WT Author no 1973 watch preview

We do our best to feature British Brands at WRUK, so we were excited to hear about the WT Author No 1973 – handmade here in the UK.

Introducing the WT Author No 1973

WT Author’s No 1973 comes to Kickstarter on 6th April and is available as a limited run of 100 pieces in five colours: blue, green, black, orange and yellow. Powered by a Miyota movement, it will retail at £500, but one can pick up preorders on Kickstarter for just £350.


• Miyota calibre Nº 8217 mechanical movement
by Citizen Watch Co.
• Type 316L stainless steel watch head
• 45mm diameter × 49.5mm length × 14.45 depth
× 22mm lug width
• Solid sapphire crystal lens front and back
• Unidirectional rotating bezel
• Screw down exhibition back
• Screw down crown
• Super-LumiNova details
• 200 m / 20 ATM water resistance
• 2× premium interchangeable G10 NATO straps

First Impressions

The  No 1973 is going to divide opinion. We like that the brand has gone its own way and not just made another identikit Submariner homage. It’s certainly unique-looking with a hint of the Seiko Monster in its case design. We admire the British-built credentials (which justifies its premium price point) and love the fact the watches are made to order and not simply rebadged mass-produced Chinese factory watches. We’d like to have seen a better movement, perhaps a 9-series Miyota if not a Swiss offering, and a bracelet rather than NATO straps. Overall, we’re looking forward to getting our hands on a review sample and putting the watch through its paces.

About the Brand: WT Author

WT Author is an independent designer and watchmaker that builds limited edition, handmade watches from their workshop in Shropshire, UK. They collaborate with talented CNC toolmakers, leather artisans and sustainable print studios to assemble bespoke products. Each watch is built-to-order and strictly limited.

Preorder a WT Author No 1973

The WT Author No 1973 comes to Kickstarter on 6th April, starting at £350. Find out more at the brand’s website https://wtauthor.com or at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wt-author-watch-co/no-1973-automatic-watch

By Mike Richmond

Mike spends what little spare time he has writing for WRUK; and what little money he makes building up his collection of timepieces.

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