
iPad. As my notebooks filled and my knowledge grew, it became clear to
me that the huge task of prototyping and mass production would be not
only extremely difficult but also very expensive. But that didn’t stop
me from dreaming and designing.
About two years ago, I came across the emerging revolution in manufacturing: 3D printing. 3D printing is an amazing and affordable new way to take an idea from the prototype stage all the way to manufacturing and mass production. Its accuracy has recently gotten to the point that it can be used to make watch parts that require accuracy to points of a millimeter. It is also a great match for watchmaking, because in usage of 3D printing one only pays for the amount of material you use. In other words, complexity is free, giving it some major advantages over traditional manufacturing. The prototyping price is the same as the production price, and watches can be made with unlimited design complexity without driving up the price.
For the past two years I have been learning to 3D model using programs such as Rhino, Solidworks, Google Sketchup, and, my favorite program, Tinkercad. I have been testing and prototyping using the services provided by the great company Shapeways. Finally, after four years of learning, reading, apprenticing, casting, molding, lathing, milling, polishing, dipping, overhauling, breaking, fixing, designing, 3Dprinting, prototyping, producing and manufacturing, I can finally, happily and proudly present…..ZAYGER.
I chose the name Zayger because it means watch in the Yiddish language that my parents and grandparents speak to me. It also seems fitting because my friends and family have dubbed me Shlomo der Zaygermacher.
Zayger will create watches combining modern manufacturing methods such as 3D printing and laser cutting with old school hand finishing and polishing techniques. Hand engraving, hand painting and enameling will be the finishing touches to make beautiful, stylish and unique timepieces that will stand out, without straying too far from the “classic” watch look.
Zayger will focus on making limited edition and numbered watch lines, so that the watches will retain their value over time, but without a price tag for millionaire CEOs only.
Zayger will be a company that communicates with its customers and will honor its two year warranty. Should a watch need servicing, as all watches eventually do, it will be done in an affordable and timely manner.
The two year warranty will cover functionality and water resistance. In the event of something out of the ordinary, for example, if a watch gets run over by a car (I once had a repair like that!), we will do our best to keep the repair price down. I believe that the profit for a watch should be in the sale and not the service.
For you, the amazing Kickstarter community, there will be a three year warranty, and one free battery change and water resistance check within five years of receiving your watch.
My goal is that Zayger will manufacture all of its watches from beginning to end in the USA, from the case to the band and buckle, and eventually, the movement too. There was a time when America was the leader in watch production, stemming from the need to have reliable timepieces for the railways. Over the last century, much of the watchmaking and manufacturing industry has left us. I will do my part to bring it back!
I would like to thank the people and companies that helped make Zayger a reality - my wife, kids, family and friends, without whose support I wouldn’t be here.
Shapeways and Tinkercad, whose great software and services and wonderful staff helped take my ideas and make them a reality.
Hadley Roma and its staff, manufacturers of the highest quality leather goods in the USA.
Last, and certainly not least, YOU, the Kickstarter community, whose support is making dreams come true every day. Thank you for checking out my Kickstarter project. Check out the Zayger.com website to see some prototypes of upcoming watches. Please follow Zayger on Twitter and Facebook, and thank you for your help and contributions.
Risks and challenges
Simple - time. Meaning how long it takes to make the watches. We currently have the facility's to create the watches one by one, however, a number of machines are necessary to speed up the production process. The more funding we receive the better equipped we will be to make the watches fast.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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