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Ventus : Caspian. A Salute to Heritage

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4.9?
Discovered on 2015-04-01

A reinterpretation of the classic WW2 pilot’s watch. Crafted from brass which develops a patina unique to you. The pilot watch (or Observation watch) was developed by the RLM (Reichs-Luftfahrtministerium, or Reich’s Ministry of Air Transport) in WW2 for use by navigators in conjunction with charts and other tools. One distinct feature of the watch was the triangle marker at 12 o’clock flanked by two dots. It gave a quick indication of the upward orientation of the dial during night flight. The triangle also functioned as a solar compass to find the earth’s true north when used with sextants, compass and data charts. Brass is one of the oldest alloys known to man and was used for its gold appearance when new. Over time and use, this bright gold weathers to a rustic brown. This weathering is based on the environment the watch is being worn in, making it truly personal to you.

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Michel Lauzon
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I have a ventus caspian, love it. I need the rubber gasket size, not sure if its a 38mm and need diameter also. Thanks
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David Takeda
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Greetings, Love the watch and the Patina is building up nicely but the bands are less than what I expected since the black nylon has frayed and the brown leather one has stretched out. Both are now unsightly and virtually unwearable. Both also weren't designed very well for smaller Wrists since there are not enough holes in the black nylon and there should be an extra tuck in the flap for the brown leather version without having to cut the leather off. You should check out the quality of the straps being used on the Redux:Courg for comparison. Also, if possible, please send me a replacement band at least for the black version since its difficult for me to find a suitable replacement due to the fact that the buckle is brass and is difficult to find in the after market. Thanks for your assistance and hope my feedback helps on future designs!
trankimcanh
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I have not received my watch , why?
Marsh Williams
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Love the watches but would like to know where you sourced the black bands, I need two in size long....
Joachim Eberle
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My replacement watch arrived today. Awesome service. Love the C04 even better than the C03. Thank you all.
Ventus Watches
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@Rob We apologise for the delay. We'll follow up via e-mail as before. Cheers
Shane
Rob Montgomery
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There is zero lum on my C-04. Brings the value of this watch to me down considerably. We emailed about this and you offered to swap out an alternative and then went radio silent. Really disappointing. Regretting this one.
Ventus Watches
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@Joachim We'll get a replacement out to you asap! @Andrea Here's a site that has very helpful instructions :) http://www.crownandbuckle.com/how-to
Andrea
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Could you please show a video how to put this leather strap on? Confusedd
Joachim Eberle
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I pledged for two watches and a C03 arrived. Of the C04 only the storage box came. Love the watch but really would like receiving the PVD one too. Has anyone had similar experiences?
Christopher Evans
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No probs thanks for the quick reply Chris
Ventus Watches
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Hi Chris! The buckle had to be made from steel unfortunately as it was too thin for brass. Making it out of brass would mean it'll bend too easily and that would be disastrous! @Jamie Ah do you mean the large hand in the center does not move when you press the top button? Do drop us a message and we will get you sorted! @Keith Its doesn't glow too well for the vintage color unfortunately, if you'd like we could do a swop to the blue lume versions. Do drop us a mail! @Kevin Ah yes that's normal for the chrono buttons @Blackhart Do email us if we could help out with a swop to the brass with blue lume models Please drop us an email at contact@ventuswatches.com or message through the KS system and we will get you guys sorted :) Cheers and happy new year!
Christopher Evans
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Quick question about the buckle on the canvas strap, as the case om my brass campion has started to patina the buckle hasn't, so I have to wonder if it is actually brass or maybe a gold pvd?? Thanks
Chris
Jamie
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PS Wong YiXuan - I tried pressing that button but the sweep second doesn't move. Does this mean I still have to visit watch repair?
Jamie
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Ahhhh - thank you Wong YiXuan. Thank you!!! Saved me a trip to the watch repair guy :)
Wong YiXuan
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Hi Jamie, the seconds hand is at the bottom circle. The sweep hand is for the stopwatch, which you can activate by pressing the button at the 2 o'clock position.
Jamie
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Hi - I received my c03 and gave it to my husband for Christmas. However The sweep 2nd hand does not move (stays on 12). Is there a trick or something he has to do to make it tick off the seconds? Thanks
William Joel Kiker
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Went and picked it up today, very happy with it.
Joshua Na
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Gotten my C04, and yup, the lume is not bright at all. Really unfortunate for such a nicely made and great looking watch..
William Joel Kiker
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I have not received mine yet, can you help me out?
Keith Matheny
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I really like my C04 -- with the major exception of the lume. I have difficulty believing there is a "vintage lume' there that's just not that bright -- it literally looks like there is zero lume. None. At all. I'm not even a "big lume guy," but on this type of watch, that's really disappointing. Are you sure your manufacturers actually applied lume at all? Because I see no evidence of it on my watch.
Addison
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Got mine! Other than the lume issue the watch looks great!
kevin choi
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on my c04, the chronograph buttons are somewhat sticky/squishy and feel like they have two pressure levels before the button press is registered. is this typical of all models?
Chu Son Tung
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Today 12/10/2015
I got my C02 . It's amazing .
Thanks !!!
Blackhart
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@creator Got my C04, love the functions and feel of this watch but not totally happy with the orange Lume. This is a pilots watch, I am a pilot and I do fly at night. Better carry a spare torch!
Pete
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@creator. Expected deliver date for CO4 ..!!! Are we getting tracking numbers !!!! Xmas is coming and arrangements need to be made if we are not going to be home to sign for watch...
WSC
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I love my new Ventus. It's a one-of-a-kind. When the lights are out I usually have access to my phone, my wife's phone, the clock in the car, the microwave oven, or the bedside clock radio. So, in the dark, I can always tell what time it is. And I have the confidence knowing, even in the dark, I have the coolest watch in town, even if the lume dial isn't glowing. Thanks much to the entire @Creator team for your tremendous effort!!
Edward
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I got lucky, the watches arrived in the morning about 15 minutes before I left overseas for a couple of weeks so I got to take them with me. My impression is that this is a good effort for the price-point it is aimed at. I got one of each and while yes the Vintage Lume is disappointing, I expected as much when I heard it wasn't super luminova. I think by and large, the Kickstarter community are not WIS, nor should they expected to be so I think managing their expectations about the lume would have have done you a world of good in the long run. I am impressed with the leather strap, the color comes within acceptable variability of your samples, and while I have had leather zulu straps before, the straps were more rigid without stretch to them, The thin stretchy band makes it super comfortable to wear I have switched both nylon straps in favor of them. The people saying they feel like they might rip a being a little over dramatic, it is much more likely to stretch than it is to rip. However the straps could have been a little longer. Thanks,
Edward
Milo Yung
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Finally got it and very nicely build quality. Just one thing is Orange Lume very dim. Here is the pic for every. mid left is C-04 with orange lume, mid right is C-01 with Blue lume. http://cl.ly/dztE
Mark Newman
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Got my watches in Australia, both look great thanks
Ventus Watches
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@Nahanni Glad you like it! @Andrea We've tested it to fit 2 watches so that shouldn't be a problem, might need a little squeeze at the start but the leather will stretch after some use @John Sure do reach us at contact@ventuswatches.com @Micah Just replied your PM! @Steve Glad you like them! We'll definitely work on the lume and strap length for future projects to improve! @Melchy The lume has not changed from the sample unfortunately hence it wasn't viewed and replaced as a QC issue. Dropped you a PM about the strap @Edward it should be hitting you anytime now!
Nahanni Nagle
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Hey - got mine today and am very pleased. Watch looks and feels great. Nice job. I'll certainly back future projects. Congratulations.
Andrea
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Dont u think its leather carry case is too tight so it wont fit the watch in any side?
John Janke
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Is there any email I can use to contact you directly? I could not find one on your website. Thank you.
Micah P
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@creator, I have received my C-02 and while I do like the look and weight of the watch I do have some complaints which I have also messaged you about. My lume does not work at all. I cannot see anything in the dark, even if I have kept it in sunlight all day. Also, I am very disappointed with the cheap leather strap that is included. It is very flimsy and does not look anything like the ones displayed in the photos on your campaign.
Steve Liu
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Got my watches and generally happy with the overall look ... except, as others have noted here already, the lume is next to useless on my C-01 and C-04. C'est la vie. The straps are also too short, by the way. I have 7-1/4 or 7-1/2 inch wrists and have to wear them on the second hole which doesn't leave much of a tail to put through the rings. I, for one, do like the leather used on the straps. I'm not a watch expert but I thought I would give these a try after reading about them. For the money, they are good value except for the issues noted. Time will tell how these fare. Pun intended.
Edward
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Hi Elshan, I am a double watch backer, will we receive tracking numbers? I will be going on trip soon, and will have someone house sitting but not the entire time, I would like to be able to organize for someone to be there. Can you please advice? Thanks,
Edward
Melchy
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The issue with the vintage lume should have been dealt with as a quality control issue and sent back to the factory to deal with. My band also started to fray after only a few wears. Not all that impressed with the C-04 watch to be honest.
Ventus Watches
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Hi Lawrence, I'm glad it worked out in the end. We actually did a few rounds of prototyping with the different finishes and PVDs hence the mixup with the factory. The lume was left unchanged from the protos except that photos might have overestimated the brightness. For future projects we will go with a green glow which will improve it greatly. Thank you for the comments!
Lawrence Chan
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Alas, whats done is done. Im glad one of the major screw up ended up saving your asses. The watch is very beautiful and quite happy how it turned out. Hope this is a major learning experience and use it well towards your next project.
Lawrence Chan
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@creator, Thanks for the offer, but I pledged for a gunmetal PVD watch with a working vintage lume. Not a brass watch with BGW9 lume. I just hope your company would stand behind your product have some degree of quality standard and not send defective units out. A production sample from the factory would of saved you a tone of headache. You wouldnt end up with a defective vintage lume or have the entire batch of PVD watches to be refinished. Come to think of it, you didnt even acknowledge the color for the PVD watches were wrong. We had to act like a group of angry mobs for you to realize the color was wrong. If the factory hadnt screw up the sandblasted finish, you would of just sent the black PVD watches to your backers and have some lame excuse on the color just like how you tried to tell us the vintage lume is normal.
Ventus Watches
Review from Kickstarter
@Alexander We will send over a replacement right away! @Eddie Yes the PVD models come with the vintage style lume @kevin we will definitely get more pics up on IG! @Caio Yes you will receive 2 full sets meaning 2 boxes and pouches :) @Ben Sent over a PM with the photos @Lawrence The NATO strap will be able to hold up to normal usage and is meant to be soft for comfort, but if you have any issues with tearing feel free to drop us a message. We could swop for the C1 BGW9 version if you would like improved lume. @Mo Yup thats normal, the main seconds hand will measure elapsed time like a stopwatch Regards
Mo Zapata
Review from Kickstarter
I just got my C-04. It looks great, and feel like a well constructed watch. However, the second hand on the lower dial is the one moving to keep time. The larger second hand only moves when the chronograph is activated. Is that normal?
Lawrence Chan
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@Alexander Schreiber: I forgot to mention I just got the PVD models and not the brass model. They come with the vintage lume and it only lasts a few seconds even when charged with direct sunlight all day.
Alexander Schreiber
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I love my C-03, have been wearing it almost every day since I got it and got some nice
compliments for it. However, I've just experienced a watch disaster: I was using the chronograph
to time some cooking things, reset it after the required time had elapsed and kept working. When I next looked at the watch, something was off - took me a bit to figure out what: the
chronograph second hand had fallen off and was just lying around in the watch!
picture: http://www.yog-sothoth.ch/tmp/ventus_caspian_damaged.jpg Any recommendations for getting it fixed? Just take it to a local watch repair shop?
It is now on my desk, instead of my wrist, where it belongs and I had to dig out my
almost forgotten Citizen as a replacement.
Alexander Schreiber
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@Lawrence Chan:
I'm actually quite happy with the lume: after 5-7 hours in the dark it is still just about bright
enough to read the time in the dark. I have the brass model, no idea how it is with the PVD
model.
Lawrence Chan
Review from Kickstarter
Just got my watch in the mail. As others have said, the lume is VERY dim. I took my CREE led flashlight and literally pointed at the watch face at point blank for 5 mins and was only able to produce a faint glow. The nato strap wasnt what I had in mind. The pictures LOOKED like the strap is a bit more substantial and "tough" but the one that came with the watch was pretty flimsy. Felt like it would rip apart pretty easily. All in all pretty happy with the watch. Design was nice. Just hoped the lume was better
Lawrence Chan
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The PVD models only comes with the non working lume
Ben Sandler
Review from Kickstarter
As per previous correspondence, now that the PVD models are back I need to choose between the PVD and the brass model - C03 or C04. I would like to understand whether the PVD model automatically comes with the vintage (not effective) lume or can the PVD come with a working lume? Also can we get some more photos, including the stopwatch models?