The Benguela

Our uniquely designed flagship model, coming soon to Kickstarter. 

The Benguela is a completely new model, designed from the ground up. It’s taken over 2 years of R&D and we are super excited to share the design with you.

 A purely functional tool watch, with a totally unique design.

Rated for 500m water resistance, and built like a tank. 

Our customers loved the Tugela, our first dive watch. We know you will love the Benguela

Design

At Draken, we pride ourself in creating pieces with an original design language. Our first model, the Tugela, set the foundation for our case design, with it’s tapered sides inspired by the Protea flower. It’s domed crystal sapphire merges with the bezel creating a very distinct profile. The Benguela heralds the next evolution in our case design.

Functionality

The multi-layered dial of the Benguela features applied bead-blasted indices mirroring the case finish, large cut-out luminous indices (sandwich effect), make for a highly legible dial, both day and night. 

Durability

We wanted the Benguela to be over engineered. If we built it to withstand ridiculous extremes, it would be able to cope with a little 4-day hike in the bush. With sapphire crystal, a minimum 500m water resistance, Viton gaskets, and the work horse NH35A movement, you wont have to think twice about where you go with the Benguela. 

Versatility

Each Benguela will come with a bracelet AND a natural rubber dive strap. The bracelet features a ratcheting dive clasp, and both will feature quick release pins to make strap changing a breeze. Optional leather straps are available for a more causal look.

Specifications

Dial

Sandwich dial, with custom bead-blasted applied indices. X1-C3 luminous paint.

Movement

Japan SII NH35A automatic or Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic.

Case

High grade 316L stainless steel with bead-blasted finish. Moulded case back.

Crystal

3.7mm thick domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

Bezel

120-click unidirectional rotating bezel with luminous 12h marker.

Water resistance

500-1000m water resistance (to be confirmed).

Strap and bracelet

NBR rubber divers strap and bead-blasted bracelet with divers ratcheting clasp comes standard.

Dimensions

43mm diameter, 22mm lugs, 15mm thick, 52mm lug to lug.

Launching on Kickstarter mid-July

*Shipping from New Zealand not included. International shipping costs vary.

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