The Caliper View Watch

The Caliper View Watch

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The Caliper View watch was born out of an appreciation and fascination with machines. The design was largely influenced by mid-twentieth century technical instruments; the precision tools that scientists, engineers, and technicians relied on to get their work done before electronics became ubiquitous. We have a collection of these mid-century technical devices. We have precision laboratory scales, slide rules, steel drafting tools, and survey equipment, in addition to beautiful old cameras. These tools are heavily built and beautifully crafted. They have clear and simple numeric scales, and are fitted with indicators and markers designed to maximize legibility. These tools reflect a clean modernist aesthetic with no fuss or ornamentation. The geometry is comprised of circles and straight lines with few complex curves.

The Caliper View Watch Watch Releases

The Caliper View Watch Watch Releases

In the mid-seventies, the first miniature calculators were developed, rendering slide-rules and mechanical calculators redundant. Around the same time, the development of quartz watch movements brought the mechanical watch industry to its knees. Plastic rapidly replaced steel as a more cost-effective material, and soon, quality and durability were forgotten in favor of the cheap and semi-disposable.

Although the Caliper View is inspired by technology from the '50s and '60s, it does not look like a watch from that time. It's a design that could only exist now. Our design reaches back for inspiration to create something new.

The Caliper View Watch Watch Releases

The design we developed is based on the visual and geometric language of technical tools. The watch is 38mm in diameter and 13mm thick, making it rather taller than the average watch. One reviewer likened the form to a vintage camera lens.

Caliper Timepieces takes its name from a particular tool: the Vernier Caliper. This deceptively simple tool embodies the ingenuity of mechanical design. The Vernier scale is an elegant solution to a mechanical problem, and allows for far more precise measurement than what is possible with a simple uniform scale. We also like the fact that caliper is a play on words of the horological use of the work caliber.

The Caliper View Watch Watch Releases

We’ve called this model the Caliper ‘View’ due to the transparent elements of the watch. In addition to sapphire glass on the front and back, the View has a glass watch face behind the hands. By adding printed elements to this surface, we’ve been able to float graphics over the movement. There are three face design versions. The first version incorporates callouts like a technical diagram that illustrates key elements of the movement. It’s subtle - something you discover as you look closely. The second face version is a screen of grey dots that partially conceals the movement. A third face option is clear glass that fully reveals the movement.

The Caliper View Watch Watch Releases

The design is intended to appear simple and minimalist at first but to reveal more complexity on closer inspection.To develop the specs for this timepiece, we focused on building the best watch possible that could be sold for under $400 US Dollars. The movement we settled on is the Japanese Miyota 82S0, an automatic movement with 21 jewels and 21,600 vibrations per hour. It has an ‘open heart’ in that the balance wheel is visible from the front. The metal has a nice patterned finish on the back and we were able to engrave the company name on the rotor. The movement has a clean and purposeful finish without decoration, which is in line with our aesthetic for this design.

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The case and glass are robust. We’ve used 316L stainless steel and sapphire glass. The watch is built to be water resistant to 10 ATM. It’s not a dive watch but much tougher than the average. The Caliper View watch is a solid and well-made timepiece that offers very good value at our target price.

We are very happy with the result. The quality and finish is everything we had hoped for. We originally launched on Kickstarter and the comments and feedback we’ve received have been very positive. Watches are now available for a price of $375.

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What do you think?
  • Interesting (15)
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  • I want it! (5)
  • I love it! (2)
  • Classy (1)
  • SuperStrapper

    I don’t know…

    I guess the educational dial tells you immediately who the watch is designed for. If it gets new people interested and appreciative of mechanical watches, then its a win.

    • commentator bob

      ” If it gets new people interested and appreciative of mechanical watches, then its a win.”

      This is the right attitude to have about cheap mechanical watches.

    • Dinkee, H. O.

      “…then its a win.”

      it’s a win.

      “It is” is a contraction.

      • SuperStrapper

        Comment of the year. Im calling it now.

        • 200 Fathoms

          Their, their.

  • Jerry Mathers

    I applaud them for saving the obligatory “inspired by” for the third paragraph rather than the first.

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  • Yan Fin

    This is priceless : “We are very happy with the result”. I am trademarking this.

    • Too late for trademarkin. I basically said it 2 years ago, ha ha. Check out the video at 3:19:
      “…and we’re real happy with the results.”

      • Dinkee, H. O.

        When I see videos like this I become even more committed to never coloring my hair when I get old.

  • Another tortured, awkward “inspiration” for a really, really cheap-looking watch. I’m afraid you didn’t do yourself any favors by showing, much less highlighting, that ghastly movement.

  • Word Merchant

    This case looks rather like Schofield’s except Schofield does it properly. The rest of the watch is something only its mother could love. At a distance, in dim light.

    This is not a sponsored post.

    • I don’t see that much similarity in the case designs.

  • TheChuphta

    Is it just me, or does the whole thing read like they’re trying to talk themselves into liking the watch?

    • Would you rather read a Bremont account of their watches? Nice to see a bit of modesty and restraint in a Sponsored Post. Cheers.

  • Saul Sloota

    You get a watch that is halfway between a Greubel Forsey and a Moritz Grossmann for only $375. How could you not jump on this deal?


    Next week a watch inspired by nail clippers . You heard it here first.

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang
  • Odd that they go from so much text that even Rolex would blush on some references to others that don’t even have the brand name on them. Glad to see them plugging away but the top side of the Miyota is not that nice to look at. Good price point in general but its a hard sell for a somewhat generic design considering the prices for Seiko mechanicals. The case diameter might have been a couple of mm larger and the thickness might have been 1 or 2 mm thinner. The ones with the dots may have the right amount of peekaboo factor (considering the blandness of the movement) while the ones with the explanation seem a bit condescending or patronizing. Best of luck to them though. I’m just happy it’s not a bauhaus quartz watch!

  • Mikita

    These look so crude.

  • Saul Sloota

    There’s more apertures on this thing than AC3 after an AP servicing.

  • Finest bit of meta-copy I think I’ve ever read here.

    “Our watches are inspired by round, mechanical things, like, well, other watches.”

  • R Khalifa

    It’s odd to me that the indice ring has absolutely none of the visual richness of the measuring instruments depicted which supposedly inspired the watch.

  • Mark1884

    No thank you.

  • Dinkee, H. O.

    This watch looks ripe for a Hodinkee edition.

  • Yojimbo

    I love machines too, how do you think this hunk of crap will stand up to a garburator?

  • Pete L

    A lot of dislike on here but I think would be a great first mechanical watch for a teen. Not too big and cheap too.