Meet Felix, Drop's First Homegrown Swiss movement Automatic Timepiece.
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Friends: We've been keeping this under wraps for many months, so today I’m pleased to finally share with you the announcement of the Drop Felix: Our very own, original design field watch with a Swiss-made mechanical movement, launching for pre-order this December 12th. At Drop, we’ve seen our community of watch enthusiasts grow to nearly 2 million. What's especially amazing is the variety of perspectives we share with each other on what we like. We poll, we snap photos, we converse, and at times quarrel—but pay close enough attention and you'll notice that the talk, one way or another, drifts toward what makes a great watch great. Latin for "Lucky,” the Felix is our ideal everyday wearer. It balances the best product choices with utility, beauty, and value. Every aspect of this watch has been designed from the ground up, with the purpose of making a well-rounded watch we sincerely hope you’ll enjoy wearing every day.
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We began with the basics: We feel every great watch is the result of good human factors—meaning you can overbuild, overdesign, or just plain bling out on a watch—but the best ones put the ergonomic needs of the wearer first. Even the origin of the field watch, which began as a problem-solving hack on the battlefield, stands as an early example of good ergonomic practice. Some of its most fundamental design choices are informed by US army milspecs that spell out typography, layout, luminescence, functionality, all in the service of creating a reliable time teller that works well even in the toughest of conditions. We drew from the best of past and current practices to make our Felix field watch set a contemporary example for good watch design. We shifted the crown to the 4 o’clock position to keep it away from your wrist when flexing. We chose a specific lug angle made to maximize wrist comfort. We used double-domed sapphire for the crystal to maximize scratch resistance. We added anti-reflective coating to the underside of the crystal to minimize glare. We engineered the 316L stainless steel case with a screw-down crown to maximize water resistance. We bead-blasted the case to ensure good wear properties and minimize reflection. We used quick-release spring bars on our bands, so you can easily change them out on your own without any tools.
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We sized the Felix right too: 39.6mm. Those of you who maybe have become a little tired of the wrist fridge trend of the past decade will find this just-under-40mm size to be refreshingly proportioned. We also chose to use Superluminova C3 to offer the brightest nighttime glow.
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What is "self-winding?" The charm of a good automatic watch cannot be overstated. The first thing a casual observer will notice is the seconds hand sweeping effortlessly across the dial and the delicate swing of the balance wheel. Absent of electronics, automatic timepieces are old-world elegant. The Drop Felix dial states "Self-Winding,” an old-timey term for an “automatic” that reflects its genius: You walk, a weighted rotor swings, and the Felix uses that energy to power itself, translating physical motion into energy to keep the mainspring wound.
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Shown here is the Drop Felix in IP black with a display caseback.

Why we chose the Swiss-made Sellita SW-200 There are a lot of budget automatic watches out there with respectable movements—but we feel strongly about proven quantities, and that begins with choosing the Swiss-made Sellita SW-200 as the all-mechanical heart of this timepiece. The design of this movement is legend (and its copies legion). It's been improved over the years, but the basics remain the same: An efficient automatic section with dual reverser wheels; a high beat rate (28,800bph); and most important of all, superb Swiss quality. Every surface is uniform, every gear is perfectly poised, every pallet stone is correctly adjusted, and each jewel is properly seated and correctly oiled. Developing the Right Style

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Watches also being ideally beautiful things, we wished to give the Felix a refreshing, sculptural feel. A bit of a departure from plainer dials of typical field watches, a gentle upward scallop was made on the Felix dial to match the equally gradual curvature of its outside casewalls. The handset are a slight refinement of the sword style hands typical to old field watches. The lugs too, are a reinterpretation of wire lugs from the earliest vintage field examples of WWI and after.
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Pictured here are the quick-release spring bars for easy band changes. You can choose between a clear exhibition caseback or a solid caseback. The solid version is inspired by the 49-Mile Scenic Drive sign peppered throughout San Francisco, where Drop is located!
We're offering the Drop Felix in two colorways: Stainless Steel and IP Black. We're also offering an assortment of add-on Canvas band for those of you who prefer NATO style straps. How much is the Drop Felix? The Felix will launch December 12 for the preorder price of $299. We really hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Make sure and click “request” to be notified when it’s available! Drop Felix Specs:


Case Size: 39.5mm x 11mm (42mm lug to lug) Water Resist: 100 Meters (10 ATM) Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel with bead blasted finish Crown: Screw-down crown located at 16H. Crystal: Double Dome Sapphire Crystal with Antireflective coating Movement: Sellita SW-200 Automatic Movement 26 Jewels 28,800 BPH 39 Hour Power Reserve Hack lever Made in Switzerland Band: 20mm brown leather band (with add-on canvas band) Warranty: 2 Year International Warranty MSRP: $349 ($299 preorder)








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billc
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Feb 27, 2020
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Not a bad effort, but a bit overpriced. I like the general look but actually think a field watch SHOULD be smaller. Moreover, I'd never buy one with an automatic. To me, "field watch" = manual wind movement. Hamilton with their H50 movement fits the bill. It's as plain as dry Wonder Bread toast, but that's what a proper field watch looks like ... My take on the discussion points: I'm happy they didn't use tritium. +1 for the sapphire crystal. I like the orange touches. The logo and text on the face are admirably restrained. I don't particularly like date windows, so that's a win. Not a big fan of the lugs or the quick release bars. 24 hour numbers on 12 hour faces are for people who failed elementary school math.
Feb 27, 2020
Garrison-Grey-1
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Apr 18, 2020
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Wow, you have some very strong opinions.
Apr 18, 2020
billc
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Apr 18, 2020
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Yup - and they come out when it's time to spend money!
Apr 18, 2020
stevenlovesviolin
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Feb 20, 2020
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I seriously don't understand why you guys decided to skimp out the date function when you're using a movement that has a date function?
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Feb 20, 2020
TucosChild
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Feb 17, 2020
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Very handsome watch with a good movement Would like to see this watch with tritium illumination
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Feb 17, 2020
marcadam
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Feb 19, 2020
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I second that... Tritium and titanium. Home run!
Feb 19, 2020
Lingouser
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Jan 13, 2020
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I really like the design!
Jan 13, 2020
marksxyz
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Dec 22, 2019
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Half the price and quartz I would get one for sure. Autos for me are no good in a watch rotation, you are forever setting them. I was Mr auto until I got 10+ watches to cycle thru. Just what works for me.
Dec 22, 2019
Hansinluck
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May 2, 2020
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hmm, $300 for the watch plus another $300 to get a winder for it? 😬 ”field watch”
May 2, 2020
ivantomovic
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May 11, 2020
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It's 300 USD to keep 12 automatic watches winded at all times. At 25 USD per watch I consider that to be a bargain.
May 11, 2020
NINJER
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Dec 19, 2019
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Only thing missing is date...
Dec 19, 2019
Goodguys
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Feb 1, 2020
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Vintage field watches were also not automatics either, and had radium indices and hands, and an acrylic (plastic crystal). The 'modern' field watch should have a date, be automatic (as this one is), have no radium in the dial (use Superluminova for lume as this one likely does), and have a sapphire crystal (not acrylic). A simple date window can easily be incorporated into the dial scheme without causing an issue with analogue display.
Feb 1, 2020
Hansinluck
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May 2, 2020
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I prefer no date on my watch
May 2, 2020
pepekek
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Dec 17, 2019
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Can we get more on wrist shots of both colors?? Thanks
Dec 17, 2019
IZIREN
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Dec 13, 2019
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It's a beautiful design. This is one I'm looking forward to. Wish there was a video demo though, gives a different impression from still images
Dec 13, 2019
leopadron
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Dec 14, 2019
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Here is a video. I hope you find this helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQJiTWDHSCI
Dec 14, 2019
N55_E82
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Dec 12, 2019
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Love the look of the black watch -- what sort of coating do you use? Is it PVD?
Dec 12, 2019
leopadron
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Dec 13, 2019
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That is correct. A Titanium nitride coating is applied to the stainless steel via vapor deposition, which causes the black appearance. It also hardens the surface.
Dec 13, 2019
Vikgomat
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Dec 11, 2019
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Wait a second, why are there two separate pictures showing both a solid caseback and a see-thru one? Which one is it?
Dec 11, 2019
Vikgomat
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Dec 12, 2019
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Pretty cool! Do the water resistance/pressure ratings change between the two?
Dec 12, 2019
leopadron
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Dec 12, 2019
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No, they are both identical. Both have the same gasket seating. The watch is rated to 100 Meters and has a screw-down crown.
Dec 12, 2019
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