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Raven Defender is a multi-purpose expedition time piece that combines a classic aviation design with scuba diving specs in a 42mm case.
Raven Defender is a multi-purpose expedition time piece that combines a classic aviation design with scuba diving specs in a 42mm case.
236 backers pledged $102,209 to help bring this project to life.

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Raven Defender is a multi-purpose expedition time piece that combines a classic aviation design with scuba diving specs in a 42mm case.

Raven Defender Wrist Watch

$102,209

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Introducing the Raven Defender

My name is Steve Laughlin and I have been designing and manufacturing high quality limited production dive watches since 2008 under my company STEVRAL INC. Over the years we have been successful, selling out of every wrist watch we have produced.

For this project I am partnering with Kickstarter in hopes that we can grow our customer base and increase our production numbers. This exceptional new watch design at the price point we are offering is one way that we hope to reach our goal.

Raven Defender with various 20mm straps
Raven Defender with various 20mm straps

The Design

The Raven Defender features an easy to read dial and bezel layout that resembles analog cockpit instruments and vintage military wrist watches. The steel case has the added bonus of being water resistant to 300 meters and features a bi-directional rotating inner bezel for tracking elapsed time.

The Raven Defender has a bi-directional internal timing bezel
The Raven Defender has a bi-directional internal timing bezel

This steel case is a new design, created by Steve and Ralf (STEVRAL INC.) and refined over the last few months with various 3D drawings and production samples from our factory. The case is available in brushed, sand blasted, a black DLC finish, or a unique brass case that will show age over time with patina.

Raven Defender with a brushed steel case finish.
Raven Defender with a brushed steel case finish.

The Raven Defender features flat sapphire on the front and the back. Everything on the watch has been rounded off and smooth so there are no sharp angles to the case, crowns, or lugs. The 42mm case with a 20mm strap accentuates the circle shape of the case.

Raven Defender, sapphire case back, signed Miyota 9015.
Raven Defender, sapphire case back, signed Miyota 9015.

Inside the watch you will find the robust and reliable Miyota 9015 mechanical automatic movement. This movement is made by Citizen Japan and has a high beat rate of 28,800 BPH, that translates to 8 ticks per second. The movement is operated by the lower crown at 4:00, it can be hand wound and also features a hacking function for the second hand. The power reserve is 30-40 hours and the rotor is signed with the Raven shield. 

Raven Defender with a sand blasted case finish.
Raven Defender with a sand blasted case finish.

Above and below you can see the Raven Defender with a sand blasted matte finish. Sand blasting the steel takes the shine and reflections out and creates a smooth light grey finish. The crown at 4:00 has been unscrewed to show 1 of 3 rubber gaskets that are inside the crown. Also notice in these pictures the 20mm wide natural rubber strap.

Raven Defender, sand blasted, sapphire case back.
Raven Defender, sand blasted, sapphire case back.

The Raven Defender can also be ordered with a DLC black coating. The DLC, or Diamond-Like Carbon, is a strong black coating added to the surface of the steel. It is the strongest coating that we technically know how to do. The coating can be damaged with hard impacts and abuse. Personally I think the coating wears well over the years, even with damage. It does not flake off like paint, rather it breaks in more like coated tools or firearms that have seen use. Below you can see the DLC coated Raven Defender.

Raven Defender with DLC coated case finish.
Raven Defender with DLC coated case finish.

The Raven Defender has a pleasing case shape. When you pick it up it feels good in the hands, and with downward curved lugs it is comfortable on the wrist.

Raven Defender with DLC coated case finish.
Raven Defender with DLC coated case finish.

The Raven Defender is also available in a brass case. This material will age over time, changing in color based on the unique conditions of each owner. Humidity, oxygen, sweat, salt, and sun all play a part in the aging.

Raven Defender, brass on leather
Raven Defender, brass on leather

 *note - all brass watch case backs will be blasted stainless steel (not titanium). I made a mistake when adding the reward and now I can't change it. I am asking Kickstarter to change it for me over the next few days.

Raven Defender, brass with steel and sapphire case back.
Raven Defender, brass with steel and sapphire case back.
Raven Defender, brass on leather strap.
Raven Defender, brass on leather strap.

Lume

For the luminous material on the dial, hands, and bezel, we are using a Swiss product from Superluminova called C3. This is the brightest and highest quality lume that is available at this time. We apply several layers of this lume to increase the intensity and longevity of the glow.

Raven Defender uses C3 Superluminova.
Raven Defender uses C3 Superluminova.

Straps

You will be able to choose between the rubber or the leather strap. The image below are sample straps and the finished buckles will look a bit different in shape and will match the watches finish. These straps will also be added to the Raven website if you wish to purchase both or extra straps. If we reach 250 backers then every watch will ship with both straps.

Raven Defender, black rubber and brown leather straps.
Raven Defender, black rubber and brown leather straps.

Dial Colors

The computer images below show the dial colors we are going to produce. The color can vary on all the different screens and devices out there, so know that we have carefully chosen the blue and grey color and are using color samples to have the factory match the color. Also note that the drawing is not a perfect representation of the watch, please refer to the images above when looking at the dial printing, hands, and bezel numbers.

You will choose your dial color and case finish with a survey at the end of the 30 day Kickstarter fundraising period if you are a backer.

We will update this page when we have photos of the dials to share.

Raven Defender, black dial
Raven Defender, black dial
Raven Defender, blue dial
Raven Defender, blue dial
Raven Defender, gray dial
Raven Defender, gray dial
Raven Defender, brass dial choices
Raven Defender, brass dial choices
Raven Defender dials.
Raven Defender dials.

Serial Numbers

Raven serial number at 6:00
Raven serial number at 6:00

The Raven Defender will continue with the Raven format of numbering each piece. Raven has a continuously running serial number through all the models, so the Defender series will begin with number 650 and continue from there. It is not possible to choose a number, it is unlikely that the number you are looking for also matches the dial color and case finish that you like.

Technical Specs

These images below show how the steel case, sapphire, crowns, and gaskets come together to form a water tight tool watch capable of withstanding deep water pressure to 300 meters. I simplified these images with color to show the important parts of the case and design.

Raven Defender, technical elements, screw down crown view
Raven Defender, technical elements, screw down crown view

The image above shows the crown at 4:00 that operates the movement. This crown has rubber gaskets and also screws down to the case. The image below shows the crown at 2:00 that operates the internal bezel. The bezel crown also uses rubber gaskets and is operational at all times. 

Raven Defender, bezel operating crown
Raven Defender, bezel operating crown

Size Comparison

Below you can see the 42mm Raven Defender side by side with some familiar 42mm dive watches. 3 Defender watches are shown below compared with a Seiko SKX007, a Benarus Moray 42, and a Tudor Pelagos.

Raven Defender compared with a Seiko SKX007, Benarus Moray 42mm, and a Tudor Pelagos
Raven Defender compared with a Seiko SKX007, Benarus Moray 42mm, and a Tudor Pelagos

On the Wrist

These images show the Raven Defender on my wrist. For reference, my wrist is 6.5 inches in diameter. The 42mm case with the 49mm lug to lug make this a perfect size to wear. 

Raven Defender, DLC case, aftermarket black Nato strap
Raven Defender, DLC case, aftermarket black Nato strap
Raven Defender, brushed case, custom made KCCO. leather strap.
Raven Defender, brushed case, custom made KCCO. leather strap.
Raven Defender, brushed case, custom made KCCO leather strap.
Raven Defender, brushed case, custom made KCCO leather strap.
Raven Defender has a good lug to lug distance, my wrist is 6.5 inches in diameter.
Raven Defender has a good lug to lug distance, my wrist is 6.5 inches in diameter.
Raven Defender, sand blasted case finish.
Raven Defender, sand blasted case finish.
Raven Defender, brass on brown leather
Raven Defender, brass on brown leather

Stretch Goals

If we reach 250 backers, the leather strap and the rubber strap will ship with every watch. Please spread the word about this project by visiting our website, download and share the images on social media. 
www.ravenwatches.com

Please check the updates for more information, images, and FAQs...

Thank you for your support!

- Steve Laughlin

Risks and challenges

My company, STEVRAL INC. has been producing Benarus and Raven watches in small quantities since 2008. We have a factory partner who is ready to start producing the Raven Defender and have them ready by Spring of 2016. 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 here as well as on our website, our news blog, and our Facebook page, so you will always know where we are at with this process.

Thank you for supporting us and feel free to contact me.

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