Back in February 2017, Draken launched its kickstater campaign for the Draken Tugela and raised more than needed for their goal. I recently did a hands on review of theÂ Tugela which turned out to be pretty darn nice.Â Starting November 16, 2017Â Draken is coming out with a new Kickstarter campaign for their new aviation inspired Draken Peregrine. Draken was able to send me out a prototype and so far, I like what I see.
There are two dial options for the Draken Peregrine. There is a black dial with BGW9 lume and aÂ full-lume white dial option. This is a simple three hand watch, but it has one very cool feature. At the 12 o’clock position, the Draken logo is more than meets the eye. That logo is actually a functional power reserve indicator. When the watch is fully wound, the logo is solid white, and lumed too. When the power starts running down, the logo will then turn orange. I really like this feature, it gives you something to talk about.
There are two options for the Draken Peregrine. You can choose from the bead-blasted 316L stainless steel case or the DLC (diamond-like coating) black case. Anti-reflective coated sapphire is used to cover the dial and is also used show off the movement. The case back is screw down and has a bead-blasted finish. The crown is screw down, signed with the Draken logo. Water resistance is 100m, which is fine since this is not a dive watch. The finish on this case is very good and I can find no flaws.
Powering this Peregrine is a Miyota 9130 automatic movement with discreet power reserve indicator. That power indicator is a cool touch and adds a very unique element to the watch. The movement itself is decorated with simple Geneva stripes and has a decorated signed rotor.
The Strap on the Draken Peregrine is very soft genuine leather. There are a lot of holes for a comfortable fit and it feels very comfortable on the wrist. You can choose from either the tan leather strap or a canvas strap. Both look very nice on this watch.
The Amazing Lume!
I really love the lume on the Peregrine. The whiteÂ dial version is fully lumed and glows in a brilliant blue. If the watch is fully wound then the entire power indicator will glow. I was pretty surprised when I saw this glow for the first time. Since the whole dial glows there is no need to lume the hands or markersâ€“they stand out over the glow of that dial.
From what I have seen with this prototype, the Draken PeregrineÂ is a solid,Â well-built watch. The finish is very good. That power indicator is such a nice touch to what would normally be a very simple three-hander. The little addition of blue on the dial breaks up the monotony of just black and white. This is an aviation/adventure watch, but is toned down enough to work well in the office. I really like this new model, and for a starting price ofÂ Â $289 USD,Â it a pretty solid bargain. You can check them out on kickstarter.
- Brand and model: Draken Peregrine
- Price:Starting at $289 USD
- Whoâ€™s it for: Avaiation and adventure watch lovers.
- What Iâ€™d change: Good the way it is.
- The best thing about it: That discreet power reserve indicator.
Tech Specs from Draken
- Miyota 9130 automatic movement with discreet power reserve indicator
- Bead-blasted and DLC (Diamond-like carbon) coated 316L stainless steel case
- Black dial with BGW9 lume and full-lume white dial options
- Green canvas and tan leather strap options
- Double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Exhibition case back with decorated rotor
- 100m water resistance