Tugela 3.0 – Black

(5 customer reviews)

NZ$667

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The Tugela is Draken’s take on one of the most popular watch genres – the dive watch. With its distinct hour indices inspired by the shapes found in Zulu beadwork, and it’s tapering case mirroring the shape of the Protea flower, there is no other dive watch like it. The bead-blasted case helps hide scratches, and the sapphire crystal display ensures clarity for the lifetime of the watch.

For the third edition of the Tugela, the bracelet will be tapered from 22mm to 20mm at the clasp. The clasp has also been upgraded.

To get the brightest lume, you need to apply it thick. The indices of the dial have 10 layers of X1 C3 Superluminova – the brightest luminous paint available. We went even further with the lume and added it to the numbers on the date wheel – we think it’s a pretty cool feature!

The 120-click unidirectional bezel has a crisp, satisfying click, with no play. The bezel insert is the same matt finish as the rest of the watch, with luminous markers in the same X1-C3 paint. The knurled crown provides ample grip, and we’ve even added lume to the logo on the tip.

You’ll also get a nylon Zulu strap to match the colour of the bezel. Spare quick release pins are provided for easy attachment.

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Specifications

Dial

Matt finish with X1-C3 luminous markers.

Movement

Seiko NH35A automatic movement with hacking and hand winding.

Case

High-grade 316L bead-blasted stainless steel, punch engraved case back.

Crystal

Single dome sapphire with inner anti-reflective coating.

Bezel

120-click unidirectional, aluminium insert.

Water resistance

300m

Strap and bracelet

316L bead-blasted bracelet. Nylon Zulu strap.

Dimensions

42mm diameter, 22mm lugs, 14mm thick, 48.5mm lug to lug.

Weight

212g

5 reviews for Tugela 3.0 - Black

  1. Robert Barry

    I love the Sinn tactical watch case like design of the Teluga! The case and dial design is what attracted me to Draken Watches.

    The Tegula is very well made and extremely well designed. I love how the bezel and case integrate. The bezel is very easy to grab and turn and lines up perfectly.

    The dial and handset is very unique. I love the marker design but just wish they were a little bigger. I would also prefer all steel finish handset. I am not a fan of bead blasting generally unless the metal is hardened. That being said I appreciate the attention to detail. The chapter ring is blasted to match the case. The case back is nicely engraved although the writing could be better. It is these details and the unique dial design and hand set that really set this watch apart.

    The Lume is also very good. The use of C3 X1 makes a big difference as it glows brighter and longer than regular C3 which was already good. The large hands have plenty of Lume and glow like crazy! The markers glow well but could be a little bigger. Very good Lume! Better than most!

    The bracelet uses solid end links and has a very nice design. I do wish they used screw links over split pins. The clasp is milled steel with many micro adjustments to get the perfect fit. There is a very nice Zulu strap as well-another nice detail.

    The knurled and lumed crown and crown guards are another great detail.

    The lumed bezel works great as well.

    A signed note from the owner is the final nice detail and is appreciated.

    I like the NH35a but prefer the Miyota 9015. The 9015 is a cheaper and readily available alternative to the ETA 2824. As an inexpensive movement the NH35 is probably the best choice and is a great and reliable movement.

    Overall I think the Teluga is going to be a long time companion and I highly recommend it. I think it is a very good value! The service is first rate!

  2. Joey

    With the watch world exploding with microbrands, there are so many options out there it’s almost paralyzing. Even still, you’d be hard pressed to find more value, put together with better design language than the Draken Tugela. While I would have gladly paid more for a Swiss movement, I understand the desire to hit a price point that creates an easy bar for entry. Oh and good luck finding another 42mm watch with actual lugs that is still well under 50mm lug to lug. This is a rugged, chunky watch with excellent lume that punches WAY above it’s price point and won’t leave rotation in my collection anytime soon!

  3. Roy Cahyadi

    awesome

  4. Jan -Tore Berstad (verified owner)

    One week with this watch now, and i can’t take it off. It’s become my favorite watch. Perfect size at 42mm. Excellent lume. And i love the mat lumed bezel(don’t like the shiny ones). Perfect grip crown, and the rare indices makes this watch stand out from the crowd. And the sandblasted finish makes it even nicer. For sure i will come back to Draken watches in the future, and make a new purchase. Thank you again, Michael, for a new favorite watch.

  5. J.M. “Lupo” Ludowicy (verified owner)

    I was late to the game of the Tugela watch as I bought mine over a year after the Kickstarter campaign.

    Shipping from Auckland, New Zealand to Luxembourg, Europe was fast. Contact with the seller was nice and friendly.

    The packaging is top notch as the watch comes in a nice leather case with the Tugela on the leather strap, the Zulu strap, a few spare quick release pins, a credit card sized warranty card and instruction manual and, to top it off, a personal note from Mike, the owner of Draken Watches. Try to get the latter with an Omega, Rolex or Breitling.

    At 42mm the watch is of a nice size that should fit almost anybody. The fit and finish of the thing punches way above its price point. For example the 120-click unidirectional bezel has a really satisfying feel to it with no play whatsoever and the crispest sound this side of breaking glass. Lume is amply applied and lasts through the night except for the date, but hey, look at the size of the font. There’s only so much C3 that can be applied. And how many watches are out there with a lumed date in the first place? The clasp of the leather strap is of the same great quality and finish than the watch itself. The Zulu strap too is a quality item.

    Overall this is a great product that fits well in the category of things where the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

    Lupo

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