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The Okeanos Explorer is the ultimate Hi-Beat dive watch with unsurpassed quality and value throughout the piece.
The Okeanos Explorer is the ultimate Hi-Beat dive watch with unsurpassed quality and value throughout the piece.
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Hi my name is DJ Heider and I am the creator of the Heitis Watch Company. The Heitis Watch Company is located in Buffalo, New York and our mission is to provide quality watches that are packed with unparalleled value. After our first successful Kickstarter in 2016 we are back with our first automatic watch. 

Our watches have been featured on some pretty cool watch sites and they all come to the same conclusion... "Heitis Watches are an amazing mix of Quality and Value that can't be beat".

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The "OKEANOS EXPLORER" is the result of over a year and a half of design and prototyping. Every piece and design feature in this watch has been carefully selected to ensure that it meets the highest quality standards and specifications. Heitis does not use a generic off-the-shelf case - every part has been designed and custom built to our exact specifications.

Okeanos Explorer Black & Red
Okeanos Explorer Black & Red
Okeanos Explorer Blue and Yellow
Okeanos Explorer Blue and Yellow
Deep Press Dial Blue with Yellow Accents
Deep Press Dial Blue with Yellow Accents
Deep Press Dial Black with Red Accents
Deep Press Dial Black with Red Accents

Buffalo is located on the shores of Lake Erie.  Lake Erie is one of the mighty Great Lakes, the largest freshwater source in the world. This was the inspiration for the Okeanos Explorer.  "Okeanos" is the mythological god of freshwater and this watch bears his name.  This watch features 200 Meters of water resistance and has a nautical theme throughout the timepiece. 

Okeanos Explorer Deep Press Caseback
Okeanos Explorer Deep Press Caseback

316L STAINLESS STEEL WATCH CASE 

The Okeanos Explorer is made of 316L Stainless Steel that is a molybdenum-alloyed steel. Its used by the worlds best watch manufacturers and it is resistant to both pitting and corrosion. We have chosen this material because of its high resistance and reliability. Its also a must in marine environments. Therefore corrosion will not be a problem.

Custom Okeanos Explorer Case w/4'Oclock Crown
Custom Okeanos Explorer Case w/4'Oclock Crown
Polished Case and Bezel
Polished Case and Bezel
Okeanos Explorer Deep Press Caseback
Okeanos Explorer Deep Press Caseback

SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL WITH ANTI-REFLECTIVE COATING

Did you know sapphire crystal is not really a glass, rather a synthetically made crystal? It has superb transparency and is extraordinarily scratch-resistant. To give some comparison, sapphire has a value of 9 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Diamond is a 10! That is why you will usually find sapphire crystal on expensive luxury watches. We have also coated the crystal with an anti-reflective coating to cut down on glare.  The coating has been applied to the underside of the crystal to avoid scratching. 

Anti Reflective Coated Single Domed Sapphire Crystal
Anti Reflective Coated Single Domed Sapphire Crystal

MOVEMENT

Miyota 9015 Automatic / Manual Winding  

The Okeanos Explorer is powered by one of the most reliable movements available today – the Miyota 9015. The 9015 includes a date window and beats at 28,800 VPH (Vibrations Per Hour), resulting in a very smooth sweep of the second hand. It is also shock resistant and includes a hacking function, making it one of the best values on the market. Best of all - no battery needed. The 9015 has a 42-hour power reserve and is powered by the motion of your wrist simply performing daily activities. It can also be manually wound by the crown. Just rotate the crown and turn roughly 20 times for a full charge.  

Beats Per Hour (BPH)  

The standard for premium modern watches is 21,600 beats per hour. Our Miyota 9015 beats at a high level of 28,800 making it a far superior movement. Beating at a higher rate means more precision and greater likelihood to keep accurate time. 

Miyota 9015 Hi-Beat Movement
Miyota 9015 Hi-Beat Movement

SWISS SUPERLUMINOVA

BGW9 Blue Lume & C3 Green Lume 

Swiss made Superluminous is applied to the hands, numbers and indexes. If you know anything about lume you know these are the best and brightest choices!  Super-LumiNova is a strontium aluminate based non-radioactive and nontoxic photoluminescent or afterglow pigment used for illuminating markings on watch dials, hands and bezels etc. The material works on the principle of “phosphorescence” and is charged through exposure to light. It is non-radioactive and slowly decreases in brightness until recharged again.

BGW9 Blue Swiss Superluminova
BGW9 Blue Swiss Superluminova
C3 Swiss Superluminova
C3 Swiss Superluminova

WATCH SPECIFICATIONS

Case Diameter: 42MM Polished Outside Ring Brushed Inside 

Case Thickness: 12.3MM  

Dial: 34.5MM Deep Press Plaid Matte

Crown: 6MM Screw Down With Deep Press Logo

Lug Width: 22MM  

Lug-to-Lug: 50MM  

Crystal: Sapphire, Single Dome with Anti Reflective Coating on the underside of the Crystal

Case Material: Stainless Steel 316L  

Caseback: Screw Down Stainless Steel 316L with Deep Press Okeanos Explorer Logo 

Bracelet: 22MM, Solid Stainless Steel 316L with Double Safety Clasp

Water Resistance: 20ATM (200 Meters)  

Mechanical Movement: Automatic, Miyota Hi Beat 9015

STRETCH GOAL #1 EXTRA STRAP

I am excited to announce that I have partnered with AGUE TRADING CO to bring a really nice stretch goal to the backers. If we reach $60,000 in funding on this project every backer will receive a Ballistic Nylon Nato Strap for their watch or watches purchased through the Kickstarter campaign! These straps are an awesome way to easily change the look of your watch very quickly.  Check out the picture below to see the straps. So lets get to the $60,000 goal! Help spread the word so everyone can get their stretch goal reward.    

Ballistic Nylon Nato Straps
Ballistic Nylon Nato Straps

NO DATE OPTION

Below is artwork for a no date option for the Okeanos Explorer. All of our current prototypes have a date window. With that being said you can choose a no date option dial upon completion of the project via our survey.  See the artwork below for a artist rendering.     

No Date Option Artwork
No Date Option Artwork
Project Timeline
Project Timeline

Disclaimer: All production watches will be done with drilled lugs for easy strap changes. 

Risks and challenges

Already having one successful Kickstarter campaign under our belt should help and will hopefully result in a smooth production process. With that being said creating and delivering a new product may come with unexpected delays or setbacks. I have strong relationships and a history of working hard with a reliable supply chain. This gives me the confidence to be able to say that i have minimized these risks for myself and ultimately you the customers.

You have my word that i will provide complete transparency and inform backers every step of the way.

I'll update you as much as humanly possible about the progress, and if there are any delays, I'll let you know ASAP!

After all is said and done, I will deliver the best quality timepieces to each and every one of my backers.

Thank-you so much!

Cheers!
DJ HEIDER

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    FOUNDERS EDITION EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

    One (1) Individually Numbered Okeanos Explorer (Future Retail $529)

    Be one of the first to own an Okeanos Explorer. You will receive an exclusive, individually numbered, timepiece. Available only to the first 150 Early Bird backers.

    Save $200.00 off of retail.

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    OKEANOS EXPLORER

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    OLD AND NEW

    Choose 1 Okeanos Explorer and 1 watch of your choice from our current lineup! The second watch can be an "AVIATOR" or "CHRONOGRAPH" of your choice. Refer to our website to see watches. (survey will be sent later) Save $180.00 on the Okeanos Explorer and $25.00 on either the "AVIATOR" or "CHRONOGRAPH"

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    TWICE AS NICE

    Choose any 2 Okeanos Explorer watches and save even more. Maybe you just want two watches or maybe you'll split them with one of your #watchfam friends to save a few bucks...either way this is a sweet deal!

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