BUSHIPS Watch: Replicating a watch with tons of history!

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アメリカ海軍特殊潜水部隊で使用された軍用時計を忠実に再現

Montre Roroi

2021.4.21

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アメリカ海軍特殊潜水部隊で使用された軍用時計を忠実に再現

Montre Roroi

2021.4.21

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BuShips is the abbreviated name for the Bureau of Ships, which in WW2 helped oversee the UDT or Underwater Demolition Team, a team that was charged with what their name stood for, underwater demolition, and were provided with specialised watches that could be used underwater.

 

The BuShips Watch has been reproduced countless times. However, each replication has changed something that has changed a fundamental part of the watch. For example the back plate is simplified, the material of the glass face of the watch is changed or the strap is changed, or the width of the strap is changed. 

With our watch, we look to keep as close to the original as possible, keeping the case of the watch as close to the original as well as the typeface of the dials and belt dimensions.

The BuShips Watch was made by two companies during the 1940s and 50s, Hamilton Watch Company and Elgin Watch Company, and this watch is a replica of the Elgin Watch Company Watch. 

 

At the time that the BuShips Watch was created, it was a requirement to be usable at 300ft (About 91m), which led to a specially made design.  This unique design was extremely popular, especially among the various types of watches of the time. Due to the image of a canteen that it brought to mind, it was fondly called a “canteen diver watch”, or “canteen watch”.  The cap was made to protect the dial and could be unscrewed to remove and then screwed back on to protect it again. 

1 to 12 Numbering is accompanied by a dot making it easy to read the hours, plus hands of the hour and minute are treated with a luminescent paint. 

As well as this, USN BUSHIPS has been added in a raised manner in matte black, which can be seen only when held at an angle in order to not interfere with reading the time. USN BUSHIPS is the abbreviation of the full name of the United States Navy Bureau of Ships, and was seen on many original models, and we want to be faithful to these models. 

The glass face is domed just like the original watches.

 

 

The original strap, which in most cases was just one piece of twill fabric, has been replicated, with the holes of the strap being much like the original, woven into the watch. 

At the beginning of WW2, it was favoured to have a two piece leather strap, however due to the salt water’s effect on leather, this wasn’t a possibility. It was decided to use a woven strong twill one piece strap. The design was then moved onto a nylon safety strap.

Nylon straps are called NATO straps, and are made from grosgrain (a silk like fabric) textile.  This type of fabric was famously used for its functionality, and was used widely in the Vietnam War, due to being comfortable even in the tropics where the soldiers were due to sweat.

 

An Engraved 10 Sided Backplate 

 

Like the Original models, the backplate of the watch is a 10 sided plate that is engraved with U.S.N BUSHIPS as well as other specifications. On the original the unit number of the soldier would be initialized, with this version the parts number and so on is engraved on the plate.

A company that builds up the tradition “PRINCE” Brand, propel the “KEYFORD” Brand, a brand that takes the classic and builds upon it, and searches out new markets.

A watch series that was founded in the military and has a founding principle of making “Being stylish for any time period” 

 

Montre Roroi was founded in 1893, being formed in the beginning of Japan’s watch-making years, as part of the Muramatsu Watchs (Muramatsu Tokei Seisakujo) (now MIC Co.) as their Original Timepiece Creation division. While helping with the creation of various jewellery makers and famous apparel brands’ timepieces, using the principle of “A stylish timepiece for any time period”, brought about the revival of the PRINCE and KEYFORD branded timepieces.

In 1893, the owner of Muramatsu Watches, Keiichi Muramatsu, created Muramatsu Shouten, a shop for Muramatsu pieces and repairs, and started bringing in timepieces that other creators couldn’t repair such as the emperors well used timepieces or repairs on clocks from the Imperial Palace. From there, they were able to move on to be an officially appointed clock purveyor to the Imperial House, and moved to what is now known as modern day Ginza 7th Street. After this, and creating a special partnered Muramatsu Main Branch, they expanded to nearby Ikebukuro and created a timepiece production workshop, which looked to make authentic 16s pocket watches, and clocks (approximately 400,000 a year.) During this period, it was one of the top 4 makers in Japan, due to shipping being only available via cargo vessel. These other three were Seikosha (now Seiko), Shokosha (now CITIZEN) and Toyo Watches (now Orient). 

From this proud history, we have come a long way in this amazingly large watch scene, and keeping in our hearts the spirit of Keiichi Muramatsu, we have helped to create many various types of fashion and jewellery pieces until this point. During this time, we have cultivated and fostered our technical prowess and design sense, and revived the 2015 brand. With a refined design, we were able to show off our skills with a special clock, that in three different events was able to pick up massive prizes, from the Ambiente Exhibition winning the Trend 2015 prize, being picked for the MoMA New York Shop, and being chosen as France’s Osman Printemps Main Branches Item of 150 years! And now, we want to bring the first of our M.R.M.W (Montre Roroi Military Watch) to the world! 

 

Military items are used worldwide, due to their ease of use, functionality and/or durability. They are popular items in many different countries, and can be seen in many different branches of fashion such as jackets like the MA-1 Bomber Jacket. 

Watches are specifically some of the most sought after pieces of equipment, due to their purpose and durability.  Watches are extremely easy to understand, having their purpose being clear, as well as needing only in the basic of sense to tell time and in some cases date, to be easy to read and functional, as well as being accurate and durable. 

With these in mind, the BuShips Watch is extremely relatable as a timepiece, and we wanted to bring to the stage a truly faithful replica of the watch.

BuShips were able to be provided with a formidable piece of equipment thanks to the efforts of Elgin and Hamilton Watches, and the UDT personnel were no doubt helped due to this piece of amazing quality craftsmanship. 

 

The UDT was a specially formed team for the US Navy. A forebear for what is now known as the Navy SEALs, they were created due to the need of “unconventional warfare” after looking back on WW1. Founded in Florida in 1942, they were the elite being trained mainly in amphibious tactics. They were best at pinpointing weakness in the enemies defences, and helping to destroy said defences in order for landing parties.

 

■ 12-hour quartz movement: Made in Japan * Average daily difference ±15 seconds (standard)

■ Watch case body: Stainless steel

■ Battery used: Silver oxide battery SR626SW * Battery life: Approximately 2 years

■ Waterproof 10 ATM (10 ATM water resistant)

* This is not a deep diver proof watch, but is standard waterproofing

■ Glass face: Dome-shaped mineral glass

■  Watch strap: Choose from 2 types

16mm wide cloth chino cotton strap (one-piece strap) dark green belt (Suitable for wrist sizes of about 16.5cm ~ 20cm)

16mm wide nylon strap (NATO one-piece strap) dark green belt (Suitable for wrist sizes of about 15.5cm ~ 23cm)

 

Cotton Chino Strap (Kickstarter Exclusive Length)

 

Nylon Strap

 

Military items are pieces of fashion or apparel or accessory that can be used in any variety of situations, that are functional, stylish, easy to use and just work for years. An example outside of the watch world would be the MA-1 Bomber Jacket, or the M-65 Jackets that have been made countless times by various brands and is widely liked all over the world. The BuShips Watch is also one of these types of products, being used for sports, outdoor activities or even as just casual fashion pieces. The design is simple but beautiful. 

The watch body is quite small at 33mm, but including the canteen like cap, it measures at about 44mm. It works in an office casual setting or even just an normal office setting, and is great for both men and women.

 

 

July 26th 2021 Project Launches

September 9th 2021 Project Ends

November - December 2021 Rewards prepared and sent out

January- March 2022 Rewards arrive to Backers

 

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¥20,240 | $185 | Early Bird BUSHIPS Cotton Strap

Get your hands on the BUSHIPS Watches with the Kickstarter Exclusive Chino Cotton Strap at 20% off!!

INCLUDES:
BuShips Watch with Chino Cotton Strap

¥20,240 | $185 | Early Bird BUSHIPS Nylon Strap

Get your hands on the BUSHIPS Watches with the Nylon Strap at 20% off!!

INCLUDES:
BuShips Watch with Nylon Strap

¥21,505 | $196 | BUSHIPS Watch (Cotton Strap)

Get your hands on the BUSHIPS Watches with the Kickstarter Exclusive Chino Cotton Strap at 15% off!!!

INCLUDES:
BuShips Watch with Chino Cotton Strap

¥21,505 | $196 | BUSHIPS Watch (Nylon Strap)

Get your hands on the BUSHIPS Watches with the Nylon Strap at 15% off!!

INCLUDES:
BuShips Watch with Nylon Strap

¥37,950 $347 | Early Bird BUSHIPS Double Pack

Get two BUSHIPS Watches one with each different strap! With this return you get the watches at 25% off!

INCLUDES:
BuShips Watch with Chino Cotton Strap
BuShips Watch with Nylon Strap

¥40,480 | $370 | BUSHIPS Double Pack

Get two BUSHIPS Watches one with each different strap! What's more you get 20% off with this return!

INCLUDES:
BuShips Watch with Chino Cotton Strap
BuShips Watch with Nylon Strap
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