Preview: Manchester Watch Works TatoskoQ

The Flagship LE may be on hold for the moment, but Douglas Kim of Manchester Watch Works has been busy preparing for round two. This time, with a quartz diver's watch. The TatoskoQ is now in prototype production phase, and available for the first of two limited pre-order phases. Early birds may order one of the first 100 units for $190 until August 31. Once the protoypes have been recieved, a second round will be made available at a higher price. Only 300 will be produced. Doug promises that even at full MSRP, the price will remain competitive.  

The TatoskoQ is named for Tatoskok, a water beast of Native American Abenaki mythology, that was said to live in chilly New England waters of Lake Champlain, Vermont. Like the beast, the watch will be a water creature, resistant to 200 meters with a 120 click uniderectional bezel and a swallow-tail marker at 12 o'clock styled after the "diver down" flag. At 42mm wide and 11mm thick, it will be less of a beast than its namesake, but a comfortable size for a dive watch. Other features incluse a screw-down crown, decorated case back, C3 lume, and a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. A Swiss Ronda 715Li quartz runs the show. The watch may ordered with or without a date window.

From the initial renders, it seems like a solid design. I like the 7mm knurled crown at 4 o'clock, fat arrow hands, and red maker on the bezel. I am quite curious to see the "black sand" dial. I can can only recall seeing this texture on on certain Avi-8 models, and it works rather well. The watch will come on both a perforated rubber strap and striped nylon NATO of Doug's own design.

I like the looks and the specs of the TatoskoQ, even if I have trouble pronouncing it. Of course, any crowd funded venture has its risks, particularly when you are buying at a pre- pre-production phase. Things may change or the project may fail to fund. I can't predict its success, but I wish Doug and the TatoskoQ well. 

If you would like to be one of the first to lay claim to a TatoskoQ, you can send your payment directly (US shipping free, add $30 for international), your choice of date or no date, and your contact information to ManchesterWatchWorks via Paypal at A confirmation email will be sent once payment is received. You can also place your early bird order through the Manchester Watch Works Facebook page.


  • 42.5mm 316L polished stainless steel case 
  • 47mm lug to lug
  • 11mm in height
  • 20 ATM/200 M water resistance
  • 22mm drilled lugs
  • Swiss Ronda 715Li quartz movement with a 10-year battery life
  • Textured black sand-like dial with C3 lumed raised markers and a 12:00 marker inspired by the American diver down flag
  • 43mm knurled unidirectional 120 click bezel
  • Aluminum bezel insert with C3 lume at 12:00 and a swallow-tail12:00 marker inspired by the international diver down flag
  • C3 lumed arrow hands with red-tipped seconds hand
  • 7mm knurled engraved 4:00screw-down crown
  • Flat sapphire crystal with inner anti-reflective coating
  • Engraved screwed down caseback
  • Dial with or without a date window
  • Black PU strap with engraved buckle 
  • MWW custom designed nato strap with engraved buckle


  • Special early bird price of $190 USD which includes shipping in the USA (international shipping please add $30 USD).  
  • Ends when 100 orders are placed or by August 31, 2014whichever comes first. 
  • Estimated delivery by January 2015.
  • 300 Limited Edition run.
  • One year warranty against manufacturing defects.
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