Leyland … the best place in the UK

Made In Leyland is based in Leyland (South Ribble), which according the channel 4 program (link below) is the best place to live in the the UK.


As Leyland is the best place to live in the UK, it deserves to produce to the best watch in the UK. This project is taking longer than anticipated, but good things come those who wait .


The future is in sight … 

The final design is being revised and the logo is finalised. Two areas of focus now will be the unquie and custom manufacturing methods required to produce the time price. Also, the appropriate strap to complement the watch assembley.

Below are two screen shots of what the form maybe.



Back to Business

Its been a while since any movement has occurred (pardon the pun). The contact at STP was on holiday until the 20th of this month and to date he has not got back to me with regards to purchasing one off STP1-11 to trial.

As a result a movement decision must be made and as the 2824-2 cannot be justified from a cost point of view currently, the Miyota 9015 is more than an adequate alternative. It is a similar specification to both the STP1-11 and ETA 2824-2. More information about the movement can be found on the link below.



Its comes down to two movements…

The Miyota 9015 VS The STP 1-11

Both mechanical, automatic and quality movements that are respected by the industry.

The Miyota is a Japanese made and has 24 jewels. It has an accuracy of between 10- 30 seconds per day and a running time of more than 42 hours.

The STP 1-11 is a Swiss made and has 26 jewels. It also has an accuracy of between 10- 30 seconds per day and a running time of more than 44 hours.

The winner is the STP 1-11!

It may prove difficult to source this movement and so the Miyota 9015 will be a suitable alternative.

Getting There (Logo Development)

The final form has to be perfect because once it has been confirmed, it cannot be changed. Due to the crucial and shear importance of this decision, it will not be rust and will take as long as it needs to.

If you have any suggestions or contributions they wish to make, they are welcome.

Please email: contact@madeinleyland.com


Which Wrist Watch Movement (Mechanism)?

Deciding on the W1V2 movement


‘If I like the way the watch looks, an off the shelf movement can be perceived as a bonus. It’s probably accurate, robust, and easy/cheap to service. I’ve tried to care deeply about having an interesting movement, but in the long run, if it runs accurately and robustly, I’m happy.’ – Caraptor, Member


Unless you have a spare millions pound available or a wealth of resources/experience too hands, you will not be able to create your own high calibre movement. With this in mind I aim to do what the vast majority of watch company’s do and utilise an off the shelf watch manufacturer’s movement.

Mechanical or Quartz

Two types of movements exist, Mechanical movements and Quartz movements.

Mechanical movements are traditionally used in luxury watch brands and use a mechanism to produce the time. These movements can be automatic (the user provides the energy via wearing the watch) or self-winding. The movements also can produce a ‘tick’ noise which some people prefer or a ‘sweep’ motion. The ‘sweep’ motion is the seamless transition between seconds, the smoother the sweep, the better quality of movement.

A Quartz movement is electronic, battery driven and uses quartz crystal. An electric oscillator synchronises with the pulsating quartz to produce a precise frequency and therefore time.

A quartz movement has electronics at its core, W1V2 will have an analogue feel and this should continue to the core. There is nostalgia to be had for the subtle sound of a ‘tick’ sound verse the visual effects of a smooth running second hand. With an automatic mechanical movement, you do not need to replace the battery or wind up the moment. Although It is advised that a mechanical watch is serviced regularly.  An automatic movement with a ‘tick’ second hand will be chosen for W1V2.

Manufacturer of Movement 

Various movement manufactures from around the world exist, the following are three that are held in very high regards in the watch industry: Ronda (Japanese), Seiko (Japanese), and ETA (Swizz). These

Chinese movements have been given a bad name, but companies such as Seagull who produce the ST2130 (a clone of the well-respected ETA 2824-2) are raising the bar. The ST2130 is an automatic mechanical movement that some people are using the replace their broken existing movements and given its proven reliability, this looks like a promising option the W1V2 movement.

Link for the Seagull St2140 vs the ETA 28242: http://www.borealiswatch.com/seagull-st2130-automatic-movement-based-in-eta-2824-2-movement/






Logo Concept



The logo is a vital representation of the brand and yet this is an area that has been ignored. Would the brand better be displayed as M.I.L or MIL or Made In Leyland? Also, what format should this be in? Simple text, a shape or a combination? These are issues that will be addressed over the coming weekend.

The images above a nice and clean concept created by a quality Graphic Designer from MP Design, who was playing around with the idea. All credit for this work so far goes to him and I will be trying to create a final logo from this.

MP Design – www.mpdgn.com

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5 Reasons Why Prototyping and Development Will Make you Happy

1. Perspective – The greatest CAD render in the world will not replicate a tangible object that you can hold or touch. Tiny physical details can be seen and interactive issues can be highlighted, these areas can be missed in the virtual space. – In Summary: Saving you time buy not reworking features and details that would have otherwise been missed.

2. Financial – This overlaps with previous points, but it is so important that it deserves its own heading. With any multiples of component order, the higher quantity, the greater the saving. When you commit to this order you must ensure that the part is as perfect as possible, otherwise you will have unusable/faulty items. Obviously not every item will be perfect, which is why we have revisions. By producing prototypes and developing your item as much as possible, you will eliminate far more error then if you were not too. – In Summary: Short term delay in production for development will save you more money and time in the long run.

3. Development – Due to the soft property of the 3D printed material (usually a type of plastic: PP/PLA) it can be modified quickly and easily via a needle file or abrasive. Also, if an item is required to be altered with material added, its much quicker to re-print the part verses ordering the new part from a manufacture that will be take a lot longer and cost much more. Typically, a 3D printed watch component will cost between 5 and 15 pence in material cost. – In Summary: By doing this you save time and money.

4. Market Research – It is far easier to get honest and natural user feedback on a physical object verse an image on a screen. A quick and reactive statement can be given by a potential user if they can interact with an object – In Summary: This will give you priceless information on what the end users require/expect from your item and what it currently lacks.

5. To Aid Support – If you are looking for investors, crowd funding or to show a future buyer. You will always increase your chances of getting that support if you have a physical object that they can hold. Furthermore, if it is a prototype then it is easy for them to see the developments made instead of showing them a rushed final design.  – In Summary: Your journey to the end goal of a final product will also be sped up by aid and support. This can be in form of expertise or financial and this chance of aid increases with a prototype.

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