At home in either boardroom (business or surfboard...for those not from Hawaii), our Big Island Curly Koa faced waterman's watch will keep you up to date on the tide and moonphase so you can know the conditions at your favorite surf spot. If you are like me, all that knowledge on your wrist will just make you salty because you know the waves you are missing while stuck at work. Hopefully, you can muster a smile knowing our goal was to create a watch to pay homage to the legendary Hawaiian Waterman throughout the ages. The Koa face hopefully brings back memories of the original Koa outrigger canoes, paddles and surfboards...que the steal guitar.
When designing our watches, we wanted to create a statement that was backed up by the credentials that even the finest watchmakers would be proud to use. Our watches utilize a robust ISA Swiss Movement, saphire crystal face, a 647 stainless steel body and a stainless steel band. Our design utilizes three lugs holding the watch band for added security as well as a push botton fold over clasp with safety for a touch of class. It's certain to become your go to favorite watch for its unique styling and functional usefuless. Did we mention we only use the finest 5A (best of the best) rated curly Koa from the Bigi Island of Hawaii?
Here goes our Pono Woodworks philosophy and disclaimer on the Koa Waterman's Watch...Most watches of this calibre would cost atleast twice as much...really, get to googling...(there's really only one moonphase/tide watch on this level and it's 3x's as much)...but we got to thinking....what's the point of spending all this energy and effort designing and creating an awesome one of a kind watch if it's too expensive for me (or my friends) to buy? Done deal...so we got the price down as low as we could. Now for the disclaimer...the watch is rated to 10 ATM which basically means in the watch world that you can scuba dive with the watch but only in your bathtub (I know your saying...10 ATM should be 330 feet...your thinking too logically for the watch industry). We recomend treating the watch as a dress watch and not using it as your surfing companion...bad things could happen. Perhaps our next design attempt will get us into deep water 100 foot wave territory.
Koa wood grain:
The Koa tree is truly the king of the Hawaiian woods and lends itself to create everything that is wonderful about the Hawaiian Islands and its culture. From the ancient Hawaiian outrigger canoes to the spawning of the first ancient surfboards and ukulele, Koa deserves its place at the heart of the Hawaiian culture. Because of its amazing beauty, it adorns the palace walls and is one of the most expensive woods on the planet. Koa literally means warrior in the hawaiian language and has come to symbolize strength, fearlessness, bravery, bold action, and the warrior spirit….you can practically hear the ancient drums of the night marchers. The curly Koa we select for our watches ranges in color from light and dark browns, to reds, golds and a compilation of them all. The curl of the wood creates an undulation of grain when in bright light and moved back and forth. Koa's characteristic of chartency or reflective nature is truly amazing and rarely found in wood. It is usually a characteristic reserved for jewels.
The Koa tree is found throughout the Hawaiian Islands but is mainly found on the Big Island, Maui and Oahu. The tree is a fast growing tree that will typically grow to be between 50 and 80 feet tall. The ancient Koa forests have been decimated due to livestock and development but is making a comeback in recent history due to its value, ease of growth and restoration initiatives.
Our current Koa wood was harvested off the slopes of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island is the largest island in the Hawaiian chain and the most rural. Ranchers often have fallen Koa trees that are bought and milled into usable koa wood stock but only the finest pieces make it into our watches.
Hawaiian Curly Koa
We utilize only the finest Curly Koa available. The curly figuring in the grain in the Koa tree is very rare and makes the most beautiful effect.
Our Koa comes from private ranches on the Big Island of Hawaii
Big Island of Hawaii
Geographically isolated, Koa only grows in Hawaii
No instructions, but he liked it!
Posted by Unknown on 20th Jun 2013
There were no instructions included on what the dials meant. My husband really likes it!
Posted by Diane on 12th Jun 2013
I purchased this watch as a father's day gift for my husband. The koa on the face is beautiful, the watch itself is a good weight and good quality, and the fact that it follows the moon and tides is really cool. My husband loves the watch, despite the fact that he got it before father's day.