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The Draken Tugela

Coming to Kickstarter late-2016.

Final Dial Design

After a long deliberation I've decided to change the style of the dial slightly. I really want the Tugela to be a unique dive watch design, that can stand on its own when viewed next to a Rolex or Tudor, and not be a homage. I also think the new design ties in better...

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What is Kickstarter and how does it work?

Kickstarter is probably the most well known reward-based crowdfunding platform available on the web, but there are other well know ones such as Indigogo and PledgeMe. But what is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is a way for new startup companies to raise money to be able...

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The Movement

But first, some education... Often when talking about watches, people refer to the movement of the watch. This is basically the motor that runs the watch on the inside. Today, the main two types of movements, are quartz and mechanical. Since the late 1970's, early...

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The Box Design

So, I've been debating whether to go with a travel case (a popular option among many microbrand watch companies) or a box. The advantage of using a travel case is that you can reuse the case again for storing a spare watch while wearing another watch on your wrist....

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The Date Ring

The other detail on the dial that I am really excited about, is the date window, or more specifically, the date ring behind the date window. I have managed to find a supplier that can do lumed numbers on the date ring! the Date ring will be glowing white text on black...

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The Case

The case of the watch will be made from 316L Stainless Steel, also known as marine grade stainless steel. There are many types of stainless steel. 316 is known for its increased corrosion resistance. A typical composition of 18% chromium and 10% nickel, commonly known...

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Final Dial and Bezel Designs

I have finalised the the design of the face and bezel. The design is inspired by vintage submariner watches ( such as Rolex and Tudor) but is still unique enough that it wont be classed as a homage. The shapes that make up the 12 o'clock index is repeated for 3 and 9,...

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