The Military Edition Launches November 11th
In a bit more than a month, the 2nd Edition of our Military Edition will become available. Last year we had about 300 people on the waiting list and we sold out of the 50 watches in about 8 hours. This year, with over 3,000 people on the waiting list, we're expecting something a bit different.
In preparation for the big day, here's a few Frequently Asked Questions:
How many watches will you make and how much do they cost?
We're building 50 pieces of the 2nd Edition at $5,995 each and a 15 piece special edition at $7,995 each for 65 total watches.
When and how can I purchase one?
As long as you're on our Military Edition Waiting List, you'll receive specific instructions on how to purchase. You can make the purchase using a unique link at 8am MST (10am EST) on November 11th, 2020. It will be first-come, first-serve, and there is no priority to our Waiting List, so make sure you log on and make your purchase at that time.
Is financing available?
We've partnered with Affirm to offer 0% APR financing for 12 months and interest-bearing financing for up to 36 months. We'll share more information on that process soon.
What if I miss it and don't get one that day?
We plan to make at least 50 Military Edition watches every year, always launching on Veterans Day. Your next opportunity will be 11/11/2021.
How do I know if I'm on the list?
We'll send an email to that Waiting List this Sunday (exactly one month away) with the subject line "One Month Until The Military Edition." You can also reply to this email, let us know you definitely want one, and we'll triple-check that you're all set.
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The Weekly Roundup
We build a new, one of a kind wristwatch every single day. We call it the Watch of the Day! Here's the last seven watches in your weekly round up. Click the images to see that watch on the website, and to learn more.
As always, everything inside these watches is from an antique American pocket watch including the dial (face), hands, and movement (the entire mechanical mechanism). Feel free to respond to this email with questions or to request a custom project!
The Chicago 396
The magnificent dial on this Elgin dial almost looks like wood carved with this ornate pattern. The simple black numerals and the long triangulated hands allow the detail in the center of the dial to take the focus. It looks like on the bottom right of the dial there might be a fingerprint from being handled at some point in its history. We decided on a 3D Blackened Titanium case to compliment the black accents though we couldn't help but add a copper crown to add a little shine to the watch. The movement is from 1923, produced by the Elgin Watch Company. The team was really enchanted by this watch and we can't wait to see where in the world it goes!
The Boston 370
This watch is second to none, rare is the only word we can seem to use. We were baffled to find this dial and movement combination, not only still together but in the condition they are in as well. The dial features an extremely rare engraving in the center which actually sits on the dial as opposed to being engraved into the dial. The hand style are also rare in and of themselves, with the hollow square design towards the tip. You'll also notice on the dial and the movement the words "Premier" are inscribed which indicates the grade of movement Waltham used as well as suggesting this dial and movement have always been paired together. An art deco lovers dream, this movement was produced in 1925 by the Waltham Watch Company and a final rarity for this watch, is the cross-hatch pattern engraved on the movement. All of these individually rare aspects make for a literally one of a kind, Conversation Piece of a watch.
The Boston 374
Here comes another hunting style watch! This classic look is a favorite, especially for those will a more traditional taste. The machined titanium case is contrasted with our gold crown, adding some subtle flair. The olive band accents the gold of the crown while allowing the dial to be the main attraction. This 17jewel movement was manufactured by the Waltham Watch Company in 1896, the same year that John Philip Sousa composed his magnum opus, "Stars and Stripes Forever". You'll notice the movement is a private label by Waltham for Simons Brothers Co., which started as a gold and silver manufacturer of thimbles and pencil cases. Can you believe this movement is from 124 years ago?
The Springfield 350
This watch was a team favorite, the classic Illinois numerals with the unique design in the center made for an eye-catching Conversation Piece! The two-toned gold pattern has an almost cowboy essence to it with the rope and horseshoe like designs. In our machined titanium case with the round gold crown, the obvious strap choice for this dial was navy. The movement is an Illinois Watch Company production from 1923, boasting 21jewels! We love the balance and style of this watch!
The Springfield 246
Do you get a secret agent vibe from this watch? Because we do. Is it the DLC Black case with the black strap or maybe the way the yellow dial and gold crown command your attention? Perhaps, it's the circular theme from the round crown and the rounded numerals to the Breguet Moon hands that seem like they hold some secret power? Or maybe it's the "A. Lincoln" engraved on the movement. Regardless, we are intrigued! This movement by the Illinois Watch Company has 21jewels and was produced in 1918 - the year New York Yankee pitcher Babe Ruth broke records when he hit his 138th home-run!
The Lancaster 077
We appreciate the variety of styles we find across the great American Pocket Watch Companies, as we call them. This dial has a very rustic feel and bears a less common feature of the Roman Numerals. The starkness of the white center to the patina'd outer dial really draws the eye in. Our team picked a raw 3D printed titanium case and our "raw" copper crown to match the feeling of the dial. Our Cordovan Oxblood strap adds a certain polish to this watch. This 17jewel movement from the Hamilton Watch Company was produced in 1925 in Lancaster, PA which is actually engraved on the movement! Anyone from Lancaster?
The Boston 376
The Boston 376 is a bold and confident masterpiece, featuring clean and sporty minimalism. A textured knurled nickel crown offsets the cool concrete look of the dial, while the Stone suede straps and DLC coated case create impeccably smooth lines. The Waltham Royal movement in this watch was manufactured in 1919; however, the movement name "Royal" was NOT related to Royal E. Robbins, the man who purchased the Waltham Watch Company when it went bankrupt in 1957.