Oceanica is proud to bring you the OP-1 Pilot watch. Oceanica is a one man team founded in 2017 based on Long Island, NY and did release one dive watch in a very small number. I am simply fulfilling a dream of mine to create a pilot watch and offer it to a broader audience. I, myself always look around for the best deals with the highest quality components, movements, and of course best looking watches. I am essentially bringing this product directly to the end consumer by cutting out the middleman or retail outlet, allowing for a very good value and truly outstanding timepiece which can be cherished by other watch enthusiasts all around the globe. I, myself have been wearing and collecting watches of all types for numerous years - and watches are truly my passion, and what I live for.
Oceanica OP-1 Automatic Pilot Watch
About the watch
The OP-1 is influenced by the original Flieger watches of the mid 1900's and these watches were actually used as tools and flight instruments by the military, and airforce. These watches were essential for survival and telling the time at a quick glance with the easy legibility of this dial "B" style layout. In earlier times, the pilot watches were larger - up too 50MM meant to be worn over flight jackets. In modern times, these style of timepieces have been slandered and slimmed down to adapt to the era in which we currently live in. Lastly, the upside down triangle with a dot to the left and right at 12:00 allows for easy legibility and quick reference during the night or day, just like the very first pilot watches.
The Planning and Prototyping
TECHNICAL DRAWING OF FINAL OP-1 PILOT WATCH PLANS
I went through 3-4 prototypes of pilot watches before choosing this one due to the quality and overall feel of the timepiece. I also wanted to create a modern wearable size for the general population of 40MM. The downsizing of watches is happening as we speak and I think 40MM is the sweetspot in todays times. I also wanted to source a beautiful blue sunburst dial which was not easy to find in this exact shade, which looks beautiful outside during the day. I am happy to say, I am extremely happy with the way these turned out and the great quality fit, finish, build, and materials you guys will be able to have for such a low price - which is NOT easy to find in the watch world today. After doing some more research, I also saw a trend that watches being produced with the same specification and movement as the OP-1, were selling for upwards of 500 USD. I believe I am doing the right thing by bringing my feel for quality to you guys, the end user.
*Please note all photos are 1:1 of what the actual watch you will receive will look like and NOT Photoshopped*
Available in Two Different Dial Colors
Matte Black with Red "OP-1"
I chose to utilize a very robust, accurate, and reliable high beat automatic movement. This means , no batteries - the watch actually runs with the movement of your hand or by winding the watch via Crown. The movement I chose is the Miyota 90S5. This movement has a power reserve of 42 hours, contains 24 jewels, and has a hand winding, and hacking capability. ( When crown is pulled - Second hand stops to set exact time ). It is also a beautiful movement to look at whilst running which can be seen through the Sapphire exhibition caseback on the back of the watch. The movement also has a beat rate of 28,800 Vibrations Per Hour allowing for an extremely smooth sweep of the seconds hand. This movement does not feature a date, and allows for a clean overall user experience.
The Blue dial contains a sunburst effect and the black dial variant has a matte finish. Both dials are classic and traditional in the sense of pilot watches of the past and deeply influenced by them. The layout used on these dials is called the "B" style layout. This layout with large numerals allows for easy time reading at a quick glance, whether it be night or day. It is extremely practical and useful in everyday situations, from my experience. The dial also contains sword like hands filled with C3 SuperLuminova, as well as the markers and numerals.
Case Construction and Finish
The OP-1 is comrpised of Marine grade 316L Solid Stainless steel which is corrosion resistant and holds up very well over the years. The case itself is 40MM in diameter, 10MM in thickness, and 47MM Lug to Lug distance. The lug width measures a standard 20MM and can fit many different straps. The finishing is all brushed and feels soft to my hands, which is good. The crystal used is a Genuine Anti-Reflective coated Sapphire crystal on the front of the watch, and the back of the watch. The small onion crown which is so typical of flinger style watches is sized fo the 40MM case so it does not bother you on the wrist also. The case is essentially three pieces - the case - smooth bezel - and screw down caseback which is water resistant to 5ATM or 50M.
Genuine High Quality Black Leather Straps
The black leather strap I chose because overall I think It fits the characteristics of a pilots timepiece, and it is comfortable on my wrist. The strap is 20MM and contains enough holes to accommodate a larger wrist. There is no break-in period required with this strap , and it will fit on the wrist with ease straight out of the box. Being a watch lover myself, a stiff strap is a big no-no for me.
The OP-1 will ship inside a leatherette case on a pillow with your one year warranty card included. I chose to keep it simple, after doing a survey asking many watch collectors about boxes. This also helps keep cost down, and allows me to provide a lower price for Pre-Order, giving you more value for your money.
Stretch Goal #1
If we raise $20,000 during the campaign - Each Pledger no matter what tier will receive one custom luxury Nylon seatbelt style strap for their Oceanica OP-1.
FULL SPECIFICATION LIST
- 40MM DIAMETER
- 10MM THICKNESS
- 47MM LUG TO LUG DISTANCE
- 20MM LUG WIDTH
- SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL FRONT AND BACK
- C3 SUPERLUMINOVA HANDS - MARKERS - TRIANGLE
- 5 ATM OR 50M WATER RESISTANT
- PULL/PUSH ONION CROWN
- MIYOTA 90S5 AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT MADE IN JAPAN ( 24 JEWELS , 42 HOUR POWER RESERVE , HACKING , HAND WIND CAPABILITY )
- GENUINE BLACK LEATHER 20MM BAND WITH SIGNED OCEANICA BUCKLE
- JUNE 2018 - THOUGHTS OF CREATING AN AFFORDABLE HIGH QUALITY PILOTS WATCH
- JULY 2018 - START SKETCH IDEAS OF LAYOUT AND LOGO
- AUGUST 2018 - STARTING SOURCING PROTOTYPES AND TESTING
- SEPTEMBER 2018 - RECEIVED PROTOTYPES - TESTED AND FOUND THE RIGHT FACTORY FOR PRODUCTION
- OCTOBER 2018 - LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
- NOVEMBER 2018 - KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FUNDED
- DECEMBER 2018 - PRODUCTION STARTS
- JANUARY 2019 - PRODUCTION
- FEBRUARY 2019 - WATCHES ARRIVE AND I PERFORM QUALITY CONTROL MYSELF - SHIP OUT WATCHES EARLY FEBRUARY WORLDWIDE
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Risks and challenges
As with any new brand and project there are always hurdles to jump but I have already secured the manufacturing of all components going through many different prototypes and I do feel confident with them. Please keep in mind international orders might be subject to customs taxes which I do not cover. This should be a smooth process and hope all goes well if funded. Thanks for your time. After kickstarter has ended , the watches will take 2 months or 60 days to produce and should ship out within a week or so after that at my best.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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