Jul 20 , 2021
As planned the expected retail price since the first crowdfunding is soon adjusted up to $550 when watches arrive in stock from Germany.
It's been more than 3 years now since I got the idea for this company, and it's more than two years since the first crowdfunding campaign runs on Indiegogo for the F-14 Tomcat-inspired watches.
The work and time dedicated to this project have been huge, some of the challenges have been: a failed crowdfunding campaign since I had a limited amount of marketing budget, my wife got cancer and we lost the ability to have kids, I quit my job too soon and short after my wife's cancer treatment started and we had zero income, production costs increased because of the corona, production delayed more than 100% because of many parts special made with tricky shapes and special surface treatment that need attention to details and quality in work.
I'm very happy with the outcome of quality and design and the change of movement from Miyota to Seiko NH35A in the middle of the process.
I'm also very happy we succeed to get an investor on board when we really struggled, with the investor onboard we took the production a step further and found a German watch manufacturer to assemble the watches in a professional European standard assembly line.
While waiting for the F-14 watches to finish, we have made two designs extra, inspired by the F/A-18 Hornet and the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Our next watch will be the F/A-18 Super Hornet that goes into prototype production and then followed by the F-16 redesign.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet will be available later at a reduced price on a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production.
Finally, I'm really happy for all the backers who bought a watch to help with the project. It would not have been possible without preorders and backers! As you all know, every supporter has got VIP membership as a big thank you!
Looking forward to picking up the watches and start ship out!
Regards Thomas Clausen, Founder, and CEO