And reintroducing the OBIE1 -
It would seem that the Oberlin Watch Company is now, well, an actual watch company! And important piece of disclosure, I am the owner.
I grew up in Oberlin, a town of under 10,000 (as of the 2010 census) located in Northern Ohio. Almost a year ago, as we were all getting good and melancholy during lockdown, a friend reached out and asked if I could make a watch for Oberlin. At the time, I figured it would be one of those ideas that would get talked about, I would explain why it probably wasn't such a hot idea, and that would be the end of it.
As regular readers, by now it is clear that you are the opposite of the Playboy subscriber - you actually do come here for the writing ; ) Put another way, as poor as my photography is, my design skills are even more shambolic. Luckily, I reached out to my friend Armand Billard and he was kind enough to help -
And based on this rendering, and this caseback -
We had a concept. My assemblers gave me a great price with a very realistic minimum order (100 pieces), but I still wasn't 100% sure it was worth pursuing.
And like that, we had at least the possibility for a fun one-off limited watch -
40 mm, stainless steel with screw back case back. The movement is quartz, and the price is $97.97 US plus shipping.
But then there were more requests -