AAA x 3DC: King Samurai Kanji Dial 28.5mm Pre-Order
AAA x 3DC: King Samurai Kanji Dial 28.5mm Pre-Order
AAA x 3DC: King Samurai Kanji Dial 28.5mm Pre-Order
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AAA x 3DC: King Samurai Kanji Dial 28.5mm Pre-Order

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This dials was made in collaboration with a talented dial maker in Germany, 3dc.ing!


*Shipping estimated mid-Feb



Why is it called King Samurai?


The thing I hated most when seeing most of these kanji index dials, is the letters used on Eleven and Twelve o'clock.


One, Two

Ten

Because Ten is 十, Eleven and Twelve in Japanese are "Ten one" and "Ten two", which uses two letters "十一" and "十二", and therefore destroys the dial symmetry.

 


Samurai, a.k.a. Eleven

But in Japan in certain context the Eleven could be described as Samurai, as a kanji character that describes a samurai is a combination of Ten and One, "士" (usually, or rather exclusively this happens when describing the eleventh month of the year, November, as a part of word play*). 

 

King
And then I thought, what kanji would appear when Ten and Two combined, and that is King, "王".

So King, and Samurai, King Samurai :D 
*The original word play is "西向く侍", pronounced as "nishi muku samurai". This wordplay is probably made in order to easily remember the months that has shorter than 31 days. So "ni" means 2, "shi" means 4, "mu" could mean 6, and "ku" 9. And "samurai" as I mentioned above. And all these combined, the meaning of "nishi muku samurai" becomes, "Samurai facing West"! What a cool wordplay!

Why is it Pixelized? 


Because it's cool! :D

And I also wanted to show people how interesting kanjis / Chinese characters could be.

When kanji is written by hand, or in calligraphy, kanjis look very organic. But kanjis can also be so square and pixelized, and still contain meanings.


Q: What size is it?

A: 28.5mm diameter, with 2mm diameter hole in the middle.

Q: What material is it?

A: Brass! And it will patina!

Q: Can I prevent patina?

A: Yes but it would change the look. You can apply high gloss or matte varnish!

Q: Are there dial feet?

A: No. But it comes with dial stickers!


Q: What's that tiny text below cannon pinion / the center?

A: It's so tiny but it says "AAA" for AndoAndoAndo! (Maybe I should make it bigger if we would make a next version)

Standard International Shipping

Our international shipping use DHL Global Mail.

We will provide you two tracking numbers. One that tracks your shipment from Finland to DHL warehouse in Germany, and another which tracks the shipment from Germany to your address.

It would take several days between the second tracking number would be updated.

According to DHL, their delivery aim is the following:

To Germany: 2-4 days

To EU: 3-6 days

To USA and Canada: 5-9 days

To Rest of the World: 6-12 days (for example, a package to Nagoya, Japan took 10 days)

 

DHL Express Shipping

It costs more, but it's faster!

 

Free Domestic (Finland) Shipping

Shipping within Finland use Posti Domestic Parcel shipping service which delivers our product to your nearest Posti Parcel Locker.

Delivery in 1–3 working days. (If you trust Posti that is!)

1-Year Manufacturing Defects Warranty

I have been wearing one of the functioning prototypes for almost 6 months. So far, it's functioned with no problems, and I am confident that it would for at least the next 6 months.

The reason I made sure that it's specifically 1-Year warranty for "Manufacturing Defects" is that I believe that most of the people who have never utilized the warranty of a product don't realize that the warranty only covers Manufacturing Defects. Some watch brands offer a longer warranty, such as 5 years or 10 years—but by then, how would you know that your broken watch suffered a manufacturing defect, or normal wear-and-tear? And would you ever be able to convince the brand's customer service that it was indeed a manufacturing defect?

Their warranty doesn't cover wear-and-tear, or user error, and neither does this warranty. But I do think it is important to clarify that it is a warrant for manufacturing defects, instead of just issuing that it is a vaguely worded "warranty" which sounds like something that might cover something more than manufacturing defects. And 1 year is enough time to warrant manufacturing defects.

60-Days 100% / 90% Return Policy

If you wish to return the watch, you can absolutely do that within 60 days of purchase. You have to take several photographs of the watch and send an email to me before shipping it back. Depending on the condition of the watch, the amount of the refund is different.

-Full Refund: If the watch, within 60 days of purchase, was never worn, and the packaging (boxes, wraps) is intact. Please send us an email with photographs of the watch and the proof of purchase, before shipping it back to us. When shipping back, please use a trackable shipping method. We will fully refund the watch and the shipping cost once it arrives to us upon inspection.

-90% Refund: If the watch, within 60 days of purchase, was never worn, but some of the packaging (boxes, wraps) is missing. Please send us an email with photographs of the watch and the proof of purchase, before shipping it back to us. When shipping back, please use a trackable shipping method. We will refund 90% of the watch and the shipping cost once it arrives to us upon inspection.

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