The Waterman Koa wood watch has finally surfaced...breath deep or maybe gasp...it's pretty sweet. The original Hawaiian Watermen used koa to make outrigger canoes, surfboards, and sailing canoes...pretty much everything we love about being on the water. The Waterman was inspired by these ideals of a life lived best on and around the water. It's Hawaiian time, redefined.
The design concept was to pay homage to the ancient Hawaiian watermen by incorporating elements a modern waterman could appreciate. The lugs are stylized longboard fins with fcs type screws on the side. Of course we color matched the turnable bezel to the color of the Pacific Ocean at my favorite spot outside of Kona. Drawing from the same spot, the Gunmetal color is matched to the old lava fields that meander to meet the ocean while the rounded shape draws from the lava rock beach stones. The crowns shape is inspired by the winches on a sailboat and is inset to prevent rubbing on your hand. Finally, our best "curly" grained Koa wood, hand finished in our shop in Honolulu, ensures the face becomes the crowning jewel.
We design our wood watches and hand finish the Koa wood in our small shop in Honolulu. We've focused on small batch production so we can guarantee the best quality while providing a wood watch that is truly unique and rare. We use only the most amazing "curly" grained Koa from the Big Island...the most rare, beautiful, and expensive. We encase our Koa in an equally worthy case using a stainless body, sapphire crystal scratch proof glass, Japanese movement and butterfly clasp.
This watch was a present for my Father. He loves anything and everything from Hawaii, he loves this watch! Beautiful craftsmanship, very pleased! 👍🏻👍🏻😁😁🤙🏼🤙🏼
I recently retired so my wife and I went on a vacation to Maui. While on our trip, I had seen some of these beautiful watches for sale at a store while shopping around one day. When we arrived home, I kept thinking about how beautiful those watches were so I decided to purchase one online from Pono Woodworks. I selected ‘The Waterman’ Koa Wood Watch in Chrome. The watch is beautifully crafted and has a perfect weight when worn on my wrist. I had an awesome experience on the website, it was easy to navigate. Great customer service as well.
...that reminds me of the beauty of Hawai'i which I was able to experience 31 yrs ago, when I stayed with the Hawai'ian Volcano Observatory for two months. I visited most of the islands and have been in love ever since.
The watch takes inspiration from strong Hawai'ian motifs, and it does so beautifully. The Pacific-ocean-blue of the bezel, the pahoehoe-lava grey of the case, the stunning Koa dial are all nicely done. I love the idea behind it - to create a piece of jewellery that is inspired by the land you love. That is exactly what I was after.
The case is huge with 47mm, even for me, who likes big watches.
Communication with Ponowoodworks was good, shipping to Germany fast.
My Waterman is a beautyfull watch and made with da kine love. It's very cool to wear a piece of Hawaii.
I bought this as a gift for my groom because he proposed in Hawaii and it seemed very fitting! I loved the formal but sporty look- he can dress it up for a work meeting or go casual and wear it out for a bbq. So impressed with the customer service and updates- it helped take some nerves away on hoping it would make it in time and it got here impressively fast! Thanks again!!