Interview with Kashif Barlas, Founder of Mongol Watch Company


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  1. How and Why Did You Venture Into The Watch Industry?

I have been interested in watches since I was 8 years old when my father bought me my first watch and since then I eat, sleep and breathe watches. I was particularly interested in vintage watches and their simplistic styles so I began to acquire vintage pieces and restore them for personal use and to sell. With the never ending need of watch straps, I got into the business of making and selling hand made leather and canvas watch straps. Through that small business, I was able to establish many connections in the watch industry with manufacturers and suppliers of watches and such parts.

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  1. Please share with us more about Mongol Watch Company?

Over the years, I have made many friends who also value the same interests and we share and discuss our new findings over the game of chess. We all shared a mutual respect for circa World War 2 era vintage watches but did not like the idea of winding and setting the time every time we decided to wear a different watch. We decided to create our own watch, rebirth the classic look with a minimal and elegant style and make it extremely affordable. We wanted to break that tradition and provide a great style and quality watch for nearly what it costs to make. If you look at the specs of the watch, you can see that we are using the best sought after materials in the watch industry. Yes our business strategy may not be the most profitable but we are a group of young professionals from accountants to engineers who are looking to create something awesome and share it with others. The name Mongol was inspired by my family lineage and our company’s logo was derived from the knight chess piece. In order to make our watches available to everyone, we have launched a Kickstarter project to fund the first production of our M1 Series watch. In 5 days since our launch, our project has been funded over 50% of our funding goal.

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  1. Tell Us More About Yourself Kashif

Besides my obsession over watches, I am a regular married guy. I hold the title of a Program Manager at a government job and work from nine to five. In my spare time, I like to go ride my motorcycle or take road trips in my mini cooper.

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  1. Where is the watch available and how do our readers order one?

The watches are available for per-order through our Kickstarter campaign and will later be available for purchase through our website. The Kickstarter campaign will end in June and our backers can expect to receive the watch as early as September.

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  1. What is next for Mongol Watch Company?

Once we successfully fund our project and send the rewards to all of our backers, we will go back to the drawing board and start again. With classic, minimal and affordability in mind, we plan to create an automatic watch for our next project.

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