Linde Werdelin experimented with DLC coating on the first round of Hard Black watches and these were a great success, all selling out. They are back with the Linde Werdelin Hard Black II that brings an even hardier version of the popular DLC (diamond like carbon) coating that is now ever harder. Like the image below implies DLC coated watches are truly built like a truck. The coating is just that tough (also scratch resistant). The watch is based on the Linde Werdelin “The One” dial and uses the standard Linde Werdelin watch case that will accept the The Rock of The Reef Instruments for land or sea exploration. Inside the watch is the high-grade automatic ETA 2892-2 mechanical movement.


The black color of the case and thick alligator leather strap make for an appealing an aggressive look. The lume on the hour markers and hands is a friendly canary yellow color. It is a soft touch to the watch,and allows the Hard Black II to be very legible. Linde Werdelin has currently been experimenting with many different types of colors, which might sound like they are just trying to extend one look as far as they can, but I am surprised at how dynamic the core Linde Werdelin watch case line is. Overall, this black and yellow scheme looks great on the Hard Black II as much as the DLC coating looks good on the Linde Werdelin “The One” watch base. One of the best luxury reminders of the watch is the even though the case is finished in a matte tone, the laser-cut hands and hour markers (around the lume) is highly polished which makes for a nice shimmery look. The dial is easy to read through the AR coated sapphire crystal. The case is water resistant to 300 meters (1000 feet).

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Like most exclusive Linde Werdelin watches, the Hard Black II will come in a limited edition of just 88 pieces are are currently available for pre-order at Linde Werdelin here (or any of the Linde Werdelin authorized dealers – soon they will be coming to a store near-ish you). Price is 4,920 euros.

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