Where to get prototype digital watch made?

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  • Markie
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    Nothing helpful to add, so just to say let me know when you get the Kickstarter up, I like digital watches and would love to see what you’ve got in mind!

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    I’ve got an idea for a digital watch that I would like to prototype. On the off chance has anyone here done something similar, and maybe had smallish quantities made up? I am assuming there are places in Asia that do this sort of thing on the cheap.

    sbob
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    I am assuming there are places in Asia that do this sort of thing on the cheap.

    Guess again!
    How much are you expecting to pay for how many?
    Do you need a fully functional proto?
    Case and strap would probably be your biggest cost at low volume due to tooling.

    bencooper
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    Does it need a custom chip? You can 3D print a case, but custom microelectronics will never be cheap.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    I think my idea can be done in dead simple digital watch electronics. It really is quite glaringly obvious but I have not seen it done before?

    I am going to get a pebble to mock it up then see what people think. Markie, email me and I will tell you the idea. You will either shrug and say it’s pants, but if you are a watch fan….may see the simplicity.

    Premier Icon JoeG
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    Where to get prototype digital watch made?

    How about the 1970s? 😀

    Premier Icon richmars
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    Sounds like a good way to make a small amount of money, by starting with a large amount!
    Is it something that would work using existing hardware?
    One option may be to do a software version on a pc so you can show people what it is and how it works. Could just be a few hours of a programmers time. Get everyone to sign NDA’s first.

    Premier Icon nickjb
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    A simple way to start would be a 3D computer model to see if the look is right. You could then get a visual model made by a model maker. Custom electronics in the right size will be hard unless you can modify a standard set of innards. I do a bit of this for my day job so happy to give a few pointers. Email in profile if you want to keep it confidential.

    I design watches (& homewares) for a UK company. I know the best places to get digital watches prototyped in Asia but its not by any means cheap. If your idea is based around the digital functionality rather than a case/strap idea it’s not going to be cheap. If its a case/strap idea then it can be done on a 3d printer here.

    Interested to hear what your innovation is. I have the contacts and the experience and the tooling for prototyping.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    King-ocelot, thanks, can I drop you an email?

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