CREPAS WATCHES is proud to launch the first CREPAS model on Kickstarter, a product which combines Plongeur’s characteristic design, marked by refined and vigorous features, with a complication standing for technical innovation, the helium valve release, that will allow you to keep the watch safe in a decompression chamber. The timepiece retains the brand’s most distinctive peculiarities, introducing remarkable additional elements such as the cereamic inlay bezel.
CREPAS WATCHES designs and manufactures technical diving watches for extreme divers since nine years ago. All the designs are inspired by old models that are currently unattainable for most collectors, due to their scarcity or very high prices.
Our clients are watch collectors, amateur and professional divers, members of watch forums and private watch groups. This is the first time we offer a design open to a collective like Kickstater.
CREPAS WATCHES markets its designs directly to the final client, without intermediaries. Kickstarter is perfect for us to continue maintaining contact with the customer.
Plongeur model is probably the more elegant watch ever made for saturation diving.
What is saturation diving?
Taken from Wikipedia: “Saturation diving is a diving technique that allows divers to reduce the risk of decompression sickness ("the bends") when they work at great depths for long periods of time. Decompression sickness occurs when a diver with a large amount of inert gas dissolved in the body tissues is decompressed to a pressure where the gas forms bubbles which may block blood vessels or physically damage surrounding cells. This is a risk on every decompression, and limiting the number of decompressions can reduce the risk. "Saturation" refers to the fact that the diver's tissues have absorbed the maximum partial pressure of gas possible for that depth due to the diver being exposed to breathing gas at that pressure for prolonged periods. This is significant because once the tissues become saturated, the time to ascend from depth, to decompress safely, will not increase with further exposure. In saturation diving, the divers live in a pressurized environment, which can be a saturation system or "saturation spread", a hyperbaric environment on the surface, or an ambient pressure underwater habitat. This may be maintained for up to several weeks, and they are decompressed to surface pressure only once, at the end of their tour of duty. By limiting the number of decompressions in this way, the risk of decompression sickness is significantly reduced”
Our Plogeur model is designed to be used in saturation diving.
In some previous models we have certified the watertightness of the prototype in a German laboratory to confirm its resistance to water pressure. We will certify the prototype of the Plongeur to verify its watertightness.
You will see that the SWISS MADE legend does not appear in the photographs of the prototype. This is because when we made the order for the prototype, we still did not have a clear idea of where to assemble and perform the quality control.
Definitely all watches will be assembled and tested in Switzerland. The assembly in Switzerland consists of preinspection of each component of the watch, assembly, runing test and control of watertightness.
Our main priority is making our most demanding customers proud of wearing a CREPAS WATCHES Plongeur timepiece, knowing it is extremely robust and well builded. That’s why we only use the finest components and materials available.
• CASE: Ø42 mm, 316L Stainless Steel.
• BEZEL: Ø42,50 mm, 316L Stainless Steel.
• MEASURES: Lug width 22mm, lug to lug 51mm, thickness 14,70mm.
• MOVEMENT: Swiss Made ETA 2824-2 Elaboré grade.
• HVR: automatic helium valve release placed at 9 position.
• CRYSTAL: Antireflective double domed sapphire glass (box sapphire style)
• HANDS/INDEXES: Faceted diamond cut with lume.
• LUME: Swiss Old Radium.
• BEZEL: Unidirectional rotatable 120 position with domed ceramic insert.
• WR: 100ATM = 1000m.
• STRAP: Solid riveted bracelet with heavy endlinks.
• CROWN: Screw down crown over tube with 5 o-ring gaskets.
• CASE BACK COVER: Two opening systems. Blind window with lume logo.
The ETA caliber 2824-2 is perhaps one of the most well-known and most recognized movements in the watch industry. It has been in production since 1982 and was based off the original Eterna caliber 1427. The “-2” designation indicates the generation. The 2824 is considered to be a “workhorse” movement by many watch enthusiasts. Most of the notorious Swiss watch companies use it or have used it. Among the advantages of this caliber is that the 2824-2 is a movement that any watchmaker could repair, its proven quality and durability and the accessibility to spare parts. We will use the Elaboré grade, better adjusted than the standard grade. Manufacturer ETAsa.
Caliber Number 2824-2
Vibrations Per Hour 28,800
Power Reserve 38 hours
Jewels 25 Hands 1.50/.90/.25
Shock Protection Incabloc
Novodiac Regulator Etachron
Functions Hours, minutes, central sweeping seconds, date
If you are new to automatic watches, you have to know that these watches do not use batteries, your movement makes the watch work. It is also possible to manually wind the watch by turning the crown.
A helium valve is a device for equalizing the pressure inside and outside the watch case when the watch is worn in a diving chamber. Inside the chamber, divers breathe a gas mixture that contains helium. The helium molecules are extremely small and are hence able to penetrate the watch case, building up inside it. In the process of decompression, the pressure inside the chamber decreases more rapidly than the pressure inside the case. This can cause the watch crystal to pop off. To prevent that, some watches have a valve on the side of the case that allows helium to escape from the case during decompression, making the pressure inside and outside the case the same. Most dive watches do not have helium valves and they are useless for saturation diving, where a diver spends time in a diving chamber.
There are three aspects that define the dial of the Plongeur: its glossy black finish, its metallic appliques and its curvature at the edges. As in our previous models, the Tektite and the Cayman, the dial has a similar finish to the old dials made with enamel; a special shine and a creamy texture. This is achieved by applying several thin layers of varnish. The metal appliques give a three-dimensional effect and high quality. This is the first model in which we use a sphere with curved edges. This feature, very common in vintage watches, is not easy to find today. To keep the dial as minimalist as possible and not lose its vintage character, we have only placed our brand and model name. The Plongeur is so classic that having put more text would have worsened his character.
Faceted diamond cut hands. This hand design is a classic. Full of lume to shine like a flashlight. LUME we use Swiss Superluminova Old Radium on hands, dial, bezel and case back cover. The color is similar to radium paste used decades ago but with absolutely safe material.
We use sapphire lens instead mineral glass. The sapphire lens is the best option due to its hardness, special brightness and resistance to shock and scratches. The design of its shape is double domed with round beveled edges. This kind of shape is called box sapphire. The lens has an anti-reflex treatment on its inner side. Its thickness of 3.30mm guarantees its resistance to 1000m
Most dive bezels turn in one direction only, counterclockwise, so that the bezel cannot be accidentally knocked off position in the clockwise direction and thus understate the elapsed time (usually the total dive time) being measured Our Plongeur model has a 120-position unidirectional bezel with 60-minute scale graduated every 5 minutes. With this type of bezel you can control a time lapse of up to 60 minutes. As with the curved dial, this is the first time we use a ceramic insert. The ceramic finish is polished. The insert marks are filled with lume, being able to measure 60 minutes time lapse in the darkness.
We use Superluminova by RCTRITEC on bezel, dial, hands and case back cover.
One of the most important things when designing a back cover is that when it opens and closes it does not damage the metal with the tool of the watchmaker. In the Plongeur model we have used two systems to open and close the lid. The first system is the five-point system, and the second one is the system with 15 sides. With these systems the metal should not be marked or damaged. With the Plongeur model we return to using a resource used in another previous model. The lumed logo on the back, besides being very cool, serves to locate the watch at night.
We have enjoyed designing this old school style bracelet. The bracelet tapers off from 22mm to 18mm, beginning at lugs and ending on the clasp. The sides of the links are riveted. Of course the links are not riveted like on vintage bracelet. All the parts are solid, including the endlinks. We have used a mechanized clasp instead of a folded sheet clasp. The clasp has 1,20mm metal thickness, standard folding clasp use to be 0,70mm thickness. There are two security systems to open the clasp, including two pushers on sides. The clasp has an extension for a wet suit and micro adjustments for a perfect fit size.
CREPAS PLONGEUR IN YOUR WRIST
The Plongeur size is perfect. With a 42,50mm diameter the piece looks perfect is all wrists. There are bigger and smaller watches, but with 42mm the size is in the middle of the market. It is not a small watch and also it is not a big watch.
We use this packing with our DECOMASTER model. This consists of a sealed suitcase with compartments to store the spare parts. There are two levels. In the upper level the watch and small parts are stored. The lower level is intended for long and large objects, such as straps and booklet. This suitcase complies with IP67 regulations on waterproofing and shock resistance. It is the perfect packing to travel around the world with the Plongeur model.
CREPAS WATCHES sends its watches to the whole world using world-class messaging companies. Our shipments are fully insured and we use the express system.
The price of the shipment you have to pay to receive your Plongeur model is 0 euro. Take advantage of free shipping by purchasing your watch via Kickstarter
The Plongeur model does not come alone. You will receive the watch in your home in a watertight suitcase with three compartments: in the first, the watch is housed on a pad. In a second compartment, small items, such as screwdrivers, four spare spring bars inside a glass bottle, the warranty card and a chamois to clean the watch. The third compartment, located on a lower level, is designed for larger accessories such as the brochure. If you help us get the stretch goals these will be stored in this compartment…
WHAT ABOUT STRETCH GOALS?...
We offer five stretch goals items, two of them are custom pieces made by JacobStraps.
Jacob is a craftsman from southern Spain. He manufactures straps for prestigious Swiss brands and build custom pieces that he sends around the world.
With a JacobStraps strap, you'll get more than handmade leather watch straps, you'll get extra quality for your watches and new sensations on your wrist. The handcrafted products of JacobStraps are made with top quality materials, handcrafted one by one, using ancient tanning techniques, in order to obtain an optimal raw material to make leather straps and other products in unique leather that give satisfaction and pride to their future owners.
The first JacobStrap Stretch Goal piece is a key ring, and the second one is a custom strap.
The key ring is done with black leather and yellow stitched. One side is engraved with our CREPAS logo and JacobStrap logo. The other side is engraved with the text “THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT”
The custom strap is made to measure. There are 5 sizes available. The inner side of the strap goes with both logos, CREPAS and JacobStraps. The material is calf leather with crocodile pattern.
Help us to get all Stretch Goals
We need your help and support. Please, share this project with your friends on Kickstarter, watch forum and watch friends on Facebook.
1.- Do we have to add the shipping cost?
No, the shipping cost is included by Express insuranced courier.
2.- Could we order an extra spare strap or other accesory?
Yes, of course, you can do it and will be easy. When the campaing finishes we will contact you by KS message asking some information and offering you different options to add to your purchase, so then you just need to reply back and confirm.
3.- When will be the delivery?
The delivery will be next April 2019
4.- Do you delivery worldwide?
Yes, it is. We deliver worldwide
5.- Do we have to add some other amount to the price showed?
Just in case your country adds duties and taxes when we delivery the parcel to you, must to be assumed by the backer. Meanwhile, KS will charge in your account the price showed in your contribution. Nothing more.
6.- Why Kickstater?
We love Kickstarter for so many reasons, here are some:
- It strengthens and builds the CREPAS WATCHES community. The campaign encourages our fans to get involved and communicate with us in an authentic and direct way. Through our first two Kickstarters, we have developed and maintained close relationships with people all over the world, to the extent that it does feel like family at times. Many of our fans have shared their personal stories with us, as we have with them, and that's what makes this experience so unique and special to us.
- It allows us to offer our watches at accessible prices. Since we have to produce a minimum order quantities required by our manufacturers, Kickstarter allows us to pre-sell our new collections, giving us the buying power, and giving our fans a significant discount in return. Kickstarter is an ideal platform for this kind of project, as it allows us to reach more backers, making us achieve quicker the MOQ. This way, in return, the price is more restrained, while the project in in the platform.
- It provides an incredible planning framework. It forces us to explain why the product needs to exist, how it's different from its competitors, create a timeline, and many other components that ensure that our production runs smoothly and efficiently. It also allows us to gauge the public's interest in a particular product, and plan for new products accordingly.
- Backers benefit from a more attractive price while they obtain rewards as the targets get overtaken.
- It's an updated version of a "launch party." It's a two-week long party! It's exhausting and filled with adrenaline, but an excellent experience. We wouldn't have it any other way.
7.- Can I request a specific Limited Edition/Serial number?
As much as we'd love to, unfortunately, we're unable to accommodate requests for specific limited edition numbers or serial numbers for the following reasons:
1. Because multiple people could ask for the same number, and we don't want to disappoint any of our fans.
2. Because fulfilling requests for Limited Edition numbers would be a logistical nightmare, trying to match every order to the correct number. As you can understand, once we're up to the fulfillment process, we want things to go as quickly as possible, so that we can get your watches out to you as fast as possible.
Risks and challenges
With almost a decade of experience designing and selling watches online, we know that the only risk in not being able to deliver the watch on time is a factory delay. This happens sometimes. Our estimate delivery date is April 2019 includes this risk.
One aspect unknown to us is the number of final units that this Kickstarter project will generate. If the quantity exceeds our estimate delivery could take a couple of weeks more.
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