Manufacturer: Akura | Preorder Price: £399 GBP ($480 USD, €439 EUR approx)
Introducing the Akura Wayfarer, a sports watch designed in Scotland and assembled in Hong Kong that has great specifications for the introductory price of £399. The Akura Wayfarer just went live on Kickstarter yesterday and is already fully funded! At the time of writing this review on the 1st of August, pledges have already exceeded their goal of £35,000.
Two years ago the first concepts of the Wayfarer started taking shape… It was Akuras goal to create a sports watch that went against the trend of minimialist watches, to provide something familiar, yet entirely new. A richly detailed design emerged, first the case, then the dial. Once posted online it was immediately met with a fantastic response. Let’s dive in shall we and see what all the fuss is about…
- Dimensions: Case Diameter – 41.4mm, Thickness – 10.2mm, Lug to Lug – 48.6mm, Lug Width – 22mm
- Movement: Miyota 9015 Automatic, 28,800vph (4Hz), Hackable, Self Winding, 42hr Power Reserve, Custom Rotor
- Case Material: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel with Polished Chamfered Edges
- Extras: Calfskin Leather Strap (Optional)
- Bracelet: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel with Polished Chamfered Edges, Solid End Links, Milled Clasp
- Crystal: Sapphire, AR Coating
- Bezel: Inner Rotating Bidirectional Compass
- Water Resistance: 10ATM / 100m / 330ft
- Lume: Swiss Super Luminova® BGW9
- Crowns: x2, Signed, Screw Down (Main Crown Only) Caseback: Screw Down, Sapphire Display
- Warranty: 2 Years, 90 Day Returns Where to Buy: Kickstarter
- Options: Dial Colour: Black/Red, Blue/Red, Grey/Mint, Red/White, White/Red (Some Colour Options are Stretch Goals)
Bracelet / Calfskin Leather Strap
A bracelet comes fitted as standard to the Wayfarer. However, I have no idea what it’s like as Akura decided to only send me the watch with the optional leather strap. I have looked at other reviews and the majority say the bracelet is very nicely made with solid end links and a signed fully milled deployment clasp with 3 micro-adjustment holes. Aesthetically, it is very similar to the Royal Oak bracelet as you can see in the image below. Next time, send me the bloody bracelet! LOL
As previously mentioned, Akura did send me the Wayfarer with a leather strap fitted to it rather than the bracelet. I can forgive them though, as this strap isn’t some cheap crap that cost a tenner from some Del Trotter wannabe on eBay. This strap is gorgeous! As a thank you to all backers on Akura’s Kickstarter Campaign they are offering this strap as an option for only an additional £20. If you’re reading this review and you’re already a backer, get your arse back over to Kickstarter and increase your pledge by 20 quid to get this strap. Even if you won’t fit it to the Wayfarer, grab this for another watch!
The chosen movement for the Akura Wayfarer is the smooth sweep, high beat, ultra-reliable Miyota 9015. The 9015 is a slim Japanese made 28,800vph, 24 jewel movement regularly compared to the Swiss made ETA 2824-2. Checking the accuracy after running the Akura Wayfarer for a few days mainly on my wrist and occasionally in my Barrington Watch Winder, I thought the accuracy was very good with it showing an average of +7.2spd. Can’t really complain about that!