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In the industry, we notice many automobile-inspired watches from various brands, such as the one below:



However we rarely see sports bike inspired watches. Do you think there would be a market for that? Would it target more of actual bike fans than watch collectors?

What do you think?

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There are actually quite a few watches tied to bike manufactuers. Triumph and ducati both have lines and I know you can get editions of watches specific to some of the Japanese manufacturers. Is this what you were thinking of, or were you going down a different path?

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If the watch had a good design and substance to it beyond cool colors that match certain bikes it would do good among watch collectors.
 

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Yes I know of the Ducati watches. Even Tissot made a few. I just have a feeling that the design was not pushed far enough.

I think there is room for growth, to develop the idea of a bike-inspired watch. Perhaps more design cures and play with the materials and texture too.

I don't know if I am the only one thinking this. If anyone else has EVER wondered about the same thing, PLEASE let me know that I am not alone!:biggrin:

Have a good one.

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Yes, that would already be a dead giveaway that this is a motorcycle watch.

Or even a leather strap that has the same pattern or style as the jackets, or the seats.

I just find that often times watches that are said to be inspired of something often do not jump outside of the box.

Many of them are made of the same SS and share similar dials to other normal watches.
 

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i briefly had a triumph watch but gave it away to a buddy in need of a watch
other than the name im not sure what qualifies a watch as motorcycle inspired

 

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This thread hits a home run with me as I am the proud owner of two vintage Moto Guzzi V 1000 and of an ultra modern Honda DN-01. In summer my life revolves around biking in the Jura Mountains.

Whenever I talk with my motorcycle buddies about watches they want the dial to be uncluttered and easy to read the time from. Quite a few of my chums wear a special beater when they take their bikes for a spin and many of them wear the watch on a Nato-strap which is long enough for the watch to be worn over the sleeve of the jacket. We are all riding vintage bikes without any clocks in the instrument section of the bike.

I personally do not wear my watch on the outside of the jacket, however as more ofthen then not I do wear watches adorned with diamonds or other gem stones.

Most brands of bikes have a watch or two in their accessories collection. But as Dennis outlined most of the watches do not take the bike-theme further than the name of the brand on the dial.

In 2003, I proposed a special watch to Moto Guzzi. We had the case PVD-plated in exactly the same hue of red the old Moto Guzzis sported and the dial had a kind of inlay in the shape of the tank of a California of the 1st series viewed from out the rider’s perpective when sitting on the bike. They bought the design but the watch was never manufactured as they estimated the market to be too small.

From what I have learned only Harley-Davidson commands enough of a following outside the bikers’ realms warranting a special series of watches. Probably that is why we do not have too many brands of bikes seriously contemplating a watch collection which takes the theme beyond the mere sticking of the brand’s name on the dial, on the clasp, etc.
 

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OrientStar "Retro Future Motorcycle Concept"



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These are the new for 2010 Orient Star Retrofuture Bike Concept watches that will replace the ones pictured above:








 
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