SD-09 Spacecraft Crowdfunded Watch review

Introducing SD-09 Watches: Spacecraft timepieces. The announcement of this new wristwatch is coinciding with the Baselworld 2017 watch show and will be available on Kickstarter during a 35-day campaign.

The SD-09™ Spacecraft timepiece was inspired by sci-fi ethos, to convey a quantum revolution and space-time versatility that also emanates on a man’s wrist with understated elegance.

KeepTheTime is always thrilled to share new microbrand watches with our community. Keep reading for the full review of what the pre-buy entails:

Inspired by Space

Star Wars fans know how tough actual spacecrafts have to be. There is no such thing as cutting corners when it comes to material construction and the ability to withstand wear and tear. That was exactly what SD-09 founder and designer Sydney Dong was aiming for when he went to the drawing board on the SD-09.

SD09 Spaceship Watch on Kickstarter

Equipped with a sapphire crystal coated with anti-reflective coating, the SD-09 Spacecraft watch can easily withstand asteroid shrapnel.

Many spaceships land in the ocean when they break through the Earth’s atmosphere. The SD-09 is packed with three O-rings to make sure you have ultimate protection against water entering the case. Don’t worry about splashing you watch while doing the dishes, the SD-09 can withstand up to 100 meters of H20.

Because… Aliens.

If you’re into Ancient Aliens and tracking extra-terrestrial appearances, you might know all about the 1997 Phoenix Lights UFO sightings. SD-09 knows about it, so they incorporated a design element into the dial of the Spacecraft watch as a constant rotating reminder. There is a spinning disc between 4:00 and 5:00 which is an indicator that the watch is running, but also clever second hand.

SD09 Spaceship Watch LumeshotSpeaking of lights… you can’t have a spacecraft-inspired watch without some good lume! The Spacecraft timepiece has a multi-layered sandwich dial and uses Swiss made Super-LumiNova in the light green shade of C3. Click here if you want to see the official Super-LumiNova brightness chart.

You also get a date at 3:00. When in space, it’s easy to forget the date. You won’t have that problem with the Spacecraft Kickstarter watch.

Kickstarting a New Frontier

A lot of crowdfunded watches boast about having tough 316L stainless steel cases, but where is that steel from? SD-09 is headquartered in Hong Kong, and while the watches are assembled in China, the Spacecraft watch is made from steel from Finland. The nearly 50mm case and crown guard consists of more than 20 parts and over 20 screws. The case is available with a silver finish or coated with a layer of AA-grade black PVD (Black Knight Blue) for a stealthy look that is scratch and corrosion resistant.

SD-09 Spacecraft Rose Gold Robot Red

Also available in rose gold with Robot Red hands as shown above.

We are an independent design house based in Hong Kong, passionate about watches, not just their functionality and beauty, but also the philosophy of life timepieces convey. The SD-09 Spacecraft timepiece was borne from decades of craft, study, and tireless dedication. -SD-09

This Sci-Fi inspired wristwatch is powered by an automatic Miyota caliber 8218 which does not require batteries, nor does it require solar energy from the sun. Just a few flicks of the wrist will bring the Japanese self-winding mechanism to life. A sapphire caseback lets you see the Spacecraft’s engine in action.

Ready for Take-Off

The Spacecraft is scheduled for take off on March 28th. That means the only way they can get this thing past the atmosphere and into orbit is by your pledged support. Back this project on Kickstarter for an early supporter discount of 49% off of MSRP. The first 500 watches will be individually numbered.

Don’t be daunted when you land on the the Kickstarter page and see a gigantic goal of $390,000 – those are Hong Dollars not USD. The equivalent comes out to about $50,000 our money. The early bird pricing puts each watch between $250-$350.

Specs:

  • Movement: Automatic / made in Japan / Miyota caliber 8218
  • Case: 316L stainless steel in silver, black, or rose gold
  • Diameter: 42mm without the side and crown guards (about 49.9mm including the crown)
  • Thickness: 14.3mm
  • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Band: Hand-braided leather strap or silicone
  • Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective coating
  • Water Resistance: 100m / 330ft

SD-09 Spacecraft Crowdfunded Watch review
SD-09 Spacecraft Crowdfunded Watch review

15 Responses

  1. Peter S.

    I just ordered mine on Kickstart. The total is already at $10,227.00 in the first day with 36 days left to order. I think these Kickstarts are really great for our economy and thank you for sharing them on your blog. For $260.00 I think it will be one hell of a cool watch and I am excited.

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  2. Sydney Dong

    Hi Chris, the movement is Miyota 8218 is non-hacking , the lume on the dial is really creative for this design, case design and the leather strap is also value added to this watch. Anyway, thanks!

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  3. Kerry

    I am a woman and I only wear big watches. What I look for in a new watch is a unique design and story. This will fit right in my collection. I have never seen a strap that looks like that!

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  4. Richard Sotelo

    I don’t understand how this works. Do I order this watch at the KeepTheTime site? I didn’t find it on there. -Rich Sotelo

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    • KeepTheTime Admin

      Hi Richard, thank you so much for your support, but the Spacecraft is not available on KeepTheTime yet. this watch is only available for purchase through e SD-09 Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sydneydong/the-sd-09tm-spacecraft-watch-was-inspired-by-sci-f. If they meet their project goal, the watch will be manufactured. The people who “buy-in” or back the project now (before manufacturing begins) are given a special deal on the price. Feel free to reply here if you have any more questions, surely Sydney from SD-09 or we can help you 🙂

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    • KeepTheTime Admin

      You’re right. This watch is not an Unidentified Flying Object per se. But it was inspired by such things 😉

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  5. Ricky

    I want to buy this watch but the Kickstarter page has it closed. How can I purchase this watch now ? ? ?

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