This Week on Kickstarter…

This Week on Kickstarter…

Here at Zaltek Reviews, we’re big champions of the Microbrand and supporting the little guy. Microbrands have the ability to offer so much more than the same old dross pumped out by the big name watch brands. They’re often less scared to take risks in their design language (yes I know there’s still a glut of submariner homages released every week…don’t @ me), and offer more competitive pricing and value as they’re not always trying to recoup huge marketing budgets.

This week has seen a couple of releases that are worth reminding folks about. If you’ve not already backed them, then they’re both campaigns you should seriously think about supporting!

Phantom Caleuche

Phantom Watch Co Caleuche Review

Campaign Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/british-watches/phantom-affordable-automatic-dive-watch-from-british-watches

You may have seen Will’s review for the Caleuche already – if not, go take a quick look. It scored highly and it really looks the part too, channeling some serious Breitling Superocean vibes. The brand is associated with Ross from Hamtun Watches so it’s fair to say that he knows a thing or two about delivering a successful campaign.

At time of writing, the Caleuche has smashed its target, with £44,845 raised out of a £25,000 goal with 25 days left to go.

Specifications
Dimensions: Diameter – 40.1mm, Thickness – 13.2mm, Lug to Lug – 47.2mm, Lug Width – 20mm
Movement: Seiko NH35 w/ 41hr Power Reserve
Case Material: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel
Strap: Waxed Horween Leather w/ Signed Buckle
Bracelet: 316L Stainless Steel (Stretch Goal +£50)
Crystal: Flat Sapphire w/ Underside Anti-Reflective Coating
Bezel: Fully-lumed 120-Click Unidirectional
Water Resistance: 200m
Lume: Swiss Super Luminova BGW9
Crown: 7mm Screw Down
Colour Options: Black, Blue, White (PVD – Stretch Goal)
Price: From £159 (Plus shipping & VAT)

Direnzo DRZ 03 Eclipse

Direnzo DRZ 03

Campaign Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/direnzowatches/drz-03-eclipse-premium-automatic-swiss-made-watch

This is the third release from Swiss microbrand, Direnzo. Coming off the back of their hugely popular and successful DRZ 02, the 03 model is already shaping up to be another success for brand owner, Sergio. The DRZ 03 was inspired by iconic Omega and Jaeger Le Coultre watches from the 60s, while retaining the brand’s signature DNA.

At time of writing, the DRZ 03 Eclipse has also decimated its target, with £181,217 raised out of a £15,791 goal with 19 days left to go.

Specifications
Dimensions: Diameter – 40mm, Thickness – 12.5mm, Lug to Lug – 48mm, Lug Width – 20mm
Movement: Sellita SW200-1
Case Material: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel
Strap: Nylon Parachute Strap
Bracelet: 316L Stainless Steel Oyster bracelet
Crystal: Flat Sapphire w/ Underside Anti-Reflective Coating
Bezel: Fully-lumed 120-Click Unidirectional
Water Resistance: 200m
Lume: Swiss Super Luminova BGW9
Crown: 7mm Screw Down
Colour Options: Grey, Blue (Red – Stretch Goal)
Price: From £382 (Plus shipping)

– Dave Sergeant, News Editor

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