The Straton Sprint (AKA Cuffbuster) is a vintage inspired watch, designed to have the time always available at a glance. With 6 dial colours and an incredible price, the Sprint will be available to order at the end of October for only $350.
Some love it, some loathe it - but we make designs that fascinate us, and this is certain to be a piece of horological history that every watch lover should own.
Read on to learn about how this design started all the way back in 1972...
Back in 1972, the watch brand Desotos had a long range of successful chronograph sports watches. For their next watch, they began to consider the specifics needs of racing drivers and airplane pilots. They knew that they had to have a good way to instantly tell the time, without having to take their hands off the controls to pull up the cuff sitting over their watch dial.
Desotos decides to take a daring design solution: create a chronograph that cannot be covered by the long-sleeved overalls or pilot jacket. This, was the initial birth of a design that would become known as 'the cuffbuster'.
The original had a Valjoux 7734 movement and a case with pushers along the top to facilitate handling. In addition, it had a curious asymmetrical arrangement that allowed it to sit partially on the back of the hand, preventing it from being covered by the user's sleeve, therefore allowing for perfect timekeeping at a glance.
Inspired by the original Desotos Cuffbuster, and with a love for all things vintage & automotive themed, we knew that the Sprint had to be our next watch.
Keeping the vintage look and feel of the original design, we added some modern twists, along with adding 6 dial variants, all whilst keeping the price accessible - making this classic piece of horological history available to everyone.
"🤮 WTF is that."
— Andy S
"What a terrible idea"
— Konstantin R
— Daniel F
"Nope! Sometimes you just have to leave well enough alone."
— Joseph F
"It’s not my style"
— Stephen B
"Kyle, i'm not sure about this one... how do we market something that people hate?!"
— Stratons Marketing Person
Although it can be amusing to look at some of the negative feedback - we've actually been overwhelmed by just as much support for the Sprint. This piece is truly marmite.
Kyle (Founder & Designer), creates watches that he loves. Inspired by vintage automotive history, the Sprint is the reimagining of a horological legend.
Designed to be a piece that is fun and completely different to the norm - we know that this will only be worn a select few times a year.
Contrary to popular belief, the leather strap allows great flex in the watch, and it isn't uncomfortable to wear.
With 6 amazing colours, and launching at only $350 - this is actually a watch that people can afford.
It's a bit of fun for the wrist - a true conversation starter!
The Case is 36mm x 59mm - 7mm tall without the crystal (12mm with crystal), and is powered by a modified VK67 meca quartz movement. With amazing specs at a phenomenal price - don't miss out on the Cuffbuster!