In as much as anyone has a beat at WWR, I have the crowd funded beat. My introduction to the site came via a Kickstarter project, I nurtured my relationship with Patrick by feeding more and more Kickstarter reviews, and I have purchased a couple of Kickstarter watches. Project creators are reaching out to us in the hopes of highlighting their projects, and I want to encourage that. But the truth is, we can’t cover them all with individual posts. So from time to time, I will put together a Crowd Funded Compilation post of watches that otherwise have not had stand alone reviews. Many of these watches are a fair bit away from their funding threshold, so a pledge may end up getting canceled if the watch does not make it. As with all crowd funded projects, there are significant risks in backing a project under development.
First up is the Banugat Chronograph project, a quartz chrono out of the UK looking to raise £10,000. They are only at 5% of that goal at the present, but the project funding period runs through November 20. As for the watch itself, a £95 pledge will snag one of these 45mm Miyota OS20 driven watches with a sapphire crystal. The bracelet is dual toned, with the outside links in a gold, black or stainless to match the case, while the center links are in blue, giving it a racing stripe look and picking up the blue surrounding the chrono eyes.
Next up is the Genesee Limited Edition watch, described by the project creators as a Bauhaus inspired design. A pledge of $159 pounds secures either a white or grey dial version of this three hander. Again, the watch is powered by a quartz movement, this time a Ronda, with a domed sapphire crystal and a leather strap. I think it is an attractive, minimalist design. The project funding runs through November 23 and it is (as of this writing) sitting at about 10% of their $25,000 funding goal.
Moving Down Under, the Xavier Aston out of Australia still has a couple of early bird watches available for $139 AUD. The project is sitting at 20% of their goal of $10,000 AUD, and runs through November 24. For your pledge, you will get a gold plated stainless case, nice and thin, with a Swiss Ronda 762 movement and sapphire crystal. The dial (in either black or white) is listed at 40mm, and with the thin bezel, I expect this to wear nicely as a larger unisex watch, or a smaller man’s watch. The entry level pledges include a limited selection of straps, but a $169 AUD pledge secures your choice of strap including a zebra or leopard print pony hair leather strap.
The V Watch project is the budget pick of the group, with watch rewards at $50 for early birds (still available as of this writing). The project is at almost 30% of their $8,000 goal. The watch itself is billed as unisex, and the 38mm case is on the small size for a modern man’s watch, but it might be a good choice for smaller wrists or for women who don’t want an oversized watch. The case is made from a zinc alloy, and the mineral glass crystal and Miyota 2035 quartz movement help keep the costs down.
The other budget pick would be the Woodwear Mammoth watch, a project out of my neck of the woods, Huntington Beach, California (a couple of miles from where I live). A pledge of $55 secures one watch, and $100 secures two. There are 4 options, a men’s and a ladies size watch in either tan or brown wood. True to the name (and the namesake ski resort), it is a mammoth 60mm (lug to lug I am guessing). The woman’s watch is described as about 1/2 the size. There are not many more details on the watch, though looking at the image, the crystal (mineral I am guessing) looks to be domed. The project has a modest goal of $5,000, and they are about a third of the way there, with the project closing on November 13.
The last of the Kickstarter projects is the second offering from Talley & Twine, the Worley Chronograph. It looks to be very similar to their first project (which I reviewed), which was well received by the backers. This version adds another choice with a gold on gold color scheme in addition to the silver on silver of the first watch, and also offers leather NATO straps. The watch has a 2 eye Miyota quartz chronograph movement and a mineral glass crystal. Entry level pledges for $115 for the watch and one strap or $135 for the watch and 2 straps are still available. The project is at 75% of their $8,500 goal, with the project running through December 2. With one successful campaign under their belts and the early support they have, I expect this project to get funded, and I think they will go off with the least number of hiccups.
Last, but not least, is a project on Indiegogo where the creator reached out to our site. For €160, you can pledge for a black or silver Founders Edition Watch from Meshable. The design is very minimalist, with a lugles 41mm case and a stainless or PVD coated stainless case and matching mesh strap/bracelet. The watch also features an ISA Swiss 9232 quartz movement with a small days sub dial at 9:00 and a sapphire crystal. The project is sitting at just under 10% of their €25,000 goal, with the project closing out on November 30. This project has a fixed funding, which is not always the case on Indiegogo, so if it fails to hit the goal, the pledges are returned.
Thank you for reading this WristWatchReview post. With so many things competing for everyone’s attention these days, we really appreciate you giving us your time. We work hard every day to put quality content out there for our community.
WristWatchReview is one of the few remaining truly independent watch news outlets. We do not have a giant corporation behind us, and we rely heavily on our community to support us, in an age when advertisers are increasingly uninterested in sponsoring small, independent watch sites — especially a site like ours that is unwilling to pull punches in its reporting and analysis. We don't play the games the other sites play and we've paid for it when it comes to ad revenue.
We would love for you to support us on Patreon and every little bit helps. Thank you.
–The WWR Team