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I just came across some recent pics of a prototype piece from a new Micro-brand 'Tempest Watches' that is starting up (there has been a fair amount of discussion on this one over on one of the other forums).  Their first piece is going to be the Viking, and it just came available for preorder.  Google will take you to the Tempest Watches website.

Based on what I have read, they are striving for upper tier components including a "top-grade ETA 2824-2" movement, and have what I see as pretty unique case design.  When I saw the initial "front on" views, I thought to myself...looks like yet another 'me too' 2000m diver with nice dimensions, but the recent better perspective shots of the prototype really have me liking this one quite a bit.  I'm particularly liking the case/bezel profile (with very nice dimensions and a cool ceramic lume bezel), and most of all the extra design details and machining that is evident in the side views of the case and crown.cool.gif...case available is ss or DLC

I'm seriously thinking about ordering this one!!!

What do you guys think?

Here's some basic info...

Diameter: 45mm (excluding crown)
Lug Width: 22mm

Height: 18mm

Movement: Top Grade ETA 2824-2
Case: Brushed Solid Stainless Steel (316L)
Crystal: Extra thick, domed sapphire crystal (with anti-reflective coating on inside only)
Bezel: 120 - click, unidirectional, tough ceramic luminous insert bezel
Ratings: Anti-magnetic , Shock resistance. Each watch is individually pressure tested to 2000M

SWISS MADE


Preorder price for the ss model is ~$1200, DLC model is ~$1300


OceanicTime's blog had a nice writeup with some linkable higher resolution pictures to the prototype here: (keep in mind this is a prototype and has some issues with the bezel numbering and some other fit issues).

http://oceanictime.blogspot.com/2011/06/tempest-viking-prototype.html











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Been following the project for a while now...
Was expecting a lower price introduction for a first shot's brand...Something more like 800-900 buks.
Why? Well, you know how the "Swiss-Made" stamp is working now...

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Hammerfjord wrote: Been following the project for a while now...
Was expecting a lower price introduction for a first shot's brand...Something more like 800-900 buks.
Why? Well, you know how the "Swiss-Made" stamp is working now...


Yes...I agree with your sentiments here Will.

We pretty much know what the 'swiss-made' stamp means these days...and with a new, unproven brand one is rolling the dice a bit when it comes to the quality that may result from the first effort.

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too much $ for a Chi-Swiss 1st offering imo...this is the guy who had "Made in Swiss" on the caseback until he was called on it...I was contacted by Tempest back in Oct.2010 ...my advice was come back when you have a watch...it's now July and the watch is still not going to be done until the end of the year?..too many if's and maybes,like that top grade eta which he doesn't know if he can contract yet...wait until they start hitting the sales forums for a better deal if you must.ThumbsUp02.gif
...that complete ground up design is using a crown guard with strange similarities to Seans new crown guard on the 100% Asian MoVas...homerthinks.gif

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stew77 wrote:
Hammerfjord wrote: Been following the project for a while now...
Was expecting a lower price introduction for a first shot's brand...Something more like 800-900 buks.
Why? Well, you know how the "Swiss-Made" stamp is working now...


Yes...I agree with your sentiments here Will.

We pretty much know what the 'swiss-made' stamp means these days...and with a new, unproven brand one is rolling the dice a bit when it comes to the quality that may result from the first effort.

Well, after reading the first reviews, we will see if it's all in order there...

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oagaspar wrote:
too much $ for a Chi-Swiss ist offering imo...this is the guy who had "Made in Swiss" on the caseback until he was called on it...I was contacted by Tempest back in Oct.2010 ...my advice was come back when you have a watch...it's now July and the watch is still not going to be done until the end of the year?..too many if's and maybes,like that top grade eta which he doesn't know if he can contract yet...wait until they start hitting the sales forums for a better deal if you must.ThumbsUp02.gif
...that complete ground up design is using a crown guard with strange similarities to Seans new crown guard on the 100% Asian MoVas...homerthinks.gif

Yes, I remember this "Made in Swiss" first case-back drawing.
Couldn't believe it at first
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oagaspar wrote: too much $ for a Chi-Swiss 1st offering imo...this is the guy who had "Made in Swiss" on the caseback until he was called on it...I was contacted by Tempest back in Oct.2010 ...my advice was come back when you have a watch...it's now July and the watch is still not going to be done until the end of the year?..too many if's and maybes,like that top grade eta which he doesn't know if he can contract yet...wait until they start hitting the sales forums for a better deal if you must.ThumbsUp02.gif
...that complete ground up design is using a crown guard with strange similarities to Seans new crown guard on the 100% Asian MoVas...homerthinks.gif


All good points Oscar...

He has confirmed (on another forum) that he will indeed be sourcing the Top Grade version of the movement.

My head says to wait and see what the final product quality looks like, and like you said...being patient and waiting for them to show up on the sales forums would be the most economical approach...

...my emotion is getting in the way of my head, however, as I really like the design/design elements/material set with this one and the more I look a good quality pics of even the prototype, the more I'm impressed with how good the case machining looks...

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for the same $400. deposit and at $100. less you can pre-order a H2O watch with custom dials and components...WR tested (6000m) way beyond it's capability.
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http://www.h2o-watch.com/

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oagaspar wrote: for the same $400. deposit and at $100. less you can pre-order a H2O watch with custom dials and components...WR tested (6000m) way beyond it's capability.ThumbsUp02.gif

http://www.h2o-watch.com/


Agreed...and I do like many aspects of the H2O...(although the tempest case, bezel, hands, etc has me prefering it in design...my preference, of course).

...that persistent WIS dilemma...way too many watch choices, and not enough brinks trucks full of funds to bring them all home...subtlelaugh.gif

For that matter, the new Armida A1 and PVD Crux have been getting me drooling.

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I like the design Chris,but I have my doubts on the builder,his experience with watches in general,which no one has even asked once,and who he is paying to do the 1st review,who everyone knows only produces positive reviews in trade for watches.
..I wish Ben the  best,but whenever I hear,"Chinese cases being shipped off to Switzerland for final assembly and inspection",I just don't see that plane taking off from China...price the watch accordingly and I'm there.
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oagaspar wrote: I like the design Chris,but I have my doubts on the builder,his experience with watches in general,which no one has even asked once,and who he is paying to do the 1st review,who everyone knows only produces positive reviews in trade for watches.
..I wish Ben the  best,but whenever I hear,"Chinese cases being shipped off to Switzerland for final assembly and inspection",I just don't see that plane taking off from China...price the watch accordingly and I'm there.
ThumbsUp02.gif


Yes...fair enough, and I agree...within the current watch industry (with likely some big names included too), it seems like "it's not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true that counts", which as we all know is a shame.

It seems like all we can do is our best due diligence...and seek the best advice that we can from those in the know...I appreciate the inputs guys.

Ben seems like a good guy, and like you I wish him the best...I must admit he really has me with a compelling design.

 

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oagaspar wrote:


for the same $400. deposit and at $100. less you can pre-order a H2O watch with custom dials and components...WR tested (6000m) way beyond it's capability.
ThumbsUp02.gif

http://www.h2o-watch.com/

The Kalmar is also in titanium...

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