New Zealand-based watch brand Draken presents Benguela, a robust diving watch especially designed for professional divers. On 14 August 2020, the brand launched an online crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for this new collection.
Named after an African city, this new watch incorporates strength and uncompromising style inspired by the rugged African terrain. The watch has an impressive water resistance of 50 atm (500 meters approximately).
The Benguela diving watch features a 43mm diameter case in 316L bead-blasted stainless steel. It is fitted with a 3.7mm thick domed sapphire crystal glass on the top. The tapered, bead-blasted stainless steel case maximizes traction on the bezel while avoiding bulkiness.
A solid, unidirectional bezel is a must have feature of modern diving watches. The Benguela watch comes with a 120-click unidirectional diving bezel made with bead-blasted stainless steel. The bezel of Benguela features engraved numbers (5 to 55) and a luminous triangle at the zero-minute marker. The watch incorporates a Helium escape valve (HEV) at 2h.
The Benguela watch is available with two movement options: Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic or Japanese SII NH35A. The watch houses a sandwich dial with applied bead-blasted indices. Its concentric circle design creates depth, for a detailed dial without the clutter. The hour-markers and hands incorporate vintage coloured X1-C3 luminous paint for maximum visibility in any light conditions.
The dial also features a symmetrical date window with luminous date wheel, which is useful in extremely dark environments. Rear side of the watch is secured with a solid stainless steel case-back that boasts an engraved sea monster.
The Benguela watch features hooded lugs for simple bracelet attachment via quick release pins. The watch is available with a 316L bead-blasted stainless steel bracelet with ratcheting clasp for quick adjustment when wearing a wetsuit or with a natural rubber strap with quick release pins.
The Benguela is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter with a special launch offer of $389 for Seiko NH35A movement version, and $520 for the ETA 2824-2 movement version.
Founded in 2016 by South African ex-pat Michael Blythe, Draken is focused on creating dependable tool watches with unique designs for explorers and adventurers. Inspired by the dramatic landscapes of Africa, Michael and the brand are strongly linked to the continent. Africa can be a harsh and unforgiving place, but also starkly beautiful. It’s this beauty that inspires Draken designs.
Please visit the Draken Benguela Kickstarter campaign page for more details.
43mm diameter, 22mm lugs, 15mm thick
316L bead-blasted stainless steel
Water resistance: 50 ATM/ 500 meters
Bezel: 120-click unidirectional made with bead-blasted stainless steel; Luminous marker at 0min
Crystal: Single domed sapphire (3.7mm thick) crystal with inner anti-reflective coating)
Crown: Screw-down crown featuring knurled with luminous Draken logo
2 options available
SII NH35A automatic movement: 21,600 vibrations per hour, 41h power reserve
ETA 2824-2 automatic movement: 28,800 vibrations per hour 38h power reserve
316L bead-blasted stainless steel bracelet with ratcheting clasp and quick release pins
Natural rubber strap with quick release pins
Genuine tan leather with quick release pins (optional extra)