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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
by Alex Williams
The original plan was for the team, along with the camels and their handlers to descend into the caldera by a safe route and while the camels settled into camp at the base of the crater we would begin to summit the southern edge to the highest point. READ MORE…
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…
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…
by Alex Williams
It took two days to get to N’Djamena, but by the evening of the second day our team had assembled and we were being briefed by Luca around the pool at the spartan Chez Wou hotel. It turned out that this would effectively be three expeditions, not simply one. READ MORE…
Summiting Emi Koussi with the Raven Trekker
by Alex Williams
In the first few days of 2017 I left London for N’Djamena, the capital city of Chad, to join a Secret Compass team embarking on a grand expedition into the centre of the Sahara.
Our team of 10 would be led by Luca Alfatti, Wanderlust guide of the year and the mastermind behind the expedition. Our plan was to follow in the footsteps of the renowned explorer Wilfred Thiseger, who in September 1938 was the first to summit Emi Koussi, an extinct pyroclastic shield volcano, and at 3,445m tall, the highest point in the Sahara. READ MORE…