We are living in something of a golden era for watch microbrands, with small, nimble boutique watchmakers starting up all the time, offering collectors and aficionados outstandingly high-quality, handsome watches at an attainable price. Now, Singapore-based Horon Watches is ready to throw its hat in the ring, and the newly born watch brand’s first offering is an ambitious one.

The Horon Watches Ocean Hunter is a collection of four contemporary diver watches as durable as they are handsome. Horon has adopted an ethos of never compromising on quality, using the best materials and Swiss automatic movements to build a watch that lasts, and to make wearing a Horon watch feel like an event, every time. That much is obvious from the Ocean Hunter’s fully machined, 316L marine-grade stainless steel 42mm case, hand-brushed with an attractive streak finish that renders the Ocean Hunter elegant enough to wear with your tailored suit, while being functional and rugged enough to wear on your next hiking or diving adventure. It’s also evident in the premium luminous Super-LumiNova indices, which use a combination of vivid luminous blue (BGW9) and bright luminous light green (C3) – a fetching combination, to be sure, but more importantly, one that makes it easier to read the time at a glance in all conditions.

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Inside the case is a Selitta SW200-1 automatic movement running at 4 Hz, with a very practical 38 hours of power reserve. A thoroughly trusted and reputable watch movement manufacturer, Selitta also supplies movements to plenty of industry heavyweights, including Hublot and Tag Heuer. In the Horon Ocean Hunter, a half-skeleton case-back shows off the stunning movement and its custom rotor, and keeping the water at bay is a screw-down crown with a custom-embossment and Super-LumiNova bright luminous light green lume.

All-in-all, the Horon Watches Ocean Hunter boasts a rated water resistance of up to 30 atm of pressure – 300 meters of depth.

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There are plenty more fine details to appreciate on the Ocean Hunter. The dial, for instance, features a stunning, intricate Double-Guilloche print whose manufacture involves meticulously engraving incredibly detailed geometric patterns into the material. To keep it safe on every maritime adventure, Horon has equipped the Ocean Hunter with a double-domed sapphire crystal glass lens with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside. But in addition, one variant in the Ocean Hunter collection will feature a meteorite portion in the dial, crafted from actual material from the Muonionalusta meteorite discovered in a remote village of Finland in 1906. The rock is thought to have originated in our solar system’s iron core, and it’s estimated to be over a million years old.

Horon Watches is planning to launch with its first-ever offering, the Ocean Hunter, in four different colorways. There will be a classic-looking Cyan Blue Ocean colorway, a bold Sporting Yellow option, a subtler, buttoned-up Dusky Grey colorway, and the very special Meteorite option. The company is preparing to go live with a Kickstarter campaign some time in the second quarter of the year, with Super Early Bird pricing of $499 USD for any of the three non-meteorite colorways, and $599 for the Meteorite version.

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It's a unique, high-quality diver watch for the money, crafted with a staggering attention to detail and uncommon quality. To lock yours in, keep an eye on the Horon Watches Ocean Hunter kickstarter campaign and watch for it to go live in the second quarter.