Based out of Stockholm, Sweden, Maen have so far concentrated on producing clean and classically styled quartz watches at relatively low prices. The brand name is the Old-Dutch word for moon (the company founders are of Dutch origin), and in keeping with that a moonphase complication has been included in two of their three watches to date.
Their latest offering represents a bit of a shift away from that formula while still aiming for the same level of value. Maen’s first-ever dive watch, the Hudson, is a vintage inspired dive watch featuring a Swiss automatic movement and a domed sapphire with a price that starts at €349 (~$419) through Kickstarter’s Super Early Bird pricing. Now, the fact that Maen have opted for a Kickstarter campaign after three successful watches under their belt may cause a little consternation, but it’s worth noting that many brands are using crowdfunding platforms for market awareness as much as they are for funding. With some pretty good specs and a clean design, what’s the catch? Let’s find out.