The Padron Watch Company kicked off a new watch in February with a skeleton dial to mark its 5 year anniversary. The automatic watch was funded in one day and closes on March 7.

The Padron Tessera X-Ray uses the same steel case and bracelet as the Selby which we reviewed here. It’s made of 316L stainless steel and sized at a healthy 42mm wide with a sapphire crystal.

The scratch-free view of the ETA 2824-2 movement is only limited by the simple sword hands carrying the luminescence and a second hand that offers two color options. You also have an option for a leather strap.

I really liked Padron’s case design and how it was integrated with its steel bracelet. It’s a highly machined finish, easily adjustable and a secure, low profile fit on the wrist.

Watch wearers may love or hate the skeletonized dial since this often limits legibility, but this could be a fair trade for someone who likes knowing and seeing this watch will manually run its heart out for years to come.

With Padron, you are also buying a story. Patrick interviewed Leo Padron and learned more about this Minneapolis-based watch-tinkerer turned watchmaker who has had quite a run on Kickstarter with its first project in 2011.

There are several ways to still get in on this project which is estimated to ship in June 2017; pricing starts at $462.


  • Brand Model: Padron Tessera X-Ray
  • Movement (technology): Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 Automatic movement with bidirectional winding and hacking.
  • Size of case diameter (mm): 42 mm x 45 mm
  • Height of case: 12 mm
  • Weight: 157 g
  • Case material: 316L Stainless Steel
  • Case Back: Display
  • Crown: Steel screw-down crown with crown guard
  • Crystal/Glass material: Sapphire with antireflective coating
  • Water resistance (m/ft/atm): 150m/500ft
  • Strap/Bracelet material: 316L Solid link stainless steel band with adjustable clasp
  • Illumination: Superluminous hands

Photos courtesy of Padron Watch Company

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