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How the LIV GX1 Swiss Automatic Came to Be

From the moment our brand launched in 2014, fans and those wanting to be were begging for a LIV Automatic watch. And, why not? Automatics are some of the best examples of the horological art and have the advantage of not requiring battery changes. Just by the simple act of showing up your watch freak friends with your LIV Automatic keeps it wound and ticking off the seconds with precision.

The following year, we got hard to work designing the GX1-A, keeping signature features and materials, such as the anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, three-dimensional multi-layered dial, 316L stainless steel case, and IP bezel from our original GX1 watch. Fans already loved the basics, so we were going to retain all the things they expected.

The goal was to craft this new design into another high-quality timepiece, using the Swiss values of precision, fanatic attention to detail, and workmanship. Meticulous detail was to go into every step of the manufacturing process, beginning with the design. Our fans deserved no less.

The Launch

On January 20, 2016, we launched the LIV GX1-A, our first automatic watch, on Kickstarter. It was fully funded within 34 minutes. That's a paltry 2040 seconds!

Thanks to our amazing fans, we raised over $1.1 million in just 30 days. Our 2,169 backers came from across the globe, from the United States to the United Kingdom, Sweden to Singapore, Malaysia to Germany. A few months later, we delivered the watches, and the reaction was incredible.

"It's been a year of blood sweat and tears. We've had challenges in getting Swiss automatic movements and our quality specifications implemented for the right price. After countless renderings and three prototypes, we've triumphed."

- Chaz - Jan 20, 2016

The secret behind the success

What is it that made our fans from around the world validate our design in such epic fashion? We attribute the success to:

  • Listening to our fans
  • Acting on what they suggest
  • Offering a hand-built, Swiss-Made, automatic with two sapphire crystals for less than $500 

 

"If you've ever wanted to own a Swiss Automatic watch, but couldn't stomach the price tag, then a sub $500 Kickstarter price for a unique watch that features a genuine Swiss Automatic mechanism is probably quite attractive."

- Antony Leather, Feb 19, 2016-

Deliberate Design

We chose the Sellita SW200 Swiss movement because Sellita has a secure supply and a long history of building accurate and reliable movements. We opted for a clean design and topped the indexes and hands with Super-LumiNova BGW9, so the dial would be easy to read, night and day. And we built the watch for the elements: it's 100 M water resistant, with a screwed down crown, and screwed down sapphire crystal exhibition case back. All housed in a 316L stainless steel case, the GX1-A was built for a lifetime of adventures.

Quality and precision

Two hallmarks of fine Swiss timepieces are quality and precision. The GX1-A brings those in abundance. The Sellita SW200 three-hand watch is a marvel of micro-engineering, and can be found in much more expensive watches. We use the best materials and put it all together in our Swiss workshops under an insane attention to detail.

"Once I held the watch in my hand and put it on my wrist, I immediately got the feeling of a well-made product"

-Business Insider

Product specs

Okay watch freaks, fans, and enthusiasts, we've teased the specs throughout the story. Rather than make anyone hunt for them individually, here is a summary for your watch knowledge pleasure.

  • Movement: Sellita SW200 Swiss Automatic
  • Water Resistance: 100 m
  • Case Back: Screwed Down Sapphire Crystal; Individual Serial Number
  • Crown: Screwed Down
  • Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
  • Dial: 3-Dimensional; Multi-Layered; Black & Gray
  • Material: 316L Stainless Steel with Gray IP Coating
  • Dimensions: 42 mm Diameter; 11.6 mm Height; 22 mm Lug/Strap Width

The GX1 versus the GX1-A

How do these two timepieces compare to each other? Think of it like siblings; the core DNA is the same in terms of materials and craftsmanship, but they are different in appearance. Here are the two main differences:

  • Size, 42 mm for the GX1-A compared to 45 mm for the GX1
  • Movement, automatic for the GX1-a versus quartz for the GX1

The journey continues

LIV Watches is dedicated to the idea that a Swiss quality timepiece does not have to be something for the rich and the few. We are bringing that quality using the same movements and materials as those big brands. And, delivering it in amazing, unique designs, accessibly priced.

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