The inception of Traska was motivated by our vision to create sport watches that enrich the lives of those wearing them. Coupling robust construction with a timeless aesthetic, the result is a timepiece that will last a lifetime and thrive in any environment. Whether you’re scuba diving Darwin’s Arch, rock climbing Half Dome, or diving into the pool to save a drunken party guest, a Traska watch is a companion worthy of any adventure.
When it comes to watches, we are of the mindset that quality shouldn't have to be a luxury. While the Freediver possesses many of the characteristics found only among the upper echelon of timepieces, the omission of celebrity endorsements and photos with rented Italian sports cars was intentional. Here at Traska, we have used all of our available resources to actually create watches of substance, not ones merely exuding the air of it.
From the beach to the boardroom- the perfect watch for every situation.
Our watches aren't built to be best in class, they're crafted to exist in a league of their own.
Constructed from 316L surgical-grade stainless steel with a proprietary hardening coating, the Freediver is meant to be a true utility watch. We employed three different finishes for the case. The brushed, polished, and sandblasted finishes not only allow the Freediver to pop in all the right ways, they exemplify our passion for detail.
Both the name and spirit of the Freediver are portrayed on its embossed case back.
The 120 click unidirectional coin-edged bezel exhibits either a sapphire crystal bezel insert that sits atop BGW9 Super LumiNova painted minute and hash markers, or a round brushed stainless steel scratch resistant insert with engraved numerals. The sapphire bezel's unparalleled hardness ensures that the Freediver's rotating bezel will remain scratch free and looking new through every adventure.
It’s no secret that stainless steel is tough (about 160 HV on the Vicker's hardness scale). Our proprietary coating, just a few microns thick, hardens the Freediver to nearly 1,500 HV. That’s nearly 10 times harder than traditional 316L stainless steel – that’s tough!
The coin-edged crown with engraved logo screws down snugly into the side of the Freediver's case to uphold the integrity of the hermetic case's 100 meter depth rating.
The Freediver sports a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the inside to minimize glare for easier reading in direct sunlight. The double domed crystal bubbles subtly over the bezel in a nod to the classic domed acrylic crystals found in tool watches of the past. Measuring 9 out of 10 on the Moh's Hardness scale, the sapphire crystal is nearly impervious to scratches.
The Freediver's sandblasted dial is enhanced with polished, hand-applied indices that provide an opulent contrast against the dial's matte finish. An indexed rehaut displays the minute markers of the dial, giving a depth to the watch that can only be fully appreciated in person.
The diamond-cut hands are milled from a solid block of stainless steel and then meticulously polished before being filled with the same BGW9 luminescent material found under the bezel and in the dial's applied indexes.
Forged from 316L steel and tapering from 20mm to 18mm, the bracelet’s substantial links trace their aesthetic from designs pioneered in the late 1930s by acclaimed Swiss bracelet purveyor, Gay Frères. The Freediver’s bracelet was made with wear and tear in mind and is coated with the same proprietary coating as the case. Precisely machined from stainless steel, the buckle’s two locking mechanisms snap crisply and securely. The inside of the clasp is hand polished with a perlage finish because even the smallest of details matter.
Within the hermetically sealed, 10 ATM-rated case beats the workhorse that powers the Freediver. A mechanical movement automatically wound by the movement of the wearer, the NH38A oscillates at 21,600 beats per hour and will keep ticking for decades without the yearly visits to a watchmaker for a battery swap. A 24 jeweled, two step, hand-windable, movement with hacking, the NH38 is a dateless variant of Seiko's NH35A movement. The NH38 movement has earned the respect of connoisseurs, layman, and anyone seeking a ruggedly reliable power source for their watch.
Rather than inflating the cost of our watches by using a sourcing company or manufacturing agent to assist with production, we decided to pack our bags and temporarily move to Guangzhou, China to oversee development ourselves. We spent a total of six months working alongside our manufacturing partners on the factory floors during the Freediver’s prototyping. Upon the successful completion of our Kickstarter campaign, we plan to return to Guangzhou to supervise the final production run.
While giving our customers the most competitive prices possible was a prime motivator in our decision to set up shop in Asia, the deciding factor was the opportunity to implement a rigorous and comprehensive quality control process. Managing the quality control process onsite allows us to carefully inspect every piece for manufacturing defects before packaging and shipping it to your doorstep. We accept nothing short of excellence!
We are pleased to offer a transferable three-year limited international warranty beginning from the date of purchase of your Traska watch.
To lower our carbon footprint (and make your life easier) we have chosen not to include any warranty cards. Your watch’s unique serial number will be stored in our warranty database before it’s shipped so you never have to worry about losing your warranty because of a misplaced card!
Accidents happen. We are happy to offer replacement parts and service in the event you damage your watch in a way that is not covered by our warranty. If you have any issues with your watch, please email us at info@TraskaWatch.com and we will work with you to resolve the issue.
Risks and challenges
We do things a bit differently than all the other Kickstarter watch brands. Rather than working with our manufacturing partners remotely, we will be on the ground and in the factories throughout the entirety of the production process. This allows us to have complete control of how our watches are being made, and enables us to meticulously inspect each and every individual watch before it is packaged and delivered to you.
Despite our best efforts to ensure that your watch is delivered on time, we have the responsibility to warn you that delays in production could occur. Should there be any changes to our production timeline, we promise to keep you informed, both during and after the campaign.
We have already spent nearly a year working on-site with our various manufactures, producing dozens of prototypes as part of our quest for perfection. The time spent alongside our dedicated suppliers has shown them to be very capable of fulfilling our deadlines in a timely manner. This dedication to excellence is why we chose to work with them instead of the myriad of other lesser-quality manufacturers, and is what gives us the confidence to entrust them with our production needs.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout this journey. Without you, we would be nothing. We are excited for you to take this next step with us, and are eternally grateful for your assistance in moving our project from dream to reality.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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