By David Crane
david (at) defensereview (dot) com
August 12, 2016
DefenseReview (DR) liked the Hazard 4 Heavy Water Diver titanium-cased combat/tactical dive/diving watch(es) (with tritium illumination vials) so much upon seeing and writing about it/them that we wanted to get as much additional information on it as possible, including its development history and future. So, we sent Filip Postolek, the Heavy Water Diver’s primary chief designer/developer, a list of 10 questions about it, and he was kind enough to answer them for us. So, we hope DR readers enjoy the following written interview:
David Crane, DefenseReview (DR): Is the Hazard 4 Heavy Water Diver watch a private-label product, or is it actually assembled/built in-house?
Filip Postolek, Hazard 4: We don’t discuss any specifics of manufacturing; we’ve had very bad security breaches in the past that can tip off competitors etc. So we can’t get into it. Swiss movements, Swiss tritium, A-grade machined titanium cases. Maybe in the future when we have more dominance in this line we will have video tours etc., but it’s too soon to discuss.
Postolek: We wanted watches with the feature set of titanium, tritium, larger sizes, Swiss Movements, sapphire glass etc., for years and they didn’t exist at any price really, and we wanted some so we developed them. We then tried to price them to be as affordable as they could be in that feature set.
Crane: What kind of testing has been conducted on it for accuracy, reliability and durability under adverse and maritime conditions, and how did the watch perform? Any problems?
Postolek: The watches were tested as prototypes for almost three years under all kinds of adverse conditions from scuba diving to high altitude, to Death Valley heat and they performed perfectly under all tests. They have also been tested using the top Swiss labs/machines for water/dust resistance and impact. In the same time we had failures from some well known Swiss watches we own worth over $3000 each!
Postolek: Filip Postolek and junior design assistants.
Crane: Are there any planned modifications or improvements of it in the works?
Postolek: There are no real issues but we are adding a titanium bracelet.
Crane: Are there currently any real-world end-users of note (I.e., military spec-operators, tactical shooting instructors, military combat instructors, survival instructors, etc.)? If so, what’s the feedback on it?
Postolek: There are lots of collectors, deep diver contractors, military spec ops, etc., James Yeager has a long video on YouTube about how it’s his favorite daily wear watch. John from 8541 Tactical YouTube channel wears one too. They comment on how it’s very light for its size, very easy to read especially with older eyes, and how it’s a great piece of men’s jewelry for those who like more modern design. Arnold Shwarzenegger is wearing one in an upcoming Hollywood action movie coming out soon since the size and design suited his character- and he’s a watch guy.
Crane: What brand and model movement does it [Heavy Water Diver] use, and why? Any plan to change the movement in the future?
Postolek: The Swiss Ronda 515 was chosen because it is a very reliable movement with a very long battery life and with enough torque to move the tritium weight on the hands. It also has a GMT option available.
Crane: Why should someone choose this watch over competing tactical/dive watches out there? What separates it?
Postolek: There is no watch which is titanium and full tritium with sapphire crystal, or in that size or for that price or with a military time scale. Etc. it also has quick replace pins and the precise unpainted bezel. Also the 50 mm size is unique. There is really no others like it. That’s why they are so successful.
Crane: Any new/different Hazard 4 watch models planned?
Crane: What’s the current level of customer satisfaction with this product?
Postolek: We’ve had 99% satisfaction, and no warrantee returns. Some people wanted a smaller watch or a melted design like some Tag’s with very blobby edges where our’s are more linear. So those might be future models (smaller and more meted styles.)
Upon interviewing Mr. Postolek (via email), Defense Review is now even more interested in the Hazard 4 Heavy Water Diver watch, and we’re going to try to obtain one at some point in the not-too-distant future for T&E and review. We here at DR are watch aficianodos to a certain extent, so we’re glad to see seemingly high-quality, water-resistant combat/tactical watches like the Heavy Water Diver being designed and developed. This is a good thing, and it should be encouraged, in our opinion.
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