First Stage Watches Launch of the Shoal Deep Diving watch on Kickstarter

The watch is a collaboration between Second Hour and Thai watch modder Jack Hypoxia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, March 14, 2022 / — After two years of development, design and prototyping, Australian watch company First Stage Watches is launching its first version, the Shoal Deep, on Kickstarter. The new dive watch will be launched on April 21, 2022.

Shoal Deep is a collaboration between Second Hour Watches and Thai watch modder Jack Hypoxia. First Stage combines the community reach and watch modification expertise of Jack Hypoxia with the business experience, design knowledge and manufacturing network of Second Hour.

Jack Hypoxia has been modifying and manufacturing custom watches for five years, with over 2,000 satisfied customers and a huge instagram fanbase of nearly 65,000 people worldwide. His passion for design and watchmaking has earned him one of the strongest reputations in the market.

“Our goal is to create sleek, rugged, and contemporary timepieces by using base models popular with watch modders, such as the Seiko SKX, and revitalizing them with beautifully designed dials, hands, and premium components. to create a spectacular blend of the familiar and the new,” said Peter Sargison, Founder of Second Hour and First Stage.

The name First Stage is based on the first stage regulator, used in scuba diving to reduce (regulate) the air from the highly pressurized tank to a more usable second stage pressure, from which the diver breathes. The name also refers to Second Hour Watches and that first formal collaboration between Second Hour and other notables in the watch community.

Second Hour Watches is an Australia-based micro-brand watch company. Its first two watch releases raised AUD 404,000 on Kickstarter. Its third release, the Giant Stride, sold exclusively on the Second Hour website, continued that success, nearly selling out. A restock is scheduled for April 2022. The company hopes for continued success with the launch of Shoal Deep.

The Shoal Deep is an amazingly designed and built automatic diver‘s watch with three stunning dial colors and two premium case finishes.

The watch movement is a Japanese Miyota 9039 custom rotor with a 24 jewel automatic high beat, 28,800bph at 4hz. The bracelet is a solid link rice bead bracelet with screw pins and a solid 316L stainless steel solid head link and measures 22mm wide and tapers to 20mm at the clasp. The clasp is a fully milled double pusher deployant with six micro-adjustments. It has a power reserve of 42 hours and a performance of -10 to +20 seconds per day.

The case and dial are made of 316L stainless steel with a diameter of 42.5 mm and a thickness of 13.76 mm, including a double-domed sapphire crystal. The hands of the watch are custom made and diamond cut with eight layers of Swiss SuperLuminova BGW9. It is waterproof up to 300 meters or 985 feet.

Prepare for Shoal Deep’s Kickstarter launch by signing up to the mailing list at and follow First Stage Watches on Instagram.


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