FAQ: Xeric Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Automatic Watch
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When will I get my watch?

The XERIC NASA watches have an estimated ship date of late December 2019. Depending on your location, we hope you'll receive it sometime between December-January. Please note that this is an estimate, as you're pre-ordering the watch and production delays could arise.

Last updated: August 23, 2019 20:41

When will my add-ons ship?

If you purchase add-on items with your reward, they will ship when your rewards ship.

Last updated: August 23, 2019 20:41

Will additional straps be available?

Yes you can purchase additional straps at a discounted rate in the add-on section of Backerkit.

Last updated: August 23, 2019 20:41

Is this project approved by NASA?

Absolutely! NASA approved the design of the Trappist-1 NASA Edition and we are fully authorized to use the NASA logo on the Trappist-1 collection of watches.

Last updated: July 27, 2019 14:23

Will the meteorite come with a certificate of authenticity?

Yes. The dial is made from real meteorite which will be certified by a gemologist. We will include a certificate with each Trappist-1 meteorite watch.

Last updated: July 27, 2019 13:38

Are the watches limited to 1969 total or 1969 per color?

Each SKU of the Trappist-1 is limited to 1969 pieces. There are 26 different SKUs available - 13 automatic colors and 13 quartz colors. If we produced all 1969 of each color it would be a total of 51,194 watches. Plus there are up to 2,500 meteorite limited editions.

We have reserved the Blue Supernova and Lunar Module colors for backers who pledged before 7/29. We don't foresee selling out of any of the other 1969 limited editions but we're watching the numbers closely. We have a plan to make sure all backers get the watches they want based on when they pledged.

We have sold out of the Meteorite and Lunar Module Meteorite editions. The Meteorite Blue Supernova is still available.

Last updated: August 03, 2019 13:36

From which meteorites was the dial of Meteorite Trappist-1 Automatics sourced from?

The dials are made from meteorites sourced from the Muonionalusta meteorite field in the northern part of the Pajala district, Northbotten county, Sweden. These meteorites fell to Earth from 120,000 to 800,000 years ago.

Some of the oldest known meteorites date back to before our solar system was even formed.

Last updated: July 27, 2019 14:35

What is Cerakote? Is adding $30 for Cerakote optional on the Apollo 11 and Saturn V models?

Cerakote is the white ceramic matte finish that comes standard with the Apollo 11 and Saturn V models. Cerakote finish is only available on the models listed on the campaign wall (Apollo 11 and Saturn V).

If you would like one of these two colors, please increase your pledge by $30.

There are two ways to do this.

If you haven't selected a reward yet, you can select the reward you want and simply add an additional $30 to the pledge amount for each cerakote model that you want.

If you have already selected your reward, please follow these steps: 1. Click the green “Manage your pledge” button at the top of this campaign. 2. Then click the blue “Change my Pledge” button. 3. Increase your pledge amount by $30 USD for each additional strap and click Continue. 4. All done.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Can I request a specific limited edition number?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate requests for specific limited edition numbers because multiple people could request the same number. There are only 1969 units (per color) of the Automatic. That means there are only 19,690 of these Trappist-1 Automatic watches that will exist. In a world of almost 7.5 billion people, each backer will be one in 380,900. We think that’s pretty amazing. Like a single star in the vast universe.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Is the watch waterproof?

No watch is waterproof. There are differing degrees of water resistance. The Trappist-1 NASA Edition has a water resistance of 5 ATM, but that's in laboratory settings under constant pressure. The added pressure of motion and other forces during swimming aren't taken into account with industry standard water resistance rating which is why we always suggest 10 ATM for any water sports activity.

A quick reference guide for the various activities you can expose your watch to under normal circumstances. No matter what the water resistance is, a watch should never be worn in any hot tub, shower, sauna or steam room.

3 ATM = Should not be submerged in water. 5 ATM = Splash Resistant. Suitable for washing hands or light rain. 10 ATM = Water Sports. Suitable for swimming, surfing, etc. 30 ATM = Scuba Diving. Suitable for extreme ocean depths.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Will I be charge customs/duties when I receive my reward? Do you ship to from the EU?

We ship from California, USA.

Customs and taxes due will all depend on your country's import tax system. We will do everything in our power to minimize any taxes due, but we can’t forecast what those might be. You can check with your local government on their duties rate if this a concern for you.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Are the limited editions based on when you pledge?

No, the watches will be distributed randomly. This way every backer has a chance at low numbers even if you only found out about the Kickstarter campaign on day 20 of 21. Earliest backers get the benefit of the lowest pricing.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Are the straps interchangeable?

Yes, the leather straps feature a built-in quick release docking system which allows them to be swapped out easily without any tools.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Will there be any stretch goals?

Good question. Unlike other Kickstarter campaigns, we don't design an inferior watch with built-in "stretch goals" to get to the quality we would want for a Xeric watch. We launch with a watch that is high-quality from the start.

Automatic 1. Miyota 82S0 Automatic movt with 40 hour power reserve 2. Custom American Horween Leather straps with built-in, quick release springbars. 3. Shatter-resistant Hesalite crystal. 4. 316L Stainless Steel (PVD coating on plated versions and cerakote on white versions) 5. Super-LumiNova lume on all models and tritium on automatic.

Quartz 1. Seiko VH31, 2 Jewel, 4Hz 2. Custom American Horween Leather straps with built-in, quick release springbars. 3. Shatter-resistant Hesalite crystal. 4. 316L Stainless Steel (PVD coating on plated versions and cerakote on white versions) 5. Super-LumiNova lume on all models 6. Commemorative caseback

Some Kickstarter watch campaigns will start with an inferior case, generic leather and stock mineral crystal to start (which aren't necessarily bad) and then set arbitrary stretch goals for backers to get the watch upgraded, but that's not our philosophy. We make a product that we're proud to wear from the get-go and we offer the rewards at affordable, discounted prices.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Does the Quartz Saturn V and Apollo 11 have glowing stitching on the strap like the Auto version?

Yes they do.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Where do you ship? What ship method is used?

We ship worldwide with free shipping to many countries! Most shipments go out via US Postal Service, but some countries with limited to no postal services will have their packages go out via UPS Worldwide Expedited.

During the post-campaign survey, you can also upgrade to a faster delivery method if you want to.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

I increased my pledge by $500 to get the $500k Real Meteorite Trappist-1 Automatic, will I definitely get one?

Yes, all backers who increased their pledge before 10am on July 22 will receive the $500k Real Meteorite Trappist-1 Automatic. We've marked your names down and the post-campaign survey system will allow you to choose it when you fill it out.

If you increased your pledge by $500 after 10am on July 22nd, you will receive the Meteorite Lunar Module.

If you were able to pledge directly for a Meteorite reward option then even better!

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

What's the difference between the $500k Meteorite (M) and the $1 Million Meteorite Lunar Module (MLM)?

Let's start off with what they have in common. 1. Real meteorite dial 2. Miyota Automatic movement 3. Overall Trappist-1 design 4. Lume on the star second hand is the same. Blue afterglow

Differences 1. Bezels have different platings. M=Gunmetal vs MLM=Rose Gold 2. The lume on hands and track is different. M=White BGW9 (glows blue) vs MLM=Off White (glows green) 3. Planets are different colors. M=White vs MLM=Black 4. Roman numerals are different. M=Black (no lume) vs MLM=Off White (glows green) 5. Crown plating is different. M=Gunmetal vs MLM=Rose Gold 6. NASA logo are different colors. M=Red vs MLM=White 7. Straps are different colors. M=Grey vs MLM=Black

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Can the hesalite crystal be upgraded to a sapphire crystal?

The Trappist-1 NASA watches will come with a Hesalite crystal because it's shatter-resistant and it stays true to the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary and the fact that Hesalite was used on watches worn in space during the mission.

Sapphire upgrade will not be an option because of how domed the crystal is and our concerns with customers hitting their crystals during normal wear and the crystals shattering. Hesalite crystals are great. Any minor scratches on the crystal can easily be buffed out using Polywatch and the crystal will look brand new again.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

What's the difference between quartz and automatic?

Short answer: The quartz is the more affordable of the two and is battery powered. This model is slightly thinner and features the Apollo commemorative caseback.

The Automatic is fully mechanical and never needs batteries. it features a custom winding rotor that can be seen through the caseback as it winds your watch while you wear it. The auto also features tritium gas tubes on the hands which emit a constant glow to be easily legible at night.

More detail: The quartz is a battery operated movement so approximately every 2 or so years it will need replacing. The Seiko VH31 movement used has sweeping seconds hand so it does not have the distinct "pause" between seconds you see in most quartz movements today. It moves 4 steps in between each second for a smoother motion.

The Automatic movement is a Miyota 82S0. It has gears that drive the watch. The rotor in the back makes it an automatic so you do not have to wind the watch every day like a manual mechanical watch. The power in the spring is slowly released causing the movement to function and the time to be displayed. Usually mechanical movements need to be serviced by a professional every 5 to 10 years depending on movement and how often the watch is worn.

The Miyota 82S0 is a respectable movement at this price point for what you get and has an accuracy of -20/+40 seconds a day. Many other watch manufacturers use Miyota movements, such as Citizen.

The automatics also have the addition of Tritium vials that glow for decades as they are not dependent on a light source to power them.

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

What are the product specifications / details / sizing?

Trappist-1 Automatic NASA Edition

Movement: Miyota 82S0 Automatic, 42 Hour Power Reserve, 21600 BPH, 21 Jewels, Accuracy: -20/+40 sec per day Functions: Tritium + Super-LumiNova Planetary Hours / Minutes / Star Seconds Dial: Constellations Super-LumiNova Star Map Case: Hand-finished 316L Stainless Steel Crystal: Domed Hesalite Water Resistance: 5 ATM Dimensions: 44mm x 15mm (+4mm crystal) Case Lug to Lug: 47mm Strap: 22mm U.S. Horween Leather with Tool-free, Quick-release Springbar System Wrist Circumference: 6.25”-9” (160mm/225mm) Weight: 3.7oz (105 grams)

Trappist-1 Quartz NASA Edition

Movement: Seiko VH31, 2 Jewels, Accuracy: -/+15 sec per monthBattery Life: Approx. 2 years Functions: Super-LumiNova Planetary Hours / Minutes / Star Seconds Dial: Constellations Super-LumiNova Star Map Case: Hand-finished 316L Stainless Steel Crystal: Domed Hesalite Water Resistance: 5 ATM Dimensions: 44mm x 11mm (+4mm crystal) Case Lug to Lug: 47mm Strap: 22mm U.S. Horween Leather with Tool-free, Quick-release Springbar System Wrist Circumference: 6.25”-9” (160mm/225mm) Weight: 2.9oz (82 grams)

Last updated: August 06, 2019 14:54

Shipping Updates
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Current Estimated Shipping Date: December 2019

Current shipping estimate is late December 2019

Last Updated At: 08/20/19
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