Ganymede Watches was created last year by Bala Radharamanan based in Georgia, USA. An avid watch enthusiast since a kid, he has a passion for all types of watches.
With the Ganymede Series 01, he wanted to create a unique watch that would display the time in a different format from normal watches. It has just launched on Kickstarter and it certainly is a cool and unusual watch.
Bala has come a long way since the Garfield time teller that he found in a cereal packet many years ago. So impressed was he with that watch that he would never take it off, even wearing it in the shower.
Then one day he was at K-Mart with his Mom when he spied and absolutely had to have the ultimate nerd watch; a Casio Calculator Watch. It became his trusty ally throughout elementary school where he would secretly use it to calculate multiplication tables.
Now a man full grown, his interests lean towards technology and how it could be used to travel to places humans have never been. The Series 01 watch will not take you to places you have never been, but it could be of interest to extraterrestrials should you happen to be wearing it when you make a close encounter of the third kind.
Bala became fascinated with technology used in extreme environments such as deep sea and space exploration. In designing watches for this collection, he has taken his inspiration from a heady mixture of early diving gear, submarines, and spacecraft. It’s his hope that this collection can inspire you, the potential wearer, to push your own limits to explore and better yourselves and the world.
The design for the Series 01 comes from the pioneering exploration technology created in the past. Ganymede watches pay homage to the past while looking towards the future. The 34 x 49.5mm watch is made of 316L stainless steel and runs on a reliable Seiko NH35A movement with water resistance to 100 meters. There are also versions in Bronze PVD, Rose Gold PVD, Stainless Steel with no PVD, and Black PVD. The Bronze and Rose Gold versions are available for backing on Kickstarter.
The time telling itself is pretty unique. A custom hour hand sweeps across the watch face which shows the hours organized in 4 concentric rings. To read the time, the corresponding color of the hand is matched with the color of the hour.
In truth, no one has asked why the name Ganymede was chosen as the brand name but we’re going to tell you anyway. To Bala, it represents the potential for the future. Ganymede was a handsome Trojan prince who was carried off to heaven by Zeus in the shape of an eagle where he was appointed as cup-bearer of the gods.
However, it is also the name of a moon of Jupiter, first discovered by Galileo Galilei in 1610, it’s the largest and most massive of the Solar System’s moons. It’s the ninth largest object in the Solar System and the largest without a substantial atmosphere. a giant ocean covered in an ice crust where scientists believe life could exist. Should you ever land on Ganymede your days will be long, the Ganymede day is seven Earth days and 3 hours.