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Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean Watch Watch Releases

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Earlier this week, the Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean 600m watch launched on Kickstarter. Within 24 hours, the campaign reached its funding goal. With the offer of a shark mesh bracelet included with every pledge should the campaign exceed 200% of its target, now is the perfect time to check out a brand that has traveled a long road to fruition.

Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean Watch Watch Releases

Crafter Blue started producing curved end rubber straps for popular dive watches three years ago. Two years after that foray into the watch industry, the brand began to design its own dive watch — the Mechanic Ocean 300m in 2018 — which was launched in 2018. After serious market testing, the brand’s inaugural timepiece was redesigned with additional Swiss knowhow, leaving the brand ready for a new challenge.

Having previously made straps for the currently inactive brand UNDIVE, Crafter Blue approached their former collaborators with the suggestion that it remake the discontinued UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m under its label and with its new and improved manufacturing techniques. Perhaps unsurprisingly, UNDIVE agreed. Crafter Blue is now pleased to announce the release of the Hyperion Ocean 600m, which becomes the brand’s first Swiss-made timepiece.

The Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean 600m improves the water resistance from the UNDIVE Dark Sea 500m by 100m, while retaining the same case diameter of 45mm (50mm lug-to-lug length, 16.3mm thick). Additionally, this new model is fitted with a screw-down crown and a helium valve, meaning it is suitable for saturation diving.

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Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean Watch Watch Releases

The brand’s research into strap technology greatly benefits this new timepiece, as it comes fitted to a high-performance vulcanized rubber strap that is form-fitted to the lugs. To increase comfort, the 22mm S2 rubber strap features 15 holes, which is approximately twice as many as one would normally expect to find.

Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean Watch Watch Releases

The Hyperion Ocean 600m aims to combine vintage styling with modern technology. The light blue accents — most notably on the spade-tipped seconds hand — are intended to communicate the sense of freedom instilled by the sea and the sky. There are two options available. While both cases are fashioned from 316L stainless steel, backers can choose between either a brushed stainless steel unidirectional bezel (HOSS001.B.R.) or a black PVD-coated alternative (HOSS001B.B.R.)

Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean Watch Watch Releases

Powered by the well-known and reliable Sellita SW200, the watch is ideally suited to the rigors of an active lifestyle. Should the wearer wish to use this watch in its intended underwater environment, they can be reassured that the movement will not suffer from the effects of magnetic fields, thanks to the soft iron Faraday cage that encases the caliber. Through a sapphire crystal fitted to the case back, the logo of the brand can be seen engraved centrally on the outside of the Faraday cage, offering visual interest while not sacrificing functionality.

Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean Watch Watch Releases

The dial of the Crafter Blue Hyperion Ocean 600m is matte black and treated with BGW9 luminous compound to facilitate legibility in low-light conditions. All watches carry a 1-year warranty and are available on Kickstarter now (until July 30th, 2019 5:59 PM CEST)  for the special price of $599 (original MSRP $749). Learn more at crafterblue.com.

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  • SuperStrapper

    Probably the most attractive offering from the brand yet in appearance, but looking at the details the watch isn’t so interesting. What at first looked like a nice brush-finished ceramic bezel is PVD steel. And look how big it is: enjoy your scratch magnet. And 45mm while big is manageable especially since the watch doesn’t have protruding lugs, being over 16mm thick is pretty damn T H I C C. Let’s take that vunerable bezel and stick it as far out as possible, to make sure it gets introduced to as many door jambs as possible. Yes, I’m sure the romantic intention of the watch is to be safe from hard surfaces strapped to the wrist of an adventurous type in the warm salty waters of an exotic locale, but let’s be real; they’re all destined to be desk divers and most of them will likely never even get wet.
    A major design fulcrum here is the strap integration with the case. Show me what the mesh bracelet look like on the watch. I point in getting one of it looks like trash on the watch, even if it is free.

    • Partially I agree with your opinion, but maybe you are a little too severe. I think it’s worth the price, considering that it also has features that are not common in this category of watches. I refer to the antimagnetic soft iron shield, for example. The problem for me, as for pingrava, start when I read ‘Kickstarter’…

      • Joe

        In general I think Kickstarter is simply a cheap way for startups (or any company) to raise capital with almost 0 risk.
        Plus they get quick feedback on their concept, partly through comments but also determined by whether people put their money behind the project.

        I’d imagine that large companies with solid reputations may not want to use the platform because they may not want to be seen to be unsure of their ideas or maybe using the platform will impact their reputation and share price.

        When it comes to watches on Kickstarter, I have mixed feelings (like you guys).
        Do they have the background/connections to develop a watch we would buy?
        How about warranties and after sales service?
        I like to be open-minded and give these projects a chance but I think it has to be able to significantly and impressively differentiate itself from other watches (from larger brands included) to get my money.

        • SuperStrapper

          I agree with you for the most part. We have seen major brands use the platform before though (Alpina comes to mind, they’re not alone).
          There have been some real diamonds in the rough, and that’s not to be ignored. Brands like zelos, raven, etc started in crowdfunding (and still live there) and developed really nice products and customer experiences, and followed up on it again and again. I don’t like all the junk watches that come out of Kickstarter either, but if we have to endure 10 crummy ones to end up with a great one, I’d say that’s not so bad.

      • SuperStrapper

        I wouldn’t completely dismiss the value of the magnetic shielding, but that’s got less use than 1000m of water resistance for me.
        Modern watches are less and less susceptible to magnetism all the time, naturally by way of materials development. Having a watch with such specifically high levels of anti magnetism is just a marketing gimmick, like 1000m of water resistance. Yes it shows capability, but it also has no practical use, and with some of the smaller/crowdfunded brands you have to wonder how many of the claims are little beyond a confidence game: my watch can survive 1000m deep. Prove me wrong.
        To be clear, I’m not against those kinds of marketing gimmicks. There are lots of things I like about watches that are equally useless on a practical scenario, but it’s what makes them interesting.

        • Oh, yes, but this marketing gimmicks sounds so good: ‘antimagnetic soft iron’, ‘helium valve’, ‘1000m water resist’. I think I’m the perfect target for this marketing gimmicks. I love dive watches but I wear them only under the shower! 😉

    • Joe

      Something interesting is the case back saying “Swiss Made”.
      I’m sure there have been articles about this but I don’t remember how low/high the bar is in order to be able to make this statement.

      On the other hemisphere of the case back I see some oriental characters.
      I have nothing against that but it does makes me wonder what the definition of “made” is and whether they mean “most of the components are Swiss but it is assembled elsewhere”?

      At this point, what is the purpose of stating these “facts”?
      Is it supposed to inspire or reduce buyer confidence?

      • SuperStrapper

        Something along the lines of assembled and inspected in Switzerland using no less than 50% parts sourced in Switzerland.
        It’s been talked about ad nauseum, and at the end of the day I’m not sure how much I care to be honest.
        Yes there is prestige in having a swiss made watch, but the lines have become so blurred in tandem with other regions doing great work in horology.
        At the end of the day I’m more please with my watch that says German on the dial than I am the one that says Swiss. For others, it’s Japan. ¯(°_o)/¯

        • Steven Kelby

          Not parts, value. All parts made in China ($30) and assembled in Switzerland (Labour cost $31) = Swiss made!

          • SuperStrapper

            I don’t think that’s correct.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    ” Sea and the sky “…You’ve lost me. All that kind of overly descriptive nonsense does.
    I was pleasantly surprised at the price of the watch.
    You have a nice clean dial and layout.
    That helium valve just sticks out like a sore thumb and is pretty much unnecessary, but I get that some folks want to give the impression that they deep dive. If they did, they wouldn’t be wearing this.
    My major sticking point with this watch is the shape, it’s, well, strange and quite unappealing.
    Have you produced the mesh strap yet? I’m wondering how well it integrates with the dial.

  • Krishna

    I am not sure of the purpose of the girl swimming around in the video. She is not even wearing a watch!

    • Steven Kelby

      Tits sell!

  • Steven Kelby

    45mm case, 17mm dial. No thanks.

  • DouglasStone

    I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I agree with Raymond that there is something distasteful with this watch. I think the particular shade of blue as an accent is quite jarring with the rest of the design. That second hand has too much going on as well. I’ll pass on this one.

  • Drazen B

    An unsightly concoction of other watch marquee’s design elements.
    Nothing too see here, sorry.