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DUZU WATCHES – The First Watch
Introducing Duzu Watches, a Western Australian watch design studio founded by Wayne McCay. Their first watch, the Ningaloo Reef diver is a contemporary architecturally styled sports tool watch named after the World heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef located along the north west coast of Western Australia. Duzu Watches vision is to create watches that are current, affordable and versatile.
The watch features several unique features, most notably the case, its skeletonised architectural styling strongly references the structural formations of coral reefs. The 316L stainless steel case is finished in a combination of brushed and bead-blasted finishes and is beautifully complimented by a unique 120 click uni-directional bezel bezel with lumed matt ceramic inlay and 4mm thick AR coated domed sapphire crystal. The caseback has an ultra tough appearance featuring a deep engraved brand logo and is secured to the case with six (6) machine screws.
The matte black sandwich dial is punctuated by subtle markers and text which provides a sense of depth whilst contributing to the overall engineered appearance of the watch.
DUZU WATCHES – In More Detail
The Ningaloo Reef is a custom designed 316L grade stainless steel tool sports/dive watch rated to withstand 300m/1000ft of water pressure. 316L Steel grade is chosen by most luxury watchmakers for it’s superior corrosion resistance beneficial in marine environments.
A highly legible dial and extremely robust CNC machined case with a combination of bead blasted and brushed finishes gives it a rugged elegance. Every part has been meticulously designed, refined and engineered to the highest level of quality, on par with many Swiss made watches.
DUZU WATCHES Ningaloo Reef – The Dial
The addition of a sandwich dial provides a sense of depth and contributes towards the overall engineered appearance of the watch whilst maintaining a sense of sophistication. The dial design is kept clean and legible, with large markers and numbers and subtle branding. Superluminova lume on the dial and hands enable excellent reading in darkness.
DUZU WATCHES Ningaloo Reef – The Bezel
Our bezel consists of a custom designed 316L grade stainless steel outer casing and inlaid with ceramic. Ceramic is chosen for its ability to deliver extreme durability and longevity, while being highly resistant to scratching and fading. Our ceramic inserts have a subtle matte finish and the slightly recessed markers are filled with industry leading BGW-9 Superluminova lume. The custom 120-click unidirectional bezel is easy to grip which adds functionality to the watch.
The crown has been designed to compliment our bezel which features the same grip pattern, combination of bead blasted and brushed finishes and is emblazoned with our logo. The engineered crown has been designed to maximise ease for unscrewing, setting the time and winding.
The lugs on the Ningaloo Reef are drilled to accept stainless steel screw bars with hex heads. The screw bars provide both a functional and aesthetic purpose, straps are securely fixed and the engineered appearance contributes to the overall feel of a tough, functional and dependable tool.
The caseback is designed to be ultra tough featuring a deep engraved brand logo and is secured to the case with six (6) machine screws which further enhances the overall engineered aesthetic of the watch. DUZU WATCHES Ningaloo Reef.
The hands offer a delicate aesthetic, yet maintain a strong presence. Hour and minute hands are lume filled and the shape of the hands compliment the shapes and proportions of the dial ensuring effortless readability; a design priority throughout.
The watch features a single domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the inside. Sapphire crystal is chosen for its brilliant clarity to maximise legibility in any light and for its exceptional scratch resistance. The anti-reflective coating ensures maximum legibility during daylight by reducing glare.
The dial indices and markers, watch hands and bezel markers are filled with industry-leading Superluminova BGW-9 luminescent pigment. Superluminova lume was chosen for its bright and long lasting glow.
We made a conscious decision to power the Ningaloo Reef with the Japanese made Miyota 9015 movement. The 9015 features a decent power reserve, it’s an automatic movement that can be manually wound and incorporates a hacking seconds hand for synchronising between multiple time keeping devices.
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WATCHDAVID: I really like the Ningaloo Reef watch. It always makes it to my arm. The wearing comfort is very good. It cuts a fine figure in the water. And all this at this unbeatable price. And it’s something special to wear a diver’s watch here in Germany that comes from Australia! Wayne, you did a great job here. Respect! Thanks again for everything! And I’m really looking forward to your next watch!