The Benarus Megalodon Dive Watch
The Megalodon, by Benarus, is the ultimate dive watch with the highest quality of materials and tolerances possible with todays manufacturing technologies. We combine the specs of a super dive watch with the materials of a luxury watch to bring you this unique sports watch at an affordable price.
First let's look at the inspiration of the name, design, the size, and the dial. The Megalodon was the largest shark to ever live in our oceans. They could grow to nearly 60 feet long and have teeth 5-7 inches. Our Megalodon is also massive in size with a diameter of 49mm. The watch dial is also full of large shark teeth inspired hour marks and hands.
While you are looking at the dial and hands above, look at the lume we are using. Swiss Super-LumiNova is the best lume product on the market. Used by the top luxury brands, we also use this material and apply it many times to achieve the brightest and longest glow possible. View our Megalodon glowing in the picture below. The lume we are using for this project is called BGW-9, it is pure white in the daylight and glows blue at night. The sample watch below is using the BGW-9 that we will use on this project.
Our case and bracelet are machined out of solid 316L stainless steel. 316L is known as an anti-allergic stainless steel. Below are some images to give you an idea of the Megalodons shape and measurements.
Above you can see the profile of the Megalodon, the crown on the left is how you operate the mechanical automatic movement. The darker circle on the right is an automatic helium release valve (HRV). This valve is used if gases such as helium enters the watch through the rubber gaskets. The gas will expand as air pressure changes and the valve will let the gas out without damaging the watch.
The lugs on the Megalodon are drilled so that you can remove the bracelet easily and use a rubber dive strap, or any 24mm strap that you want to use.
With the Megalodon, you are free to use any 24mm strap you like for fun & style, but for actual diving, you can leave this watch on the bracelet thanks to our adjustable divers clasp.
The solid steel dive clasp has 2 sets of push buttons. In the picture above, the buttons on the left open the clasp for removing the watch and the buttons on the right open the expanding clasp.
The reason the Megalodon is a super dive watch is because of the design of the case, the thickness of the case back and sapphire crystal, and the use of rubber gaskets. Below you can see the super specs on the inside and out.
The Megalodon uses 2 rubber gaskets with the case back and 3 rubber gaskets in the crown. The next 2 images you can see some of these rubber gaskets.
Looking at the 2 rubber gaskets above, you can also see the caliber 9015 automatic movement. The 9015 is made by Miyota in Japan. Miyota is a movement production house owned by Citizen Watches. This movement is one of Citizen's highest quality movements available today.
Here are some of the performance numbers of the 9015:
- 28,800 beats per hour, or 8 ticks per second (smooth sweep).
- 40 hour power reserve if you set the watch down.
- Hand winding crown, for when the watch has no power.
- Stop second hand (hacking) for setting precise time.
- Shock absorber and steel retaining ring.
- Time regulated at our factory for better performance.
Megalodon Production Designs
So far the photos you see above are a production sample watch. The actual Megalodon will ship with a few changes and accessories including:
- 6 different designs that you can view below.
- A sapphire lume bezel insert and not the all steel bezel shown above.
- Case proportion changes to match the tech drawings shown above.
- Shipped in a leather presentation/storage box.
- A black natural rubber dive strap, 24mm wide, 22mm steel buckle.
- A 12 month warranty card for any problems with the movement.
- Benarus vinyl sticker.
- Extra 24mm spring bars.
The model Meg V1 features a sand blasted and DLC coated steel bezel with the sapphire black/orange lume bezel insert. The dial is black, the tooth ring is black, the hour hand will be matte steel, the minute hand will be orange, the case and bracelet will be brushed stainless steel similar to the photos above.
The model Meg V2 features a brushed steel bezel with the black sapphire lume bezel insert. The dial is black, the tooth ring is black, the hands are matte steel, there is a light grey blue accent under the sapphire bezel for the minute marks. The case and bracelet will be brushed stainless steel.
The model Meg V3 features a sand blasted and DLC coated steel bezel with a black/orange sapphire lume bezel insert. The dial is off-white, the tooth ring is black, the hands are black and orange, the case and bracelet will be brushed stainless like the sample watch shown in the photos above.
The model Meg V4 features a brushed stainless steel bezel with a black/orange sapphire lume bezel insert. The dial is orange, the tooth ring is black, the hands are black, the case and bracelet will be brushed stainless like the sample watch shown in the photos above.
The model Meg V5 features a brushed stainless steel bezel with a blue/orange sapphire lume bezel insert. The dial is blue, the tooth ring is blue, the hands are matte steel and orange, the case and bracelet will be brushed stainless like the sample watch shown in the photos above.
The model Meg V6 features a brushed stainless steel bezel with a blue sapphire lume bezel insert. The dial is blue, the tooth ring is blue, the hands are matte steel, the case and bracelet will be brushed stainless like the sample watch shown in the photos above.
What comes with the steel kit?
The Megalodon ships on the steel bracelet with adjustable clasp, comes in a presentation box, with a natural rubber dive strap, additional spring bars, and a 1 year warranty card.
THE BRONZE CASE
We are adding a bronze case version to this Kickstarter production. You can adjust your "rewards" if you would like to upgrade to the bronze Megalodon.
These bronze watches will be machined 1 case at a time from a solid block of CuSn8 bronze. The unique characteristics of wearing bronze is that is will continue to darken and change colors as you wear it. The case back will be titanium, and the bronze watch does not come with a bracelet, so the copper is not touching your skin.
Other than the more expensive case material, the rest of the specs will be the same as the steel version including the 9015 movement. The bronze Megalodon will be available in these 3 unique dial colors and comes on the natural rubber dive strap with a matching CuSn8 buckle. This Megalodon also ships in the presentation box and comes with a 1 year warranty card and extra spring bars. If we reach the stretch goal it will also ship with a black leather strap.
Below you can see an actual watch with a CuSn8 bronze case. This is a Benarus bronze Moray 47mm. The case on the right is older than the buckle you see on the left. Both are CuSn8 and you can see the buckle is bright and looks like gold, but as the bronze ages it darkens with patina.
If this project reaches $150,000 we will include an additional black leather strap for all backers. The strap will come with a stainless steel buckle.
Risks and challenges
We have been producing Benarus watches in small quantities since 2008. We have a factory partner who is ready to start producing the Megalodon and have them ready by November/December 2015. We will begin production as soon as this KickStarter project has ended. At that time we will know more about the production timeline.
We will be posting news about this project on our website, our news blog, and our Facebook page, so you will always know where we are at with this process.
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