Black History Watches are luxury timepieces that are intentionally crafted to honor our history through inspired design.
The brand’s current collection of watches is a collector’s edition, featuring two signature timepieces named Dream 63 and the Tulsa 21. The Dream 63 is named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, while The Tulsa 21 is an homage to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, where Black Wallstreet was burned. The watches come in a variety of colors and styles, ensuring that everyone finds something. Each watch is delicately crafted, with each feature representing an aspect of Black History.
The luxury watch company was started three years ago by founder Marq Adderly and brand manager Stefan Brown as a way to highlight Black history while making a change. Adderly has always been known for his style and choice in watches among family and friends. So, much so that they would ask why he wasn’t making his own.
“I pondered on the idea of making his watches for about a year, and then I actually started doing it, from drawing the designs to finding a design company and manufacturer. Once I received the prototypes, I knew I could really do this,” Adderly said.
Once Black History Watches launched, Adderly wanted to find a way to give back to his community in West Palm Beach, Florida, by helping students in the county go to college or start a business. Not long after Adderly first started selling the watches, he was able to grant a scholarship to a local student, as well as give $500 in business support to another student.
“We strive to highlight causes, subjects, and events that are near and dear to our society. At our core, we hope to ensure the faith in our products are converted to something positive, that will make a difference in the lives of people around the world,” Adderly added.
The brand hopes to expand its outreach soon and is launching a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter to support its next collection. The campaign will last until October 24th, 2021, and prizes range from a Minimal Cuff and a Velvet Bag at just $30 to 2× Dream 63′ Chronograph Watch, 2× Tulsa ’21 Automatic Watch, 4× Genuine Leather Strap, 4× Lug Tool, 4× Watch Box, and a Collectors Watch Box at $875.
“I wanted to set these watches apart from anything else on the market. So I made sure that at each angle of the watch, details are very defined like Pan African colors on the Dream 63 crown or how the front face of each watch has an image of Africa.” Adderly described.