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A reinterpretation of the classic WW2 pilot’s watch. Crafted from brass which develops a patina unique to you.
A reinterpretation of the classic WW2 pilot’s watch. Crafted from brass which develops a patina unique to you.
A reinterpretation of the classic WW2 pilot’s watch. Crafted from brass which develops a patina unique to you.
632 backers pledged AU$ 206,467 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goal #4 $180,000 - Type B pilot dial

History of the Pilot’s Watch

The pilot watch (or Observation watch) was developed by the RLM (Reichs-Luftfahrtministerium, or Reich’s Ministry of Air Transport) in WW2 for use by navigators in conjunction with charts and other tools. One distinct feature of the watch was the triangle marker at 12 o’clock flanked by two dots. It gave a quick indication of the upward orientation of the dial during night flight. The triangle also functioned as a solar compass to find the earth’s true north when used with sextants, compass and data charts.

A Classic, Reimagined

Brass is one of the oldest alloys known to man and was used for its gold appearance when new. Over time and use, this bright gold weathers to a rustic brown. This weathering is based on the environment the watch is being worn in, making it truly personal to you. 

While keeping the design of the dial clean and true to the original pilot’s watch, a sandwich effect was created for the Caspian. This involves the use of 2 dial layers to create a slight layered effect which could be appreciated up close.

Luminous material is painted on the lower layer to allow for great visibility at night.

The crystal is also made from sapphire, the most scratch resistant material available. Its slight domed shape pays tribute to the crystals used in vintage watches.

The Caspian-01 and 02 are powered by the Seiko NH35, a reliable and robust automatic movement. It will never need a battery change unlike quartz watches, with just a quick shake to power up.

For the chronograph model 03 and 04, we chose the Seiko Mechaquartz Chronograph movement. This allowed costs to be kept low (unlike a mechanical chronograph) while having the same look and feel. The smooth sweep of the chronograph hand is similar to what you’d find on a mechanical chronograph easily costing 5 times more.

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Selection of the dial variants will be done during the shipping survey.

Specifications

42mm Brass case, 50mm lug to lug length and 22mm lug width. 13.5mm Thick

Brass case on C-01/03, Sandblasted PVD on C-02/04

Seiko NH35 Automatic Movement : 24 jewels, 21600bph, hacking and winding

Seiko MechaQuartz

Domed Sapphire Crystal

Water Resistance of 100m

Engraved logo on crown and caseback

Sandwich Dial

BGW9 Superluminova for C01/03, Orange Superluminova for C02/04

1 Year international warranty

About Ventus

Ventus came up as an idea to offer affordable and classic timepieces with small but unique twists. It was founded by two close friends, Elshan, who has been involved with three successful KS watch projects, and Shane, a passionate collector of mechanical wristwatches.

Production Plan

Samples, molds and drawings are in hand and ready for production. All we need now is the funds for production to begin!

Delivery is due by the end of August as the typical production schedule requires approximately 3 months once the order is placed.

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Risks and challenges

Even though this is the first project by Ventus, we have a reliable manufacturer in place and experience with regards to the production and fulfillment of watches.

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    ~ 200USD/185EUR FREE SHIPPING

    EARLY BIRD C-01

    Our way of saying thanks to our early supporters! Receive one Caspian AUTO in BRASS. Approx RRP will be $450AUD

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    Our way of saying thanks to our early supporters! Receive one Caspian AUTO in PVD. Approx RRP will be $450AUD

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Funding period

- (30 days)