I’ve come to associate the Pompeak brand with the 3 Ds – Dapper Design, and Diversity. Founded by brother-duo David & Noah Pomphrey, Pompeak has managed to, in a limited span of time, surprise and stun the watch aficionado community with incredibly designed, precisely manufactured, dapper-looking watches, without sporting that premium price tag. With their latest watch, the Sub-Aquatic, Pompeak hopes to add a little diversity to their lineup by building a watch centered around performance… specifically, performance underwater.
Meet the Sub-Aquatic, a timepiece that combines the best that British design has to offer with the best that Swiss engineering has to offer. Classy on the outside, capable on the inside, the Sub-Aquatic is a 40mm dive watch that’s been designed, tested, and perfected over the last 12 months. With a body made out of brushed and highly polished 904L Stainless Steel, a ceramic rotating bezel, incredibly powerful Super-LumiNova markings, and a sapphire crystal display capping it all, the Sub-Aquatic looks stunning out in the open, but it really shines when you venture into the waters. Equipped with 200M water-resistance, the Sub-Aquatic is a watch that isn’t afraid of being thrown into the deep end.
The Sub-Aquatic is a pretty serious flex from Pompeak, and propels them as a watch brand to be reckoned with. The 904L Steel is an upgrade from the default 316L Steel, but it’s in every way a premium, luxury metal and comes with more chromium in the alloy that gives it an unmistakable polished appearance and unbeatable corrosion resistance. Given the circumstances under which the Sub-Aquatic watch is meant to be used, the timepiece comes with high-visibility BGW9 Swiss Super-LumiNova markings on the rotating bezel as well as on the watch face, allowing the numbers to be visible even at the depths of the ocean. The visibility of the numbers is increased further by the presence of a double-domed Sapphire crystal on the top, complete with multiple Anti-Reflective (AR) coatings to give the watch-face utmost clarity. The watch face itself is simple and sophisticated, prioritizing minimalist cleanliness more than anything. The face sports a dark-ish blue gradient hue that sets the perfect contrast for the white, LumiNova coated numbers… and a date window at the 3 o’clock position gives you all the information you need at a mere glance. On the inside, a self-winding Sellita SW200-1 movement gives the watch its life, lending its signature Swiss-backed accuracy to the timepiece.
Pompeak’s dive-watch (its first one so far) manages to pull it all off while still sticking to its ethos of being honestly priced. With a Kickstarter launch price of just £389 ($530), the watch matches up to (and surpasses) other luxury brands with its use of high-end materials like sapphire crystal and 904L Steel, and its stunning water-resistance of 20ATM (200 meters). The watch comes in two variants (a textured face versus a flat gradient face) with a choice between a classic stainless steel link bracelet and a more durable matte rubber strap. Along with its Dapper Design and Diversity, Pompeak adds Durability to the Sub-Aquatic too, giving you a 2-year warranty on the timepiece.
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Pompeak Sub-Aquatic: British Design Meets Swiss Movement
Pompeak is back with their third collection and their first-ever dive watch. The Sub-Aquatic is a fusion of British design, high quality materials and Swiss automatic movements, with a price point to contrast the premium features.
Swiss Automatic Movement
The Sellita SW200-1 is recognized as one of the best work horse movements around. Often found in watches costing thousands, features include: hacking, hand winding and a quick set date function. A truly outstanding display of horology.
– Self-Winding Mechanism
– 28,800 Vibrations per hour
– 26 Jewels
– 38 Hour Power Reserve
– Automatic/self-winding watches are often chosen as the perfect combination of character and heritage of the mechanical watch, without the need to manually wind the movement each day.
Dial Option 1: 3D Textured Dial
With bold hands and applied indices contrasting the 3D textured dial, the designers have added depth to what is traditionally a very generic watch face.
Dial Option 2: Gradient Dial
For the stunning yet clean look, the team has introduced a deep blue/black gradient dial.
Dive down (or switch the off lights) and the watch really shines thanks to the Swiss Super-LumiNova (BGW9) filled hands, indices and bezel. BGW9 Lume has a long lasting, blue glow at night, with a clean white look in the day.
The inspirations for this case may be clear, 40mm of highly polished and brushed 904L Stainless steel, topped with a 120 click, uni-directional ceramic bezel. Historically 904L has been reserved for a select few watches costing big bucks, largely due to the increased complications in sourcing and processing, however as the technology and machinery becomes more widely available, the cost associated also comes down.
904L is often referred to as a corrosion-resistant superalloy due to its exceptional, almost perfect, aging properties, even in the harshest of environments.
Frequent Scuba Divers use a digital dive computer as their main life saving tool, but who doesn’t want a watch that can survive just about anywhere they can? That’s why the team have doubled the minimum water resistance required for a “divers” watch with 20ATM – Up to 200m.
The elapsed time bezel is used to measure total dive time and decompression stops – a crucial addition to any dive watch. With a 120 click uni-directional bezel and ceramic insert, the timepiece combines precise timing with an almost scratch proof material, complete with a refined and elegant shine. The uni-directional feature means the bezel will only rotate counter-clockwise and any accidental knocks will only “add” to the elapsed time.
Sapphire Crystal is the most scratch resistant you can get, with a hardness only inferior to diamond. The double domed, solid sapphire crystal is no different, with added Anti-Reflective (AR) coatings ensuring crystal clear readability in all conditions.
Choose between a classic stainless steel link bracelet with highly polished center links, complete with a sliding micro adjust clasp or an extremely durable rubber strap complete with quick release pins for easy, yet secure, on/off.
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