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Kronos Group Buy/SE Watch 2/19/17 - First Rendering!

This is an early rendering of the automatic dive watch we are working on. Exact specs are not available at this time. Price is not yet available. Much of this has to do with the final spec, and whether we move forward on some cool technical features we are trying to make happen.

I can share with you a couple of specs that we are looking heavily at, but nothing is set is stone…yet:

Pepsi Bezel, SS 316L case, Crown Guard, Black wave-pattern dial, Date wheel (black) to match dial with white numbers, Diver-Orange Tritium indices (1-11 o’clock), Dual Ice-Blue Tritium 12 o’clock indice, Ice-Blue Tritium Hour hand and Minute hands, Sapphire crystal, Magnified date window, 43mm case.

This is the preliminary graphic design for our dive watch. There will be at least one other cool design feature that other watches do not have…details to be released later. How’s that for a tease? Wink Thoughts?

INTEREST LIST:

1) kronological
2) kronological
3) Aardvark Spleen
4) Gunga
5) Cula
6) 1dash1
7) cbrake10
8) The Miller
9) djozz
10) Mitko
11) Mitko
12) KaiserSosa
13) will34
14) flashination
15) sp5it
16) L4M4
17) JamesB
18) raccoon city
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20) strayz
21) WillyD
22) adnj
23) Charga
24) akhyar
25) lionheart_2281
26) zelee
27) NikolaS
28) JohnnyMac
29) Calmaja
30) Wrathbringer27
31) cabfrank
32) lostheplot
33) HighCaliber
34) Atom00
35) jealous57
36) MRsDNF
37) Rufusbduck
38) Kkelleher
39) troisanh
40) JeffN
41) Koaksijalac
42) xjsnake
43) Lund1660
44) fonfan
45) sandanbob
46) MountainKing
47) Jeansy
48) Dwantink
49) nonetoo
50) uqs1000
51) jescereal
52) illuminos
53) dudunphy
54) everydaysurvivalgear
55) djburkes
56) RobertB
57) Tooreal
58) Radiophile
59) mattlward
60) Jesjes
61) southland
62) nfetterly
63) jmpaul320
64) MCT
65) baldo21
66) stolikat
67) Boro
68) Mkduffer
69) No Agenda
70) leroycp
71) MG
72) mikeyx
73) msim
74) KoekieMonster
75) jhullin
76) cschun86
77) Morpheus
78) WolfA
79) Cliwilnew
80) Boro
81) Boro
82) SmokinH
83) Mstevens113
84) atbglenn
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1/5/17

Interest list updated below. Now over 80 Thumbs Up

8/13/16

Were making progress on this. Please read the info BEFORE voting in the poll:

Info posted here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48578

Poll here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/48579

Thanks!
krono

5/2/16

Approaching 70 people! No watch selected…yet Smile

General interest list. I assumed most people that posted were interested. If you are not, I can remove your name:

1) kronological
2) kronological
3) Aardvark Spleen
4) Gunga
5) Cula
6) 1dash1
7) cbrake10
8) The Miller
9) djozz
10) Mitko
11) Mitko
12) KaiserSosa
13) will34
14) flashination
15) sp5it
16) L4M4
17) JamesB
18) raccoon city
19)
20) strayz
21) WillyD
22) adnj
23) Charga
24) akhyar
25) lionheart_2281
26) zelee
27) NikolaS
28) JohnnyMac
29) Calmaja
30) Wrathbringer27
31) cabfrank
32) lostheplot
33) HighCaliber
34) Atom00
35) jealous57
36) MRsDNF
37) Rufusbduck
38) Kkelleher
39) troisanh
40) JeffN
41) Koaksijalac
42) xjsnake
43) Lund1660
44) fonfan
45) sandanbob
46) MountainKing
47) Jeansy
48) Dwantink
49) nonetoo
50) uqs1000
51) jescereal
52) illuminos
53) dudunphy
54) everydaysurvivalgear
55) djburkes
56) RobertB
57) Tooreal
58) Radiophile
59) mattlward
60) Jesjes
61) southland
62) nfetterly
63) jmpaul320
64) MCT
65) baldo21
66) stolikat
67) Boro
68) Mkduffer
69) No Agenda
70) leroycp
71) MG
72) mikeyx
73) msim
74) KoekieMonster
75) jhullin
76) cschun86
77) Morpheus
78) WolfA
79) Cliwilnew
80) Boro
81) Boro
82) SmokinH
83) Mstevens113
84) atbglenn
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4/16/16

4/7/16

OK…the driver design wasn’t as desirable as I thought…therefore the search continues. So far though, the Carnival Trit watch seems to be the most popular. Several folks have already ordered one. Hopefully we’ll get an idea of how they perform soon.

4/4/16

What if we could do something like this?

It shows what a watch would look like with a face designed like a driver (BLF user xcentric’s idea). I’ve always admired Richards SRK driver design, so I wondered what that would look like…and JohnnyMac put it together…graphically…anyway! Thanks!

What do y’all think?

3/30/16

It looks like there is enough initial interest to start a list. See bottom of OP:

This is not a commitment to a specific watch. It is a gauge to see if we can meet minimum numbers on an existing watch, or perhaps generate enough interest to produce a uniquely designed timepiece.

Please post/speak up if you are interested! Smile

Thanks,
krono

I DIG watches and would LOVE to eventually do a boxed set that includes…say…an EDC light, watch…maybe also an EDC knife, pen etc. I think it would make an awesome gift item. 8-)

But, I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. I would like to gauge interest and see if there would be enough demand. To start out with, I’m thinking of doing a GB on an existing watch, and would appreciate some info, to set the stage and let manufacturers know what kind of power BLF has. Crown So…some thoughts please?:

What style?
Pricepoint?
Features?
Brands?
Auto/quartz?
Band type?

Maybe I should post a poll…but it would have a lot of questions…not sure if this site’s polling function is capable of doing that…

I will probably try to get a watch forum involved as well. Maybe watchuseek, like a cross-forum deal.

I realize I am opening Pandora’s watch box, but it is time to let your opinions fly Wink

krono

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Edited by: kronological on 02/22/2017 - 20:43
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I’m in.

I like analog ones myself.

I’d be happy with $80-100 or so?

The folks over at MVMT make some pretty nice, affordable ones. I picked up their first one off mass drop a couple years ago and love it. They seem like a neat company who might be interested in this sort of thing?

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I’m in!

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I’m interested as a gift for the next new year. Don’t know anything about watches so no help from me Smile .

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Interesting idea. My thoughts:

Style: Modern

Price: $100

Brand: I tend to buy Seiko and Citizen in this price range, but no real preference.

Movement: Solar or quartz. (I don’t care for self-winders or kinetic-motion watches because of their limited run times, they typically die within 2 or 3 days if left motionless. I’ve gotten rid of all of mine.)

Band: Leather or steel, no preference. They each have their merits.

Features: Minimum 30M water resistant (100M preferred), day/date. Rotating bezels are useful. Perpetual calendar would be nice, but probably not within this price range. Alarms are generally useless (and obsolete when compared with cell phone alarms). I would tend to dispense with chronometer and other timer functions for the same reason (cell phones perform much better).

EDIT: I forgot the GITD hands, especially the sweep hand, and hour markers.

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hmmm maybe something from Orient?

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The only two things I can visualise with a little flashlight are one of those paracord bracelet watches or as an extra item on that Leatherman thing.

I wear a watch when I want to dress up, matching the rings and suit. I only have metal round classical designed watches. Can’t imagine anything full of trinkets ever slide on my wrist but am curious what you are going to get Kronos on now Wink

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I love a good watch!

But my ideal watch does not exist: a stylish looking digital watch with stopwatch/timer/alarm, everything simple to operate and all displayed together, because I use it all often (I don’t like the ‘Casio UI’ with all button having many functions and toggling through modes, it is a misty mess). But the real difficult part: the digits must be backlighted, not a few seconds operated by a button, but continuous dim lighting. That may require a rechargable battery, like the smartwatches, to be charged once a month (btw, smartwatches are all ugly imo and have too many functions).

Sofar my ideal watch, but if there’s a group buy on a nice watch, I’m in if I like it.

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Great idea Crono! Brand? Timex! Its a US based company, it should be easy for you to deal with them , hehe Smile They goes for relatively cheap, Bush had those while he was a president.

Stainless steel, waterproof, solid – BLF logo: great, i will buy several

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Digital and stylish are very hard to mix, there have been a few smartwatches that tried to mimic the style of old fashioned watches but there it ends.

Sigh, here I was hoping for
AAA X4 / 26650 ×7
Followed by
LRxx X3 / dual 18650/26650 ×8

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Certainly interested….I have gotten into diver style automatics recently.

Something along the lines of the Orient Mako USA model but with a larger diameter….and hacking movement would be ideal for this guy.

Things I like about the Mako USA is the sapphire crystal…solid endlinks…120 click dial bezel…..enhanced luminent.

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a boxed set that includes…say…an EDC light, watch…maybe also an EDC knife, pen etc.

The Kronos Kollection. I like it.

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Something like this!

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Neep!

How about a large deep carry flipper instead.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Good watch won’t be budget for sure.
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I’m okay up to $350.

I prefer analog, and like automatic, however quartz is fine to fit a price point and popular Vote.

Size, 39-44mm, hopefully less than 14mm thick.

Trits are nice but likely too expensive, so good lume please.

I’m pretty open on other options.

A nice simple style that is easy to read. I personally have dive, pilot, and field watches.

Don’t like nylon (nato) bands but good on anything else.

Hopefully these are helpful suggestions.

Edit: no alarm or chrono unless it’s digital. A Kronos chrono?

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I think, a bargain-knife would be better (because cheaper :D)

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Mechanical watch (auto or not) i may be in, analog quartz no thanks. (some chinese movement from Seagull especially are very reliable and less expensive than ETA)

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Personally, I like Timex Expedition digital watches.  :-)

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Hmmm, there’s chinese tritium nowadays, with claim of Ronda movement and saphire crystal…

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Aardvark Spleen wrote:
I’m in.

I like analog ones myself.

I’d be happy with $80-100 or so?

The folks over at MVMT make some pretty nice, affordable ones. I picked up their first one off mass drop a couple years ago and love it. They seem like a neat company who might be interested in this sort of thing?


Interesting watches, but very minimalistic. I’m not sure if they would have wide appeal…but they do look cool!

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1dash1 wrote:
Interesting idea. My thoughts:

Style: Modern

Price: $100

Brand: I tend to buy Seiko and Citizen in this price range, but no real preference.

Movement: Solar or quartz. (I don’t care for self-winders or kinetic-motion watches because of their limited run times, they typically die within 2 or 3 days if left motionless. I’ve gotten rid of all of mine.)

Band: Leather or steel, no preference. They each have their merits.

Features: Minimum 30M water resistant (100M preferred), day/date. Rotating bezels are useful. Perpetual calendar would be nice, but probably not within this price range. Alarms are generally useless (and obsolete when compared with cell phone alarms). I would tend to dispense with chronometer and other timer functions for the same reason (cell phones perform much better).

EDIT: I forgot the GITD hands, especially the sweep hand, and hour markers.

I LOVE autos. Man, they are works of art…IMHO. But I understand your hesitance. It will be hard to get a quality auto for a decent price. Sea-Gull makes some pretty nice movements on the affordable end. We’ll just have to see what pricing is.

I can’t see digital fitting in at this point. If so, it might be an ana-digital watch, but they are not my favorite. Definitely GITD hands and markers though!

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cbrake10 wrote:
hmmm maybe something from Orient?

I don’t have an Orient, but I understand they are very nice.

So far, I have only contacted my usual Chinese vendors about watches, and none of them carry Orient. But you never know what they can get their hands on. No, I’m not talking about knock-offs!

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The Miller wrote:

The only two things I can visualise with a little flashlight are one of those paracord bracelet watches or as an extra item on that Leatherman thing.

I wear a watch when I want to dress up, matching the rings and suit. I only have metal round classical designed watches. Can’t imagine anything full of trinkets ever slide on my wrist but am curious what you are going to get Kronos on now Wink

I wear a watch every day, and feel neked w/o one. That Leatherman band is interesting, but looks painful to wear, and I would never be able to take that inside to work because tools/sharp stuff not allowed (secure environment).

I also have zero desire for a smart watch.

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djozz wrote:
I love a good watch!

But my ideal watch does not exist: a stylish looking digital watch with stopwatch/timer/alarm, everything simple to operate and all displayed together, because I use it all often (I don’t like the ‘Casio UI’ with all button having many functions and toggling through modes, it is a misty mess). But the real difficult part: the digits must be backlighted, not a few seconds operated by a button, but continuous dim lighting. That may require a rechargable battery, like the smartwatches, to be charged once a month (btw, smartwatches are all ugly imo and have too many functions).

Sofar my ideal watch, but if there’s a group buy on a nice watch, I’m in if I like it.


Perfectionist…huh? Smile

I don’t know about digital watches. I’m thinking a classier, analog style…either auto or quartz. At least with a date window, if not more functions.

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Mitko wrote:
Great idea Crono! Brand? Timex! Its a US based company, it should be easy for you to deal with them , hehe Smile They goes for relatively cheap, Bush had those while he was a president.

Stainless steel, waterproof, solid – BLF logo: great, i will buy several


I had a really nice Timex (well…nice for Timex) with indiglo, sort of a rolex looking type of watch way back in the day, but it broke. I liked it so much I took it to a jeweler to be repaired, and he all but laughed me outta his shop…heheh

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The Miller wrote:
Digital and stylish are very hard to mix, there have been a few smartwatches that tried to mimic the style of old fashioned watches but there it ends.

I agree…digital is hard to do well.

The Miller wrote:
Sigh, here I was hoping for AAA X4 / 26650 ×7 Followed by LRxx X3 / dual 18650/26650 ×8

Our projects are not mutually exclusive, ya know! Wink

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KaiserSosa wrote:
Certainly interested….I have gotten into diver style automatics recently.

Something along the lines of the Orient Mako USA model but with a larger diameter….and hacking movement would be ideal for this guy.

Things I like about the Mako USA is the sapphire crystal…solid endlinks…120 click dial bezel…..enhanced luminent.


I like the divers as well, and the Mako looks and sounds quite good.

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Great idea, although the price point will open up a can of worms lol! For all members to afford one it would have to be less then say $50 really.
For a budget one Megir seem to do some ok watches, and since Banggood sells them we might have half a chance of getting them ‘BLF’ branded


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Aardvark Spleen wrote:
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a boxed set that includes…say…an EDC light, watch…maybe also an EDC knife, pen etc.

The Kronos Kollection. I like it.


Something like that…but I think the Kronos name is already taken for watches Sad

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will34 wrote:
Something like this!

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Egads…not sure what to think about that Luminox. Maybe if I was a pro-diver?

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