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Centric Instruments Launches New Collection of Solar-Powered Tool Watches

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Centric Instruments, an independent design studio based in San Francisco, recently revamped the solar-powered watch for the design set with a modern feel and surgical-grade craftsmanship. It turned us into fans instantly, which is why we're thrilled to report the company is doubling down on solar with an all-new collection of tool watches.

The Lightwell Field Watch Mark II and the Lightwell Chronograph are inspired by the utilitarian aesthetic of WWII-era military watches and are designed to do everything and go everywhere. Each one features a tastefully sized 38.5mm stainless steel case that looks great on all wrist sizes, updated luminous hour markers with SuperLuminova BGw9, a scratch-proof sapphire crystal, a Seiko solar-powered movement, and various strap combinations.

The two new models also have two dial variants, Type I, which features bold rectangular indices as hour markers, and Type II, which features arabic numerals along the hour track. 

Best of all, if you're game to pre-order on Kickstarter, you'll get around 25% off its already reasonable $250 MSRP. We generally shy away from promoting crowd-funding campaigns for the obvious reasons but we've known this team for over a year and admire not just their good taste in design but their sourcing and production capabilities.