This was the original design of the watch. There was a positive response but people were saying negative things about the placement of the date window, which makes the fact that the movement is smaller than the watch case stand out. Many suggested a no-date version or rather than taking out the date function, move it to 6 o'clock.
This was the second of four renderings released. This version has no date and the reaction was all positive. The no-date offers an extremely clean look and really makes the watch more simplistic and desirable. In addition to removing the date they also moved "Minuteman Watch Co" slightly away from the center of the dial and put "200M/660FT" instead of just 200M. This is my personal favorite of the four renderings because of the clean and uncluttered dial.
This is the third rendering released out of four. They kept most everything the same from the original except the crown and the date. To be honest I think their FDE (flat dark earth) crown looks awkward. Sort of like a stainless crown on a bronze watch, out of place. The PVD crown looked much better. In addition to the changes on the front of the watch the company also said they would be creating a special caseback design for this watch. I don't like waiting for things and want to see the design before the watch comes out (maybe they will release a rendering?), although I will probably have to wait.
This is a brand new rendering, released less than half an hour ago today. The case and crown is made completely in FDE (flat dark earth) which greatly improves the design over the PVD case and FDE crown. The date is back and I will be interested to see how it all works out. The new case color is paired with a new olive drab strap. This new watch design clearly shows lots of effort on the part of minuteman watches.
No specifications were released on the watch. We know from the dial that the watch is water resistant to 200m (however all Minuteman watches are tested to 300m). As with their other watches it has a quartz movement. It will come on what appears as a NATO strap in pictures and renderings. This makes sense since the other watches from Minuteman watches feature the same strap. Other than that we know nothing about the watch. You can visit their website to see their other watches here: http://minutemanwatches.com/. To be honest there is no better brand to buy from in my mind. They are a micro brand who are based in America. They donate 25% of their profits to charity, demonstrating that money takes a back seat with this brand and they are focused on their customers getting the most out of the watch, not the company. 50% of their profits go back into new models so they are serious about the brand because with more money going into new designs you can afford better materials to keep improving upon the watches. The remaining 25% of profits go to salaries of employees. I am a fan of micro brands because they typically offer the best level of quality for the price and have the best customer service. While I cannot vouch for the quality of the watches, but there is no reason to be concerned in this area, I can say the communication is supreme. I asked a question and to be honest I thought it would take at least a day if not two days to get a reply. How wrong I was. The reply came in under two hours, which is a fantastic speed and is hard to beat. So far they have seven models and this will be their eighth. The watch will have a new name. Unlike the other watches from this company that are named MM__ this watch will be known as The Liberty. I cannot wait to see real pictures of this watch mainly because with this brand in particular, real pictures look better than renderings and the renderings already look amazing. The price has no been announced yet but judging by the other prices I am going to estimate it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $450-$550. As I am sure you can guess I like this watch and am a fan of the brand.
P.S. For those wondering the company is considering moving out from just quartz movements and are experimenting with kinetics and hand wind movements. For those interested the hand wind movements they are experimenting with is the ETA 2801. What do you think, continue with quartz or introduce mechanical? Post your answer in the comments.
Jake Fogarty is the founder of It's All About Watches and writer for most of what you will read here. If you want to contact me you can visit the contact and advertising page.
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