Let’s start by introducing myself. My name is Bartosz Knop, I started my adventure with timepieces a few years ago after returning from Iceland. More specifically, I was inspired by the company JS Watch, thanks to which I started searching for material to create my own watch face called Star Dust. The name itself was born on a nice Facebook watch group – Czasoholicy. This is how the idea was born! If I create something for myself, maybe someone else will be interested in it? Thus, I started to build the first Polish watch brand from scratch. I come from Władysławowo, so the name naturally referred to the Baltic Sea.
The first steps were hard for me, unrelated to this industry I had never before learned from my own mistakes and I was making some unexplored paths. After registering a patent mark for the whole European Union, I started looking for a supplier of parts. In 2015, I personally flew to Hong Kong to sign a cooperation agreement with a component manufacturer. I thought the worst was behind me, but it was a tough design process. The Grey Seal was our first model and despite many prototypes, we couldn’t avoid mistakes and shortcomings.
Outstanding ideas were quickly verified by the capabilities, lead times and delivery times. At that time I didn’t know about it yet, but it took 8 months to prepare the final project, starting with a white sheet of paper. Despite the difficulties, long implementation process and huge financial outlays, we managed to release the finished product. In this way, we entered the market as Balticus and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this success. Thanks to you and the hard work we have done with pride and full awareness, I can sign my name and surname.