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You can find my watch on Kickstarter:

Pheidippides Watches - The Porthole
Named after the Greek messenger who ran from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greek victory over the Persians, Pheidippides Watches announces its entry into the world of watch making by launching uniquely designed timepieces.

Based in the Netherlands and established by Rogier van de Ree, Pheidippides Watches started its operations in 2015. By now Rogier has designed three timepieces: "The Inkpot", "The Porthole" and "The Hourglass".

The Inkpot is his first design and the first working prototype has been ready in December 2015. This timepiece requires a lengthy test period because of its special internal construction.

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Prototypes of his second design, The Porthole, have been finished in March this year. The design and development of The Hourglass is in progress. Prototypes will be build in August this year.

Pheidippides Watches has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to produce a limited series of 300 timepieces of The Porthole. You can find it here: Kickstarter campaign The Porthole. Incorporating high quality Swiss components and manufactured by jewelry makers in Germany this timepiece stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique features.

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The most attracting feature of The Porthole watch is its dial which offers a nice and uncluttered way of telling time. The hour markers on the glossy blue lacquered dial resemble buoys floating on the sea surface with dots of Superluminova lighting in the dark. The hour and minute hands have tips with holes matching the dimensions of the hour markers.

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When the minute hand moves over a marker it will cover it exactly and the Superluminova will glow through the matching hole. Both hour and minute hands feature Superluminova on the back, which make them visible at night in their own shadow.
The seconds hand, which looks like a droplet of water, completes the nautical theme of the dial.

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The case is made of bronze, a material associated with the nautical world since centuries. Measuring 42mm in diameter, the spherical case in polished finish has a semi-circular side that flows seamlessly into the curve of the top glass and back. The polished bronze has a lively colour and develops a beautiful patina over the years making each watch unique.

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The moveable lugs made of polished stainless steel give a nice contrast to the bronze case and matching the polished hands. The crown echoes the shape of case.

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Turning the case, you can find the screw in case back fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal that offers a view of the automatic movement equipped with a customized rotor.

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The Swiss made mechanical movement that powers the timepiece is an STP5-15 automatic calibre produced by Swiss Technology Production, a Fossil group venture.

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The parts of the watch such as glasses, hands, dial and movement are supplied from Switzerland. The case is custom build in a German workshop which is specialized in jewelry making. Their craftsmanship ensures a case made and finished to the finest. The final assembly of the watch will be done in Germany by a master watchmaker along with Rogier.

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Tested for a water resistance up to 100 meters, each timepiece will come fitted with a French brown genuine leather or black silicone strap featuring a custom made stainless steel pin buckle.

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Technical details

  • Polished bronze case and screw-in see-through back, 42mm in diameter and 12.3mm thick
  • Polished stainless steel movable lugs, stretched out lug-to-lug size is 55mm, 22mm wide
  • Blue lacquered dial
  • Polished nickel hands and hour markers filled with C5 Superluminova
  • Sapphire glasses top and bottom
  • Swiss mechanical movement: STP5-15 by Swiss Technology Production
  • French brown genuine leather or black silicone strap, size 22/20mm tapered
  • Custom made stainless steel pin buckle
  • 10 bar water resistance

Have fun checking out my watch on Kickstarter ( or on my website (

Kind regards,
Rogier van de Ree

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So this is a watch with a Greek name made in Germany with Swiss parts for a Dutch company? It's like Eurovision for the wrist!

I like the case shape and material, the tiny second hand, the use of the STP movement and the overall coherence of the design. The backlit hands are a fascinating idea but I am unconvinced about how well they will really work.

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Dear Chascomm,

Thanks for the multiple compliment :). Spread the word if you like :).

On a glossy dial the effect of the backlit hands is indeed less effective as I had hoped for. All light is reflected leaving hardly any trace to see. When you look at an angle you can see the lume. On a semi-gloss or matte dial it will definitely work, because this type of surface will scatter the light better. The production series will get a semi-gloss dial for that matter.

Kind regards, Rogier

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Awww... how sweet is that!!!
The polished case with future-brownish-prone chocolaty MEGA M&M shaped case and crown!!!
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