The Corbel Issue 02 | Best Watch For The Price, Guaranteed.
The Corbel Issue 02 | Best Watch For The Price, Guaranteed.

A Castle represents a strong-hold with the main emphasis on providing for the people and coming together in unison. The word "Corbel", delves even deeper into our story. Corbel is defined as,"A projection jutting out from a wall to support a structure above it". This is our defining model that makes Castle, what it is today. We wanted to make the best watch for the price, here comes the evidence to prove this bold statement.

Let's Get Started:

       When you're looking for a watch, along with everything, you're looking for the best bang for your buck, that is a no-brainer. We can guarantee that no other watch company is bringing what we're bringing for this low of a price. You may be thinking, "Well, with a price this low, there must be a catch". To answer this question, our watches are made from the finest components that we could possibly get our hands on and are built to last. The reason why we can offer these at such a low price is because of the fact that we want to get these watches out on to our backer's wrists. If we wanted to be like most companies and put profits on our top priority list, we would just lower the quality, talk about how great the quality is, then raise the price. This would be the most logical thing to do, if that were the case. But we consider ourselves to be realist's and pride ourselves on taking an honest approach. 

       Another reason we are able to bring these modest prices is that fact that we are a team made up of two people. Everything you see and will see about Castle is done by the two of us. We do not need to spend the extra resources, outsourcing things that we are not able to do. As I'm sitting here typing this up, the other half of Castle, Kiet, is across the room from me, finishing up the product shots and getting the finishing touches laid out. 

Our Reason:

     The main reason why we wanted to bring our design to life, was the fact that when buying any watch, most the time you have to chose between two major characteristics; Affordability or Quality. Many brands claim to bring both of these traits simultaneously. We aim to bring both of these traits simultaneously, and we do just that. Other brands? Not so much.

     You see it all over the place, companies proposing that they bring the very best. We beg to differ because actions truly speak louder than words. We aren't here to name any names and make our campaign about other company's lack of responsibility to practice what they're really preaching. We are a brand of the People and are building Castle for you to be a part of. We are here to bring you the absolute best for the price, and to prove that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to have a watch that outshines it's other competitors, inside and out.

From The Ground Up:

     We are a very young company but are definitely not new to this. We successfully funded our first release of the Corbel Issue 01 by ourselves in August of 2015. We are truly a grassroots company, coming from humble beginnings, we started with nothing but a pen, piece of paper, and a few cups of Joe. After brainstorming ideas and designs for months, we finally put the right design down. 

     Next, we had to start reaching out to the watch community and getting the word out. This was definitely not easy. As you may know, its not the idea that kills the company, it’s usually the timing and execution. But with the right amount of determination and not taking no for an answer, we were able to get some good momentum and we’re still rolling over a year later. We have shown and continued to show our proven reliability and ability to successfully achieve and fulfill our duties as a company. 

 

Our Remedy:

  • Rigorous Craft at an Exceptional Price: We thought we would put these together because both of these will go hand in hand. Top notch components offered at an amazingly low price. There are no corners cut here. 
  • Design: Bringing you a sharp and sleek design, designed in-house, not like other companies that throw their name on a watch and market it as theirs. We can confidently say our watches are timeless. "The Details are not the Details, they make the Design" - Charles Eames
  • Versatility: Creating a watch that looks good with anything you throw at it. From the weekend warrior to the daily grinders.
 

Our Watch: 

     This is a genuine in-house design, we didn't just go to a watch manufacturer to pick a cool watch design and add our name and logo to it. We're not sure if you notice, but a lot of companies do this and unfortunately, they get away with it. If you're interested in this topic and would like to see for yourself, check out Ali Baba and search for watches and you will see many watches that are familiar to you. With the Castle Corbel, you can count on it being unique in its own way. You can wear it proudly without having to worry that someone else has the same exact watch as you, but with a different brand on it. 

     We took our original watch and beefed it up even more than before. We added a handful of things to it. When designing the Corbel Issue 02, we looked at everything we had and everything that needed to be done. We wanted to perfect this watch and make it as detailed as we could. Inner case-edge engraving played a huge part in making the Corbel Issue 02, that much more detailed. Also, it was a major importance to have our case backs color-matched to the watch case. If you look at the current watches you may own at the moment, if your case back doesn't match the case (excluding silver watches), then that watch company shorted you to increase their profits. There is not one thing with our watches that is lacking.  We are introducing 8 new color combos to the collection, including the highly popular stainless steel bands.

Up Close And Personal With The Castle Corbel Issue 02:

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Option 1: Sunburst Gunmetal Dial, Gunmetal Case & Gunmetal Suede Straps. 
Option 1: Sunburst Gunmetal Dial, Gunmetal Case & Gunmetal Suede Straps.

            

Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving 
Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving

 

Color-Matched Caseback 
Color-Matched Caseback

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Option 2: Sunburst Gold Dial, Black Case & Black Leather Straps 
Option 2: Sunburst Gold Dial, Black Case & Black Leather Straps

 

Metal Rhombus Minute Markers 
Metal Rhombus Minute Markers

 

Logo Embossed Crown 
Logo Embossed Crown

 

Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving 
Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving

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Option 3: Flat White Dial, Silver Case & Gunmetal Suede Straps 
Option 3: Flat White Dial, Silver Case & Gunmetal Suede Straps

 

Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving 
Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving

 

Genuine Italian Calf Skin Leather & Suede 
Genuine Italian Calf Skin Leather & Suede

 

Screwdown Caseback 
Screwdown Caseback

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Option 4: Flat White Dial, Silver Case & Wheat Suede Straps 
Option 4: Flat White Dial, Silver Case & Wheat Suede Straps

 

Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving 
Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving

 

Logo Embossed Crown 
Logo Embossed Crown

 

Engraved Buckle 
Engraved Buckle

 

Debossed Description On Strap 
Debossed Description On Strap

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Option 5: Flat Black Dial, Black Case & Black Leather Straps 
Option 5: Flat Black Dial, Black Case & Black Leather Straps

 

Logo Embossed Caseback WIth Specs 
Logo Embossed Caseback WIth Specs

 

Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving 
Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving

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Option 6: Alex Walter Collection. Sunburst Black Dial, 24kt. Gold IP Case & 24kt. Gold IP Stainless Steel Bands 
Option 6: Alex Walter Collection. Sunburst Black Dial, 24kt. Gold IP Case & 24kt. Gold IP Stainless Steel Bands

 

Alex Walter X Castle 
Alex Walter X Castle

 

CASTLE Engraved Clasp 
CASTLE Engraved Clasp

 

Logo Embossed Crown 
Logo Embossed Crown

 

 

 

Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving 
Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving

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Option 7: Flat Black Dial, Black Case & Black Stainless Steel Bands 
Option 7: Flat Black Dial, Black Case & Black Stainless Steel Bands

 

Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving 
Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving

 

CASTLE Engraved Clasp 
CASTLE Engraved Clasp

 

Logo Embossed Crown 
Logo Embossed Crown

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Option 8: Sunburst Gold Dial, Black Case & Black Stainless Steel Bands 
Option 8: Sunburst Gold Dial, Black Case & Black Stainless Steel Bands

 

Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving 
Detailed Inner Case-Edge Engraving

 

Logo Embossed Crown 
Logo Embossed Crown

The Movement:

      When we were thinking of what type of movement should be featured in our watches, there were many different movements to choose from. It was a choice between Japanese and Swiss. We decided to go with the heavily favored Swiss Ronda Caliber 763, known for its upmost reliability and extensive battery life.

Ronda Caliber 763 

  • Size 6¾ x 8'''
  • Swiss Made
  • 5 Jewels / 24kt Gold Plated 
  • Standard Battery Life: 40 months 
  • Hand fitting height: 1
  • Power saving mechanism with pullled out stem: Reduction of consumption approximately 70%
 

     Another main part in designing our watch was the importance of the case size. We tried many different case sizes and wanted one that wasn’t too small and feminine, but we also didn’t want a watch that took up half of your arm either.

     This is where the lucky number 42 comes in. The 42mm watch case is as special to the watch community as Jackie Robinson (#42) is to baseball. A 42mm case doesn’t look too big or too small on just about any wrist. This was the clear winner when deciding what size would work best for everybody. The Castle watch goes great with anything, from a pair of jeans and a t-shirt at a casual event, to a suit and tie in a business meeting. There isn't a setting where our watch doesn’t fit in. It is the jack of all trades, but also the master of all!

 

Product Specifications:

  • Case Diameter: 42mm 
  • Case Thickness: 8mm 
  • Band Material: Genuine Italian Calf Skin Leather & Suede / 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel 
  • Interchangeable Bands: Yes (any 22mm will mount to it) 
  • Screwdown Caseback: Yes (4 screws) 
  • Matching Caseback Color: Yes 
  • Max/Min Band Length: 80mm/120mm 
  • Band Width: 22mm 
  • Case Material: 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel 
  • Minute Marker Material: Metal Rhombus 
  • Clasp: Buckle Clasp with “CASTLE” Engraved Clasp Material: 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel 
  • Dial Glass Material: Sapphire Crystal 
  • Dial: Sunburst (Gunmetal, Gold, Black) / Flat (White, Black SS) 
  • Display: Analog 
  • Movement: Swiss Ronda Caliber 763  
  • Seconds Function: Yes 
  • Water Resistant: 5ATM / 50 Meters
 

Stretch Goals: 

     We have never been big fans of stretch goals. You’re probably thinking to yourself “How come?” When a company offers stretch goals, our first instinct is, “Yes! Better upgrades.”, or something along the lines of that. When you take a step back and think about it, the company offering the stretch goals, isn’t bringing you the best product at the price you’re paying from the start.

     So we wonder, why bring it at all? That’s why we will bring the best materials and components from the start. We don’t want to be backed for a mediocre product and have you sitting there hoping for more backers to join in, so the watch can potentially get better materials. We want our backers to be pleased from the beginning and not have any regrets of “What if?”.

 

Manufacturing

     We have spent a little over a year and a half looking for the right company to produce our watch design. We have had different prototype watches made and we have made a few key changes to get us to where we are today. We have made sure that everything was made to our standards. We have went through many companies and countless conversations on why or why they weren’t suitable for our design and manufacturing process. For the past year, we have worked very closely with our supplier to get every detail perfected. They are aware of what is expected. The company that we work with, have proven themselves to us over and over and have met deadlines sometimes weeks in advance.

Warranty: 

     Our watches come with a 2 year warranty. If you’re watch wasn’t assembled correctly or the materials in your watch aren’t right, we will repair or replace it. However, like all other watch companies, we do not warrant normal wear and tear of the watch and batteries. We use high quality Sapphire Crystal that is much more scratch resistant than the cheap mineral crystal. It would take a significant blow to damage this. So scratching shouldn’t be an issue. We have had artists we have worked with, take pictures underwater scuba diving with sharks. While this is crazy to see, we do not warrant water damage (like every other company), however our watches do come with 5ATM water resistance (compared to the 3ATM standard).

Photo Cred: Marcus Bloss 
Photo Cred: Marcus Bloss

Social Media: 

     We have very active Instagram and Facebook accounts and much about who we are and what we're about, can be found on there. You can find us at @castlewatchco on both platforms. Check out our Instagram to see the earliest beginnings of Castle Watch Co. and our journey to this point in time. Also, you can find more information on our website, www.castlewatchco.com Join us for the ride!

Video Location: Castello De Amorosa, Edited by Khang Le

Project Image by Ivan Wong 

     We genuinely want to thank you all for the read and hope we can find ourselves on your wrist's one day. We are humbled by this whole experience and we aren't going to stop until we reach the Keep.

 

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