When you are a visitor in a new city, country, or even town you stand out because you are different. That is the basis behind the Visitor Watch Co. Phil Rodenbeck, CEO & President of Visitor Watch Co is an engineer who became interested in watches as he began his professional career. Like many of his generation he never really wore a watch but when he noticed successful people around him wearing watches he started to get really interested. In time watches appealed to his artistic side and he left the automotive and aerospace industries to become a designer and engineer of watches. Rodenbeck tries to make every watch the most interesting and compelling watch for the money. Something that will stand out in a crowd of watches.
Roenbeck began working on his first watch design officially when he started his company in 2013. His brand launched in November of 2014 with a successful kickstarter campaign which raised almost $100,000.
His first watch the Duneshore delivered in 2015 was a limited production run of 300 watches and he has been working hard to expand his line. Rodenbeck is ready now to deliver 4 new models all of which will be available in limited production of 500 pieces each. Pre-orders are available now and watches are set to deliver in the summer of 2017.
Visitor Watches feature distinctive case designs, beautifully crafted dials, strong luminescence, and truly novel hand design -- something not seen enough on modern watches.
Phil doesn't make any claims about his watches being American made. The watches are made from imported components and assembled overseas. His company is based in Greenwood, Indiana where Rodenbeck personally designs and engineers each watch beginning, first with a sketchbook and then advancing to CAD models using SOLIDWORKS. When it looks good on the screen he uses 3D printing to prototype them and made additional changes to the design.
Inspiration for his designs comes from all over. The inspiration for his first watch, the Duneshore, came from nature; specifically the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near where he grew up. He respects Seiko for being a true manufacturer and offering a wide breadth of watches. One of his first favorites was their Ananta Spring Drive Moon Phase. From a design perspective he really appreciates what DeBethune and Cartier produce because he feels, like Visitor Watch Co their designs are unique.