As we have said time and again (across various posts, and one rather specific one). Â For me, it’s that initial impression. Â Can the watch design rise above the teeming, muddied waters of crowdfunding? Â Or is it just another “me too” watch that was pressed out of some anonymous factory with a different name on the dial? Â Using that very simple litmus test, brings us to a watch like the one coming out from Zagal.
For me, where the Zagal shines, is in the dial design. Â There are a lot of elements here that work nicely together. Â First off, you have different colors and textures with the rings on the dial. Â The outermost ring of course has that punched-out metal look and feel, and that’s how you get your indices in there. Â Paired to this simple method you have a simple handset.
Now, at first, I thought the hands were too short on the Zagal. Â And, while they do feel shortish, they fit in with the design of the watch – they hit their necessary tracks, and they look right. Â The concentric circles also provide the spot to put that date window, and again, it works. Â On a single-layer dial, the date window would look to be too inboard on the watch. Â Here, though, it’s in just the right spot.
Powering the Zagal is a Seiko NH35 automatic movement. Â Perhaps not the flashiest one in the catalog, but no doubt it will get the job done. Â And even though there is an exhibition caseback there, the star of the show is that dial. Â It has a finished, yet somehow rough-hewn feel to it that makes the garage tinkerers think, yeah, I can make a watch. Â And that’s a feeling I like to see embodied in the watch.
The 41mm stainless steel case gives things a bit more of a refined feel (just 11mm thick), and then those Spanish-made straps (of Italian suede or calf leather) really bring things up another notch as well. Â In fact, their decision to sell the straps as a separate backer option (at aroundÂ $23) is a solid idea, and something I’m considering picking up one of.
On the other hand, if you’re more in the market for a watch (and not just the strap), early bird pricing on the Zagal starts atÂ $152Â which frankly is an out and out steal. Â With this style, I am going to be surprised if Zagal doesn’t hit their funding goal. Â If you want to help ’em out, head over to the project pageÂ and get your pledge in before the project closes on November 16, 2017. Â kickstarter.com
- Brand & Model: Zagal Watch
- Price: Earlybird pricing starts at $155 (just $23 for a strap)
- Who we think it might be for: You want a unique industrial-inspired design at a great price
- Would I buy one for myself based on what Iâ€™ve seen? Â A strap, definitely.
- If I could make one design suggestion, it would be:Â Don’t be afraid to play around with filling those indices with another material
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: That dial design
Tech Specs from Zagal
- Stainless steel case; 40.7mm by 11mm thick; 50mm lug-to-lug
- 3 atm WR rating
- 20mm lug width
- NH35 Automatic movement
- Display caseback with mineral crystal
- Sapphire crystal on the front
- Three-layer dial with bi-directional brush finish