After the success of the Caspian and Black Kite pilot's watches, Ventus is back on Kickstarter with a brass cased diver's watch, the Mori. Four variants are offered: black or brass bezel, blue or vintage lume. Black bezel models have an aluminum insert. All models have black dials and a 20mm strap.
The watch takes its name from the 16th century Japanese daimyō Mōri Motonari. according to legand, he gave each of his three sons an arrow to break. They snapped easily. He then bound three arrows together and challenged them to do the same, but they could not. The lesson being that the three sons were stronger working together. The watch honors the story with the three arrows in its design: the dive bezel triangle, dial triangle and Ventus logo, all of which line up at 12:00.
The Mori draws its style from classic 1950's divers, most notably in its sensible size. The watch measures 41mm wide, 48mm long, and 14mm thick to the top of the double domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. It is a comfortable size for the office while still maintaining a sporty wrist presence. True to the Ventus aesthetic, it has an intricate sandwich dial with a layer of BGW3 or vintage C3 SuperLuminova and a color keyed 3 o'clock date wheel. The bezel markets are lumed as well - one of my favorite features.
Of course, it's not just about looks. The Mori also features a 120-click unidirectional timing bezel, and it is rated for 300m of water pressure. On the flip side is a stainless steel case back decorated with an old school diving helmet. Inside, beats a Seiko NH35 automatic.
The Mori is a sharp design with all the right tool watch specs. Best of all, early birds can snap one up for the outstanding price of $199 USD ($269 SGD). Head over to Kickstarter and check it out yourself.
Photos courtesy of Ventus