To be fair, our pal Matt ran across this project last week, but I thought it would be best to slot it in on a Friday. Read on to see what Matt has to say about this latest project.
Yet another watch project popped up on Kickstarter, with modest goals and a very reasonable price for a nice look, but basic dive watch. Field and Crew (project page) is doing the project, what looks to be their first, and has created a blue automatic diver on a selection of straps for your fashion preferences.
The watch (looks to be) is made in China using an ETA 2836-2 clone, the Hangzhou 6311. It sports a stainless case, unidirectional bezel, superlume for the hands, dial and dot on the bezel, a sapphire crystal and 15 ATM of water resistance.
They also talk up their “smart pin” quick change pin for the straps, making it easier to swap out straps without a ‘special’ tool. Frankly, I don’t think that a safety pin (if nothing else is handy) is all that special a tool, but the smart pin will make it a little easier to swap out a strap (Editors note: these are handier than you might think!)
As with all Kickstarter projects, you are taking a chance, buying a watch unseen. At this price, I think the design compares favorably with the recent deal Patrick shared for a Fewsome watch. With Fewsome, you get more control over the design, but with this project you get some lume on the bezel and an extra strap.