Inside the Hudson is the ETA 2824-2. This caliber is well-known and generally well-regarded in the sub-$1,000 price range, and it’s certainly a selling point for those backing the campaign at the lowest tier. The 2824-2 beats at 28,800 bph and has hacking seconds and a power reserve of 38 hours. The no-date variant of the watch will make use of the same movement, so there will be a “ghost” crown position with the date wheel present, but hidden beneath the dial.
Included with the watch is a 5-link bracelet and a black nylon strap. The bracelet is brushed across all sections with solid end links and it’s a good fit against the case, though as noted above the direction of brushing changes between the lugs and the case. The bracelet feels well-constructed and comfortable on the wrist, tapering from 20 millimeters at the lugs down to 18 millimeters at the clasp. This prototype version features a push-button butterfly style clasp, and though it has a nice look, I would always prefer to see a regular flip-lock clasp on a dive watch. This is to be revised on the final production version. As you would expect from a vintage styled diver, it suits a nylon strap very well and this is probably how I would choose to wear it.
The 38-millimeter diameter is definitely on the small side for a contemporary dive watch, but it does match with the vintage vibes of the piece. On my 7-inch wrist, the Hudson feels great, but at times looks a little small when worn on the bracelet. On the nylon strap. the long lugs appear to be more prominent, and the sizing feels much better.
The Maen Hudson initially presents itself as a vintage-styled dive watch and with long and slim lugs, no crown guards, and 100 meters of water resistance, the watch feels very much like a modern skin-diver. However, with some of the choices made, such as the lack of lume in certain areas, a relatively unique and interesting handset, and the oyster style bracelet, you can also pass this as a modern-day dress-diver. Now that I think about it, the watch is a mixture of both. On a nylon strap it can pass as a modern interpretation of a skin-diver, and on the bracelet or a leather strap it feels at home with a suit as a pure dress-diver, albeit a modestly sized one. Speaking of the size, if the 38-millimeter case is a little too small for you, then you’re in luck; one of the stretch goals (which they’ve already hit) of the Kickstarter campaign is a 42-millimeter version with lug-to-lug distance just over 50 millimeters.
As of this writing, the campaign has blown past its goal with plenty of Super Early Bird spots left. You can check out the campaign, or back it, here.