Following on from the success of their first watch the H1 diver Southampton based Hamtun watches have announced the arrival of their second watch – the Neon.
Interestingly for this watch Hamtun have chosen a Swiss movement. The Neon Automatic will feature the Swiss made STP 1-11 movement, which is basically an ETA 2824-2 clone. When compared to the NH35A it wins in all areas. It ships from the factory better regulated, it’s far prettier, it has an extra 2 hours of reserve power, it’s slightly thinner so Hamtun can make the watch thinner, it has a better advertised accuracy and it beats at 28,800 vph so will give a super smooth sweep of the seconds hand.
The other details are:
Available in 2 finishes – brushed 316L stainless steel and matte black PVD finished 316L stainless steel
Matte black ceramic bezel
Available in 5 dial colour combinations. The yellow shown here, blue, green, orange and white
Double domed sapphire crystal on the front with 3 layers of anti-reflective coating on the inside and outside
Sapphire crystal case back with internal and external anti-reflective coating
Custom decorated rotor finished in matte black PVD and featuring the “Neon” branding
Grade-A Swiss Super-LumiNova.
316L stainless steel H-link bracelet with solid end links and a spectacular high-quality clasp
Silicone straps available in 6 colours – black, blue, yellow, green, orange, and white
I am looking forward to seeing this watch in the steel and hopefully the original H1 in the titanium.
After closely watching the launch of the Hamtun H1 diver’s watch and the Marloe Cherwell on Kickstarter I had a little browse to see if any other interesting British newcomers are on the horizon.
I have come across two new very nice looking and reasonably priced projects both interestingly using the tried and trusted Seiko NH35A movement.
The first being the 44mm TC9-9 Divers seventies style divers watch.
This watch will be available in brushed stainless steel or black PVD with Super Lume paint on hands and dial . An aluminium bezel insert with 12 hour markers or minute markers. As you might expect for a diver’s watch water resistance is quoted at 1000 feet.
There is at the time of writing the opportunity to get this watch with a pledge of £179 or more on Kickstarter.
The second watch is from London based Alkin, who I have to admit to finding our about from them giving me several likes on my Instagram page.
This Kickstarter project has not yet gone live, so if you are interested you should sign-up to receive a notification for when they launch.
From what I can glean form the various social media postings this handsome minimalist watch should feature a 42mm 316L stainless steel case in plain brushed steel or Black PVD, sapphire crystal, an exhibition case back and 100 metre water resistance. The initial Kickstarter price should be $225.
Many people dream of starting their own business and I guess if you are reading this blog you might of even dreamt of starting a watch company. Whenever I meet people that have made the commitment I am always hugely impressed and slightly jealous of the the obvious satisfaction of what they are doing.
The first obstacle that comes up is “I wouldn’t know where to start!”
Well now thanks to Ross Davis of Hamtun watches this is no longer an excuse. On the Hamtun website he has posted a the process on his blog. The first episode is entitled “how to get funded on Kickstarter” published in July 16th. This has now been followed by a second post “Designing and Prototyping a watch”.
Here are the links. I hope this will give some of you the inspiration to take the leap.