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Microbrand Dive Watches

Nº 1973

Microbrand dive watches designed for adventurers and water enthusiasts, built to withstand the depths 200m while keeping you stylish and on time.

With their robust construction, reliable movements and exceptional water resistance, our Nº 1973 watches are the perfect companion for your underwater explorations.

It’s named after the year the iconic G10 NATO strap was issued by the British Ministry of Defence.

Microbrand Dive Watches

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Polished Stainless Steel

Power Reserve

Nº 8217 Miyota Automatic


G10 NATO Strap
Jubilee Band

Water Resistant

200m or 20 ATM

Microbrand Dive Watches

Our Craftsmanship


Pioneering Watch Calibres

Microbrand dive watches assembled around highly-reliable movements to give you the ability to maintain the watch with us directly or with another service.

The Nº 8217 Miyota calibre is an analogue automatic movements, assembled in Japan.

They are produced in-house by high-speed automatic assembly lines and undergo strict quality checks to ensure long-lasting design.

Microbrand Dive Watches

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Type 316L Stainless Steel

With its extra-low carbon content and added Molybdenum, type 316L stainless steel is incredibly strong and extremely resistant to corrosion from seawater or acidic liquids.

It’s also magnetic resistant, unlike the general-use stainless steel grade of 201 or 304L.

We select 316L as the choice of material to provide affordable, microbrand dive watches without ever having to compromise on quality.

Every watch is built with British and imported parts and assembled in our workshop.

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The Presentation


Recyclable, Renewable, Reusable, Biodegradable & Sustainable

The innovative cardboard packaging has been engineered as a lightweight solution to reduce wasteful distribution.

With a recycling rate of over 80%, corrugated cardboard has the best UK recyclability record of any packaging material, saving an area the size of Greater London from landfill every 4 months.

We endeavour to use recycled stock at every possible opportunity.

Our well-designed ‘right sized’ solution provides maximum protection with minimal use of material to eliminate waste, as well as reducing storage & transportation costs.

The inherent beauty of this repurposed material is adorned by our own exclusive artwork.

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The Story of WT Author

A signed and numbered limited edition sketch print, pressed on the finest certified ethically-sourced stock.

The exclusive artwork is a sketch detailing the divers watch design.


The story of the Nº 1973 visualised within a beautifully formatted book that includes stunning photography of the full watch chapter. 


A signed and numbered limited edition technical drafts, pressed on the finest certified ethically-sourced stock.


Professionally produced photographs capturing the Nº 1973 watch build process.

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Microbrand Dive Watches

What the Press says

“We come barreling right out of the gates with our own unique vision” and roll from there…

We’ve been featured in some of the world’s top publications, and they just can’t get enough of us.

Wristwatch Review UK
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“The WT Author Nº 1973 raised a few eyebrows when we previewed it last March. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the watches are now in backers’ hands, and I was pleasantly surprised when one dropped through my door just before Christmas.”
British Watch & Clock Makers
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“We’re the official Trade Body representing Britain’s watch and clock makers. WT Author is the independent microbrand that designs and builds limited edition watches from our workshop in Shropshire.”
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“The new mechanical tool watch collection built by WT Author. We assemble bespoke products full of character, meaning & originality. Named after the year the iconic G10 NATO strap was issued by the British Ministry of Defence, the Nº 1973 watch introduces the renowned diving aesthetic to our growing collection of timepieces.”
Yanko Design
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“Kickstarter has still been an absolute boon for small-time creators looking to connect directly with passionate customers and patrons. If anything, it’s helped the independent watchmaker reach a larger audience without having to jump through the hoops that the luxury watchmaking industry has set up precisely to keep outsiders out. Just ask UK-based independent watch-design and watchmaking studio WT Author, who is taking to Kickstarter to release its 8th watch since the company’s inception in 2013.“
A Blog To Watch
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“Based in the heart of Shropshire, UK, WT Author is a contemporary company that builds every watch to order in its workshop. Each new series from the company, including the Nº 1973, indicates an impressive level of rumination on aspects such as design and components.”
Crown At 4
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“The English microbrand WT Author is introducing an automatic diver. The N ° 1973 takes its name from the NATO strap that we use today all over the world for any sports model. In 1973, the British Ministry of Defense created the G10 strap , what today we only improperly call the “NATO Strap”.”
The Wristwatch Review
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“It’s been many a month since we’ve had WT Author on our pages. When they were starting up, we actually went through a number of their watches (1905, 1914, 1929) before we took a break. Well, as you can tell from that lineup, they’ve been bringing their watch design through the decades, and time marches ever forward. Now, they’ve launched the latest – the WT Author 1973 – on Kickstarter.“
Watch Trotter
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“Sam Holland and Jon Shakespeare are passionately dedicated to creating watches in their Shropshire workshop near Birmingham, and they do it in an artisanal way, doing things the old way. Jon is the “watchmaker” and Sam the “creative”. After 45 models and 7 watch collections, they are ready to present the new Nº 1973, available in 100 pieces for each color: black, blue, green, orange and yellow.”
Adventure 52
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“We hadn’t heard of WT Author until now, but it’s a British watchmaker based in Shropshire that makes some lovely adventure-inspired watches. The brand is about to announce a new design, called the Nº 1973, which has a dive-watch styling and launches on Kickstarter.”
Wristwatch Review UK
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“We do our best to feature British Brands at WRUK, so we were excited to hear about the WT Author Nº 1973 – handmade here in the UK. The Nº 1973 comes to Kickstarter and is available as a limited run of 100 pieces in five colours: blue, green, black, orange and yellow. Powered by a Miyota movement, it will retail at £500.”

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The Making of Nº 1973

We’re excited to share our passion for horology with you through our fun, informative and engaging videos. 

Together, we’ll unravel the intricate artistry and precision engineering that goes into creating these marvelous masterpieces.


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