Draken Benguela reviews, specs and photos - all you need to know


The Draken Benguela is the fourth watch from New Zealand brand Draken.

Starting with their dive collection, the Tugela (and later the Tugela 2) and followed by the Peregrine and the Kalahari, Draken have built a deserved reputation for making competitively priced tool-style watches with unique design components.

With the Tugela, Peregrine and the Kalahari, these design flourishes came in the form of playful power reserve metres. All were funded successfully via crowdfunding platforms and have a dedicated following.

Now, with the Benguela, Draken have taken things a step further. While still a dive watch, it moves further away from the tried and tested Rolex Submariner feel that’s so popular in the watch world, and becomes more unique as a result.

In particular the hooded lugs and “finger” indices give a striking and bold look. It’s a watch that’s not afraid to be itself.

So what is it? The Benguela is a 316L stainless steel dive watch with a cool bead blasted finish and an impressive 500m water resistance as a result of the included helium release valve.

Powering the Benguela is the tried and tested NH35a movement, the most popular automatic movement by far in watches around this price point. With incredible reliability, shock resistance and built-in anti-magnetic protection, it’s one of the best movements outside the expensive Swiss ones. At 21,600 BPH it’s not the smoothest sweep in the world, but at this price it’s the best allrounder.

The Draken Benguela is launching first on Kickstarter at a discount over the final retail price. Starting at $349 it seems a really good deal. Keep reading for Draken Benguela reviews, specs and photos.

Launch date: 14 August 2020
Price: Pre-order from $349 (Seiko movement), $469 (ETA 2824-2 movement)
Buy from: drakenwatches.com


Draken Benguela specs

Diameter: 43mm
Thickness: 14mm
Lug-to-lug: Not supplied
Lug width: Not supplied
Strap type: Stainless steel, leather or rubber
Movement: Seiko NH35a automatic or ETA 2824-2 automatic
Crystal: Sapphire with internal anti-reflective coating
Case: 316L stainless steel with bead blasted finish
Lume: Swiss X1-C3 SuperlumiNova
Water resistance: 50ATM/500m
Case: Bead-blasted 316L stainless steel


Draken Benguela reviews

Wrist Watch Review UK - https://wristwatchreview.co.uk/introducing-the-draken-benguela
The Time Bum (Preview) - http://www.thetimebum.com/2020/07/preview-draken-benguela.html


Draken Benguela photos

Draken Benguela leather strap

 Draken Benguela Color options

Draken Benguela case back

Draken Benguela design sketch

Draken Benguela buckle

Draken Benguela reviews, specs and photos


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(Photos from DrakenWatches.com)