A few things that are special about the Open Watch:
A mechanical watch that is comfortable, beautiful, and easy to read. With an open dial that allows you to admire the beauty within. All designs and plans are open source. Assembled by me in Northern California. From handmade and imported parts.
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4000 variations! Choose between 2 sizes, 2 movement types, 2 movement finishes, 5 case finishes, 5 crown finishes, 5 hand finishes, and 4 watch bands.SWEET! DESIGN AND ORDER MY WATCH.
Some Open Watches I’ve built.
Rose Gold Case
Antique Bronze Case
After a devastating breakup with the love of my life, and girlfriend of 5 years, I traveled to the city of Taxco. In the State of Guerrero, Mexico. I went to overwhelm my mind with new things, expand my horizons, and specifically to learn spanish, and silversmithery. Taxco is considered the silver capital of this continent.
Through couchsurfing.org I found a place to stay with Efrain Balbas and his family. Efrain owns a restaurant, and the day I arrived he introduced me to Uli Brix and Dani, who own a jewelry workshop right next door to the restaurant.
They invited me to come by the next day, and check it out. The next morning I rang the bell and was buzzed in. I climbed two stories down the cramped rickety iron spiral staircase.
I talked and laughed with all the people diligently soldering, drying, stamping, oxidizing, polishing, stone setting, and much more. After a while Uli told me to come down to his own personal hell.
Sterling silver. Manzanita heartwood. Cobalt heat fused green topaz.
My first watch was a Timex Indiglo. So I was raised after the quartz crisis of the 1970s. That was when battery powered quartz watches almost completely overtook mehcanical watches in the global market. Quartz watches are amazing too, but I never fell in love with a watch until I opened up my first mechanical one. My mom’s mom passed away, and my mom received her grandmother’s watch. My great grandmother. She loves it, but it didn’t tick. I told her I would look into what it would take to fix it. Boy was I surprised with the beauty of what I saw inside. Later, my fiance encouraged me to buy a broken Elgin pocketwatch at a consignment shop. As I researched, I found a practice of putting glass on both sides and “skeletonizing” the movement. Basically removing unnecessary material so more light can shine through. That started the search I’ve been on for a watch that not only is comfortable and easy to read, but also allows you to admire the beauty within.
“I believe in maximizing the benefits of technology while minimizing the costs and mitigating the harm to people and our planet.”
My entire adult life, I’ve worked in the technology industry. Specifically for nonprofits. I fell completely in love with Linux and the open source community early on. I love being able to work on my own software, and ask my community for help when I can’t figure something out. I believe information should be free. That inspired in a big part this project. The open watch is not only modular, but all videos for assembling and repairing are available here on my How-tos page. I also supply all tools and parts in my shop. The custom stamping jig I created in making The Open Watch will be available, and the plans freely distributed. If you make yourself an Open Watch, feel free to donate to the project.
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Who loves the Open Watch?
I love my Open Watch. I check what time it is way more often, but usually just end up admiring the beauty.
It’s beautiful and unique.
The Open Pocket Watch
The Open Watch’s brother
No time like now!