We’ve been fans of Helgray for a while here at WRUK. They are a microbrand of some standing in the community, and over the last couple of years, they have made a series of affordable watches that have had great styling and solid specifications. We bought one of their first watches, the Silverstone chronograph, which was beautifully presented, and since then they have brought out a couple more models, including the Le Mans and the Hornet. Their latest design is called the Helgray Bomber, and it’s coming to Kickstarter soon.
Coming to Kickstarter – Helgray Bomber
There are five varieties of the Bomber, with a few combinations of case material, bezel and strap colour available to Kickstarter backers. The supplied NATO straps should be easy to swap, although at 24mm wide it might be tricky to find the design you want as most NATOs come in a standard 20-22mm width.
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Helgray Bomber – specifications
The Bomber comes in both quartz and automatic varieties. Both share a 45mm stainless steel case, with a double domed Sapphire crystal. The automatic watch has a partially skeletonised dial and an exhibition caseback to show off the beating heart of the Miyota 82S5 movement.
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Is it safe to buy a Helgray Watch?
Helgray have had mixed reviews. Our Silverstone was put together very nicely, and still worked like new on the day we sold it, but we have also read online reports of watches failing within their first year, so we will be keen to see the build quality of this new range. Certainly, the target demographic for quartz and low-end automatic timepieces is a difficult one to satisfy, with plenty of high street brands available backed by solid warranties.
The other issue we have seen is that people have been attracted by the watches good looks but not been clear on how Kickstarter works – it’s an investment platform, not a retail store and delays are almost inevitable – and with any project, there is always a risk that it will never make it to market at all. Helgray has not so far failed to bring a promised watch to market so at least they have a track record to demonstrate to potential buyers.
Buy a Helgray Bomber
The Helgray Bomber is coming to Kickstarter this month – with a release date tentatively set for April 19th. As for prices, we think they’ve hit a sweet spot – the Bomber Quartz will start at $149, and the Bomber Automatic will start at $229 for the first 100 preorders. Keep an eye on progress at the Helgray Website.