Indie/Micro Brands

This is an old school 1990s internet style listing of micro watch brands and independent watch manufacturers. If you want to be added then please email us at;

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Advisor Watches – Bronze case dive watches, with 300m depth and Sellita movements.

anOrdain – A genuinely handcrafted feel to these watches, made in Scotland and featuring enamelled dials – difficult skill to learn. Even more impressive is the fact that they make their own hands. Expensive at £1500, but you pay for old school skills like these.

anordain enamel dialled watches made in UK
anOrdain enamel dial watch – made in Scotland. Not from girders.

Aquadive – Austrian brand making some very cool dive watches, ETA movements, some cases have 1000m depth ratings.

Aquastar – One of the legendary names in dive watchmaking is back. The Deepstar chrono is pure tool watch heaven.

Aragon Watches– Florida based manufacturer, offering a range of good value automatics and mechanicals. Parma Bronze II model is visual delight.

Aries Gold – Singapore brand, great range of Seiko powered auto watches, plenty for the open heart/skeleton fan here.

Armin Strom– One of the great technological feats in modern watchmaking is expressed within the Armin Strom twin barrel, twin balance, ARF17 movement. Just saying.

arf17 armin strom movement twin balances

Arnold & Son – Swiss based, drawing on the heritage of English watchmaking and producers of beautiful skeleton, moonphase and 8-day watches.

AUDRIC Watches– Singapore based, value prices, Sellita movements

AUDRIC seaborne diver watch kickstarter

Autodromo – US based motorsport themed watches. Minimalist Monoposto is a striking black/white chrono, bit like a Landeron from the 1940s, whilst the GT Endurance has that pop-art 60s vibe going strong. Expensive for Seiko powered quartz/auto watches some might say.

Azimuth – Swiss based producer of very unusual timepieces, some quirky car themed models. plus Space age skeletons. Definitely different.

Baltic Watches – Some stunning dive models from this French company.

Balticus Watches – Made in Poland, some great looking dive models, motorsport themed Mustang chrono is already a near sell-out.

Bamford Watch Department – Custom Swiss watches, luxury detailing manufactured to owner spec. Unique skunkworks approach to remixing Rolex, TAG, Zenith etc.

Boldr – This Singapore brand has some stunning dive models, a cool Medic Field watch that has check-your-pulse gradations on the dial, plus other eye-catching models.

Bremont– You have to admire the founders Nick and Giles English, who are building an actual watchmaking factory in England. No easy task. Luxury timepieces for sure, expensive for what they are some say, but if you want cheap stuff, try China.

Bruvik – This Norwegian brand captures the natural landscape and outdoor spirit in models like the tonneau cased Pulpit, plus Svalbard and Fjord.

Christopher Ward – UK brand on the up, some very handsome designs, Swiss movements, nice military themed models too. C3 Tourer is one of our fave motorsport chronos.

chr ward c3

Collins Watch – US based, top value dive Sonar models have SW200 engine, 300m depth rating, all for $695. Fair value.

Creux Automatiq – Australia based watch brand, some very striking skeleton dial, Swiss powered models in the range.

Cyrus Watches –  Swiss watchmaker which chooses the difficult route of making each part in-house, no easy taks. Our fave is the Klepcys alarm, limited to just 38 pieces.

Dan Henry – Dan Henry is a lifelong watch collector who started a modern watch company to see if he could capture the essence of classic design, yet manufactured at an affordable price. Retro 1962 racing chrono in blue is our fave.

De Bethune – Indy Swiss that is proud to produce some very different watches. Love the DB21 model which has five hands on the cannon pinion all controlled with one winder/button.

Deep Blue Watches – This US based brand sells a range of dive themed watches, with a mix of Seiko and Sellita movements used. Decent prices for the spec we say.

De Witt – Innovation, technical excellence and a quirky love for the unusual timekeeping solution. That sums up this unique Swiss house of horology. Expensive of course, as hand-finished one-off designs can only ever be.

Draken – Based in NZ, inspired by the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa. Tough dive watches, retro military styles too.

Egard Watches – Unusual, striking and offbeat designs from this N American company

Enosken – Belfast based brand, German assembled watches – amazing 1000m Deep Dive model costs under 400 quid.

Eza – German watch brand, using ETA 2824 movements, bronze and steel cases. Assembled at their German factory no less.

Farer– UK based company combining Swiss Sellita SW510 movt tech with Brit design. Some really cool chronos.

Ferro – Canadian watch company, making customisable watches – you choose quartz, Miyota or Swiss ETA movement. We like that angle, also the Le Mans inspired Distinct 3.0 is a Gulf Racing winner.

Firle Watches – Kickstarter backed, Cornwall designed, a dash of the Movado about these gentlemens timepieces, Swiss Movt naturally.

Firle automatic watch 1

F P Journe – This Swiss watchmaker produces under 1,000 units per year, with bespoke in-house movements and ultra high quality finishing. Old school craft.

Gorilla – Swiss based, quirky designs and automatic Miyota movements. Unique.

Great British Watch Co – Low volume production of the Spitfire watch, which is being made by hand from genuine old WW2 Spitfire aircraft parts. Old school watchmaking.

Gruppo Gamma – Singapore based, and producing some classy ETA/Miyota powered automatics. Bronze case Vanguard is a winner for us.

Halios – Canadian brand, Fairwind auto model uses SW200 power, steel case, under $800. Fair value.

Hamtun Watches – Kraken rocks. That is all you need to know. Well worth a look.

Harold Pinchbeck – Made in England, minimalist designs, craftsmanship in the details

Harriot Watches – Based in South Korea, this manufacturer produces value watches for the fashion market, inspired by the engineering expertise in South Korea.

HMT Watches – Basically this company is the Timex of India. Set up in 1961 with money from the government and expertise from Citizen they’ve been making mechanical watches and clocks ever since. Like Timex in Dundee these are watches built for Everyman – and woman – not for the Swiss collectors market.

Hoffman Watches – NYC based, making striking motorsport themed watches, mainly chronographs, classic Panda dial designs.

HYT – The balance is the heartbeat of the mechanical watch of course, but HYT have taken things futher by using luminous fluid and bellows as the engine of timekeeping. Unique.

HYT H20 watches 1

Jaipur Watches – Based in India, this company make highly decorated, exquisite bespoke pieces, plus some unusual peacock feather dial designs. ETA movements, old fashioned watchmaking.

Knut Gadd – Stockholm based watch company with a range of chrono, dive and fashion watches, mostly Seiko quartz powered. Unusual TV dial retro gents model too.

LIV watches – US brand has some wild colours, Swiss movts, big case sizes, rugged chrono models and more.

Maen – Swedish brand with the good looking ETA powered Skymaster retro chronograph in their range. Hudson auto is currently sold out.

Magrette – This NZ brand has some beautifully engraved models, some limited to just ten pieces, in their range. Maori themed cases that look like skin art, and dive models that give you a real taste of the Southern ocean life.

Magrette watches 1

Marloe Watch – Inspired by adventurers, some interesting Donald Campbell Bluebird themed models.

Meia Lua – Portugal based brand making some interesting Miyota auto powered watches in limited production runs. You can’t argue with £369 for a sapphire crystal auto.

meia lua boreal
Meia Lua Boreal

MHD – UK based watch designer, formerly creating Morgan cars, now producing minimalist watches, Miyota auto powered.

Ming Watches – This Malaysia based brand has only been going a few years, but their Swiss-assembled, ETA 2824 powered watches, look sharp and all models produced so far utilise a 20mm lug size.

Momentum Watches – Canada based; dive, dress, field and more, plus Ladies models. MH30 Open Heart, featuring Seiko power and 44mm case is one of our faves at 449 euros.

Monta – US brand, with automatic watches assembled in Switzerland. Great quality GMT, 1000ft dive model and more. Customisable dial colours/strap options.

Newmark – UK based, military themes, plus 71 Sports Diver is a beauty

newmark71H blue dial Sports automatic watch

Nite Watches – Tritium lume gives the Nite brand a USP, with that uncanny glow. Fab looking dive models too.

Novowatch – Canada based brand, making some genuinely hand-crafted, one-off timepieces. Reassuringly expensive.

Objest Watches – London based, producing ETA Swiss movement automatics with very clean, modernist lines and curves. Competitive prices too.

oceanica stingray 2
Oceanica Stingray

OceanicaWatch Co– Based in New York City USA, these guys are making the Reef and Stingray dive models. Great prices for early bird supporters on Kickstarter too.

Omologato – Italian motorsport watches. Very cool Alfa, Le Mans, Monaco and retro dial designs, quartz and Miyota automatic movements.

Pinion Watches – Designed and built in England, great eco-friendly refreshment of classic Swiss movements. Feelgood factor on this one is strong.

Prim.cz – This Czech based manufacturer has been around for many years and makes its own movements. Great to see a brand celebrate its heritage too, displaying Czech national colours on some models.

Raven– US brand making Seiko and ETA powered watches, interesting bronze Trekker concept is on the blocks for late 2020 launch.

Reverie – Some interesting retro chronographs here, liking the GT in deep blue or Panda dial white/black. Seiko Meca-quartz power.

San Martin Watch Co – This China based brand makes Seiko powered dive and military watches, including a luminous dial model. Keen prices, usually a voucher on the website too.

Schofield – British designed watches with a quirky edge. Some UK manufactured parts, some Swiss and German input too. Keen on enamelling, and for that alone, we salute you Schofield.

Seals – US company which draws inspiration from tanks and motorcycles, which is all good. Interesting A5 auto, hexagon case, S logo on the strap remarkably similar to Suzuki some might say.

Seven Friday – Offbeat urban hipster, or something for the Newquay camper van weekend – 7Friday have it covered.

spinnaker bradner automatic 2

Spinnaker – Beautiful dive watches and more, Bradner and Amalfi ranges are on our wish list.

Stella – NYC based watch company, using Swiss STP movements, featuring bold dial designs with standout numerals and colours.

Undone– You have to visit the Undone website just to check out the titanium case Batman 80 chrono. We love it when movie merchandising looks this good.

Unity Watches – Barcelona based manufacturer, producing striking titanium case designs and using Swiss movements, Italian leather straps.

Unity big bang blue dial

Urban Jurgenson– Swiss specialist, luxury timepieces featuring in-house P4 movement, which is a work of art. Reassuringly expensive.

VAER – US based brand who assemble their products in America, which is a change from the norm. Great looking dive and field watches, very similar to Hamilton/Seiko black dial styled watches.

Vapaus – UK watch brand looking to revive the classic 60s motorsport themed chronograph. Seiko Meca Quartz movements, keen prices, striking dial colours on the Vorcut range.

Vertex Watches – UK based brand with a long history, in fact the 1950s/60s Vertex Revue is a great collectors item if you can find a gold one without an inscription on the back. Modern Vertex watches have a military theme and aim high in terms of build quality and durability.

Vertigo– Italian style, what can we say? The Tornante motorsport chrono is a serious homage to the great Heuer, Breitling, Tissot & Yema watches of the 70s.

Vertigo Tornante blue

Viqueria – Italian designs capturing the spirit of motorsports, new projects available at discounted prices on Kickstarter

Von Doren – From Norway, this brand offers a range of Swiss movt powered automatics and quartz models. Some striking limited editions.

Vostok Europe – The Russian brand has been around a long time, but the Lithuania operation transformed the range from 2004 onwards. Great value dive watches, adventure themed models, widely available online.

Weiss Watch Company – Handmade in the USA, including the movement. Yep, there aren’t many Indie brands thatc an say they actually manufacture a movement. Old school watchmaking right here.

 

Zelos Watches – The Abyss Teal dial and Hammerhead divers amongst our faves from Zelos, who are Singapore based. Fab value automatics.

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