Written by Chaz Nash
Original Grain Watch brand knocked on the wooden door of Kickstarter seeking a pledge goal of $10,000 and gained instead pledges in the amount of $348,404! Talk about timely kindling – this brand is on fire!
Original Grain is the passionate brainchild of Ryan Beltran who started the brand out of his simple desire for watch product design and his love of watches. Beltran attributes his budding watch designs on two locales, his home of Pacific Northwest and Hong Kong where he lived for the past two years.
Beltran simply wanted to design a watch that integrated both the elements of nature and metal having the substantial weight of a heavier timepiece, not present in many wooden watches currently on the market.
Beltran and the Original Grain design team invested a year in the design of the Original Grain watches and sought out watch industry professionals to carefully design prototypes that would best articulate the desired aesthetics for the Original Grain watch. This design articulation is presented in a ready for release first collection.
Original Grain’s 100% wood grain design is visibly displayed by its inner wooden bracelet links, dial and bezel harmoniously embraced by a stainless steel case and bracelet. Three distinct models emerged, Maple, Indian Rosewood and Green Sandalwood. Each watch features a 52mm diameter case with a 43 mm diameter dial.
The show cases Roman numeral at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and an analog date aperture at 6 o’clock (Maple and Green Sandalwood models) or 3 o’clock (Rosewood model). A stylish feature of the watch bracelet is its butterfly clasp that reveals the OG logo when closed. The Maple and Green Sandalwood model have a matte black stainless steel case and bracelet, versus the Rosewood model with a high polished stainless steel case and bracelet.
With three finalized watches ready for distinguished consumers the question arose “How do we get it to production?” The answer – Kickstarter. As mention earlier the original pledge goal was $10,000, however, to date Original has $348,722 and 2,013 and counting backers as the project will fund Friday March 29 at 12:09pm. Despite being fully funded there pledge opportunities are still available at $5, $10 and $25. After the watches go into production it will be available for retail at $150.
This Kickstarter watch opportunity knocked and people responded, “Come in, I want in on this opportunity!” Guess the old adage “time waits for no man” is indeed a true saying. You can find more information about Original Grain watches on Kickstarter.