In the world of micro brand watches it rarely happens that a new company succeeds so fast as Hamtun Watches and their titanium diver H1. We are talking here about 20 minutes from launching the Kickstarter campaign to getting fully funded at £20,000 and £60,000 three days into the campaign. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
Hamtun Watches is a new watch brand based in UK established by mr. Ross Davis. For their first project they prepared a quite conservative looking dive watch. The twist it, it’s made of titanium. The company does not state however, what grade of titanium it is. It’s quite important as titanium can be quite a soft material, which scratches easily (grade 2 for example) or extremely hard and durable (grade 5). Either way, the case of Hamtun H1 measures a healthy 48 mm lug to lug and 41 mm in diameter. At 4 o’clock there is a screw-down crown, which ensured a water resistance of 200 meters. When you order the H1 from Hamtun, you can choose either a titanium bracelet or a silicone strap as an option.
The face of the watch is protected by a domed sapphire crystal, which is a standard for most affordable dive watches. The watch has been equipped with a 120 clicks diving bezel with a matte ceramic bezel insert, which looks really great! The dial of the Hamtun H1 is a sandwich type dial with lume underneath. Lume is available in three different variant, blue, white and black. The last one looks quite attractive as it gives the watch a nice stealth look.
Hamtun H1 is powered by classic Seiko automatic movement NH35. The movement proved to be a great reliable workhorse, which helps to keep the price of the watch at a reasonable level.
The success of Hamtun H1 proofs that this watch fills a sweet spot for many watch enthusiasts out there. If it works for you as well, you can still get yours as the Kickstarter campaign is still on. The current price is £190 but it goes gradually up as more and more people join the party. The expected delivery is scheduled at April 2017.