THE AMA DIVER
An ALBANY watch inspired by lesser-known adventurers
It’s a story that starts with the ocean. Passing a practice down from generation to generation, theirs is one of the oldest free-diving traditions in the world.
The Ama Diver is a 1960’s style skin diver inspired by a 2000-year-old tradition and celebrates the spirit of the pearl divers of Japan, the Ama.
Albany creates timepieces inspired by lesser-known adventurers celebrating a time when the world was full of wonder and exploration.
Albany stand by precision and reliability and so they oversee their entire manufacturing process from design to craftsmanship. Kickstarter launch started on October 13
CASE AND CROWN
The Ama Diver evokes a time of vintage sea exploration. Albany wanted a design that was sleek and original yet familiar. The Ama Diver features a 316L brushed stainless steel case, styled like a 1960s diver’s watch with a depth rate of 30 atm/300m.
All Ama divers are depth tested during manufacturing and after assembly. the crown features the Albany cormorant, a symbol of nobility and bounty.
• 40mm case with drilled lugs for easy strap changes
• 48mm L2L with a lug width of 20mm
• 12.8mm in height (Including the domed sapphire crystal)
• A 7mm fully lumed (Swiss Super-LumiNova® BWG9) ergonomic screw-down crown
HANDS AND LUME
Albany designed the watch hands to represent the Ama's dive tools, from the knife-like hour and spear-shaped minute hands to the signature harpoon seconds hand.
The Ama Divers subdued black hour- hand, teal minute-hand emphasized for enhanced practical use, and harpoon seconds-hand make the Ama Diver easily readable.
Swiss Super-LumiNova® BWG9 has been applied to all three hands, indices, and crown for legibility in all conditions.
BEZEL AND CRYSTAL
The anti-reflective domed crystal and bezel insert are made from scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
At 41.5mm, the 120-click unidirectional bezel is easy to grip and extremely precise with no back play.
MIYOTA CALIBER 9039 MOVEMENT
A Japanese inspired watch needs a robust Japanese movement. The heart of the Ama Diver is the highly regarded Miyota 9039, the no-date version of the beloved 9015. This automatic movement beating at 28,000 bhp is beloved for its smooth second-hand sweep. Its consistent quality and accurate timekeeping make it is a workhorse caliber that will serve you efficiently on your own adventures for many years.
The screw-down caseback features an engraving inspired by Iwase Yoshiyuki’s photography of Ama divers from his village, circa the 1950s. This 2000-year-old freediving tradition is a testament to the Ama’s enduring spirit and close relationship to the sea. Albany recognizes these lesser-known adventurers with this beautiful image of an Ama looking back across the tides of time on an incredible tradition as it fades in the modern world.
In keeping with our Japanese inspiration, Albany designed bamboo boxes embossed with the Albany logo. It offers a premium and sustainable solution to traditional watch boxes.
A rugged watch roll is paramount to keeping your watches safe from scratches. Albany use double-waxed canvas with a microsuede lining. Each roll has space enough for those longer journeys with four pouches to carry multiple watches or accessories and includes provision for a watch tool. Fold the flap, roll and wrap the leather strap around to keep everything in place.
• Stainless steel 316L
• Miyota 9039
• Swiss Super-LumiNova BWG9
• Domed sapphire crystal, ar-coating on the inside only
• 300 meters
• Case diameter: 40mm (with bezel 41.5mm), L2L 48mm, height 13.3mm
• Lug width 20mm
• Crown 7mm, screw down
• Starting at $299 on Kickstarter