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MKSKL12-6TWatch, that is!  To be sure, many of use have likely have thoughts bouncing around of sourcing our own movement, case (or machining our own), so on and so forth.  But what about a quartz-driven digital model?

If that even sounds remotely interesting, you should read on.  And if it’s not interesting, c’mon – it’s a watch, and you can say you built the thing yourself.  The kit is from Make, and you can purchase it right here.  While the aesthetic isn’t exactly to my own tastes, there’s a lot that I like here:

  1. You get all the necessary parts to build the watch
  2. If you can handle a screw driver and a solder iron, you can build this
  3. It could be a great way to get someone (a child, perhaps) interested in watches and electronics at the same time
  4. The kit is crazy affordable


How affordable?  Only $31 at the time of my writing this.  Not too shabby, right?  Definitely let us know if you decide to build one of these!


  • Great looking laser cut acrylic case
  • Unique watch
  • Easy to solder
  • Stand alone project – no computer or other programmer required. Just solder it and it’s ready!
  • On board Dallas DS1337+ Real Time Clock (RTC) for super accurate time keeping
  • Jumper (on bottom) for always on use.
  • Hackable: Programming and I2C pads labeled on bottom
  • Clear front and back casing to show the internal electronics
  • Adjustable wrist band
  • Can also be worn as a badge with optional badge clip.
  • Long lasting battery, with special LED lighting method and very low power processor sleeping.


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