Back with another dive watch, following the HD1, the Hemel Sea Dart is a new design that mixes Hemel’s design language with tool-watch specifications.
Hemel Sea Dart – First Impressions
Hemel says that the HD2 “Sea Dart,” offers wrist watch enthusiasts a combination of much beloved classic features in a modern timepiece. Marvin Menke, Founder of Hemel, says that revivalism and reinvention are at the heart of the new collection. The Hemel Sea Dart speaks to the great spirit of innovation in American technological development exemplified by the US Navy’s development of jet aircraft.
In addition to Black, the dial colour palette includes Salmon, Robin’s Egg, Juniper and even a full lume C3 dial, all executed in a sunburst effect. Slimmer dimensions (39mm case size, 45mm lug-to-lug length and 11.5 mm thickness) echo vintage and mid-century standards. The 316L steel is brushed for a utilitarian overall feel, but there are some polished surfaces to add visual interest. A beads-of-rice bracelet was chosen with
direct watch community involvement as were some of the dial colors. Features including
anti-reflective coated sapphire double domed glass, a 120 click rotating bezel, diamond cut hands, C3 luminova and 300 meters of water resistance all comes as standard on the Sea Dart.
Hemel Sea Dart Specifications
› Diameter – 39 mm
› Material – 316L stainless steel
› Finish – Brushed w/Polished accents
› Case back – Screw-down, Engraved
› Lug width – 20 mm
› Lug to lug – 45 mm
› Crown – Signed, lumed, screw down, winding
› Front crystal – Double domed, Sapphire
› Water resistance – 300 meters
› Bezel – Steel, rotating, 120 click, C3 Lumed Pip
› Caliber – Miyota 9039
› hacking second hand
› 28,800 bph
› 24 jewels
› Power reserve – 42 hours
› Steel – Solid links, Beads-of-Rice
› Clasp – Signed, Double Safety
› Shape – Flat
› Color – Multiple Sunburst Options
› Paint – Superluminova C3
Our first impressions are very positive: Hemel seems to have come up with a watch that combines their aviation-inspired design language with a fully functional and well-specificed dive watch and we really like the way the Hemel Sea Dart looks in the initial renders.
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