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I’m sure you’re thinking,
“Rick, you’re out of watches and we have not heard anything for a while!"
You are correct, I have been busy on a couple fun projects!
First and foremost, I had my first baby daughter to go with my three boys.
Welcome to the world Evelyn!
We also launched a sister brand to Build Your Own Watch...
The Cincinnati Watch Company
You will find that you save some money on the same watch assembling it yourself via Build Your Own Watch (Self-Assembly Rules!).
The Union Terminal
You will see Cincinnati Watch Company benefitting and inspired by things and places in Cincinnati. Our mission with the brand is to have fun with watches and give back to the community we love.
By the way, we are almost out of the limited edition Union Terminal watch!
You are going to see a massive step up in quality in our next watch as we will launch our first Swiss movement watch for pre-order early next year that includes a date complication.
It will be military inspired and boy what a caseback!
I can’t wait to share more…
You will find that we will offer super-high quality over endless choices in the future. As a small brand it costs us a lot to provide all these different choices and a lot can be lost to waste.
I’m moving our strategy to give you more watch for the dollar. You are going to see multi-layered dials, with multiple finishing technics, cool movements, awesome casebacks, custom hands and more!
We are so excited for the future!
I'll be in Miami this year visiting Watches and Wonders
Hello, Build Your Own Watch Community!
You may have been wondering what we have been up to!
We have been working very hard over the last 8 months on a project that is near and dear to my heart:
We have made a watch to commemorate the Union Terminal and Cincinnati Museum Center!
This building has always been of interest to me growing up in Cincinnati.
From going there as a kid to taking my kids there now, it is a fixture that is a part of the Cincinnati experience.
It is also of National Historic significance for many reasons:
We are selling this watch under the Cincinnati Watch Company brand. This will not be a kit, but a traditional watch you buy with a warranty.
The dial and hands emulate the clock on the front of Historic Union Terminal. We did this in partnership with the Museum and a significant portion of the proceeds benefit the building I love!
This has left us with most of our focus and resources on this project. We feel it is very important that this building stays preserved. It has been undergoing major renovations and re-opens completely in November of 2018.
We will continue to press forward with new projects for BYOW.
In the meantime, I implore you as great members of this little community we have going, to support this project in any way you can.
Like us on Facebook, Post about it in watch forums and groups!
Anything you can do would mean the world to me and my team as we launch this project!
It’s summer, it’s hot.
Get out of the heat and assemble a watch. Doctor's orders!
I wouldn’t want you risking a stroke, and to prove it...
We will be putting the Series One on a blowout sale this July!
All good things must come to an end eventually, and we will be discontinuing the Series One after it’s sold out.
We need to make room for upcoming projects!
The Series One will be marked down to $145!
And for our newsletter subscribers we will throw in an extra dial of your choosing!
In your order comments just name the extra dial color you would like, and we will add it to your kit free of charge! (While supplies last)
We do not expect the inventory to last long, this is your last chance to buy and assemble the watch that started it all! We will miss you Series One!
Say it isn’t so!
Sorry, we did sell out of our available initial inventory but don’t worry, Series Deco fans. We are working towards replenishing the stock.
Those of you that did receive your Series DECO,
we want to see pictures of your builds!
Email your awesome build photos directly to me:
Like we did before, we will judge the pictures and the customer who submits the best, most creative and interesting picture will be sent a 20 mm Barton Canvas Strap (Great for Summer)!
The winner will be announced August 15th! Let the race begin!
Our customers come from all over.
We would love to see pictures in front of interesting architecture, local happenings, wherever your watch travels to!
We will post your photos on the Facebook page and the newsletter, so be aware we may use your pictures for those purposes if you submit a photo.
A Match Made in Heaven
I am pleased to announce Build Your Own Watch is now partnering with the Cas-Ker Watchmaking and Jewelry Supply company for our new and improved tool kits!
2 Tool Kits to Choose From
A Quick Update on the Series Deco.
We finally receive our shipment Monday 6/4/18! We will immediately begin quality control inspections and start packing parts.
We hope to be shipping Series Deco Kits in Mid-June. Those customers who ordered custom dial prints and engravings will see a shipment notification later in June.
We still have 5 or so Series Deco left if you want one!
I wanted to drop the Build Your Own Watch Community a quick message and make you aware of a change.
The previous tool kit that we have been marketing since inception is no longer available, and we do not work with the previous tool supplier anymore.
The good news is that all of the tools are available from many sources, and while we are investigating a new tool supply partner and considering the option of selling our own tool kit, we have a temporary solution that will work just as well!
All of the items in the previous tool kit are readily available on Amazon!
In many cases they are the exact same tools. I want to make tool acquisition easy for our customers, so we are dedicating a page with links to items we recommend that will get you through the building process.
I have identified all the items you need and if you are an Amazon Prime Member they will ship for free! I also wanted to make improvements, so some items I am recommending were not in the original tool kit but are very useful, like a digital caliper for example.
If you live in a region in which Amazon is not available, we do have a downloadable .pdf list of all the tools you need.
Watchmaking tools are all over the net. A web browser is your friend!
I promise you that our dedication to service, design, customization and quality will never change!
My door is always open so to speak, so feel free to email me directly with any questions about this change or anything else you have in mind! I have personally helped many of you through your projects and I feel I have made some new friends along the way! If you need help with tool selection, your build, or just want to drop a line, here’s my email:
P.S. The Series Deco is shipping soon!
Hello everyone. I wanted to write a quick newsletter to remind that the Series Deco will be shipping soon and on time next Month!
If this is a project you want to dive into be sure to order while we still have them on discount and available!
My inventory allocation is already running low.
Order now before we run out!
I'm currently working on the training videos for this new watch project and they will be up and available before the first watch ships.
We are also getting all the engravings and dial prints set up in anticipation of arrival. So if you ordered one, be on the lookout for an email from me with a dial proof to approve!
As you may know, we ship all our kits exclusively with Barton Bands.
We love them for the quick release system and the quality.
If you happen to be a dive watch fan and want a nice rubber strap I highly recommend Barton’s new Elite Silicone Straps. I purchased one for my trusty Seiko SKX013 and I have been very pleased.
Check Them Out Here:
It's Our Favorite Time of the Year
Tax Time! Who doesn’t love combing through expenses and paying accountants? What a joyous part of American life! I hope you are detecting sarcasm…
Let's make this tax season more bearable.
Build a watch to get your mind off all the fun!
Enjoy Discounts During the Month of April on Series ONE and Series DECO Watch Kits!
Check out Rick's latest blog on an awesome watch shop he visited on a trip to Portland: WatchWorks.
Just like much of the food in Portland, these watches are all organic and cage free... Well at least after you buy them!
Pre-Orders for the Series Deco
For the Month of February
We're Offering the Series Deco at $159!
Starting March 1 the pre-order price will jump to $179.
We expect to begin shipping pre-orders in June.
We will not offer the Series Deco watch kit for this low price again;
If you're willing to wait, save BIG by ordering in advance!
Series Deco Specifications
The Series Deco offers an exciting new customization upgrade:
Case Back Engraving,
just above the movement window.
Case Back Engraving
Continuing with our personalization features, you can still choose to have a custom image printed on the dial or an inscription engraved on your watch's buckle.
All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
I am proud to announce that the Series Deco prototype has finally arrived!!! I know I promised this earlier, but sometimes things turn out to take longer than expected. The wait was well worth it as I feel this watch is a stunner! We are going to work furiously to get the watch live on the website for pre-orders at a reduced price. We expect to start shipping the Series Deco in May-June timeframe. I’ll know more precisely in March.
Just to go over some quick specifications (I’ll cover these in the video review):
• 37.5 mm all polished case
• 1940’s Flat Bezel Design
• 10 mm thick including .5mm Dome Sapphire
• 20 mm Lug width, 46 mm Lug to lug
We will offer a two handed leaf hand option that is real thermally blued hands. The sweep second hands with the “double arrow” tip will come in 4 colors, red, blue, orange and black.
We have 3 dials options with awesome vertical brushing and Art Deco font, Silver-White, Grey, and a color that even I have yet to name, Rose-Tan? Maybe you guys have a suggestion?
I know I discussed earlier using the Miyota 6T33, but due to torque limitations on the sweep second hand we decided ultimately to go with the Miyota 8N33. The 8N33 is still a hand wound gold tone, skeletonized movement. Primary difference is the size and beat rate. The 8N33 is larger and beats at 21,600 VPH.
I Like Lume!!!
We do have new lume hands available for the Series One. We used C3 luminova and I think it gives the Series One a sporty look. Here’s are some quick photos of them from a watch I was working on for a friend!
Esslinger Tool Kit Discount Ending
Our friends at Esslinger have been great to us offering a comprehensive tool kit. Due to rising costs of the parts the Tool Kit $25 discount will end February 1.
The kit will be offered for $125 which still is a great value for everything you’re getting in that kit.
I have some of you requesting high end tools. I am attaching a .PDF of my recommended professional grade watchmaking tools from Esslinger.com. These will of course cost quite a bit more, but if you want to work on your watch using the same tools the pros do you can! High grade tools do make for an easier install, and you are paying for that, up to you! I know when I started I went nuts and got all the expensive stuff day one!
Gift Certificates Available!
Did you know Build Your Own Watch provides gift certificates?
Give your friend or loved one the unique experience of building their own watch with their very own design choices.
Holiday Ordering Deadlines
As we approach the holiday,
we have a couple shipping deadlines we'd like to inform you about:
Orders placed with premium options such as dial printing or rotor and buckle engraving will not be shipped until after Christmas.
All other orders without these upgrades will need to be in by this Thursday in order to get them by 12/25/2017.
Introducing The Series Deco!
I am so excited to share these renderings with you and some more details on the new watch. As mentioned before the new watch will use a Miyota 6T33 as the engine. This is a manual wind movement with a 40 hour power reserve and beats at 28,800 vph.
The case back has a half display window, leaving the area above for custom laser engravings. The crystal is a .5 mm domed sapphire, and with a case thickness of 9.5 mm this watch will sit 10 mm tall off the wrist.
The case is classically sized at 37.5 mm and 46 mm lug to lug, this will be a nice dress watch for a man and sized in a way that a women could enjoy the watch as well. The case is an all polished overall vintage design with a flat bezel.
We will have 3 dial options, only 2 are depicted in the renderings; silver-white, rose-champagne-tanish (Appears pinker in the rendering than it should in real life, is tanish a word?), and a light grey.
The dial will have a vertical brushing, and the numerals are in an Art Deco font. The applied silver hour marker pips are polished as well. We will have several hand styles to choose from. We will have a 2 handed leaf option, which are real thermally blued hands (not painted). The 3 handed option will feature a double arrow tipped sweep second hand coming in various tip colors. In our research of art deco we see arrows and triangles doubled like this so we thought we would produce a hand with this feature.
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Cincinnati has a rich list of art Deco buildings, the most famous being Union Terminal. If you remember the Hall of Justice, Cincinnati’s Union Terminal was the inspiration! We wanted to make a watch that tied into Cincinnati’s history. The Union Terminal is now a Museum that I regularly take my kids to. While the kids run around, I get to enjoy the Art Deco architecture! Learn more about Union Terminal here: http://www.cincymuseum.org/union-terminal
We are working/hoping to have the Series Deco available for pre-order in the next 30-60 days. As soon as I have the prototypes I will do a video review! I will have more exact information on the pre-order availability soon – stay tuned.
Hey! The Guilloche Engraved Rotor Price Is Higher! How Dare You!
We didn’t mean to offend, we promise! As it turns out the factory rotor from Miyota for the 8215 is an exceptionally hard brittle metal. In addition to losing rotors to waste during the cutting process, our Artist is spending way more than the projected time cutting these pieces by hand. (In addition to regularly breaking his cutting tip on them) We need to compensate our Artist for the extra effort he is putting into these, and at $129 it is still a fantastic value for a handcrafted rotor carved on a Vintage Rose Engine Lathe.