A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
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Not only being very passionate about timepieces, DELTAt is a watch brand that has a very strong character of its own. Since starting our first successful crowdfunding campaign (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sora-defining-the-standard-of-pilot-watches) on Feb 2015, DELTAt has already created four different lines, seven collections, and a total of eighty-four different models of wristwatches. Many of them have very special characteristics that cannot be found elsewhere on the market.
DELTAt’s NBS-MKI has just been awarded the Iron A' Design Award in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category by the International Design Academy. The grand jury panel of the A' Design Award & Competition consists of internationally influential press members, established designers, leading academics and prominent entrepreneurs.
The A' Design Awards is the World's most influential and largest design award ceremony, presented each year in Italy. It is a great honor for us to receive this prestigious award and we would like to thank all of our friends and partners for their continued support and help along the way.
The A' Design Award gives recognition to the excellence of design on the international stage. You can visit the designmag.org to see all winners and to also check out our profile.
Timepiece is one of the greatest inventions of human kind. Civilization could never become so advanced without it. It is the instrument of measuring the change of time (∆t), and that’s why we named ourselves DELTAt (∆t). At DELTAt, we believe that CHANGE is the only thing that is eternal in the universe. However, without time, nothing changes. Our objective is to bring some CHANGES into the market, even though the wristwatch industry has been here since the 18th century and is already so evolved.
I am so excited every time I buy a new watch. I wear it every day, and am so eager to show it to everyone I meet. However, no matter how much I love it, the love of it drops as time goes by. It might end up sitting in a corner of my watch box after some period of time. Up until now, you may only be able to add some freshness to the watch by changing its straps. Alternatively, if you have the knowledges and skills, then you can add some modifications to it, but you are taking the risks of voiding the warranty, or worse, damaging the watch!
Heavy Armor is another bold diver watch from DELTAt’s award-winning designer. Designed with the concept of change in mind, Heavy Armor dares to be different! Besides being cool and special, with its changeable armor set system, you can easily dress it up with different sets of bezel plates that give it new look and feel anytime you want to! We have initially rolled out four armor sets, The Plain, The Skeleton I, The Skeleton II, and The Diver. More designs and materials will be added to the collection. You can even mix-and-match the plates with different sets to give the watch a look that is unique on your wrist. Everyone loves being unique, right?
Heavy Armor is also a top notch diver watch. It has everything a diver watch needs, plus the quality and craftsmanship you would expect from DELTAt. To be considered a diver watch, the watch needs to meet the following requirements:
Unidirectional bezel – to time the diving session. It has to be unidirectional in anti-clockwise, so that even if the bezel is accidentally turned under water, the end of session time can only be shortened instead of lengthened. Indicated Time Passed is more than Actual Time Passed, so you have to go back to the surface earlier.
On the other hand, if the bezel is turned clockwise, due to the starting time being pushed forward, the end of session time is postponed, and it is lethal as the supply of oxygen may run out due to thinking that there is extended time left for the session.
Clearly distinguishable minute markings – every minute passes is crucial in a dive session.
Luminous index and hands – ensure adequate readability at 9.8 inches in total darkness.
Water resistance – at least 100 m / 330 ft / 10 ATM water resistant.
Heavy Armor meets all of the above requirements and it doesn’t stop there.
Water Resistance – Heavy Armor is water resistant to 1000 m / 3,300 ft / 100 ATM! With its automatic helium escape valve, it is even suitable for saturation diving.
Material – Heavy Armor uses 316L Stainless Steel as its case and bottom cover’s material. 316L Stainless Steel is a surgical grade material. Not only because it is very hard and corrosion free, it contains much less nickel as to not trigger an allergic reaction to sensitive skins.
Movement – in order to be a collectable, a wrist watch must use a mechanical movement. Mechanical movements not only represent the inheritance of watchmakers’ tradition, they are the essence of over 200 years of watch history. You can’t imagine how difficult it is to measure one second precisely by pure mechanical instruments, especially if it compares to electronic devices. This craftsmanship alone is considered as a form of art.
Heavy Armor uses the Japan Time Module (Seiko) Automatic Movement Cal. NH35. The Japan Time Module (Seiko) Automatic Movement Cal. NH35 also features the hacking seconds Function, which allows you to set time precisely up to the second.
Crystal – Heavy Armor uses Sapphire Crystal. Sapphire Crystal is the second hardest natural mineral on earth. Rated 9 at the Mohs Scale, only after diamond. A material will be scratched only by materials that are harder than itself, so the chance of Sapphire Crystal being scratched is very low. It has become the standard of luxury wrist watches.
Straps – Heavy Armor comes with 2 sets of straps. Genuine Leather strap and Rubber strap.
Packaging – Heavy Armor’s case is made from ultra-high impact resistance plastic. Equipped with O-ring seal and automatic pressure equalization valve, it is chemical resistant, corrosion resistant, airtight, watertight, and dust proof. Together with the interior foam, it provides perfect storage and protection for the Heavy Armor.
All models will be limited to a production of 300 pieces and will be individually numbered. The serial number will be in the first backed, first served basis. The earlier you back us, the lower the serial number you will get.
This campaign is the chance to own the Heavy Armor at the first hand. It is also the only chance of purchasing the Heavy Armor with the lowest direct to consumer price. So act now and pick your very own remarkable unique timepiece!
Saturation diving is a diving technique that allows divers to reduce the risk of decompression sickness when they work at great depths (up to a few hundred meters, which is much deeper than scuba diving) for long periods of time. In saturation diving, the divers are subject to a pressurized environment. 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.
The pressure is slowly reduced during the decompression, and this is when some of the earlier, standard dive watches started to show problems. As the pressure reduces, internal pressure in the watch builds up due to its effective sealing, and the watch’s crystal would sometimes pop off.
Doxa and Rolex started working on addressing this problem at around 1967, and released the first helium escape valve for the Rolex Sea-Dweller at 1968. It is called helium escape valve because the breathing gas mixture used contains helium, and when in the decompressing session, it is used for releasing the helium inside the watch.
Old/manual helium escape valve has to be operated manually. Thus, you have to open the valve of the watch manually during the decompression session in order to release helium from the watch. Heavy Armor equipped with an automatic helium escape valve, which operates automatically. It opens automatically when the pressure inside the watch is higher than its surrounding environment.
Japan Time Module (Seiko) Automatic Movement Cal. NH35
21,600 vibrations per hour
more than 41 hours power reserve
Accuracy -20 ~ +40 seconds per day
Lumed Hour, Minute hand
49mm lug center to lug center
316L Stainless Steel
Screw-down 316L Stainless Steel Bottom Cover
8.9mm diameter screw-down crown
Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating
1000m/3300ft (100ATM) Water Resistant with Automatic Helium Escape Valve
120 clicks unidirectional bezel
Changeable Armor Set System
One set of 90/135mm crazy horse genuine leather straps
One set of 80/120mm rubber straps
We have been working on the Heavy Armor project since February 2016. Three generations of prototypes have been produced and we are now working on the fourth generation of prototype, which should be very close to the final product. As we use the best materials and craftsmanship to build the Heavy Armor, and also due to its complexity and numerous processes and tooling fees, the cost of production is very high. Almost triple the cost of an ordinary diver watch! This is why we need your help and support! Please help us so that we can share the joy of owning this wonderful timepiece with you!
As we have been in the business for almost three years, we have established stable relationships and trust between us and our suppliers. Craftsmanship and quality has been proven to the market already, and we ensure that every step of the manufacturing processes is reliable, accurate, and flawless.
We understand that every project may encounter some risks and challenges. However, as we have been working on the Heavy Armor project for more than a year, we have planned thoroughly and have estimated every single step of the processes. We are so confident that everything will work as smooth as possible, and can overcome any issue that might arise. You can tell from our last campaign that we not only met the promised delivery, we delivered the products a month earlier than the estimated delivery date with promised quality! The number one risk that we might have to face is production delay. If *touch wood* anything went wrong that prolong the production process, we will inform you immediately. We will keep you updated for every single step we have moved.