There's no fancy backstory here. Just two mates living in Bondi who love watches.
Truth be told, at the start we only created these watches for ourselves. Every day we'd wear something different to work, but the one thing that remained the same was our watches. So we thought the easiest answer would be to create a high quality watch head with easily interchangeable straps. Neither of us were in particularly creative industries, so we decided that this would be the outlet through which our creative sides could flourish. Fast forward 6 months, and we'd designed a watch from the ground up; contacted a metal foundry in China who could make our custom designed stainless steel cases (coincidentally with Australian steel); a glassmaker in Switzerland who could produce the sapphire crystal glass; a firm in Japan who made quartz watch movements; a company in Spain who made our silicone straps; a leather maker down in Jervis Bay, who hand makes our leather straps; and a water pressure tester that we bought from France. Naturally, we made a trip out of it.
When you wear your JDRT watch, you’re wearing the result of countless nights, days, weeks, months and years of Bondi inspired design, production, tears, laughter, travel, going hungry, eating too much and love. We love what we do and that’s why we could never put a product out there without making sure it passes our own tests.
We wear our watches every single day – rain, hail or shine. We are explorers and travellers, and we take our watches everywhere we go - you name it, we do it and our watches never fail us. That’s because we use only the best materials and we assemble and test everything right here in Bondi Beach, Australia.
The watch cases themselves are made from a single block of 316L high grade stainless steel. This is to ensure every single watch is protected by an almost unbreakable casing. Internally we use a Japanese Citizen/Miyota quartz movement, powered by a high volumetric, energy dense silver oxide button battery. The watch face is hand crafted, with the indices applied individually and allowed to set before anything else is worked on. The hands require a little more delicacy which is why a diamond-edged cutter is used to ensure every hand is perfect. Naturally we use a sapphire crystal glass to protect the face, but also to offer an extremely high level of scratch resistance. On top of this, every single JDRT watch is water-pressure tested, and is rated to 100M/330ft.
We hope you love wearing your JDRT as much as we loved creating it.
Rhys and Joel