Introducing the Manchester Watch Works Equinox Collection

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Manchester Watch Works is no stranger to worn&wound, with the brand having successfully launched and delivered numerous projects on Kickstarter (which we covered here and here). They’re back with their latest collection–dubbed the Equinox and named after Mt. Equinox, the highest peak in southern Vermont. The Equinox collection features two distinct models—the Automatic and the Speed Timer.

The dramatic, rectangular case immediately stands out. It measures 37mm across and 43mm in length with hidden lugs. They make a comparison to the size of the Apple Watch which is 1mm smaller in each dimension. The Equinox comes in at 11mm in overall thickness (again with a comparison to the Apple Watch at 12.6mm). Most noticeable in the case design is the large bezel, which features a mix of brushed planes with a polished bezel along the edge. Production models will have vertical brushing rather than the concentric brushing shown on the prototypes. Topping off the case is a sapphire crystal with an internal anti-reflective coating.

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The Automatic, in sunray blue and gray.
The Speed Timer, shown here in black with a gray sunray sub-dial.

Each of the two models comes fitted with a different movement. The Automatic features a Swiss STP1-11 caliber that can be seen through a mineral crystal display back. The STP1-11 is a 26-jewel movement with a 44-hour power reserve and a beat rate of 28,800 bph. STP (Swiss Technology Production) is the movement arm of Fossil Group, which supplies movements to Fossil Group brands as well as some third-parties, as is the case here.

The Speed Timer then is powered by a Swiss Ronda 5010.B quartz chronograph movement. The 5010.B allows for a stacked sub-dial at six o’clock that tracks elapsed time via a 30-minute counter and a 12-hour counter. There is no active seconds hand on the Speed Timer, only the central-seconds chronograph counter.

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The dial design, specifically the use of a stack chronograph counter, recalls vintage Seiko 7016 models.

Each variant within the Equinox line comes with a similar dial style and hands. Simple hash markers form a circular minute track within the negative space of the rectangular dial. For emphasis, every fifth marker is given extra visual weight. The hour and minute hands are simple lume-filled sticks, the second hand a tapering needle. The Manchester Watch Works logo is on each dial below 12 o’clock.

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Both models of the Equinox come in several colors—the Automatic in sunray blue and gray, and the Speed Timer in black with either a gray or blue sub-dial with a sunray finish. Each Equinox watch will ship with a custom H-link bracelet and a carbon fiber patterned strap to fit the 20mm hidden lugs.

Manchester Watch Works is looking to raise $27,000 on Kickstarter. As of this writing, they are about $2,300 shy of hitting that goal. The project will run until March 6, 2017, 9:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Pledges for the Speed Timer start at $200 and the Automatic starts at $325. You can pick up one of each, if so inclined, for $500. Manchester Watch Works

Residing in North Idaho, James has been wearing a watch for over 35 years. With growth of the internet in the late 90s watches as an interest turned into an obsession. Since that time he has been a watch forum moderator, watch reviewer, contributor to Nerdist, and operates Watches in Movies in his spare time.
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