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Good things come to those who wait - a group funded/preorder pic thread

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Good things come to those who wait - a group funded/preorder pic thread

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Post by TheJohnP » Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:22 am

One thing I think this particular thread needs is more watch pics!

So if you've backed a Kickstarter or Indiegogo campaign, or preordered a watch directly from a brand and had to wait weeks and months until you received your purchase, let's see them.

I'll start with the only watch Kickstarter I backed so far, the Direnzo DRZ 02.

Fell in love with the unique looks of the watch when I first saw a post about it and luckily was able to snag a super early bird slot.
Finally received it a week ago and suitably impressed.

What did you order and wait on and on and on for?


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Re: Good things come to those who wait - a group funded/preorder pic thread

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Post by AndroidIsAwesome » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:08 pm

I backed the direnzo, then cancelled the pledge because I bought a Sinn 556... oops XD

My Hamtun H2 should come in August/September though
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Re: Good things come to those who wait - a group funded/preorder pic thread

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Post by AstroLaw » Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:57 am

This came in yesterday. Kingsbury Dark Water. It's a bit chunkier than I expected, but it wears well on my 7.25 wrist. The bezel plays nicely with the light and at times makes it look grey instead of black. The wave patterned dial looks great on it, minute markers on the rehaut line up, and the lume is well done.

If I were to gripe a little it would be that I'd prefer slightly larger hour indices. These are dwarfed by the hands and the numbers on the bezel. The bezel pip also doesn't have very much (any) lume. I won't be diving so this isn't too impactful, but still a little disappointing.

Overall, I think this watch is a great value at $209US!


EDIT: Added a couple of shots on the rubber strap, lume shot, and comments about bezel pip.

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Re: Good things come to those who wait - a group funded/preorder pic thread

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Post by watchpalooza » Mon Jul 29, 2019 2:36 pm

Also the Kingsbury Dark Water 300. So glad I opted for the bracelet. It is very high quality, with solid links and great finishing. The watch itself is IMO worth the money, and has some very well-executed features (ceramic bezel insert, applied indices, alignment of bezel markings to indices). One thing I do not particularly like is that the crown is awkwardly small for the size of the watch and has a “gritty” feel to its operation. It is not a smooth or buttery feel and is somewhat difficult to screw down. The corners of the crown guard are also very sharp, making using the criwn quite uncomfortable.

The bezel by contrast has a very smooth and precise feel and aligns perfectly with the indices, but the shape is very difficult to grip for turning....no way this would work with dive gloves. It is a minor gripe, but I also think the lume dot at the 12 o’clock position on the bezel is awkwardly large for the triangle it occupies. The metal frame encircling it extends over the sides of the triangle. Its really a nit, but I think a slightly larger triangle or smaller lume dot would look better.

The brushed finish on top of the lugs is well-done, but the vertical brushing on the sides of the case are not as refined, showing much coarser lines. The corners on the underside of the lugs are sharp like those on the crown guard...less of an issue, but noticeable when handling the watch.

The dial and over-sized hands are well-executed and part of the design. Lume quality is unknown and will have to be assessed. Overall I would say you definitely get your money’s worth with this watch, but it does have a few quirks.

Edit: Lume quality is decent but not Zelos great. Compared to my other watches with blue Superluminova, this one outlasts the Dreyden but fades more quickly than the Traska Freediver.
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Re: Good things come to those who wait - a group funded/preorder pic thread

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Post by baldrick » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:07 am

watchpalooza wrote:Also the Kingsbury Dark Water 300. So glad I opted for the bracelet. It is very high quality, with solid links and great finishing. The watch itself is IMO worth the money, and has some very well-executed features (ceramic bezel insert, applied indices, alignment of bezel markings to indices). One thing I do not particularly like is that the crown is awkwardly small for the size of the watch and has a “gritty” feel to its operation. It is not a smooth or buttery feel and is somewhat difficult to screw down. The corners of the crown guard are also very sharp, making using the criwn quite uncomfortable.

The bezel by contrast has a very smooth and precise feel and aligns perfectly with the indices, but the shape is very difficult to grip for turning....no way this would work with dive gloves. It is a minor gripe, but I also think the lume dot at the 12 o’clock position on the bezel is awkwardly large for the triangle it occupies. The metal frame encircling it extends over the sides of the triangle. Its really a nit, but I think a slightly larger triangle or smaller lume dot would look better.

The brushed finish on top of the lugs is well-done, but the vertical brushing on the sides of the case are not as refined, showing much coarser lines. The corners on the underside of the lugs are sharp like those on the crown guard...less of an issue, but noticeable when handling the watch.

The dial and over-sized hands are well-executed and part of the design. Lume quality is unknown and will have to be assessed. Overall I would say you definitely get your money’s worth with this watch, but it does have a few quirks.

Edit: Lume quality is decent but not Zelos great. Compared to my other watches with blue Superluminova, this one outlasts the Dreyden but fades more quickly than the Traska Freediver.
Picked up my Dark Water yesterday. Initial thoughts mirror those above - generally a quality piece but three main, but arguably minor, gripes:

- lume on the indices is fine, but on the hands is crap. Not quite crap enough for me to do anything about it, but noticeable.
- the crown is, as pointed out, small and a bit "gritty". It's not really in keeping with the rest of the watch and it was difficult to set the day and date.
- on the bracelet, the top clasp on mine comes slightly loose as I move my wrist around.




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