Raven Watches is a manufacturer that started in Overland Park, Kansas. Steve Laughlin is the owner and operator of the company that launched its first models in 2008. The owner started collecting watches at the age of 10 and in his teens took an interest in diving watches, then later in chronographs. The company is fairly young but has gained a reputation for producing some of the finest sports watches available. Here are the 10 best Raven watches of all-time.
10. Raven Deep Tech Version 1
Version 1 of the Deep Tech features a 42.5 mm case that is 17 mm in depth, made of stainless steel with a round shape. It is water-resistant up to 2,500 meters and is crafted with a triple gasket screw-down crown and a double gasket screw-down case back that enhances its resiliency. This diver functions with an automatic helium release valve, and the watch is protected with a domed sapphire crystal glass. It's powered with a Swiss ETA 2926 movement. The indexes and hands are treated with BGW09 lume for high visibility in low light. The bracelet is made of metal and comes with an adjustable clasp type closure.
9. Raven Solitude Black Dial 12-hour Bezel
This version of the Solitude features a stainless steel case that measures 42 mm but is also available in a 40 mm size with a depth of 13 mm. The dial is black offering an excellent background for the white dot indices. The hands are white and silvertone. The bezel, dial, and hands are treated with Superluminova. The face of the dial is protected with a double domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on the interior. The bezel is also made of stainless steel. The crown and case back both screw down and the watch is water-resistant up to 300 meters. The bracelet is also made of metal with a clasp type closure. This watch is powered with an NH35A automatic movement.
8. Raven Endeavor
The Endeavor is a model that is hard to keep in stock because of its popularity. It features a 44 mm case made of stainless steel, measuring 13.5 mm in depth. The bezel is made of ceramic and measures 54 mm in width. This watch is water-resistant up to 500 meters. It is powered with a Swiss ETA 2824-2 for the Black dial version and a Swiss SW200 for the colored dials, movement. The hands, dial, and bezel are treated with Superluminova and the indices on the dial are raised and polished. The dial is protected with a flat sapphire crystal with a chamfered edge and anti-reflective coating treatment on the interior. The bracelet is made of solid steel.
7. Raven Vintage 42 mm
The Vintage 42 mm gives a nod to the diver watches from the 50s and 60s eras. The case is made of stainless steel and measures 42 mm in width, hence the name. the dial features raised polished indices with the hands and markers treated with Superluminova to provide ample legibility in conditions of low light. It's covered with a domed acrylic crystal glass which increases the thickness of the watch to 15.5 mm. This watch is water-resistant up to 660 feet and is powered with a Miyota 9015 automatic movement.
6. Raven Trekker 40
The Trekker 40 is the model that Raven made as a follow up to the famous Defender, but with a new hybrid design. It's a nod to the vintage dive and field watches of the past, hence its classification as a hybrid of the two distinct styles. This watch is water-resistant up to 300 meters (660 feet), adn it is designed with a rugged exterior that can hold up under the rigors of an outdoor lifestyle. The case is 40 mm wide made of bead-blasted steel in a matte finish with a dial that is white and yellow. The watch is powered by a Miyota 0915 Japanese movement and it comes with a metal bracelet, rubber strap, and a nylon mil-strap.
5. Raven Solitude LE
The LE edition of the Solitude features a vintage dive case reminiscent of the 1970s era. The design implements sharp lines and curves in a case that is made of steel in a width of 40 mm featuring a bead-blasted method. The team designed the LE to have a vintage appeal with a new fit for more comfort. This is a part of an extremely limited collection of just 30 pieces. Interesting features included the classic gilt look with gold accents throughout the piece with a black case and strap. It is powered with a Seiko NH35A automatic movement with 24-jewels, a 41-hour power reserve, hand winding, a date function, and hacking seconds. The dial is matte black and is covered with a sapphire crystal, resistant to water up to 660 feet.
4. Raven Trekker LE
The Trekker LE is one of the newer and improved versions featuring a case made of Black DLC Steel with a brushed finish, measuring 40 mm in width and 13 mm in thickness. It's powered with an automatic 2824 movement with a date complication. The bracelet is made of steel and it also comes with a leather strap. This watch is water-resistant up to 660 feet. and it also comes with a key chain spring bar tool.
3. Raven Endeavor Yellow Dive Watch
This is a unique and popular version of the Endeavor model. The watch features a case that is 44 mm in width, made of steel with a 45 mm wide bezel and a depth of 13.5 mm. It is water-resistant up to 500 meters. The bracelet is also made of solid steel. The dial is covered with a flat sapphire crystal with a chamfered edge and anti-reflective coating. The bezel is made of ceramic and is treated with Superluminova. The hands and hour markers are also treated with luminous coating.
2. Raven Endeavor Brown Dive Watch
This variant is the First generation Endeavor made with a unique brown dial, raised polished indices treated with lume, and a ceramic lume treated bezel. The movement is a Swiss ETA 2024-2, timed and regulated. The hands and bezel are treated with Superluminova for high legibility in the dark. The dial is protected with a flat sapphire crystal with a chambered edge and anti-reflective coating. The case is made of steel measuring 44 mm in width and 13.5 mm in depth. The bezel is 45 mm wide.
1. Raven Defender Blue Dial
The Defender Blue Dial is one of the rarer Raven watches with an extremely limited run of just 100 ever produced. It is powered with a Japanese Miyota 9015 movement. The case is made of stainless steel measuring 42 mm in width and 11.5 in thickness. The bezel is an internal bi-directional type. The case back is an exhibition style that lets you see the inner workings of the movement beneath with a signed winding rotor. Elements of the dial and bezel are treated with C3 Superluminova and the watch is water-resistant to 300 meters.
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