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Helgray Silverstone, A Little Less Vintage

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Helgray Silverstone 01Helgray Watches came out of the gate a few months back with a four watch launch on Kickstarter.  All four watches were modern takes on a WWI vintage look, and, to put it mildly, they blew up with $159,000 in pledges against a $12,000 goal.  Now they are back on Kickstarter with their second, or is it fifth, watch, the Helgray Silverstone 60’s Racing Chronograph.

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I covered the first project, and they were nice enough to offer me a pair of watches to check out first hand recently.  Since they currently don’t have a back stock to sell at the moment, I am holding off on the review for the time being.  I will say, however, that the watches are well made and attractive, two elements that bode well for this new venture, a two register chronograph that takes its inspiration from 60’s car racing culture.  Offered in four color variations, the 40mm watch with sapphire crystal  and deployment buckle on the leather strap utilizes a mechanical/quartz hybrid movement.

Helgray Silverstone 02Mechanical/quartz movement?  The movement itself is quartz, with the reliability that quartz suggests.  But the Seiko VK64 movement utilizes mechanical style gearing to drive the second hand and the registers are connected to the central step motor of the watch, just like one would see in an automatic chronograph.  The advantages here are that it uses less power, the second hand has a nice sweep to it, it resets quicker, and it continues to run past when other quartz chronos stop registering seconds.  Of course, it is also more complicated to build.

Helgray Silverstone 04Rounding out the features are a 50 meter water resistance for the stainless steel case and Super Luminova C3 paint for night time readability.  The first 200 pledges will grab a Helgray Silverstone for the early bird price of $229, with pledges slowly ramping up to the late-comer price of $279 (still a $70 discount off retail).  Considering that they had over 700 backers for their first project, and they are able to leverage that initial success for a fast start on this project, I would expect them to reach their funding threshold very quickly.  So if you are interested in picking up this 60’s car racing inspired chrono, head on over to the Kickstarter page and check it out.  helgray.com

 Watch Overview

  • Brand & Model: Helgray Silverstone 60’s Racing Chronograph
  • Price:  $229-279 (depending on timing)
  • Who we think it might be for: Anyone who likes 60’s racing cars (and who doesn’t?).
  • Would I buy or recommend it just on the photos?: Personally, I am not in the market for a chrono, but I would not hesitate to recommend it based on what I have seen from Helgray.
  • If I could make one design suggestion, it would be: Do a special edition with a racing stripe, maybe in red.
  • What spoke to me the most about this watch:  Good price, well built, and with a fairly unique movement.

 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Just recieved this watch after a three month wait on their kickstarter campaign. Dissapointed. Crown fell out at first adjustment. No manual in box to explain chronograph features. No indication whether it was battery powered or perpetual movement. Their support is lackluster; it appears that just one person does all the sales and support. Conclusion: your money is better spent elsewhere

  2. I trusted Helgray as a company by making a payment in full of $199 for a ‘1x Field Officer’ watch on July 9th, 2015. It was only until after I placed the order that Helgray informed me that the watch was on backorder and would ship within two weeks.

    In mid-July the founder, Nadim Elgarhy, emailed me that they “hit some delays during production” and would be late on delivering my order.

    Two months after placing the order he then promised that the watch would ship in mid-September.

    As of October, I still have not received the watch, but what is more troubling is the companies absolute lack of responsiveness to my messages. Messages to the company in the form of emails have been ignored and I was blocked from sending them messages on their Facebook page. They have no phone number or address.
    Delays happen in business, but ignoring customers and failing to communicate with them after you’ve taken their money and not delivering a product is not just bad business, it is illegal.

    I was left with no choice but to file a fraud claim with my credit card company Visa against Nadim Elgarhy and his watch company Helgray. Before you make a purchase of a Helgray watch, do your due diligence and ask yourself if it is worth the aggravation and wait.

    This review will stay valid until I receive the product for which I paid arrives.

    • On October 7, 2015 Nadim Elgarhy of Helgray sent me this email message:

      “Your order is now cancelled and refunded. Please, don’t ever purchase from us again, and don’t ever contact us again.

      Nadim E.
      [email protected]

      On November 21, 2015 I received a letter from Visa’s fraud department confirming that, in fact, my account still has not been credited back as Helgray had promised in the founders email to me on October 7th.

      On December 8th, some 155 days after my order was placed, I spoke with Visa’s Fraud Department and Helgray has not responded back to any inquiries they have made. His company has 30 days to respond.

      The facts are in my case that the owner of this company has made numerous promises, none of which he has kept.
      Since my post appeared online, I have been contacted by other consumers who are experiencing similar problems with Helgray, three of which you can read here.

  3. Unfortunately, I have just bought one of their LeMans watches. I backed it during the kickstart campaign. I thought I’d be ok, as there is a 30
    Day return. Watch arrived, it was very meh, so I decided to return it. All I needed was a return authorization number. 3 weeks and about 10 attempts later, I have heard nothing (they were quick enough to block me from their instagram page though). I am currently going through my bank to retrieve my money. As far as I’m concerned, this company is a complete con, I’m surprised they can get away with stuff like this!!!!!

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