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    Cool Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    Hi all,

    For those who don't know me, I'm Sujain Krishnan, owner and founder of Melbourne Watch Company, an Australian brand of mechanical watches that launched last year. To date we've released two models, the Flinders and the Hawthorn, with both receiving a lot of praise from the WIS community, particularly here on the WUS affordable sub-forum where I am most active. (This is a repost of sorts from there).

    We are also proud to have been a WUS sponsor for almost 12 months now.

    I'm excited to announce that we've just opened pre-orders for our third and most ambitious model, the Portsea - a tribute to classic marine chronometer style timepieces with a modern twist.

    After only 5 hours we're already more than 2/3 of the way to our goal on Kickstarter! You can check out the campaign via the link below:

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...-watch-company


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    It's been a great journey over the past few months, from initial concept to prototypes. For those who are interested in the path to date, check out the original thread about the Portsea here.

    To sum up the details of the pre-order:

    Portsea Specs

    Case - 40mm 316L stainless steel, 12.5mm thickness (PVD rose gold plating optional) - stamped steel case back.
    Movement - Miyota 9120 automatic w/ triple calendar setup
    Crystal - Flat sapphire
    Dial - Multi-layered with ceramic mid disc
    Hands - Ion plated with "M" counter balance on sweep seconds
    Strap - German made croc-grain leather with stainless steel buckles

    All watches will ship in a Melbourne Watch Company case and will come with 24 months manufacturers warranty.

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    Pre-Order/Pricing Details

    We are offering 3 versions of the Portsea:
    - White dial/SS case
    - Blue dial/SS case
    - White dial/Rose Gold plated SS case

    Pricing starts from $595AUD and all watches will come with a choice of navy blue or dark brown German leather straps. If we hit our stretch target we will provide all backers with both strap colours at no extra cost.


    There are also two 'combo' options for those who are after a pair - either white and blue versions (both SS) or white (rose gold) and blue (SS).


    The campaign will run for 30 days from today and after that we will offer any unsold stock via the website at a slightly increased pre-sale price.


    The MSRP of the Portsea is planned to be $775AUD for the SS version and $799AUD for the rose gold version.


    The Portsea is scheduled for release mid-October.

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    Mini-FAQ

    I've had a few common questions asked already, so here we go:

    Q) When can we see a sample of the blue dial?
    A) We are currently working on this with our dial supplier - we aim to have photos of the real deal up before the end of the campaign

    Q) When does my credit card get charged?
    A) Kickstarter only charges your card after the conclusion of our campaign and only if we are successfully funded

    Q) What service do you use for overseas delivery?
    A) We use DHL Express for all overseas orders for security and speed



    Cheers,

    Suj.
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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    Very nice...And you made it the perfect size...Congrats on a truly lovely watch.
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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    Very nice...And you made it the perfect size...Congrats on a truly lovely watch.
    Thank you for the kind words

    I can't believe it - we're almost fully funded after less than 12 hours of going live!!
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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    That is just lovely. I really, really want it...but I've only had the Flinders for a coupla months now. But I really, really want it. Poop.

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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    Great job on the caseback!
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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    Best of luck mate. I'll have to get over to your KS project and make a pledge later today.

    Using my mobile; please pardon the brevity of my reply, and any typos.
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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    Thanks guys - just woke up here and got a shock that we are past full funding in less than 24 hours!! Big thank you to everyone that jumped on board for this one so far!


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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    Quote Originally Posted by SKrishnan View Post
    Thanks guys - just woke up here and got a shock that we are past full funding in less than 24 hours!! Big thank you to everyone that jumped on board for this one so far!


    Sent from my iPhone
    Well in that case, I'm keeping my money...

    EDIT - better put one of these in here, lest people think I'm serious...
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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    Very nice, good clean design, nice movement, soft look, the blue render looks good.

    I also quite like this statement on the KS page

    "If we exceed our funding goal and achieve the stretch target of $45,000AUD then we will also be providing all backers with both dark brown and navy blue leather straps at no extra cost. "

    Looks like you are well on your way to reaching that.

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    Re: Melbourne Watch Company - "Portsea" pre-orders now open!

    This is the third watch you have produced and each one gets better looking!
    Are the other models still in production or are you just selling off you initial production run of each.
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