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Our new Minuteman RWB wrist watch

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We would like to introduce to you our upcoming Minuteman RWB wrist watch which will be assembled in the USA and features a quality automatic winding mechanical movement.

This version of our upcoming Minuteman Project X series of watches has thus far been one of the most popular if not the most popular or our Project X watches. This watch will feature a blue sunray dial, American made leather strap, and a classy brushed finish. The idea behind this watch is to offer a great looking watch in a patriotic red, white, and blue color combination.

We are currently offering this model at a greatly reduced price via a pre-sale. Our Minuteman RWB, and Darby watch models will be the highest spec, highest quality watches we’ve ever offered.

We urge all of you who are interested to visit our site for additional info about this new watch.
http://minutemanwatches.com/collection/rwb_brushed

Minuteman Darby and RWB wrist watches

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Today we’ve just taken the next step in the process of bringing our new Minuteman project X watches to the market. Based on pre orders thus far it appears interest is strongest for our Minuteman Darby in black DLC and our Minuteman RWB in brushed finish.

So we have just ordered the parts needed to assemble a prototype for each of these two versions. We hope to have these in early March if not sooner. When we do we will post photo’s of each version and may also send one out to one of the major watch blogs for a review.

So far sales have been slower than we had hoped. Thus we may be forced to scale back our initial production of these to just 20 of each version. We also may drop the Gray man version unless we see a radical shift in ordering. If you have been planning on ordering and want either a RWB in the brushed finish or the Darby in DLC we suggest you order very soon. As about half of each of those versions has now been sold if we do in fact limit each version to just 20.

Many of you might not realize it but at the discounted price we are offering. We know of no other watch which is built to the spec’s we will be building these to. Which is assembled in the USA as ours will be that is currently on the market for a price this low. Typically a similar watch from a similar brand would sell for about $800 and pre sell for about $650. Our pre sale price on the Darby in DLC is just $399. The RWB in brushed finish is even less! The only reason we are offering these at such a low price is we very much believe in this design and have always wanted to bring to market a Minuteman watch with an automatic.  We are convinced once these watches have shipped to those that purchase via the pre sale the reviews will be glowing and people will realize what a great value these truly are.

In closing we ask that you help us get the word out about these watches by telling folks about it on your social media and posting about them on the various watch discussion forums.

Minuteman Adjutant knife in black carbon fiber

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Minuteman Watch Co is please to announce the addition of a new  carbon fiber version to our popular Adjutant knife series.

For those who do not know Minuteman has teamed up with Justin Gingrich of Gingrich Tactical Innovations to offer these rugged compact American made knives. Each knife is hand finished in the USA by Mr. Gingrich who is a former Army Ranger.

This new version has a more tactical look than past versions and uses black carbon fiber scales for the handle. Currently carbon fiber is one of the most popular materials being used for knife handles. If you would like to purchase one of these rugged American made knives click here.

Here are the spec’s for this new American made knife.

Overall length: 6 inches

Blade length: 2.5 inches

Handle length: 3.5 inches

Handle material: Black Carbon Fiber

Blade Thickness: 1/8 inch

Blade width: 1 inch

Blade finish: Satin finish

Blade Steel: 154CM Stainless Steel

Sheath: Kydex set up for neck carry

Here is some additional information you may be interested in knowing. Minuteman Watch Co. was created in 2012 by a disabled Vietnam veteran and his oldest son. We created our brand for 3 key reasons.

To raise funds for charities that assist Veterans and their families.
25% of the profit from our net annual sales of Minuteman products goes to charities assisting veterans & their Families.

To provide work for Americans whenever we can.

To provide a quality product that will stand the test of time.

Our watches are proudly assembled in the USA by a highly skilled American watchmaker with over 30 years of experience.

25% of our net annual profit goes to charities that assist veterans and their families. To date we’ve raised funds for The Gary Sinise Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Mercury One, and Fisher House.

While we are primarily a watch brand rest assured our partner in these knives has a solid background and here is info about our supplier for these American made knives Justin Gingrich. This information comes from his brands web site.

“Justin Gingrich (the man behind GTI) served 10 years on active duty in such honored units as the 3rd Ranger Battalion (1992-1996), 20th Special Forces Group (1996-1998), and the Ranger Training Brigade (1998-2001). Justin is also a police academy graduate and served in Iraq with a civilian security firm in 2005. For two months, Justin worked in post-Katrina New Orleans providing much needed security for the private sector. He also instructs private security contractors, U.S. soldiers, State Department employees and civilians in the art of patrolling, demolitions, shooting and CQB techniques.

In 1998 he began in the cutlery industry and since then Justin has been on the cutting edge of innovation. He started with American Tomahawk company where he pioneered the modern tactical tomahawk. In 2001 he founded Ranger Knives and continued to design tomahawks and hard use knives. In 2002 he left American Tomahawk company to focus on his own knife and tomahawk designs. In 2008 he sold Ranger Knives to Ontario Knife company while continuing to do design and prototype work for the Ranger line. In 2009 he formed GTI (Gingrich Tactical Innovations) under GTI Justin continues to be on the cutting edge in the tactical market not only with his hard use knives and tomahawks but also with other tactical products that fill gaps in the tactical marketplace. He has a list of accomplishments that any blade smith and knife designer would be proud of. Since starting his own company he has been recognized as the “go to” guy for companies and individuals wanting to do a new blade design.

What follows is a short list of some of the elite units and companies that have sought out Justin’s expertise and professional approach to the design, prototype and production process involved to get the company and individual exactly what they want and need to fulfill their mission set.

In 2008 Justin was commissioned to do a tomahawk specifically for Task Force 1st Battalion 153rd Infantry upon their return from Iraq.

In late 2008 early 2009 the Marine Corps EOD unit came to him and asked him to design a knife. This being the first time the Marine Corps EOD unit had ever commissioned a knife to be made specifically for them and the special environment in which they were working in in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2010 Justin was the first knife maker to ever be commissioned by the US Army Ranger Training Brigade to do a knife for them, not only a knife but their 60th Anniversary knife. The blade was featured in Tactical Knives in 2011

In 2011 Justin was again commissioned by a military unit to design and produce a blade just for them. The 95th Civil Affairs Brigade out of Ft. Bragg.

In 2012 Justin was approached to this time do Jump Master Knife for the following units on Ft. Bragg 8th Psyop, 5th BN 1SWTG, 3rd BN SWTG.

In 2013 and again in 2015 he was asked to design, prototype and produce a knife for the Psyop Regimental Association.

At the same time the civilian market had taken notice of his talents and added to his list of notable “firsts” in the civilian marketplace.

Justin designed and prototyped the first ever Damascus bladed gentlemen’s folder for Queen Cutlery. This was something that had never been done since they opened their doors in 1902.

“When 5.11 Tactical decided to create hard-use tools for use by serious Operators in the real world they reached out to Justin Gingrich of GTI to leverage their expertise. With GTI’s extensive background in designing and building tactical tomahawks and large fixed blades, and their solid reputation for integrity and dedication, the decision was simple. 5.11’s PeaceMaker Tomahawk and CFK 7 Camp and Field Knife are the first two products to make it through the design and development process and additional designs will follow. If you’re a fan of GTI you’re really going to be impressed by the products of this new strategic collaboration.”

Ranger Up, an apparel company, has also leveraged Justin’s talents. To date they have done two successful limited edition blades designed and produced by Justin.”

 

Meet the Minuteman Gray man

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We thought some of you might be interested in knowing a bit of the story behind a watch model we are bringing to the market via a pre-sale.

The name for Minuteman Gray Man watch model/s comes from a term used by many regarding Navy SEALs BUD/S training.

“There is a saying in BUD/S: ideally you want to become the gray man. In other words, you become invisible, nobody notices you, because you do everything so perfectly that you never stand out.”

While this idea seems to have started out as a piece of advice those who had successfully completed the Navy SEAL selection process to those who were about to attempt it. It’s a concept that seems to be growing in general and is worth Google search if you want to know more about it.

As such our Gray man watch has a black DLC, case, black watch strap, and a black dial background. But and this could be hard to tell on the device your viewing this render on now. The print on the dial rather than being your typical white is actually a very light grey color. We also opted to go with this same light grey on the hands. This allows the watch to be quite readable without standing out quite as much as your typical white would. So in a sea of watches with black cases, black dials, and white print our Gray man sort of hides in plain site.

Right now you can pre-order one and save $200! For the details please follow this link.
http://minutemanwatches.com/collection/grayman_dlc-zulustrap

 

Minuteman adds new versions of our American made Adjutant knives.

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Minuteman Watch Co is please to announce the addition of 2 new versions to our popular Adjutant knife series.

For those who do not know Minuteman has teamed up with Justin Gingrich of Gingrich Tactical Innovations to offer these rugged compact American made knives. Each knife is hand finished by Mr. Gingrich who is a former Army Ranger.

First up is the Minuteman Adjutant Desert version. This new version has a more tactical look than past versions and uses desert tan G10 scales for the handle.

Spec’s:

Overall length: 6 inches
Blade length: 2.5 inches
Handle length: 3.5 inches
Handle material: Kirinite
Blade Thickness: 1/8 inch
Blade width: 1 inch
Blade finish: Bead blasted
Blade Steel: 154CM Stainless Steel
Handles Scales: G10
Sheath: Kydex set up for neck carry

Next up is the Minuteman Adjutant RWB. This version features Red, White, and Blue Kirinite scales for the handle and a satin finish to the blade steel.

Spec’s:

Overall length: 6 inches
Blade length: 2.5 inches
Handle length: 3.5 inches
Handle material: Kirinite
Blade Thickness: 1/8 inch
Blade width: 1 inch
Blade finish: Bead blasted
Blade Steel: 154CM Stainless Steel
Handles Scales: Red, White, and Blue Kirinite
Sheath: Kydex set up for neck carry

For those of you that don’t know Minuteman primarily makes wrist watches and donates 25% of their net annual profit to charities that assist veterans and their families.

For more information, please visit the Minuteman brand web site at http://minutemanwatches.com

Minuteman Watches Project X Update 11 15 2016

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Here is a render though hard to see of the case back for our Minuteman Project X series. This is more complex and higher end than we’ve done to date.

 

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Rather than having a logo engraved in a flat steel back we are going to have tooling made and stamp this into the back. Some call this reverse engraving or raised engraving. It’s more costly and requires extra tooling but the finished result is a higher end look.

 

This is just one of the areas we want to improve on with our Project X series.

 

The question remains will enough people pre-order one to make this a reality. To make this work we will need to pre – sell about 95 of the watches.

 

Not only are we upgrading the spec’s on these but we are also cutting our profit in an effort to keep the prices lower than they really should be for a watch with this sort of quality.

Minuteman Project X update November 2016

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We want to let you know what we plan to do with our Minuteman Project X watch design.

As of now we plan to attempt to fund this series in January of 2017. This could change but as of right now we plan to go with a higher quality specification then we’ve done to date. As such our cost for these watches will be higher than what a lot of start ups are selling theirs for via crowd fund. At the same time our margins will be lower than they really should be from a business stand point.

Here is the Spec we now have planned.

316L stainless steel case, back, bezel, and crown offered in your choice of brushed finish or black DLC coated

The caseback engraving will be reverse engraved which is something you see on higher end watches
Signed crown though I am not sure what logo or letter we will use for that. People expect it on watches of the price ours will sell for.

Swiss sourced hands at least that’s what our supplier is claiming. This will give is a higher quality set of hands.

Superluminova lume

We plan to have date wheels made up with black background and white numerals for the dials that have a black background.

Double domed sapphire crystal. What this means is the outside will be convex and the inside will be slightly concave. Basically it will be like a lens in terms of the shape.

Clear type anti reflective coating on the inside of the crystals

Miyota 9015 automatic movement

200 Meter water resistant

Screw down crown like you would find on a dive type watch. Having said that these will be a field type watch not a dive watch.

At this point we don’t have the size nailed down. We may go 45mm or it could go as small as 41mm. If we go with a larger size we will keep the lug to lug tip length a bit shorter than typcial so it fits better on smaller wrists.

We plan to offer 6 versions in all which works out to 3 dial colors in two case finish types.

One of the dials will be black background with very light grey printing and we are calling that “The Gray Man”

One dial will be black background with old radium superluminova which has sort of a tan look which will call “Darby”

The final dial will be blue background could be a metallic or so called sun ray style with white lettering we will call “RWB”

The regular price for the versions with the black DLC coating will be $540. We will offer a pre sale price of $399. We plan to make just 25 of each version. If the demand is there we will make a few more of each version. So we are not offering these a limited edition of 25 per say but we just what you to know we only plan to make 25 of each one.

If you would like we can add you to our contact list for the specific model and if we do green light it we will send you an email letting you know we are taking orders and it will include a url to direct you to the place you can order one. To get on that list email us at info@minutemanwatches.com and asked to be added to the Project X contact list.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

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Minuteman Project X Update 9_16_2016

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As of now we are back to considering offering our Minuteman Project X design in 3 dial colors. Further we are looking at offering each dial color in two types of case finish. We do not know if these will be done in automatic mechanical movements or Swiss quartz. We would really like to do them with auto movements.

The pre sell price for the automatic with black PVD finish would be $399. The pre-sell price for the Swiss quartz in black PVD finish would be $299. The regular price for each version will be $100 higher. For each of these in brushed stainless the price will be about $25 less.

If you would like to be able to buy one of these please let us know by email us at info@minutemanwatches.com

Here are the versions we might offer.

 

RWB with black PVD Finish.

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RWB in brushed stainless finish.

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The Darby in black PVD finish.

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The Darby in brushed stainless finish.

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The Grey Man in black PVD finish.

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The Grey Man in brushed stainless finish.

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Here are the spec’s excluding the movement type.

  • Proudly assembled in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.
  • Individually serial numbered
  • Stainless Steel case with choice of brushed finish, or black PVD coating.
  • A/R coating on the inside of the crystal.
  • 42mm width without crown.
  • Screw down crown.
  • 200 meter water resistant.
  • Sapphire crystal.
  • Luminous hands and dial.
  • Assembled in the United States of America.

 

One of the key questions we need to have answered is if our parts supplier will accept and order for the amount of parts we would need. There are a few other questions we need answers to as well. The biggest one is are you interested in buying one of these and if show with the auto movement or the quartz?

Minuteman Darby Plan “B”

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Darby Plan B

Based on the response we’ve seen so far there does not appear to be enough interest to offer this model with an automatic movement. This is the 3rd time we’ve tried to offer a watch with an automatic movement and each time the interest needed to support it has just not been there.
This brings to plan B. Rather than offer the watch with an automatic movement. We switch to a Swiss quartz movement and drop the idea of upgrading to a double dome sapphire crystal.
Regular retail for this version will be $425.

We offer 50 at the discounted price of $299 and will pre-sell these. If you are interested in reserving one of these 50 slots email us at info@minutemanwatches.com

Here are the Spec’s for those version:
Proudly assembled in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.
Individually serial numbered
Stainless Steel case with black PVD coating.
A/R coating on the inside of the crystal.
42mm width without crown.
Screw down crown.
200 meter water resistant.
American made Leather strap.
Sapphire crystal.
Swiss quartz movement.
Luminous hands and dial.
Assembled in the United States of America.

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Minuteman “Darby” Pre-order info please read!

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Please read all of this carefully.

To determine if there is enough interest to move forward with pre-sales of our Minuteman Darby. We ask those of you who are interested in ordering one of these watches at the special discounted price shown below contact us at info@minutemanwatches.com and let us know that you want to reserve a slot for one. If you have any questions please contact us at info@minutemanwatches.com

Minuteman will be offering just 50 people the chance to purchase our upcoming Minuteman Darby watch model with automatic movement for just $399. The regular price for this new model will be $525.00. We offer our current quartz Minuteman models for $399.

For those of you wondering why this new watch will have such a higher price here is why.

This new watch has a movement that costs us more than double the price of the movement we now use. Our assembly cost is almost double what our current quartz models are. Plus we are upgrading to an expensive double domed watch crystal which will cost us double the price of the one we currently use.

Lieutenant Colonel Darby.
We are naming this model after the man that many feel is the father of the modern day Army Rangers William O. Darby. The model name is “Darby”.

 

In World War II Lieutenant Colonel Darby was with the first U.S. troops sent to Northern Ireland at the outbreak of the war, and during his stay there, he became interested in the British Commando groups.

His interest was such that, when the U.S. Army decided to establish its Ranger units, he was put in charge of the organization and training of its original units.

Darby’s Rangers” trained with their British Counterparts in Scotland and in 1943, the 1st Ranger Battalion made its first assault at Arzew, North Africa. As a result, Lt. Col. Darby was awarded the Distinguish Service Cross.

 

The heart of the watch

The movement we will be using for this new model is the Sii NE15 aka Seiko 6R15. The movement is hacking/handwinding/autowinding with 24 jewels and it has a 50 hour power reserve. The NE15 is part of Sii’s NE Premium Mechanical Series. These are the best grade of Seiko movements we can get access to.

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The watches and their price

These watches will be built on our current “Jester” platform. But we will be upgrading the crystal to a double dome Sapphire crystal which will have A/R coating on the inside. These will also come with a military style strap rather than the leather straps we now use as we feel its a better fit for this watch.
We only plan to produce a small batch of 100 of these. We will be offering just 50 of these at the discounted price of $399.
The regular price for the remaining watches will be $525.
Before we formally launch this new model and start taking pre-orders. We want to see if enough interest is there to support this new watch. So if you would like to take advantage of our special offer email us at info@minutemanwatches.com and let us know that you want to reserve your discounted Minuteman Darby Watch.

 

Here are the spec’s for this new watch.

Proudly assembled in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.
Individually serial numbered
Stainless Steel case with black PVD coating.
Double domes sapphire crystal with A/R coating on the inside.
42mm width without crown.
Screw down crown.
200 meter water resistant..
Sapphire crystal.
NE15 automatic movement.
Luminous hands and dial.
Assembled in the United States of America.

Help us help veterans

As with all of our other Minuteman products part of the profits will go to charities that help veterans and their families. In the past we’ve raised fund charities like the Gary Sinise Foundation, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Currently we are working to raise funds for Fisher House. So we ask that you seriously taking advantage of offer. Not only will you get a watch that is proudly assembled in the USA by Americans. But you will help us in our efforts to raise funds for our military hero’s who need a helping hand.

We at Minuteman would very much like to honor the Lieutenant Colonel Darby and the United States Army Rangers. As well as to continue to raise funds for veterans charities by making this new model a reality.

Even if you are not able to purchase one of these watches. We ask that you please help us get the word out about our efforts to bring out this new watch, raise funds for veterans, and honor the US Army Rangers.

If you have any questions or would like to reserve one at the special discount email us at info@minutemanwatches.com 

 

Minuteman Darby Wrist Watch

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We have pricing put together for our Minuteman Darby watch model named after famous Army Ranger William O Darby.

 

This model will be built on our Minuteman Jester platform but upgraded to a double domed sapphire crystal and NE15 automatic mechanical movement.

 

Regular price will be $499. We are going to offer just 50 of these via Pre-sale at a discounted price of $350.

 

If you would like to be contacted when we are ready to start offering these email us at info@minutemanwatches.com

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Special run of watches with auto movements

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Currently Minuteman is considering offering a special run of Minuteman Darby models with Japanese made NE15 automatic winding mechanical watch movements. Most likely we would produce just 100 of these.
We will offer about half these at a special discount via pre-order. We will first be offering the special price to past customers. Next we will offer the special price to our newsletter subscribers. If you have any questions feel free to contact us. info@minutemanwatches.com
Here are the spec’s:
Proudly assembled in the USA by Minuteman Watch Co.
Individually serial numbered
Stainless Steel case with black PVD coating.
A/R coating on the inside of the crystal.
42mm width without crown.
Screw down crown.
200 meter water resistant..
Sapphire crystal.
NE15 automatic movement.
Luminous hands and dial.
Assembled in the United States of America.
We are also thinking of going with a double domed sapphire crystal and would like to know if you think that’s a good idea.
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International Microbrand Watch Day

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Minuteman Watches is taking part in International Microbrand Watch Day which is August 10th.
 
In honor of this we are offering 15% off starting today through August 15th.
 
To get the discount you need to order through our friends at
 
https://www.cgawatches.com/collections/minuteman-watch-company
 
and use code MicrobrandWatchDay

Minuteman Watch Project for 2017

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Here at Minuteman Watch Co we are considering offering this new design for 2017. Currently we plan to offer these with Swiss Ronda 515 quartz movements. But we may also offer one version with a Seiko NE15 aka 6R15 automatic mechanical movement which is made in Japan if enough people are willing to buy one.

 

First up.

Here is the version we would most likely offer with the NE15 automatic movement. We would pre-sell these for $499. As with our current watches these would be assembled in the USA.

Spec’s:

41mm width

48mm lug tip to lug tip

10 mm thick

200 meter W/R

Screw down crown

Clear type A/R coating on inside of sapphire crystal

SS case black DLC coated

Seiko NE15 automatic mechanical movement

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In order to make the above version happen we will have to make 100 of these and pre-sell 70 of them. If we don’t feel the support will be there we will not offer this version. If you are interested in ordering this version with the NE15 automatic mechanical movement for the price of $499. Please email us at info@minutemanwatches.com and ask to be added to our contact list for this version.

 

The quartz versions

Here are the 3 versions Minuteman Watch Co is planning to offer with the Swiss Ronda 515 quartz movement.

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These would each come with a 5 ring military style nylon watch strap. The black cased version would be coated in black PVD though we may upgrade that to DLC. The price for the black version will be $399 and the non coated stainless versions would be priced at $359. Below are the rest of the spec’s.

Spec’s:

41mm width

48mm lug tip to lug tip

10 mm thick

200 meter W/R

Screw down crown

Clear type A/R coating on inside of sapphire crystal

SS case and back

Swiss Ronda 515 quartz movement

Please email us at info@minutemanwatches.com and ask to be added to our contact list for this new model.

 

Here are some things we want to point out about this new model. These will be offered in a smaller 41mm width to better fit this with smaller wrist sizes and for those who want a more traditionally sized men’s watch. We also want to share this render which shows off some of the finer details for this design.

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Minuteman Project Fixed Blade!

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As many of you know Minuteman Watch Co. has offered high quality knives made in the USA sourced from great brands like Zero Tolerance and Pro-Tech. To date those have all been large folders. While we are also working on another folder with knifemaker Dirk Pinkerton. We are also looking at adding a small fixed blade knife. For this project we are working with former Army Ranger and talented knifemaker Justin Gingrich from Gingrich Tactical Innovations.

For this of you that are not familiar with Mr. Gingrich this is from the about section of his web site.

Justin Gingrich (the man behind GTI)  served 10 years on active duty in such honored units as the 3rd Ranger Battalion (1992-1996), 20th Special Forces Group (1996-1998), and the Ranger Training Brigade (1998-2001). Justin is also a police academy graduate and served in Iraq with a civilian security firm in 2005. For two months, Justin worked in post-Katrina New Orleans providing much needed security for the private sector. He also instructs private security contractors, U.S. soldiers, State Department employees and civilians in the art of patrolling, demolitions, shooting and CQB techniques.

In 1998 he began in the cutlery industry and since then Justin has been on the cutting edge of innovation.  He started with American Tomahawk company where he pioneered the modern tactical tomahawk.  In 2001 he founded Ranger Knives and continued to design tomahawks and hard use knives.  In 2002 he left American Tomahawk company to focus on his own knife and tomahawk designs.  In 2008 he sold Ranger Knives to Ontario Knife company while continuing to do design and prototype work for the Ranger line.  In 2009 he formed GTI (Gingrich Tactical Innovations)  under GTI Justin continues to be on the cutting edge in the tactical market not only with his hard use knives and tomahawks but also with other tactical products that fill gaps in the tactical marketplace.  He has a list of accomplishments that any blade smith and knife designer would be proud of.  Since starting his own company he whas been recognized as the “go to” guy for companies and individuals wanting to do a new blade design.

What follows is a short list of some of the elite units and companies that have sought out Justin’s expertise and professional approach to the design, prototype and production process involved to get the company and individual exactly what they want and need to fulfill their mission set.

In 2008 Justin was commissioned to do a tomahawk specifically for Task Force 1st Battalion 153rd Infantry upon their return from Iraq.

In late 2008 early 2009 the Marine Corps EOD unit came to him and asked him to design a knife.  This being the first time the Marine Corps EOD unit had ever commissioned a knife to be made specifically for them and the special environment in which they were working in in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2010 Justin was the first knife maker to ever be commissioned by the US Army Ranger Training Brigade to do a knife for them, not only a knife but their 60th Anniversary knife.  The blade was featured in Tactical Knives in 2011

In 2011 Justin was again commissioned by a military unit to design and produce a blade just for them.  The 95th Civil Affairs Brigade out of Ft. Bragg.

In 2012 Justin was approached to this time do Jump Master Knife for the following units on Ft. Bragg 8th Psyop, 5th BN 1SWTG, 3rd BN SWTG.

In 2013 and again in 2015 he was asked to design, prototype and produce a knife for the Psyop Regimental Association.

At the same time the civilian market had taken notice of his talents and added to his list of notable “firsts” in the civilian marketplace.

Justin designed and prototyped the first ever Damascus bladed gentlemen’s folder for Queen Cutlery.  This was something that had never been done since they opened their doors in 1902.

“When 5.11 Tactical decided to create hard-use tools for use by serious Operators in the real world they reached out to Justin Gingrich of GTI to leverage their expertise. With GTI’s extensive background in designing and building tactical tomahawks and large fixed blades, and their solid reputation for integrity and dedication, the decision was simple. 5.11’s PeaceMaker Tomahawk and CFK 7 Camp and Field Knife are the first two products to make it through the design and development process and additional designs will follow. If you’re a fan of GTI you’re really going to be impressed by the products of this new strategic collaboration.”

Ranger Up, an apparel company, has also leveraged Justin’s talents.  To date they have done two successful limited edition blades designed and produced by Justin.”

Needless to say we feel we have found a perfect partner for this project.

On to the knife. 

As it stands now we do have some of the spec’s worked out for this knife. This could be adjusted slightly after a prototype is made and tested which we plan to do shortly.

Current spec’s for the knife.

Blade length: 2.5″ hollow ground.

Handle length: 3″ (This may increase slightly but the idea is to get at least 3 fingers on the handle.

Blade Thickness: 1/8″ (Might be bumped up to 5/32″)

Blade width: 1″

Blade Steel: M390 (Might switch to S35VN the cost for both steels is about the same and performance is similar.)

Sheath: Kydex set up for neck carry, waist carry, and pocket carry.

Blade finish: Bead blasted. (This may change but we will not coat is as the cost will go up and we are already using a stainless steel.)

Project Price: Just under $200 (This is pricey granted but we are not producing 1000’s of these and a portion of the proceeds go to charity. Plus we are building these in America with Justin doing much of the finishing work. Blanks would be water jet cut. To be honest our cost is higher than a lot of similar knives sell for at retail. This will be the most affordable knife we’ve offered to date.)

To keep the price down we plan to offer these knives as a one piece and no handle material. The handle will have holes that allow hobbyist to easily add a cord wrap or for those of you a bit more advanced to install your own handle materials.

We plan to have 100 blade blanks produced and finish only about 20 knives in the first batch. The remaining blades may be offered in upgraded versions with some sort of handle material installed. For those that would like to have handles installed on their version we might offer this as an extra cost option with some choices in handle materials. The blades will have our Minuteman logo engraved on them and most likely a logo from GTI on them.

Now a question for all of you. 

While we have the basic specs and blade shape sorted. We are not sure about skeleton portion of the handles. We’ve asked for feedback on social media and based on that have it narrowed down to these. Please contact us at info@minutemanwatches.com and let us know what version you think we should make. 

Version 1

For this version we would incorporate 2 M’s representing our MinuteMan brand name.

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Version 2

For this version we would have the handle set up for folks to more easily add a cord wrap or handle of some sort. As we would have the blade engraved with our logo’s it may be that this would result in a cleaner overall look.

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Version 3

Here is another version with the M’s that several have felt we should go with.

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Please contact us at info@minutemanwatches.com and let us know what version you think we should make. If you would like us to contact you when we are ready to start pre-selling the first batch you can also email us and asked to be placed on our contact list for that. 

Our Minuteman Project X Watches

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Minuteman Project X Models

 

Many of you know we’ve been working on a new design which we’ve been calling Project X. At this point we pretty much have the basic design set. We now are thinking of having 3 different versions and have come up with names for each one.
First up this is the newest version and the one we currently like the most. It’s a stealthy look and we’re calling it the “Grey Man” Here is where that name comes from. http://sealgrinderpt.com/navy-seal-workout/who-is-the-gray-man-in-navy-seal-training.html/
This version would not have a date as we feel the color of the standard date wheel which is really what we will be forced to use and as such would stick out like a sore thumb. Rather than use a tinted watch crystal to achieve this look. We are planning on going with a black dial background and gray for the print color. We have been told in the past that there is a way to get the grey color to glow. We don’t know how well or how far long it would glow. So for now if your thinking of getting one. Plan on it not glowing in the dark. That could totally change if we decide to get the look with a tinted crystal and white print. That for sure would glow somewhat though based on experience not very well.
Currently we plan to offer these with 7 jewel Swiss ETA 955.112 quartz movements though we may offer them with Hattori YT57 Kinetic type movements. We are thinking this could make the watch stand out a bit in the crowd and we know some of you are fans of Japanese Kinetic watch movements. Price would be the same with either of these movements. Speaking or price we have not set that as of yet.
We may only offer 25 of these in the 1st production.
So if your interested email us at info@minutemanwatches.com and let us know that you would like us to contact you when we start pre-selling these.
The Grey Man
Next up is a Red, White, and Blue version we are currently calling RWB. The blue in the dial background is the official Pantone for the American flag. White hands, markers, and numerals we can make this puppy glow in the dark and it should be respectable at that.
At this point we are not sure if we will offer this with a military style nylon strap or our current American made leather strap. Feel free to let us know what you think.
Currently we plan to offer these with 7 jewel Swiss ETA 955.112 quartz movements though we may offer them with Hattori YT57 Kinetic type movements. We are thinking this could make the watch stand out a bit in the crowd and we know some of you are fans of Japanese Kinetic watch movements. Price would be the same with either of these movements. Speaking or price we have not set that as of yet.
We may only offer 25 of these in the 1st production. So if your interested email us at info@minutemanwatches.com and let us know that you would like us to contact you when we start pre-selling these.
Project X RWB leather
Lastly is this version most of you have already been seeing and as of right now we are calling it the “Darby”. Why in the heck are we calling it that? http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/col-william-o-darby-the-ranger-who-led-the-way/
For now we are planning to use the same 7 jewel Swiss ETA 955.112 quartz movements we now use. However we would really like to bring to market a watch with an auto wind mechanical movement at some point. So we are also thinking of offering this version with the Seiko Time Module NE15 auto wind mechanical movement. If we do that the price of the watch would increase by about $100 due to the much higher cost of this movement.
For this version we have been planning on making 50 of these in our first production run but depending on demand this could change. So if your interested email us at info@minutemanwatches.com and let us know that you would like us to contact you when we start pre-selling these.
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In order for us to be able to bring these to market we will need to pre-sell about 60 watches. Based on recent experience this could be a real challenge for our small brand. If you would like to see these brought to market please help us spread the word. We urge all of you to keep an eye on our social media sites for updates on how these shake out. We have several idea’s for this series and are mulling those over internally right now.

News: Minuteman Project X and how you can help.

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No doubt many of you know about our Minuteman brand and it’s efforts to raise funds for charities that help veterans via the sale of our American assembled Minuteman products.
Right now we are working on a design for what could be our next watch. This new design is based on our popular Jester platform. To make this watch stand out a bit more from our current offerings we are thinking of using a mechanical type watch movement. We may use a wind-up type as we feel those historically are correct for a field type watch. We are also looking at using a automatic winding mechanical movement as well as a Kinetic type movement which is a cross between a mechanical and battery powered unit. Feel free to let us know which if these 3 types you would like to see us use.
If we use a Kinetic the watches should sell for the same price as our current quartz models. If we use a full on mechanical the price would most likely be $100 to $150 dollars higher than our current Jester watches.
For this model we are planning on using a watch strap made of either nylon or canvas. Canvas seems to be quite popular now. But a one piece or two piece military style nylon strap may be more appropriate for this particular watch. Please feel free to let us know which type you feel we should use.
We plan to build 50 to 100 of these depending on the interest. We will be offering these via a pre-sale. As we are starting the project later in the year these might not be ready to ship until the 1st quarter of 2017.
If you would like us to contact you when we are ready to start accepting orders please contact us at info@minutemanwatches and ask to be put on our contact list.
In addition you can interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

New series of American Built Watches to Raise Funds for Charity!

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The American watch brand Minuteman Watch Co. is proud to announce its new Independence series of wrist watches. This new series of watches was created in a response to requests for a smaller sized watch that would fit a wider range of wrists at a lower price point.

Chris Wiegand from Wiegand Custom Watch, LLC. designed the watch for Minuteman Watch Co. brand. Most will recognize Chris as being the owner of the watch brand Lum-Tec. In addition to designing the watch Wiegand Custom Watch, LLC will also be building the watch in their Mentor Ohio facility for Minuteman Watch Co.

25% of the profit from Minuteman Watch Co’s net annual sales of Minuteman products goes to charities assisting veterans & their Families. For 2016 that charity will be Fisher House.

Here are the specifications for this new series of American built wrist watches:
Assembled in the United States of America.
40mm case width without crown.
Sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside.
Ronda 515 Swiss Quartz movement.
Water resistant to 100 meters.
Black PVD finish.
Individually serial numbered.
Free lifetime battery replacement.
5 year limited warranty.
Luminous hands and markers.

In order to bring this new series to market. Minuteman Watch Co is pre-selling these new models at a discounted price. The watches are currently being pre-sold right now on the Minuteman Watch Co. brand site here.

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Minuteman Watches was brought to life in 2013, for 3 reasons.:

1. To raise funds for charities that assist Veterans and their families.
2. To provide work for Americans when and where we can.
3. To provide a quality product that will stand the test of time.
Minuteman Watch Co. is dedicated to producing the best watch with the best materials at its price point.

When you buy a Minuteman Watch, you are not just getting a fantastic and well built watch you can always rely on, but you are also helping support American Workers and US Veterans.

All of Minuteman watches are built by highly skilled American watchmakers in the United States of America. Minuteman has cut no corners to offer you a quality, reliable, and good looking watch you can be proud to wear.

New for 2016 our Minuteman Independence Series!

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Here at Minuteman Watch Co we are currently working on a new series of watches that will be priced lower than our current models. This new series will be smaller in size compared to our current watch models. Which means this series will fit a wider variety of wrist sizes. For the size we have selected 40 mm which is a classic men’s size and also a contemporary size for a ladies watch.

We plan to start pre-selling this new model in the 1st quarter of 2016. If you would like us to contact us when we start accepting orders email us at info@minutemanwatches.com and let us know you would like to be on the Independence contact list.

Spec’s for this model have not been finalized so check back for updates on our here on our site and our social media sites. The black PVD version of this new watch will be priced at an MSRP of $299. We will offer these at a discounted price during the pre-sale. We also may offer a slightly lower priced version which will have a blasted case finish.

This model has been designed by Chris Wiegand owner of Lum-Tec watches. While this model will not have that “Lum-Tec” glow they will have lume and glow in the dark. As with our current models these will be assembled in the USA. We plan to offer only about 100 of these in the first production run.

Here are the current spec’s:

40mm case width without crown
Sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating on the inside
Swiss Quartz movement currently planning to us Ronda 515
Water resistant to 100 meters
Black PVD finish
Individually serial numbered
Free lifetime battery replacement
5 year limited warranty
Luminous hands and markers
Assembled in the United States of America