It is picking up on Kickstarter, so here are some of the watch projects we have spotted that we haven’t been able to give a full feature.
Kickstarter Watch Roundup – October 2020
We think we have managed to produce a review or news feature on all the watches we think are worth backing this month, so here are three that popped up on our Facebook feed.
Ashley May Portobello
First up is a watch aimed at women from Ashley May. To be honest, this looks like a standard rebadged catalogue watch but at £84 it is actually not a bad price for a quartz fashion watch. Why anyone would choose it ahead of a branded watch from a high street jeweller we aren’t sure but at least they have come up with a creative backstory. The brand says it’s based in Leeds – so we aren’t sure why they chose to base the watch around Portobello street in London rather than somewhere local to them.
We doubt this one will reach its funding target but if you want to take a look, head over to the Ashley May watch Kickstarter campaign.
Fullgear says it’s made the first customisable Tritium watch. We don’t doubt that claim, and we have to say we’re rather taken by the designs. The brand name will put most potential buyers off, sounding like a generic Aliexpress brand, but look beyond that and there is the gem of a good idea. The starting price – just over £225 – is very good for a Tritium-lumed watch with a Seiko NH35 movement so it’s definitely worth taking a look.
We’ve found ourselves clicking on this watch a few times now: a 200m automatic diver’s watch with very good looks (it reminds us of a TAG Heuer Aquaracer crossed with a Seiko) and a price of £136. In this case, we think it’s maybe too good to be true and would suggest you exercise caution with this campaign.
The brand has been posted all over the Facebook groups but the people making the posts never answer any questions that are posed or post elsewhere; there are no photos of key parts of the watch: the case back; the clasp. Most worrying of all is that there are no reviews of prototypes anywhere on the internet as far as we can tell. We reached out to the brand offering to do a feature, a hands-on review and help potential buyers decide if the watch is a safe bet but they did not respond. For that reason, we’ve decided not to directly link the campaign and recommend you understand the risks if you choose to back this one.
If a representative of Langdon watches wishes to put the record straight we would be pleased to engage with them.
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.