The Timeless Elegance of Damascus Steel: From Ancient Forges to Modern Watches

Damascus steel, renowned for its durability, unique patterns, and strength, has been a material of legends since ancient times. Its origin traces back to between 300 and 500 AD, in and around the city of Damascus, Syria.
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The Mystical Origins of Damascus Steel

Damascus steel, renowned for its durability, unique patterns, and strength, has been a material of legends since ancient times. Its origin traces back to between 300 and 500 AD, in and around the city of Damascus, Syria. This steel wasn't just famed for its aesthetic appeal but was highly sought after for its ability to maintain a keen edge while being tough enough to withstand intense combat.

The process involved combining layers of steel in a forge, which, when welded and folded repeatedly, created the distinctive patterns known today as "Damascus" or "Wootz" steel.


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Even the Buckle Is Damascus Steel

The Art of Crafting Damascus Steel


The traditional method of making Damascus steel involves a labor-intensive forging process where different types of steel and iron are layered and hammer-welded together. By folding and re-welding the metal, smiths increase the purity of the material and create the characteristic wavy patterns. Today, this technique is not only preserved by artisans and blacksmiths but has also been adapted in modern manufacturing, keeping the essence of its craftsmanship alive. 

Damascus Steel in Watchmaking


The use of Damascus steel in watchmaking is a relatively recent innovation that marries ancient metalwork with contemporary design. The first notable entry of Damascus steel into the watch industry can be attributed to master craftsmen who sought to incorporate this durable and aesthetically unique material into watch cases and dials. One of the pioneers in this area was Gustafsson & Sjögren (GoS), a collaboration between a blade maker and a watchmaker in Sweden, who unveiled their creations in the early 2000s.Oceaneva Damscus steel watch with damascus dial

Damascus Steel Watch Pictured with a Damascus Steel Dial


Evolution and Adaptation


Since then, the application of Damascus steel in watchmaking has evolved. Watchmakers have experimented with different techniques to emphasize the natural beauty of Damascus steel, such as acid etching, which enhances the visibility of the intricate patterns. The material's resilience and unique appearance make it particularly suited for luxury timepieces that stand out for their craftsmanship and durability.


A modern Damascus steel watch is not just about the material; they embody a blend of tradition and cutting-edge design. These timepieces are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts who appreciate the historical significance, the skill involved in their creation, and the distinctiveness of each piece.



Damascus Steel Watch Pictured with a White Dial

Damascus Steel Watch Pictured with a White Dial

Oceaneva's Foray into Damascus Steel


In keeping with the tradition of innovation and excellence, Oceaneva is proud to announce its upcoming line of watches crafted from Damascus steel. This new collection aims to bring the ancient allure of Damascus steel into the hands of modern connoisseurs. By integrating this legendary material into our designs, Oceaneva is set to redefine luxury watches, combining timeless elegance with unparalleled durability.


A Glimpse into the Future


Our upcoming Damascus steel watches represent a perfect synergy between historic artisanship and modern functionality. With meticulous attention to detail, each watch will showcase the mesmerizing patterns of Damascus steel, making every piece a unique work of art. Oceaneva is excited to bring this ancient marvel into the contemporary world of watchmaking, offering our customers a piece of history adorned on their wrist.

Stay tuned for the unveiling of Oceaneva's Damascus steel watch line, where ancient craftsmanship meets modern luxury.


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Damascus steel Oceaneva Automatic Watch with Black Dial

Damascus Steel Watch Pictured with a Black Dial


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Key Features of Oceaneva's Damascus Steel Watch Collection:

  • Series: Deep Marine Explorer II Pro Diver Damascus Steel Limited Edition 1250m
  • Case Diameter: 42mm
  • Weight: 4.7 oz. unsized
  • Case Thickness: 14.8mm
  • Condition: New
  • Water Resistance: 4101 Feet / 1250M
  • Movement: Automatic, Self Winding, Swiss Made Movement
  • Movement Calibre: Swiss Made Sellita SW200-1 Automatic, 26 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28,800 bph, 4Hz, hacking, and quick date. Equivalent to the ETA 2824 but with one extra jewel for reduced wear.
  • Case Back: Screw-down with a triple seal to meet 1250m standard
  • Case Material: Layered Forge Welded Damascus Steel
  • Case Size: 42 mm, Lug to lug length is 49.5mm
  • Case Thickness: 14.8 mm
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Lug Width: 22mm
  • Finish: Top quality precision machining. Grade A fit and finish
  • Crystal: Nearly scratchproof anti-reflective domed sapphire, 4.8mm thick, sealed with 1.40 mm x .45 mm I-Ring to ensure water tightness.
  • Band Type: Integrated Strap
  • Band Material: High Quality FKM Rubber
  • Buckle: Damascus Steel with Oceaneva Logo, Screw holds buckle to strap
  • Width at lug end: 22 mm
  • Calendar: Date @ 3
  • Luminous: Long-lasting GRADE A BGW9 Swiss-LumiNova on hands, hour markers, all markers and numbers on the bezel.
  • Crown: Screw-down Damascus steel with triple-seal crown to ensure 1250m water tightness, integrated case crown guards, and a trident logo on the crown.
  • Bezel: Damascus Steel, uni-directional rotating 120 click, ultra-scratch resistant.
  • Limited Edition: Only a maximum of 1000 pieces will ever be produced. Each piece has its own individual serial #
  • Helium Escape Valve
  • Packaging: Waterproof Case Packaging Made in The USA by S3 cases, warranty card, hang tag, polishing cloth and screwdriver for the buckle included.