Uhuru is an South African watch startup brand that is launching it’s first watch model on Kickstarter now. The Uhuru Kickstarter campaign is off to a good start with $5,963 NZD of it’s $21,000 goal.


Uhuru Watches was born to build an African brand that has a global market appeal. The founder was born and raised in South Africa and wants to create an international brand that remained true to its African roots. The brand Uhuru in Swahili means ‘freedom’. With the help of Kickstarter, brands around the world are launching exciting new brands that will rival Swiss luxury brands.


The Impi Automatic is the first watch from Uhuru Watches. An impi is a Zulu warrior, armed with an assegai spear and a large cowhide shield. The curves of the case and the strap design of the Impi Automatic draw on the shapes and textures of the shield. The assegai can be found in the shape of the spearhead hands. All this comes together to create an appealing retro-modern case design with a highly functional and legible dial.

The specs of the Impi Automatic are:

316L stainless steel case.
44mm diameter case (excluding crowns).
22mm lug width.
Miyota 8215 movement.
Double domed sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating.
Exhibition mineral crystal back.
Internal rotating bezel operated by the 9H crown.
SUPER LUMINOVA C3 on hands, hour and bezel markers.
20 ATM water resistance.


The Uhuru Impi has an interesting unique design and story that will appeal to the masses. I see a lot of Kickstarter projects that look the same, and I applaud Uhuru watches for coming out with a watch with a different look. The Uhuru Impi is available now for preorder on Kickstarter for as little as $259NZD/$199 US dollars.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign now HERE

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