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Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

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The new Marnaut Dark Surge 300 watch is inspired by the blue ocean in the Adriatic Sea. Engineered for exploration and designed in Croatia, Marnaut signifies the return to the enduring style and quality of the great dive watches of the past, standing out in an already crowded timepiece market by blending style with performance and authentically inspired design.

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

Mario Jutronic, the man behind the brand, a career creative and a life-long horology enthusiast, wanted to fuse the golden age of ocean timepieces with 20th century modern design and exceptional performance. His answer? The Dark Surge 300. It’s a 42-millimeter diver with robust specs, with a design inspired by Mr. Jutronic’s time growing up by the Adriatic Sea, snorkeling and searching for Sea urchins. A truly original design in its own right, the shell of the urchin provided the perfect concept for a dive watch dial; 46 individual metal indices filled with C3 Super-LumiNova, making up the unmistakable pattern and glowing in captivating symmetry. The steel hands are charged with the same C3 Super-LumiNova, their silver metal contrasting with the dial for excellent legibility.

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

The Dark Surge’s enamel finished dial appears deep, engineered with a domed sapphire crystal, signed screwed-in crown, dual o-rings, and a gasket-sealed caseback to withstand 300m depths and housing the automatic Miyota 9015 movement.

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

The 24-jewel movement beats at 28,800bph with a 42-hour power reserve and features hand winding and hacking. The bezel is crafted from anodized aluminum in color variations across the models with a lume-filled pip and five-minute markers. This feature does deter from the traditional “dive watch” according to the ISO 6425 standard. However, Marnaut is eager to be equal parts modern design and high performance machine. The bezel is proportionally narrow, with consideration to the 316L steel case spanning 42mm wide, allowing space on the dial for the 46 markers to have an impact.

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

The watch features a 13mm thick case, a full 52mm span, and 20mm lugs.

There are three variants to the design achieved by changing up the case and bezel.

  • Brushed stainless steel case with silver bezel (MDS300S)
  • Brushed stainless steel with black bezel (MDS300T)
  • Black plated steel case with black bezel (MDS300B)

All models ship with a black silicone strap, a distressed leather strap (all different shades for the variants), and a leather travel pouch. You may also add on other straps at reasonable prices to achieve a customized look for your piece.

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

Marnaut have proactively developed a unique authentication method through the app CertiEye (Android & IOS) using a QR code corresponding to your timepiece’s individual serial number. This feature was designed in effort to ensure counterfeit items don’t make it to the hands and wrists of collectors, protecting their heritage, should Marnaut gain currency in future used and vintage markets.

Marnaut Dark Surge 300 Watch Watch Releases

The production of the Dark Surge 300m is capped at 300 pieces per model annually. By capping production, Marnaut can ensure their customers maintain pride of ownership and their timepieces will hold their value for years to come. The Kickstarter campaign has already begun: $449 for the Two Tone classic and Silver edition and $499 for the full black IP plated variant. marnaut.com

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  • Norbs K

    Wow, great design.
    A simple diver is always a good choice in my book.
    I very nice touch with the inner indices. Gives a bit of depth to the watch face.
    Throw a date window on there somewhere and maybe a different colour bezel (blue or orange would be nice) and you will find a potential buyer in me.

  • SuperStrapper

    A guy on my hockey team had dark surge once. Needed antibiotics. Wasn’t fun.
    I had always resisted buying a Marnaut watch because of all the counterfeits. Thank you CertiEye!

    Seriously tho, not bad looking. I’m not sure how humans are expected to lug around a watch made out of unwieldy steel but we’ll see how it pans out. I like the dial decoration effect and think this design translates best in the all black variant. Glad to see they went with 9xxx when choosing miyota.

    • You stole my joke!

      • SuperStrapper

        It was just hangin out there man. First come first serve.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I like this. it proves you don’t need a brick on your wrist when you go for a spot of diving (I do it all the time! ) The case, the size, the strap, the price is all just fine. One small change I would make would to use numerals all the way round and change the 46 individual metal indices for just 12 for a cleaner look.

    Good luck.

    • Mario Jutronic

      Hi, thanks for your comment, not sure if I understand your feedback. So, have numerals all the way around and remove the indexes? Leave no dots on the dial or some? One reason why I decided to have metal indexes instead of just printing the dots on the dial is when you view the watch at an angle the reflection curves around each wall of the index and gives the really a cool look. I have some pics at the angle on insta, check it out if you are interested. http://www.instagram.com/marnautwatches

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I would have preferred the just the single index at each number but what do I know. Don’t mind me I’m just a bit of a stick in the mud. I liked the extra pictures. Thanks.

  • Leonarr

    Nice to see a diver with some originality in the design. The lug-to-lug is way too big for me (52 mm, on a 42 mm watch!), even though the size is otherwise all right.

    • Mario Jutronic

      Thanks for your comment, I do have to mention that as a number 52 sounds super long but the lugs have a subtle bend inward close to the ends, making it giving it the optical illusion of not being that long. Straight top down view visually does not look like a 52mm lug to lug. Check out some straight shots on our instgram to see if what I am saying makes sense. http://www.instagram.com/marnautwatches

  • “This feature was designed in effort to ensure counterfeit items don’t make it to the hands and wrists of collectors, protecting their heritage, should Marnaut gain currency in future used and vintage markets.”

    You can’t be serious. Look, you have a pretty decent alt-diver design going on here at a respectable price point. Let’s not ruin it.

    • Mario Jutronic

      Hehe, well we have to dream, right? We can check back in in 5 years and see what happens….who knows 🙂 Glad you like the watch design.

  • Drazen B

    Urchin relief is striking when found in nature but has no place on the watch whose dial legibility simplicity should be some of must-haves, part of an implicit diver design norm.
    This one simply misses the mark on that point.

    • Mario Jutronic

      Thanks for your comment, check out some more pics on the instagram, it might grow on you. There is something about the laws of symmetry that makes this piece (at least for me) look good.

  • Greg Dutton

    Nice design, but with a dial like that I want to see some serious lume, and it looks pretty weak.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    A very amusing ad. Thanks for the laugh.
    Miyota, anodized bezel, black plated case – No.

    • Mario Jutronic

      Hi, I am not sure what is amusing about it. I am a watch lover just like every one of you, been collecting for years and years. Vintage Seikos, Omega, Heuer, Mondaine, Silvana, Aquastar, Gruen, Alsta, Tradition, on and on. For my first venture into horology I am proud of what I have done so far, how it looks and how it feels on hand. Miyota 9015 is a great movement in my humble opinion. The bezel is aluminium, and yes I want it to be better in the future so point taken, working on that. We have two other models that are not black IP plated. In any case thanks for your opinion. Regs

      • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

        The only part I found amusing, was the section on counterfeiting.
        You could not possibly know, but Playboy Johnny does not wear anything plated or Miyota….. Ever.
        I wish you good luck with this.

  • Mario Jutronic

    Thanks…. I appreciate your feedback and glad you like the watch.

  • Daniel Harper

    Pretty cool design that manages to be unique and show some personality. I don’t mind the miyota, and I don’t think $500 is too expensive for a 9015 watch with finishing like this. The only issue I have with it is the AUTO, MATIC. I think if they couldn’t fit it on one line, it really should just say AUTO. Strangely enough, I’m having some trouble getting past that!

  • Nixa

    I have a weak spot for divers and own several at different price points. It’s refreshing to see a diver that’s different. I really like it! Great job and best of luck to you Mario!

  • Ulysses31

    It’s a cool-looking watch. A diver with some character an individuality is are nowadays. The dots on the dial are reminiscent of many sea creatures that have those markings. I reckon it would be interesting if that idea was taken further in future models.

  • Mario Jutronic

    No worries at all, it is a matte finish. When the light hits it has a bit of a sheen and the brushing on the case can be seen. Yea I will check up on DLC for sure. Thanks