If you’re looking for a go anywhere, do anything type of watch, but don’t want to spend a fortune, John Robert Wristwatches might be what you’re looking for. Based in Melbourne, but produced in Switzerland, they recently released their debut collection aptly names the Archetype. This collection was born out of a desire to have your cake and eat it too, by taking design inspiration from the middle of the last century and pairing it with some of the best in contemporary watchmaking techniques. The result? Well, you get a dressy tool watch, of course.
The dressy tool watch that is expressed through the Archetype collection measures a modest 38mm in diameter, just like the watch designers of the 1960s would have wanted. But unlike watches from that generation, the Archetype collection is guaranteed to 100m of water resistance. There are six references in total with three different dial colours (white, blue and charcoal) that are available with either an automatic or High Accuracy Quartz (accurate to +/-10secs per year!) caliber housed within.
The dials are another winning point of difference. They’re created to offer the impression of a vintage linen dial that is richly textured and delivers a real sense of depth. Available on either a steel five-link bracelet or a leather strap, both of which are easy to swap out with a quick change mechanism, it can be dressed up or down without any hassle.
John Robert Wristwatches Archetype collection price and availability:
The John Robert Wristwatches Archetype Automatic starts at US$979 and is available for US$789 during the 30-day Kickstarter pre-order.
The John Robert Wristwatches Archetype HAQ starts at US$489 and is available for US$389 during the 30-day Kickstarter pre-order.
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