I have to admit there are no many affordable regulator style watches on the market. CJR Watches want to change it with their Kickstarter funded project called AIRSPEED.
CJR Watches AIRSPEED definitely tries to fill this niche in an interesting way. But first of all, what is a regulator watch, you may ask? It’s a watch where hours, minutes, and seconds are each displayed on a separate subdials. As CJR Watches states, it was used for the first time in the late 17th century, and now this company tries to bring back this design in a modern and more approachable way. You can see how to read the time on their AIRSPEED model below.
CJR AIRSPEED is 43mm in diamater and uses rather controversial material for its case – a hesalite crystal. Both top and bottom of the watch are made of hesalite crystal with only a thin stainless steel frame in between. While it definitely looks interesting, the hesalite crystal might not be the most practical material for the watch case because it is extremely prone to scratches. However, you can’t deny the boldness of this decision.
AIRSPEED is powered by a Japanese Miyota 8219 automatic movement. It’s a 21 600 BPH movement with 21 jewels and power reserve of 45 hours. Again, Miyota seems to be a proven choice for many aspiring watch companies.
Currently, there are two models within AIRSPEED series available: black dial PILOT and cream dial VINTAGE. Both watches are available on Kickstarter and you can get yours by pledging at least $329. The Kickstarter campaign will last untill July 14 so you still have some time to decided if it is your cup of tea. Don’t forget to check out CJR Watches website for more details.