Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch

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Daedalus Watches, a small company located in Buffalo, New York, is releasing their first watch - a new Swiss made dive watch called the Daedalus Dae-Diver. The watch is available now direct through their website for $1,550 USD as part of their pre-order launch campaign.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

Daedalus Watches was born out of the frustrations and desires of two fellow watch enthusiasts. Being avid fans of the watch industry and specifically of watches in general, we found ourselves growing increasingly frustrated by where things were trending with watches, towards extremes in both design and price points. Designs tended to be either fairly basic, or incredibly complex. Prices seemed to follow the same extremes, with the most alarming trend being towards ever increasing prices. In addition, brands have become more conservative and less willing to take risks - reluctant to release new designs and products, and rather turning to re-releases and retro pieces. Taken together, there appeared to be a hole that was created in the market, with a lack of new, uniquely designed products at a fair price.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

This lead to what seemed like just a crazy statement at the time: "we should start our own watch company and make the kinds of watches that enthusiasts like us want." High-quality Swiss watches with good movements, original designs, and fair prices. The key to us was to find that perfect balance - that balance between the extremes: not simple but also not overly-complex. Not cheap, yet not expensive, something new and different, but not outlandishly so. This is why we chose the name Daedalus, from Greek mythology. In the most famous story, Daedalus instructs his son not to fly too close to the sun, or too close to the sea, as either would destroy the wings that he had made for him. To us, the story speaks of avoiding hubris and striking the right balance between extremes.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

In designing the watch, that idea of striking the right balance was again at the forefront of every decision we made. Overall sport watches, and in particular dive watches, are by and large the most sought after and popular watches on the market. They are the most iconic, and the most versatile for business, casual, dress, and for sport. We chose to release a dive watch first because, while not avid divers, we loved that idea of a go anywhere, do anything, “take on the world” type of watch. And to us, that is the epitome of what the modern dive watch has become, that balanced watch that can do anything.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

Once we knew that we wanted to create a dive watch, we set out to ensure that it would be a robust, functional, and capable instrument. So we included all the prerequisite features that go along with making a professional dive watch including 316L stainless steel for the case, 500m of water resistance, easy to grip screw down crowns, integrated crown guards, a screw-down case back, an automatic helium release valve, luminous running seconds, an AR-coated crystal, and a settable elapsed time bezel. But that was only half of the equation. The balance of the design needed to really set it apart, to make it original and special.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

We started with an elegant face, one that draws you in with its depth and multiple layers. The lowest level, in the center of the face, has a recessed vertical stripe design. The second layer of the dial is matte black and contrasts nicely with the polished applied hour markers. In the center you have angled and semi-skeletonized hands, with a light blue second hand that has a unique luminous counter-balance. The length of each hand highlights the various layers, particularly the minute and second hands that sweep over the hour markers and under the dive time marker.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

The internal bidirectional rotating bezel forms the minute track, and mirrors the light blue from the seconds hand on the 0-15 minute markings. The signature floating dive time marker is affixed to the internal bezel and actually moves with the bezel so that where the start time (or “zero marker”) is set, is always the most prominent visual element. Lastly, to emphasize all of this depth we chose to have a domed sapphire crystal. Together the face of the watch is beautiful with its restrained symmetry.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

If the face is a study in symmetry, the prominent features of the case are the counterbalance in asymmetry, with the asymmetrical placement of the screws that affix the bezel to the case, the dual offset crowns opposed by the centered automatic helium release valve, and the three part crown guards opposed by the dual guards on the valve side. But there’s more to the case than just playful asymmetry, as there are small elements of complexity to be found at every turn.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

The lugs are angled and tapered, and the case actually wraps underneath them as if the lugs were pouring over the side of the case. From the top down you see the simple circular shape of the bezel offset by the complex polygon underneath that is the mid part of the case. Every twist and turn reveals either another small nuance of the design, or a playful catch of the light from a polished surface or bevel, all of which is punctuated by the custom engraved case back depicting the sun and sea from the Daedalus myth.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

The final piece of the design puzzle for us was to have the watch be of the highest quality, which to us meant it had to be Swiss made and powered by a high quality Swiss movement. So we set out to find a Swiss manufacturing partner who had the ability and competency to help us transform this vision into a reality. We are proud to be able to say that we accomplished all of this without needing to make any compromises, the Daedalus Dae-Diver is a high quality Swiss made dive watch that is powered by a Swiss ETA 2892 series movement. The Dae-Diver is truly just as capable as it is good looking.

Introducing The Daedalus Dae-Diver Watch Watch Releases

Perhaps one the most important features that we wanted to offer was a reasonable price. High quality Swiss watches are typically very expensive, but we wanted to create a company that was focused on our customers and delivering an exceptional value to them, not on high margins or profits. That’s why we are initially launching the watch through a pre-order campaign selling direct to our customers so that we can accomplish that. The Daedalus Dae-Diver retails for $1,550 USD and is available for pre-order now direct from our website. Order yours now and be one of the initial pre-orders which will be recognized as “Founder’s Edition” orders. Included with those orders will be a limited edition “First Flight” screen print that will be personally signed by the artist himself and the Daedalus team, and will be numbered to correspond to your watch. daedaluswatches.com

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  • IG

    Should have used Æ ligature in the company name.

    • It’s no biggie, the “ae” is clear enough and the ligature is not very pretty to look at — unless it’s a logo. Anyway, the original spelling is with “ai”.

    • SuperStrapper

      People will think encyclopedia dramatica has re-emerged into the world of watches. To much lulz and butthurt I’m sure.

    • Saddest Factory

      …and the Bvlgari v as u
      Dædalvs
      from Bvffalœ

      • Lincolnshire Poacher

        Reminds me of CLAVDIVS. Loved the series, but the books, both, are better.
        (you might need to be UK side to get this one).

        • Saddest Factory

          With Derek Jacobi?
          If that’s the one, heard of it but never saw it/read the books.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Yay, another fan. I had read “I Claudius”, and “Claudius The God” first. Almost uniquely, watching the dramatisation after reading the books wasn’t a let down. You’ve got Jacobi, J Hurt, B Blessed, P Stewart, I could go on.
            R Graves has a lightness of touch and an ability to keep one reading, to the exclusion of all else.

          • Saddest Factory

            Those are some fine actors. I always liked Brian Blessed.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Especially in Flash Gordon….. 🙂

          • Saddest Factory

            Is it you who’s also a fan of Patrick O’Brian’s books?

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Yup that’s me. I’m fairly sure I’ve read every one. You?
            I think Le Carre is the only other author I’ve done that with.

          • Saddest Factory

            Not yet. I don’t know how fans of those books feel about the movie, but I thought it was a rare case of a smart Hollywood epic and I recall finding it rather moving.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Master and Commander? I have to agree with you. The central conceit of the book is the friendship between two seeming opposites, Stephen Maturin and Jack Aubery; and I think the film catches it well.
            The joke about the lesser of two we’evils isn’t quite as hilarious as in the book, but its still pretty funny. I liked Gladiator (though the history of Marcus Aurelius is mangled), and I think Crowe does well in this too.

          • egznyc

            Holy smokes: a film review in the commentary! ;-). Well damn, that was a really fine film. Big fan of Peter Weir.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            To be honest I prefer it too talking about my genitalia, which seems to be a popular topic today. Though to be fair, that’s mostly the guys laughing at the… Well there’s always one.
            (I’m lying, I love talking about my balls. And they even talk to each other too).

          • Saddest Factory

            Year of Living Dangerously…oh yeah, great flick. Others too. He is quite the director.

          • joe Shmoe

            they were required reading in my humanities ap class in high school back in the 80’s. most interesting and entertaining required reading we had all three years.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Wow, you went to a cool High-School. That’s the kind of school I like. If you can use the words ‘Like’ and ‘School’ with creating a logical contradiction.

          • joe Shmoe

            sadly it was not a good school. the humanities class was pretty good if you overlooked the fact that one of the 2 teachers for the ap program was a child molester. 🙁 he’s in prison now for 9 life sentences + 186 years. sorry to be a bummer, i have fond memories of the books and the bbc production though.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Hmmm. That’s a sorry tale. I was about to give you an up vote, but then I couldn’t decide whether that was inappropriate.

          • joe Shmoe

            all good.

  • TrevorXM

    I kind of like it. The asymmetry of the bezel screws appeals to me. The mysterious case back appeals to me, too. And real screw heads rather than fake 1970’s style “screws” like on a royal oak. Yeah, this is pretty good. It’s got a real toolish feel to the whole thing.

  • A_watches

    sounds likelike someone with a stutt..ttt ter

  • Pete Pete

    not the ugliest no-name diver, but still boring as hell. apart from the strap which stands out of the crowd as the by far cheapest and crappiest looking I’ve ever seen.

  • Simon_Hell

    The text gives no dimensions (great job marketing) but the website says 43mm. That’s a little dwarfy, unless it is only the bezel diameter, as the case extends way past it (even not counting the crowns).

    So if you Daydelus people are reading this, and you should, clear that up please. I don’t want no Korean-wrist-sized girly watch.

    • Framlucasse

      43mm is dwarfy? How much do you need to feel you’re a man, “a real one, see that big watch I’m wearing to prove it”.

      • Simon_Hell

        I’m 6’7”, built like Dolph Lundgren. 43mm looks like a hello kitty watch on me. I don’t need a watch to prove my manhood, my penis speaks for itself.

        • Saddest Factory

          Which languages does your penis speak? Aradic? Wagalog?

        • DanW94

          If your penis was a watch bracelet it would need a micro-adjustment clasp. Mine, well I need the diver’s extension.

          • Saddest Factory

            My baloney has a first name, it’s R-O-L-E-X.

            My baloney has a second name too, it’s P-E-N-I-S.

            My baloney dwells in skies and seas, my baloney plumbs the depths.

            My baloney masters yachts and works at CERN, my baloney is the best.

          • egznyc

            If I had a dollar for every time someone mentioned “penis” in the commentary … well maybe I could afford more Swiss watches 😉

        • Word Merchant

          That must be embarrassing on public transport, especially if you don’t agree with its opinions.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Haha, I laughed out loud, and so did Mr Johnson.

          • Saddest Factory

            Sometimes you call it “The Rock”.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            “Saturn 5” actually.

          • Saddest Factory

            If it ever becomes Maroon 5 you should consult a physician.

        • Framlucasse

          I must say I’m very glad about your penis, that was the answer I saw coming, you’re not a desappointement.
          Anyway, it’s not because you’re ovesized that 43mm is dwarfy/girly for all of us. 38mm and more are good for most men on dress watches, and 40mm for sporty ones.

        • Your penis speaks?

          • Saddest Factory

            Yeah, but only to the balls. It’s hard to make out what they’re saying. It’s one of those made-up twin (or in this case, triplet) languages.

          • And if hooker were involved where its legal what would the syntax (sin tax) be?

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Only one thing to say. “bobby Brown”

            I can take about an hour of the tower of power,
            As long as I get my little golden shower.

          • Love Zappa.

          • Simon_Hell

            what, yours doesn’t?

          • Nope – I keep trying to teach it sign language though.

        • egznyc

          Res ipsa loquitur.

        • Mikita
          • IG

            Nice shirt.

  • Honestly what’s up with so many skeleton hands on divers? What would the full hands obscure anyway?

    • Yep – they should lume fill the skeletonized inner sections.

  • Saddest Factory

    I like the floating pip. Gotta confess I had trouble reading the article due to my Dae-Drinking.

    • egznyc

      Next they’ll release their “Dae Tripper,” and it’ll take you so long to wind up, and you’ll wind [it] up ….

  • SuperStrapper

    Not awful, but the diatribe about pricing is confusing considering the sticker on this considering itnis out of market. By a good margin. Case in point: Delis. Better specs and materials, and while a subjective opinion I would say better designed. They use a Seiko movement over a 2824, but does that require a $1000 price discrepancy? Non.

  • otaking241

    Kudos for not bringing another Sub clone to market, though the design does hew a bit close to Clerc to be considered genuinely original. A 500m diver with internal bezel strikes me as an ambitious first offering, which can be a bit dangerous depending on who’s actually doing the fabrication–low quality parts or iffy fit-and-finish would sink this thing way faster than a simpler model. Who’s going to volunteer to give us a hands-on?

    NB: Dae Diver is an awful name for a watch. You would do well to find a better one or hire someone to do it for you.

    • Saddest Factory

      Their next watch is going to be the Dae-Date. I don’t anticipate any problems there.

      • DanW94

        I’m looking forward to the Daniel Dae-Diver….

        • Saddest Factory

          Bad news. According to Luciano, the Daniel Dae-Diver is retired.
          There Will Be No Diver

  • Yojimbo

    I mean are you guys Egyptian and this is a reference to the Daedalus reef? I see Deadalus and I think of his son Icarus, therefore great name for a pilot watch.

    The band looks cheap, but that could just be the photos, the design isn’t horrible or anything, I think I’d really want to see that in the flesh before I’d ever consider buying it.

    • Yan Fin

      Icarus is taken. By Hungarian- made bus

      • Yojimbo

        Icarus would be equally inappropriate for a diving watch though

        • Yan Fin

          Actually, not so inappropriate. Icarus had artificial wings made from feathers and wax. He flew too close to the sun; when the wax in his wings melted he tumbled out of the sky and fell into the sea. So, Diver would be better than Pilot. ?

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            Then again, he did drown.

          • Yan Fin

            …but his watch survived.

      • IG

        It’s Ikarus.

        • Yan Fin

          My tribe does not care about spelling

  • BNABOD

    Icarus’ father yes great name……..
    was Icarus’ name already taken? the name just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it: DA E DA LUS..
    Have we ran out of cool Greek names?
    Remove the D and the A on two protruding tumors, remove the name on the strap and you have something original, the counter weight on the second looks odd, the case back is not my cup of tea either but who is counting.

  • Hands90

    Guys what’s with the name on the dial. Make it smaller or more classy. It’s a little much. I do really like the piece. I might be a buyer.

  • R Khalifa

    Design wise this just screams trying too hard. Every single element is trying to be “different” without a real design rationale, but just for the sake of being different. It’s as if an expansion NBA team fielded a starting roster consisting of a midget, a ballerina, a woodchuck, a 50-year old, and a professional hockey player. Sure, it’s unique, but results are bound to be ugly.

  • Mikita

    The watch doesn’t look bad for a first experiment. But I agree on the name – the brand logo looks silly.

  • #The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Good JOB !

  • Daedalus Watches

    Thanks for all of the feedback so far, we really appreciate
    the dialogue. One of the questions that has come up was in regards to wanting
    to know the specs, so we wanted to share those, and will be updating our
    website to reflect those as well. The diameter of 43mm is in fact the bezel
    diameter, and as some of you have mentioned the middle part of the case and
    guards on either actually protrude out another mm or so. The lug to lug length
    is 52mm, lug width is 23mm, and the overall height of the watch is 14mm (to the
    top of the domed crystal). In terms of the font size for the name on the face,
    we actually did start with the font being smaller but there were a couple of
    issues: 1) you couldn’t read the name easily due to the font, 2) it truly
    looked incongruous with the design. As you know designing anything is not an
    easy task, and trying to strike the right balance between taking risks and
    simply following the standard formula can be daunting. It was mentioned that it
    appears that we were striving to be different, and to that we would say yes
    absolutely we were. We are watch enthusiasts first, and simply making another
    derivative of the standard formula dive watch did not appeal to us, because the
    market is already over-saturated with those kinds of “me too” designs.
    We wanted to make something that appealed to us, something that was a little
    different, so we needed to take some risks – the unfortunate thing about doing
    that is, not everyone is going to like it then; but that’s ok, because we each
    get to have our own opinions and tastes. Great feedback so far, let’s keep the
    dialogue going. Please check out our site, and follow our social media accounts
    as we will be sharing more candid photos and more of the story behind the
    brand. Thanks again – the Daedalus Team.

  • Ulysses31

    A very angular, uncomfortable-looking design. I don’t think it would actually be uncomfortable, it just looks that way. Three things kill it for me, and those are the dial, which looks cheap and uninteresting, the crystal, which adds distortion (despite being a stronger shape) and that strap branding. Less is more, which is why you can buy certain cars with only the manufacturer’s logo and no model numbers visible. Excessive branding cheapens the look of any product.