If you recall, back in August of 2016, we brought you a hands-on look at the Tempest Carbon 2 (you can see that here). I thought it was a great watch, and it even made my “Top Watch” list at the end of that year. Unfortunately, that Kickstarter did not hit it’s funding level, and the brand decided to take a step back and regroup. What that means is you once again have a chance to snap one of these beauties up, with a new project underway.
If you don’t recall – or decided to not read the prior review – the forged carbon case is the draw here. Most brands that have these are super pricey, but Tempest has kept the pricing at under a grand. The material gives things a very unique look, along with lightening the overall watch (though there is still a steel liner in there).
It’s also a competent dive watch – and every day watch – with great legibility (the sizing on the handset and indices is spot-on). In short, if you’re a fan of divers and tool watches, or even just a fan of watches with unique materials, the Tempest Carbon 2 is worth a look, big time. It just launched on Kickstarter (project page), with super early bird pricing starting at $835. Tempest makes great stuff, and the Carbon 2 is no exception. The best thing about this project coming back is that shipping will be quick, with delivery anticipated for July. Also great? The project is fully funded already, with 28 days left to go. Check it out – you won’t be disappointed. tempestwatches.com
Tech Specs from Tempest Watches
- Case – 100% forged carbon, with inner stainless steel core
- Diamter: 42.mm
- Lug-to-lug: 50mm
- Thickness: 17.75mm (including crystal)
- Lug width: 22mm
- Crown – PVD Solid Stainless Steel screw down crown with engraved logo , 7mm wide x 4mm height
- Case Back – PVD Solid Stainless Steel with engraving and individual serial number
- Crystal – Scratch Resistant Super Dome Sapphire Crystal w/ Inner Anti-Reflection Coating (double domed for reduced distortion)
- Movement – Automatic Miyota Cal. 9015, 28,800bph, 24 Jewels, 42 Power Reserve, Hacking Second, Manual winding function, Balanced Staff Shock Absorber
- Dial – Matt Black, Internal Bi-rotational Bezel, Individually applied markers with BGW9 Swiss-LumiNova
- Lume – BGW9 Swiss-LumiNova on hands and dial markers
- Strap – High Quality Water-Resistant Nylon strap with leather liner, 22mm tapering to 20mm, Solid stainless steel buckle with PVD Finish
- Water Resistance – 200m/660ft
- Warranty – 24 months
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