Over the last year or so, Raven Watches has begun to redefine themselves as a brand. Part of the SteVral group, which also includes tool-dive favorite Benarus, Raven used to be a sort of homage-watch brand. Their watches specifically played off of famous Submariner references, sometimes combining elements from different models, reimagined in larger cases and often with extreme water resistances. They were undoubtedly cool watches that along with limited numbers gained a cult status and sold out quick.
With the Defender model released in 2015, Raven changed direction. Their watches were still tough tool watches made to face the elements, but rather than be homages to specific brands, they spoke generally to mid-century military watch design, mixing together details that feel familiar into new concepts.
To follow up the Defender, they furthered this new concept with the Trekker 40. Another hybrid design, this one speaks to vintage military dive watches as well as field watches. As the name suggests, it’s an outdoors watch that is meant for a mix of circumstances above and below water, featuring a 300m WR and great lume. It’s also more modestly sized than most modern tool watches at 40mm, increasing its versatility and comfort.
The Trekker 40 comes in several variations, including matte or brushed case, white or white/yellow indexes and with or without date. The one we are reviewing features a matte case, white/yellow dial without date, which is reference RT06. The Trekker is powered by the Miyota 9015, and comes with a bracelet, rubber strap and nylon mil-strap for $750 plus shipping.