For me, this is a very special post for a couple of reasons. First of all, after a very long period, I’m breaking my silence here on WatchPaper. After months of being away from blogging due to a huge move of our home and (WatchPaper HQ), we are now settled in a new place and I can finally sit down and write again about watches. Before going any further, I’d like to thank TimeCaptain, who kept the fire burning during this time by posting here on a regular basis.
The second reason is the person behind the brand that I’m going to introduce today — Niranjan Parulekar, a friend of mine who helps me with administering the Microbrand Watches Facebook group. I actually got to know Niranjan thanks to this group, he was one of the early members, very active and with a genuine passion for micros. If you are a long-time member of our group, you probably remember Niranjan’s posts about his experiments with dial making (with crazy amounts of lume) or his unique watches that he would put together from parts bought online.
About a year ago, this passion project matured into something more serious, a new microbrand — Iridium Watches. The brand has a strong connection to our Facebook group, it is here that Niranjan got to know Akshay Solomon and after they met in person in Bangalore, they’ve decided to take their passion to the next level. Iridium is only part of the story, they are also working on a high-end brand, Audric, which will be 100% Swiss Made. They are in the process of registering a parent company for these two brands that will be based in Neuchatel, Switzerland. But, let’s not get ahead of things, as Akshay wrote to me, their motto comes from Napoleon Hill, “if you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way”, so let’s focus on Iridium and its first collection called Torpedo 300.
Case: 316L stainless steel case, a diameter of 42 mm, lug to lug 51 mm, height with the crystal 13.8 mm, lug width 22 mm
Crystal: 3.8 mm domed sapphire, top hat, with AR coating
Bezel: 120 clicks unidirectional steel bezel filled with BGW9.
Case back: screw down exhibition case back with flat sapphire crystal.
Crown: screw crown with logo etched. Logo filled with white luminous BGW9.
Water resistance: 30 ATM (300 m)
Dial: Summer Yellow, Glacier Blue, Thunder Gray, Deep Black and Wine Red, with matte finishing.
– Black applied indexes on the yellow, blue and grey dials (filled with white luminous BGW9), and Steel applied indices on the black and wine dials (filled with white luminous BGW9).
– Black oxidised hour & minute hands filled with white luminous (BGW9) on the yellow, blue and grey dials, with steel hands filled with white luminous (BGW9) on the black and wine red dials.
– Second hand with orange paint and filled with white luminous ( BGW9 )
Movement: Miyota cal. 9015 with custom rose gold plated rotor, adjusted to 5 positions.
Bracelet: 316L stainless steel, 5 links bracelet (a modern take on the Jubilee) with Diver’s folding clasp and Diver’s extension built in. Solid end links on the fitted bracelet with screws in the links for easy sizing
Assembled in and ships from Switzerland via DHL.
Prices begin at $450 plus $25 shipping worldwide’ for a limited number of pieces.
Prices increase by $25 for every 100 pieces sold. The retail price will be around $600 USD.
The watch will come with a presentation box, a branded cleaning cloth, and a screwdriver for sizing the bracelet.
Limited to 100 pieces in each dial color.
1-year limited warranty.
December 2019 delivery for all preorders.
You can visit www.iridiumwatches.com today to stay up to date with their news, but the full website will go live next week, on June 28. Preorders will start two days later on June 30.
Entering the giveaway
As you can see, this is a Torpedo ready for a huge bang for the buck, but you can also try your luck by entering our giveaway, sponsored by Iridium. Up for grabs is a Torpedo 300 of your choice of dial color.
To keep things simple, we are using the best giveaway platform out there, used by many major blogs and websites, called Rafflecopter. To enter, all you have to do is click the “Visit Iridium Watches on Facebook” link in the Rafflecopter box, before June 30, 2019.
In addition, for your entry to be valid, you will have to be a member of the Microbrand Watches Facebook group.
To enter, you have to be at least 18 years old and you must provide a valid email address for notification.
Potential winners will be contacted by email, and they have 24 hours to respond if not, another winner will be chosen.
International shipping will be included, but the winner accepts to cover customs duties or taxes related to delivering the watch.
Please note that any problems, defects, delays, etc… that may occur with a giveaway item are the sole responsibility of the manufacturer, and you shall not hold WatchPaper.com liable in any way.
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By entering you accept these rules.
Good luck everyone!