Preview: Draken Benguela

New Zealand-based Draken is preparing to launch its latest tool watch, the Benguela. This watch will be the perfect companion for even the most extreme divers, without compromising on style. Thoughtfully designed to reflect rugged African terrain (the name Benguela is another nod to the continent), this watch looks as good on the wrist as it does over a wetsuit. 

Draken Benguela

The Benguela will be available for pre-order on Kickstarter in early August with a special launch offer of $349 for Seiko NH35A movement, and $469 for the ETA 2824-2.

“We believe everyone should be able to afford a solid dive watch that looks great,” says founder and designer Mike Blythe

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Draken Benguela

Key features

  • Helium escape valve (HEV), and a case engineered for pressures of at least 50ATM.
  • Two movement options: Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic or Japanese SII NH25A.
  • Tapered, bead-blasted stainless steel case to maximize traction on the bezel while avoiding bulkiness. 
  • Hooded lugs for simple bracelet attachment via quick release pins 
  • Ratcheting clasp for quick adjustment when wearing a wetsuit. 
  • Solid stainless steel bezel with engraved numbers and a luminous triangle at the zero minute marker. 
  • Sandwich and applied bead-blasted indices on the dial. Concentric circle design creates depth, for a detailed dial without the clutter. 
  • Vintage colored X1-C3 luminous paint for maximum visibility in any situation. 
  • Symmetrical date window with luminous date wheel (useful in extremely dark environments).
  • Punch engraved sea monster lurking on the back of the watch case.

Draken Benguela

About Draken

Founded in 2016 by South African ex-pat Michael Blythe, Draken is focused on creating dependable tool watches with unique designs for explorers and adventurers. Inspired by the dramatic landscapes of Africa, Michael and the brand are strongly linked to the continent. Africa can be a harsh and unforgiving place, but also starkly beautiful. It's this beauty that inspires Draken designs. 
Benguela specifications 


  • 43mm diameter, 22mm lugs, 15mm thick
  • 316L bead-blasted stainless steel
  • 50–100ATM (500-1000M) water resistance (TBD)


  • 120-click unidirectional 
  • Bead-blasted stainless steel
  • Luminous marker at 0min


  • Single domed sapphire
  • Inner anti-reflective coating
  • 3.7mm thick


  • Screw-down
  • Knurled with luminous Draken logo

Movement (2 options available)

  • SII NH35A automatic movement
    • 21,600 vibrations per hour
    • 41h power reserve
  • ETA 2824-2 automatic movement
    • 28,800 vibrations per hour
    • 38h power reserve


  • 316L bead-blasted stainless steel bracelet with ratcheting clasp and quick release pins
  • Natural rubber strap with quick release pins
  • Genuine tan leather with quick release pins (optional extra)

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Draken Benguela

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