It’s been a while since we did a Kickstarter watches roundup, but finally, there are some new watches appearing the crowdfunding platform that are worth writing about!
Kickstarter Watches Round Up February 2020
First up we have a good looking Titanium GMT dive watch: the Crestical TX-1. It’s a little bit “Rolex Submariner” and a little bit “Seiko” but we found it reminiscent of last year’s brilliant Hamtun Kraken H2.
The Crestical TX-1 in its cheapest form contains a quartz GMT movement and that can be upgraded to a Kinetic quartz movement like that in the Seiko Sportura series. Best of all for us watch-enthusiasts there are two Swiss self-winding options too. It certainly looks good and the specs are spot-on for each price-point – but will its name’s rather unfortunate rhyme with a part of the male anatomy put off English-speaking buyers?
Did you ever dream of a watch built from parts of a recycled battleship? Well, with the Nardi HMS-C20 your dreams have come true. Okay, it’s another dive watch, but another one with some stylish design features that caught our eye. The £430 price tag is higher than many have come to expect from crowdfunding campaigns but compare it to more mainstream brands with a Sellita movement (for example, Christopher Ward’s Trident range) and it is actually very reasonable.
The teardrop markers are perhaps a little close to those on the Isotope Goutte d’Eau – and if we are honest we’d pick the Isotope over this watch – but it’s good to see some more original-looking designs on Kickstarter after months of “Rolex Submariner clones” and “Minimalist slim dress watches”.
If we could give one piece of advice to aspiring watch manufacturers it would be to carefully choose their name. This month we have a “Crestical”, and in the past we’ve raised an eyebrow at “Rob Hayes“. In this case, we have no idea how to pronounce “Victoriaoscuro” and had to use copy and paste to even spell it!
What Victoriaoscuro have come up with is that Kickstarter niche of a luxury watch at an affordable price. We’ve seen a couple of tourbillon watches recently – some were horrible – but the Waldhoff Ultramatic was so nice our editor even bought one for himself! We are pleased to report that – at least on the face of it – the Victoriaoscuro tourbillon watch looks the part. There’s a definite Hublot influence – and although the $900 asking price is a lot less than its inspiration it is still a big wad of cash to throw at a Kickstarter project. We’d pick up a Waldhoff from The Microbrand Store instead.
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.