Coronavirus is still keeping things quiet on Kickstarter, but here are some of the highlights from watch projects that are currently crowdfunding.
Kickstarter Watch Roundup – May 2020
We make no apologies for repeating this first watch, it is one of our highlights of the year.
Hamtun Kraken H3
The Hamtun Kraken H2 was just pipped to the post as “watch of the year” last year by the Christopher Ward C65 Trident. The Kraken struck a balance between cost, looks and performance that we rarely see in the microbrand sector. Hamtun is back in 2020 with an upgraded version of its flagship watch – the three-hander gets an all-lume white dial option and a Swiss GMT model is now available. We backed it on day one and cannot recommend this brand enough. We have a more in-depth walkthrough of the Hamtun Kraken H3 specifications here: https://wristwatchreview.co.uk/hamtun-kraken-h3-coming-to-kickstarter
Nibye Women’s Emergency Watch
We rarely see women’s watches on Kickstarter so we picked this one out despite its rather familiar looks. Yes, it’s another Rolex homage – albeit of the Datejust rather than the ubiquitous Submariner – but the Nibye Emergency watch includes features intended to keep its wearer safe. This includes GPS location, a manual emergency alarm and, rather oddly for a watch aimed at women, a “man-down” feature.
Another day, another diver’s watch. The Martenero Bayshore deviates somewhat from the common Kickstarter watch design tropes and attracted us with its decent design and sensible price point. The specs are solid, the colour schemes are eye-catching and the Seiko NH35 movement should see you through years of trouble-free service.
Buying a Watch on Kickstarter
Remember that Kickstarter is not a shop, it’s a place where you can back new businesses, That means you will have a wait before the watch you preorder arrives, and there is always a risk of losing your money. Don’t let that scare you off – read our guide to buying a watch on Kickstarter to find out more.