Every watch project needs a good hook to get me interested and the View by Caliper Timepieces has a great one!

The View by Caliper Timepieces Kickstarter Watch

Part of the appeal with mechanical watches is the fact that they are mechanical, little machines ticking away on your wrist. This is why a lot of projects use exhibition case backs on watches with fairly mundane movements, it may seem odd to seasoned collectors why someone might want to look at a Miyota 8215 but for many people that may be their first encounter with a mechanical watch.

Caliper Timepieces have done an excellent job catering to the desire to watch the intricacy of a mechanical movement in action with their first offering, the aptly named Caliper View.  The watch features a Miyota 82S0 which is a skeletonised version of the 8 series movements. The movement is a solid reliable choice and the extra ornamentation on the movement makes it much more pleasant to view than a standard 8 series. The watch comes in two dial versions, both transparent. One has a dot pattern and the one that I really like has a labelled diagram that highlights some of the main moving parts.

The View by Caliper Timepieces Kickstarter Watch visible movement dot dial

The View by Caliper Timepieces Kickstarter Watch visible labelled movement

The View by Caliper Timepieces Kickstarter Watch visible labelled movement

How cool is this?!

Watch Specifications:

  • Case milled from 316L steel
  • Sapphire scratch resistant glass
  • Glass on back of case
  • Glass watch face with graphic elements
  • Case diameter 38mm
  • Case thickness 12.5mm
  • Water resistant to 10 ATM (100m)
  • Miyota 82S0 movement
  • Manual and self-winding
  • 21 Jewels
  • 21,600 vibrations per hour
  • 40+ hours of running time

The watch comes on a stylish mesh bracelet in matched black PVD or stainless steel (SS) and the bezel is available in black or white. The PVD or SS finish, bezel colour and dial type can be mixed in whatever combination takes your fancy.

Priced at CAD 350 (USD 250) the Caliper View is very reasonable and an interesting addition (or start!) to any collection. Available now on Kickstarter.