KM Independent is a watch brand founded by Keaton Myrick. Based in Oregon(USA), the KM Independent watchmaking shop is specialized in the manufacture of high-end wrist and pocket watches and the restoration of rare and important timepieces.
(001) is the debut watch model from KM Independent. This timepiece piece took over a year to complete and because of a personal bond, Keaton Myrick will be keeping this watch in his personal collection as a most sentimental piece.
KM Independent watch company makes only one wrist watch at a time. Keaton Myrick currently uses an ETA 6497 as a base caliber and heavily modify everything. In order to meet his strict requirements for fit and finish Keaton remakes the mainplate, bridges and add elements to enhance both the design and mechanical functionality. All of his work is done by hand and the result is a timepiece that is 100% unique and an excellent timekeeper. The case measures 42mm without the crown and about 14mm thick with 22mm lugs. This case and dial configuration is quite striking on the wrist.
Base price of the product is $12,000. This includes the watch, handmade wooden presentation box (also made by Keaton Myrick ), lifetime warranty and the first service is on the house. The straps are handmade in the United States and can be made to exact customer specifications.The mainplate is 24k gold plate and the bridges are ruthenium plate. Future pieces will have a plaque engraved with brand’s initials and a unique number. The screws on the bridges are also more symmetrically positioned on production pieces. Also expect other design elements to be further improved upon.
The next watch (#002) will be done within the next couple months and will, for the most part, look very similar to #001 (a few slightly different, albeit better, design elements). He also invites customers to discuss their options for a custom one-of-a-kind piece.
About Keaton Myrick
Keaton was born and raised in Oregon and was taught watchmaking in the horologically rich Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. Before beginning his watchmaking education he worked for MKII Watch Company, gaining invaluable experience in the industry. Keaton then attended the Lititz Watch Technicum, graduating in 2007, gaining his WOSTEP certification, AWCI certification and the coveted LWT Diploma. Keaton learned the art of traditional watchmaking and was instrumental in helping his class build a precision pendulum clock as a class project rarely seen in watchmaking schools today. Upon graduation, Keaton worked for Rolex USA in one of its service centers learning from industry leaders how to service some of the world’s finest timepieces. Today he works from his workshop in Sisters, Oregon making fine watches by hand, one at a time.
|KM Independent Watchmaking shop|
KM Independent Watchmaking
300 West Hood Avenue Sisters,
Official website: http://www.kpmwatchcompany.com