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Introducing Barton Straps. You're Going to love these!

 
 
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We are pleased to announce that Build Your Own Watch will offer Barton Leather Bands moving forward! Barton makes wonderful Leather and Silicone straps that feature a “Quick Release” spring bar allowing you to quickly change straps without the need of a spring bar tool. I like changing bands frequently on my watches to meet the style of clothing I’m wearing, or the activity I have planned for the day. These straps allow for this in rapid fashion.

 

Barton’s leather bands are a definite step up in quality; they are soft, require no break in period, and they fit to the wrist perfectly right out of the box. I am absolutely in love with them! If you already pre-ordered a Series One Watch we will be reaching out to you see if you would like the old band as ordered, or one of the new bands. I will have a video review up in a week or two, stay tuned!

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Improved Series ONE Sample Case Has Arrived

 

The improved version of the Series One Watch is now available for pre-order at a discounted price! If you have been considering trying a watch build this is your opportunity for a great deal! We will ship in the sequence ordered, and the expected ship window is August 2017!


We discussed changes in previous newsletters to the Series One. Those changes have finally come to fruition! The signed crown and case back markings look great! The chamfer we added between the lugs will allow for thicker straps, and easier NATO installation.

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A Blog is Born

 
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You may have noticed a BLOG section up on the website. I needed a place for random watch related musings and other BYOW related communications. 


In the first installment, my partner and I discuss the Rose Engine Lathe and how we came across our artist with the Rose Engine Lathe. (Although I didn’t mention it in the blog, my wife was mad at me for working so much on this, I needed a forgiveness gift, so I stopped at a Jewelry booth at Findlay Market and discovered him!)

 

Our Artist, Michael Dorsa, does some wonderful work with his Lathe. He makes some great Jewelry that has a historic connection to watchmaking. See pic’s below of the fateful jewelry purchase that led to Guilloche engraved rotors on the Series One watch!

 

Below are the Rose Engine Lathe carved and enameled jewelry by Michael Dorsa that attracted Rick to a very special artist. You can have Michael hand engrave the rotor on your Series One Watch using his Rose Engine Lathe.

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Our First Blog Post: The Rose Engine Lathe and Hand Engraved Rotors  :  We are proud to offer the opportunity for watch enthusiast to have their Series One Watch's rotor hand engraved by an artist using the Rose Engine Lathe.  Read About it HERE.

 
 
 
 
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A WINNER IS CHOSEN

Thank you all for your picture submissions! We enjoyed getting all of them! Michael Harris of WA has won the Cincy Strap Works 22mm “Seat Belt” NATO!!! Great job Michael! Not only did he take some pretty cool staged shots, he went to the trouble of painting the markings on the Rotor to match his design! What a cool and creative customization! If you have not already “liked” our Facebook page, please do so and you may see your build posted in the coming month!!!

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Paying Less Is Better Than Paying More

- My Mom Always Said So -

The improved version of the Series One Watch is now available for pre-order at a discounted price! If you have been considering trying a watch build this is your opportunity for a great deal! We will ship in the sequence ordered, and the expected ship window is August 2017!

A New Brand Is Born

Build Your Own Watch is expanding into the contract watch market! We will be servicing Universities and Businesses, with all our unique customization features! We are excited to bring custom assembled mechanical watches to a Business or University near you!

Licensing rights to our first school have been obtained! We will supply images in an upcoming newsletter. I’ll provide a hint; I am a season ticket holder at this school’s basketball program, and they made the Elite 8 in this year’s NCAA tournament!

Alumni, Graduates and Fan’s will be able to choose the dial they prefer (with logo of course), hand style, strap style and if they want a graduation year engraved on the movement!

Our new brand will be the Cincinnati Watch Company! We love it here in Cincinnati and we wanted to marry our new endeavor to the city we love.

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WE SOLD OUT!!!!

I have to say thank you to every one of our early customers! It’s been a wild ride getting started and finally shipping the product! Our initial inventory is sold entirely and we have more Series One Watch Kits on the way! We should have the inventory by mid-July, then we will do a quality inspection. After that we will be shipping in August. In the meantime, we will be offering the Series One Kit at a reduced price of $139 for all pre-orders between now and August!

Order now and save!!!

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Always Room For Improvement

The next run of the Series One Watch Kit will have some minor improvements upon the original. Take a look at the design drawings below!

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First, we will be expanding the markings on the case back to reflect all the pertinent specifications of the watch.

Our Logo will be cut into the crown, rather than laser engraved. Some of you may have noticed that your crown is polished and not signed. That is because we didn’t like the result of some of the laser engravings in our original run. We are improving on this and making our crown properly signed!

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To cap everything off, we are putting a cut on the case between the lugs, this will allow for thicker straps and NATO’s without the end of the strap rubbing against the case, an improvement I thought would be useful.



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WE WANT MORE PICTURES!!!!

I have enjoyed receiving the photos of your completed builds! I know everybody said you couldn’t build a watch yourself, but you collectively proved them wrong! Such naysayers!!! We are still running the contest till the end of April, so submit your pictures to me now for a chance to win the Cincy Strap Works “Seat Belt” NATO!

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Beginner Watchmaking Book Winner!!!

Hello again, everyone! I am happy to announce Ben Bower of Northern Kentucky won the Beginner Watchmaking Book by Tim Swike. Ben is near Cincinnati so he selected the “local pickup” option at Woodburn Brewery. It was nice to meet a client in person, Ben and I had a great time sharing a beer, and talking watches and cars!

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Speaking of clients, Build Your Own Watch has gone very international! We have clients in New Zealand, U.K., Australia, Singapore and Canada to name a few… Which leads nicely into the next section…

WE WANT TO SEE YOUR WORK!!!

Some of you have been sharing your work with me, and it has been very rewarding to see all your projects come together so nicely! I really like some of the more creative customizations you guys have thought up! Take all that creative energy and get some cool pictures of the Series One Watch! I want to see pictures in Nature, City, wherever, the cooler the better!

The team here at Build Your Own Watch will vote on the pictures and the winner will receive a cool NATO strap by Cincy Strap Works!!! Winner will be announced in April! This also leads nicely into the next section, I’m flowing well today in my writing!

Awesome NATO Straps by a Local Cincinnati Company!!!

Last weekend I happened to meet with the owner of Cincy Strap Works! I had never heard of them up to this point and was delighted to find a local company that makes watch straps. I ordered a set and was overwhelmed with the quality and customer service. Zach, the owner, even sent me a couple of his “seat belt” NATO straps that I immediately fell in love with.

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The quality, feel and look of his seat belt straps are well beyond the normal nylon NATO’s I’m used too. So I did a video on how to install a NATO strap and a quick review of Cincy Strap Works products. I encourage you to check them out at www.cincystrapworks.com, and check out my video and review below!

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Open For Orders!!! Hooray!

I am pleased to announce Build Your Own Watch is officially taking orders for the Series One Watch Kit. I appreciate your patience while we worked hard to complete the instructional videos and convert the website over for live ordering. Now is your chance to have the unique experience of configuring and building your own watch. Our inventory is limited, but will refresh this summer, so if you are itching to build order soon! The website has had many changes, so please feel free to contact me if you experience any difficulties during the ordering process, we did test as much as we could, however I want to know directly if a problem arises. Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns: [email protected]

Shipping Times

If you order a standard Series One Kit, generally your item will ship in 2-3 days. Premium option selections will delay shipping time as these are made to order. Expect 1-2 weeks for watchmaker assembly, engraved Buckles and Guilloche engraved rotors. 2-4 weeks can be expected for a custom printed dial. As we refine our processes we hope to improve these shipping times.

Esslinger Tool Kit Discount

With the purchase of a Series One Watch Kit you will be emailed a coupon code for the Esslinger Tool Kit. If you have not already purchased a tool kit, be sure to order the Series One Kit first to receive your code!

Beer and Watches!

If you happen to place a order you'll notice a "Local Pickup" option. Anyone in the Cincinnati or surrounding area that would like me to personally deliver the Series One Watch can meet me at one of my favorite local Brewery's, The Woodburn Brewery. Let's face it, beer goes with everything, including watches! If you choose the local pickup option at checkout I will contact you and arrange a time to meet once your order is ready.

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What’s Next for Build Your Own Watch?

As hinted in the earlier newsletter, we continue towards working on contract watch projects. Don’t think we have stopped working on Build Your Own Watch!!! We have new products in mind, and we hope to make your feedback our prime consideration! What would you like to see next? A Dive Watch? Brass? Pilot Watch? Field Watch? Let me know! Email me anytime with feedback, I want it!

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Hello, Watch Enthusiasts!

I want to thank everybody for taking the time to sign up for the newsletter and also want to provide an update. We have been working hard recently, editing our instructional video series and preparing the website for orders. The Series One watch kit will be coming soon! In 2-3 weeks, we will be taking orders on the kits!

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The basic kit will ship within a week of ordering, and kits that include one of our premium options such as hand engraved rotors or customized dials will take 2-3 weeks for shipping as these items are made to order. If you are interested, be sure to order right away as our inventory is limited and will not be replenished until this summer!

Speaking of premium options, I hope all that are considering ordering take a close look at our engraved rotors. It is really a treasure that a small watch brand like ours has access to an Artist that not only owns a rare early 1900’s Rose Engine Lathe, but knows how to use it!

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The decoration options he is providing for us really makes the Series One Watch quite special, most watches under the $5,000 range at most have decorations that are done by modern engraving machines, not by hand!

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Instructional Video Series

We are happy to share with you the first video in our instructional series. Please feel free to view! I have a section covering household items needed for the build that is not included in the Esslinger Tool kit. If you’re planning on building your first kit, it’s a good time to think about gathering this stuff up now! I am also offering something special to the first buyer, so check out the videos!

Business and University Watches

Build Your Own Watch is also expanding into the contract watch market! We are currently in discussions with some Universities and Businesses. This is a very exciting development for us, and will only strengthen the business for the future! More news on this coming soon!


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Thank you so much for your interest and I hope you all have a fantastic 2017!

Rick Bell


Founder-Build Your Own Watch


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