Tugela 2.0 – Super Blue LE

(5 customer reviews)

USD$349.00

The Tugela is Draken’s take on one of the most popular watch genres – the dive watch. With it’s distinct hour indices inspired by the shapes found in Zulu beadwork, and it’s tapering case mirroring the shape of the Protea flower, there is no other dive watch like it. The bead-blasted case helps hide scratches, and the sapphire crystal display ensures clarity for the lifetime of the watch.

For the second edition of the Tugela, we’ve kept the unique look of the original, but we’ve made some big improvements. For starters, the Tugela comes standard with a steel bead-blasted bracelet. The finish if this bracelet is incredible, with a silky matt finish. Custom moulded integrated end links make it look the ensure a perfect fit with the case.

The dial of the ‘Super Blue’ Limited Edition Tugela features a matt paint to match the vibrant blue we used on the bezel. We also made sure to do the custom date wheel in the same shade of blue as the dial. To get the brightest lume, you need to apply it thick. The indices of the dial will have 10 layers of X1 C3 Superluminova – the brightest lume available. We’ve also made the second markers bolder and used a brighter orange for the model name and date window circle. This colour will be matching on the minute hand.

The 120-click unidirectional bezel has been re-engineered for a tighter fit, ensuring there is no play, but still a satisfying click. The bezel insert is the same matt finish, but the markers are now luminous. The crown is a bit longer, allowing for better grip, and we’ve add lume to the logo on the tip.

You’ll also get a free nylon Zulu strap to match the colour of the bezel.

 

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Description

Watch It All About Tugela 1.0 review

 

Additional information

Case

316L stainless steel, 42mm diameter, 22mm lugs, 48.5mm lug to lug

Movement

Seiko NH35A automatic

Crystal

Sapphire with inner anti-reflective coating

Bezel

120-click unidirectional

Water Resistance

300m

Strap

Genuine leather strap – length 74mm and 119mm, Ballistic nylon Zulu strap

5 reviews for Tugela 2.0 – Super Blue LE

  1. Gerard Finn (verified owner)

    Mike, you hit a home run with this new Tugela run, the watch plus the straps are just fantastic worth the wait. I’m sure the reviews will be off the hook. Thanks so much, hit me up on any future designs I buy watches constantly need therapy LOL. Have a great week. Gerard 

  2. David Cobb (verified owner)

    Received my blue LE Tugela 2 a few weeks ago and have now had a chance to go diving / snorkelling around Greece with it on holiday to assess it properly before leaving a review.

    Looks-wise it is fantastic and the blue dial / bezel really pop in sunlight. The lume is excellent and even the date indow numerals are lumed which is a great idea. The look of it is quite different to anything else in my increasingly large collection which is a big plus.

    The seiko nh35a movement performs far better than I’d expected it to – has gained 3-4 secs a day with continual use which is pretty damn good. This is with it resting dial up at night.

    The case is well finished and the rotating bezel is very precise and tight fitting with no noticeable play. My watch had the bead blasted metal bracelet which is quite chunky but goes really well with the case. My only slight niggle so far is that the fold-over catch on the strap has become a little loose and will need adjusting before too long. That aside, it is clearly built to be used rather than wrapped up in cotton wool like a lot of my more expensive watch collection.

    The Tugela at first glance is quite a weighty lump but the slightly tapered case and crown shoulders just seems to make it work and it doesn’t look or feel at all lumpy when worn – I don’t have particularly big wrists (7 1/4″) and it fits me brilliantly.

    The packaging is pretty good and the hand written ‘thank you’ card from Mike is a really nice touch.

    Finally, the price…….ridiculously cheap when considering what you’re getting for your money. This has now become my go-to watch for upcoming activity weekends / holidays and the Tugela is definitely a ‘keeper’.

  3. Sean (verified owner)

    I purchased my LE Blue Tugela a few weeks ago and have been wearing it for a little over a week. I absolutely love the look and feel of the watch. It is extremely comfortable!!! I too am extremely impressed with the accuracy of the NH35 movement, mine is running ~ -4.5/day with continuous wear. I would absolutely recommend this watch to everyone. Draken has outstanding customer service as well, so make your purchase before they are gone.

  4. Andrew Colley (verified owner)

    Very happy with this watch. It’s stunning to look at and the whole presentation with spare straps and leather case is great. Very cheap undercuts my Seiko SKX mod drastically. Delivery was super quick too!

  5. Matt Brincho (verified owner)

    My Super Blue Tugela 2 has become one of my favorite watches in my collection. I am an owner of two v1 Tugelas (black and red versions) and got this Super Blue to round out my colorway. Wow, the v2 Tugela really hits a home run: the enlarged hands (awesome readability), the deep long lasting lume (on par or exceeding my Seikos), and the new bracelet really take the v2 to a new league! The new v2 features were so nice, that I had to get a new black v2 Tugela, too!

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