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High specification watches at a price anyone can afford. Titanium case, ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal and automatic movement.
High specification watches at a price anyone can afford. Titanium case, ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal and automatic movement.
High specification watches at a price anyone can afford. Titanium case, ceramic bezel, sapphire crystal and automatic movement.
610 backers pledged £146,757 to help bring this project to life.

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Hamtun Watches - H1: Grade 5 titanium automatic dive watch

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The Hamtun H1 is the result of over a year of design, iteration and prototyping by Hamtun Ltd, a small Southampton, UK based company.

In a sea of "me too" minimalistic watches and clones, we set about redefining what an affordable, crowdfunded watch could be. Custom design, high quality parts and genuinely affordable, the H1 is our vision of a modern dive watch.

 

The Hamtun H1 is a custom designed titanium dive watch. Unlike many of the affordable watch campaigns that you'll see, we don't use a generic off-the-shelf case - every part has been designed and built to our exacting standards and specifications. 

 

Our cases are made from high-grade satin finished titanium. Titanium is tough and light, resulting in a solid and substantial timepiece that comes in weighing just 120g.

Our bezel inserts are made from ceramic. Ceramic bezels are far harder to scratch and scuff than metal ones. They have a subtle, classy matte finish, and the markers are filled with lume.

The Hamtun H1 features a double domed sapphire crystal. Sapphire crystals are far more scratch resistant than the mineral ones you often see on affordable watches. It's coated inside and out with an anti-reflective coating for maximum readability in any light. The full height of the watch, including the crystal, is just under 13mm.

The crown, used for winding the watch and setting the date/time, is positioned at the 4 o'clock position. This results in a more comfortable day-to-day wear as in this position it's less likely to push in to your hand. When the watch is wound and the time is set the crown screws down tightly to keep water out.

The date window is at the 4 o'clock position, in line with the crown. The date wheel has been custom made using the same background colour as the watch face, ensuring that the date is subtle and doesn't detract from the design.

The hour markers are cut out of the watch face, allowing the colour underneath to show through. This gives the watch more depth.

The hour markers, bezel markers, hour and minute hands all glow in the dark, making your watch usable even in bad light.

 

We knew the movement had to be automatic. Who wants a quartz diver? Certainly not us. So the challenge was finding a movement that was affordable and reliable. If a watch can't keep good time, it doesn't really matter how great looking or high quality the rest of it is.

We had a few requirements. It had to be automatic, it had to be hand windable, and it had to have hacking seconds.

  • Automatic means that as long as you wear the watch every day or two it should keep itself wound up enough to keep going.
  • Hand winding means that if the watch does stop after a period off the wrist, you can start it again by just winding it up.
  • Hacking seconds means that when you fully pull the crown out the seconds hand stops, making it easier to accurately set the time.

We finally settled on the Seiko NH35A. It allows us to hit our target price for the watch and in our tests it kept better time than any other movement in a similar price bracket. It's also a very popular movement, so if you want to get your watch serviced in the future and don't want to send it back to us, a local watch maker should be able to help you.

 

The H1 was always designed to be a dark, moody looking piece. Initially we worked on just one design, however we finally settled on three designs. You'll be asked which design you would like via a survey when the Kickstarter campaign is complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each watch comes with your choice of a titanium bracelet or a silicone strap. Both are custom designed to fit the H1 perfectly. We'll ask you for your preference via a survey when the Kickstarter campaign is complete.

 

 

The Hamtun H1 was designed in the UK but is being manufactured in China. Once the campaign finishes, we'll collect backer preferences and then will place our order with the factories in early November. The timeline we've put together factors in Chinese holidays in the new year. We'll work hard to beat this schedule, but currently we expect to deliver in March or April 2017.

Throughout the manufacturing and quality control phases, we will keep all backers updated here, on our Facebook page, via Twitter, and via email.

 

Every Hamtun H1 comes with a 2 year warranty against manufacturing or movement defects.

 

The Hamtun H1 will ship worldwide. When backing the project, you'll be asked where in the world you'd like your watch shipped to and the appropriate fee will be added to your pledge. We'll contact you when the project funds to get your address.

The Hamtun H1 ships from the UK via courier to anywhere worldwide. If you're outside the EU, you'll need to confirm any import duties you may be required to pay with your local customs office.

This campaign quickly flew past the funding goal and left us with some decisions to make. We're delivering what we hope is a great value watch, but by doing so we do not have huge margins with which to offer vast number of "free" extras. The majority of the extra funding will go in to ensuring that quality is of a very high standard, by both having extra checks at the factory and here before dispatch to you.

However there were a few requests that kept coming up in discussion, so we've managed to secure the following stretch goals. We hope that a big focus on quality and these extras make everyone happy.

If we reach £50,000 we’ll upgrade the lume across all watched to Super-LumiNova. On the dial and bezel this will be blue BGW9.

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If we reach the £75,000 mark we’ll include both the custom silicone strap and custom titanium bracelet with all watchers. Ordered more than one watch? Each of them will get both straps.

THIS GOAL HAS BEEN UNLOCKED

If we reach £85,000 we’ll drill the lugs through. This makes swapping straps far easier, and also allows use of stronger bars to attach you straps, meaning it'll be even more secure on your dives.

THIS GOAL HAS BEEN UNLOCKED

If we reach £100,000 we’ll put serial numbers on the back of all of the watches. This will identify your watch as part of the first production run. Those on the super early-bird reward level will get a low number.

THIS GOAL HAS BEEN UNLOCKED

Risks and challenges

We have taken every precaution to ensure that we can deliver on schedule. We have worked with our chosen factory on rounds of prototypes and each have been delivered on time and to specification.

We have also worked to have plans drawn up with a second supplier so that if anything unexpected arises we can switch to them. This would add a delay to delivery as we'd need further prototype rounds, but would not affect the budget.

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