NEW STRAPS FROM USA AND ITALY

We partnered with Worn&Wound earlier this year to produce these nylon straps in the USA. Everything including the nylon material, the stainless steel, the thread, and the assembly were all produced and completed here in the States. Our version is also branded with the Raven name on the inside of the strap. We are offering these straps in two colors and two sizes. Green with red accent and black with gray accent in sizes of 20mm and 22mm. The length of the strap is 280mm. Learn More…

Natural Rubber Dive Straps
Our inventory of new rubber dive straps also arrived this week. These are available now and will fit the upcoming Venture watch series perfectly. The compound is natural rubber and not silicone. It is high quality, not sticky, and smells like vanilla. The strap is 22mm at the watch and tapers to 20mm at the buckle. These straps are not Raven branded. The inside of the strap says MADE IN ITALY. They are available now on our website. Learn More…

What is Next?
We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Venture sample watches this month. Our next blog post and email newsletter will be full of details and photos of these new watches!

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22mm Mil/Pilot Leather Straps and Other News

22mm Mil/Pilot Leather Straps
We have new inventory of 22mm leather straps to offer. High quality soft leather at a low price of $25 per strap. These straps were custom made to our specs of 12 inches long. At this length the strap tucks back through both rings for most average wrist sizes. These are available now on the accessories page along with other items that have been discounted.

New Accessories Coming Soon
We will have a new 22mm Italian made rubber dive strap available soon. These straps are made from natural rubber and taper from 22mm to 20mm at the buckle. We will also have the new Worn&Wound American Made nylon straps available with Raven branding. These will be available in 20 and 22mm and in black and dark green. We will post again when these new straps arrive and are ready to ship.

Venture Update
We are excited to be receiving the working prototype watches within the next two weeks. As soon as those arrive I will be busy photographing them and updating our website. You should start seeing the photos circulate on Facebook, Instagram, this Blog, and on YouTube. You can receive a discount on the Venture if you place a pre-order at this time, the discount opportunity will end one month after the photos have been posted on the website.

Wind-Up Watch Show
I will be traveling to New York the weekend of October 27-29 to visit the Wind-Up watch show by Worn&Wound. The last two years we ran a booth, but this year our production cycle was off. I just found out recently that we will get the sample Ventures this month so I decided to book a trip just to visit the show. So we will not have a booth, but I will be walking around with a couple of Venture samples in my bag. If you are attending the show let me know ahead of time and we can meet up.

YouTube
I am continuing to try and put out more YouTube content. It is a challenging format for me but I will continue to learn more with each video we produce. This is a great platform to show things and talk about stuff, please visit and subscribe to the channel so that you will be notified when new videos are posted.

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The Raven Venture 42mm

Introducing the Raven Venture 42mm. This new model includes incredible specs such as the Swiss ETA 2824, double dome sapphire, matte ceramic bezel, superluminova, and premium divers clasp. With the Raven Venture, we set out to bring the specs up and the price down. Over the last several months this project has been a daily effort to get the VENTURE to this point and now we are presenting this watch to you at the amazing pre-order price of $550 – Pre-order the full amount now and get the discounted price of $550 plus shipping. If you prefer a $200 deposit now, you will pay $400 plus shipping with PayPal when the watch is ready. Shipping is based on your location, $20 inside the USA and $60 for International EMS.

RAVEN VENTURE 42 – TECHNICAL SPECS

  • 42mm case, 22mm bracelet, 20mm premium divers clasp.
  • Swiss ETA 2824 mechanical automatic movement.
  • Vintage style high double domed sapphire crystal.
  • Matte black ceramic bezel insert with lume pip.
  • BGW9 (white/blue) Superluminova on the dial, hands, and bezel pip.
  • 300 meter stainless steel case, screw down crown and case back.
  • 14 options including 4 dial colors and 2 case finish options.
  • Raven logo on the crown and case back, serial numbered.
  • Raven leather box, warranty card, extra spring bars.
  • A newly designed 22mm rubber will be available to purchase.

TIMELINE
As of this week we are working on the prototypes which will be ready near the end of September. The discount period will end at the end of October, the pre-order and deposit opportunity will remain open through out production and we are expecting completion and delivery near the end of December.

PRE-ORDER
Placing the pre-order early greatly helps us with this project and our business. Placing the full pre-order early also gives you the discount price. This discount will only be available until the end of October, that will be roughly 1 month after we have shown the actual prototype models. Pre-order and deposits can be placed all the way until delivery time, but it is the discount price that will end in October.

MODELS
The dial colors will be Black,  OD Green (Pantone 5747), Blue-Gray (Pantone 432), and Orange (Pantone 165). The Stainless steel case can be ordered with a brushed finish, or a matte sand blasted finish (shown in these renderings). An orange second hand is available for 3 of the dial colors. The clasp looks large in these renderings, but it has been changed to taper down. The finished bracelet will be 22mm at the watch with a clasp that is 20mm wide.

THE RAVEN ROOM
We have set up a Group on Facebook for Raven owners and people who want to know more about Raven Watches. Please join our new group called THE RAVEN ROOM Where you can post photos of your Raven watches, interact with other Raven owners, and learn about future projects before we post them to the public.

NEW TREKKER MODELS

Last weekend my son and I participated in a campout just a few miles from our house. I took the Trekker above on a 2 piece army green nylon strap. The weather was good and we woke up early to a dense fog that was moving through the camp site. A few days before I had received the shipment of new Megalodons and Trekker and started on the organizing and shipping of 20 bronze Megalodons, and 60 special edition Megalodons.

The camping trip was a good break between shipping as the Trekker Pre-orders began shipping when the post office opened back up on Tuesday this week. As of yesterday we have shipped all Trekkers that were purchased during the pre-order time. I received an email this morning asking about the rubber straps and if they shipped with the pre-orders… yes we did include rubber straps with those watches as well.

With the remaining watches that we just received we are easily able to move the inside around between the cases, (movement, dial, hands) all at once without having to reset the dial or hands. This allows for 5 new watches to be available on our website as long as we have the parts available to produce them.

This makes available a new oyster bracelet version with the black and white dial, and the older jubilee style with the yellow accents. These watches are created one at a time after the order is placed and they are limited to the amount of parts we have to use at this time. In total we have around 40 various Raven Trekkers remaining at this time.

Our Raven office includes a full service work bench where Jeff can repair or service the watches that we sell, or any brand that you own that might be having issues or need attention. Jeff will be creating these new Trekker models as they are ordered and assembling them in between other repairs that he is working on at the moment. If you need us to repair any watches you have, please email us to start getting our thoughts and then you can send it in to get the work done right.

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Raven Trekker DLC in Korea

In mid April I travelled with a friend of mine to South Korea for a 2 week urban expedition. My friend was born and raised in Seoul and was eager to show me all things Korean from Seoul to Busan. The details of my trip are long and somewhat personal with many stories that I would love to share with you, and if we ever meet please ask me about them. To keep things short and interesting I will focus this post on the Raven Trekker DLC that I took with me. The DLC Trekker was an excellent travel partner and seemed fitting to me for the locations and situations I found myself in.

Above and below are photos from the Secret Garden of Changdeokgung Palace. This is an amazing place and one of the better areas for taking photos. The Spring colors mixed with the ancient buildings was truly spectacular.

Choosing to only bring one Raven with me on my trip caused me to appreciate the watch and the details more with every passing day. At home I have a number of watches I can wear and change at any time, but limiting myself to one watch caused me to focus on the details and bond more with what I had brought.

Below is a forest of strange pine trees that are seen growing all over Korea, they twist and turn like snakes and look like someone has been trimming them into shape. This was on a path I took to the top of a mountainous area where I spotted birds and squirrels that looked different from the species we have back in Kansas.

Seoul is home to many ancient palaces that are worth visiting. Our trip took us all over South Korea. We travelled to Gochang, Jeonju, Busan, and then rode back to Seoul in an older model Ssangyong Korando which is like a Korean Jeep.

Below are the roof tops in Jeonju, these are traditional hanok style houses. This style has been disappearing all over Korea and Jeonju is a special place where the past is still alive.

I will forever remember this trip and the black Raven that was on my wrist. Originally we produced 20 of these Trekkers with the DLC finish and still have a few of them available on the website today. We are also getting the new Trekkers next Monday and plan to mix some of the parts around to create a few DLC watches with the yellow accents.

Send us an email if you are interested in a custom built DLC with the yellow accents, or ask us about any other  Raven Trekker 40mm and what we will have available after the new models arrive next week.

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Winter Camping in Kansas: Part 2

Raven Trekker on the Ranch

by Steve Laughlin

After I wrote Part 1 of this blog entry I received a discouraging email letting me know how “stupid” my stories are and how I should “grow a marketing brain” [on my own blog]. So it took me a few days to get over it and get back on track. I only answered this person by saying “Thank you for your suggestions”, but it got me thinking… Does he know who we are at Raven Watches? Let me use this blog entry to tell you a bit more. You can see the rest of my ranch photos as I tell you more about our company. READ MORE…

Winter Camping in Kansas: Part 1

Heading to the Ranch

by Steve Laughlin

As a volunteer leader for my son’s Trail Life troop we planned a Winter camping trip for the end of February. Being Kansas you never know what the weather will be like, so we decided on a location with heated cabins. The week leading up to the campout was warmer than average reaching nearly 80 degrees, but the forecast showed another “Arctic Blast” would be here by the weekend. READ MORE…

On the roof of the Sahara: Part 4

The Toubou

by Alex Williams

In order to reach the summit we would have to first deal with both the bureaucratic and logistical problems involved in crossing a desert mountain range. Luckily our in-country team SVS had liaised with our local guide and arranged for us to meet the Toubou at their village at the base of the volcano. From there we would be able to negotiate for, and rent, 12 camels and their handlers who would be responsible for getting our remaining expedition gear up to the last camp in the caldera of the volcano and back down again. A journey that would take 9 days. READ MORE…

On the roof of the Sahara: Part 3

The Journey North

by Alex Williams

We rolled out of Chez Wou the following morning in a convoy of four Toyota Land Cruisers laden to the brim with all of the equipment and provisions we would need for a month in the Sahara. Most of the team would be sleeping out under the stars, on nothing but a thin foam mattress wrapped up in a sleeping bag. This reduced our need to bring too much additional camping equipment. But even then the roof racks were still strapped down with food, fuel and other fundamentals as we turned out of the compound and accelerated out of the city limits. READ MORE…