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July shipping update

It's been ages since I did an email update on status or new products. Let's try to get through it all quickly :)  H1 shipping news The H1 was scheduled to ship this month, and it will. Hurrah. The watches have been through their first round of quality checks. Around 30 went ba...

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Hamtun H1 and Neon order status

Hi everyone, it’s been a while since I did an update here. Here is the current status of all ongoing Hamtun projects: H1 (2018 version) On track, and the order has just been increased due to better than expected pre-orders. Thanks everyone! Below are a couple of photos showin...

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It's really hard to make a black watch that doesn't suck!

With the PVD version of our Swiss powered Neon collection in 2018 we released our first all black watch. A last minute addition to the line, it went on to become one of our best selling options. But it's not easy to produce an affordable, PVD coated watch with a spec list as s...

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Watch movements we use

We often get asked about the watch movements we use at Hamtun, and why we picked the ones we did. Rather than reply to people individually, we thought it might make an interesting topic for an article here. How do we decide which movements to work with? Which ones are we think...

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Cheap dive watches worth owning

Finding high quality cheap dive watches can be incredibly hard. You tend to get either a great watch or a watch that you can afford, but rarely a watch that is both. But why should that be the case? We all know that the margins of many big brands are huge, with millions being ...

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What are microbrand watches

We use the term microbrand watches a lot on our website and store, but how many of you actually know what we mean by it? Is it a bit of an insider term? What are microbrand watches? There isn't a set-in-stone formal definition of microbrand watches, but throughout the communit...

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Southampton watch company meet-ups

The UK is short on great watch based meet-ups, so a few Southampton watch companies (including Hamtun, obviously) have got together and arranged a semi-regular one in Southampton city centre. If you're anywhere in the south of Britain and fancy coming along to chat with like-m...

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Titanium watches from the UK

At Hamtun we have been building titanium watches since 2015, so we like to think we know a thing or two about them. But what are the advantages of titanium over other materials? A few people have asked, so let's talk about why automatic titanium watches are great and why you ...

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Cheap watches store launched

Since launching Hamtun in 2015, the aim has been to launch a great cheap watches store and bring high quality watches to everyone. It's taken a while, but with this recent updates the website now has all of our products in one place. Previously we've been using Kickstarter for...

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British watch brands worth checking out

British watch brands are going through a golden period. Exciting young brands such as Hamtun Watches are competing with more established brands such as Christopher Ward. We've t...

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What's going on at Hamtun?

It's been a while since I wrote anything here to tell you what is going on. As I've taken a few days off for Easter, I thought I'd do a status update on current and future projects. Neon Automatic The Neon Kickstarter was successfully funded, thanks anyone that ordered one! I'...

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Guess what's back, back again. H1's back, tell a friend.

We always planned to bring back the Hamtun H1 dive watch, but we've done it a bit sooner than originally planned (related: please stop copying our stuff). So grab one now!

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Neon review roundup

Reviews for the Neon collection are starting to fly in. I'm collecting them all together here as I'm made aware of them. Seen one I've missed? Let me know and I'll add it!

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Photos of the Neon in the wild!

We've got some photos of the Neon Automatic out in the wild with reviewers and customers, as well as links to their Instagram pages.

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Neon photos and launch details

It's almost time! On January 30 at we are opening for pre-orders on the Neon. We've got some new photos and a release time calculator so you don't miss out!

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Neon Automatic status update

It's been a while since the Neon was announced, so I wanted to update on the current status and provide info on the current plan/schedule. Prototypes are due at the end of this month. As soon as they arrive I'll be shipping them out to the video producer and then the photogra...

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Neon Automatic - final renders and more details

The Neon Automatic final design is signed off and the prototypes are being built. They should be here some time in November and I'll start sharing photos soon after that. But for now, here are the answers to most of the questions I've been getting, as well as the final renders...

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Neon Automatic giveaway time!

The Neon Automatic is coming soon. About time, right? Check out the latest article that includes the final renders so you can see exactly what has taken so long. My factory is putting our prototypes together right now, fitting them with their Swiss made STP 1-11 automatic move...

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Happy Birthday, Hamtun H1

One year ago today we launched our first watch on Kickstarter, and one year ago today it was fully funded and we had a business. It's been an exciting first year, with shipments of the H1 complete and our follow up, the Swiss powered Neon Automatic, announced and now in the pr...

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This is the Neon Automatic, our new Swiss powered watch!

It's taken a while, but designs are finally settled and the prototyping phase has begun! Here is the yellow edition, one of 5 dial colours that will be available at launch. What is the Neon Automatic? An automatic watch powered by the Swiss STP 1-11 movement Available in 2 ...

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