April 3, 2008
by Tom Mulraney
There are divers watches and then there are DIVERS watches! The new Hydroscaph GMT Diver 1000m from Clerc is the kind of watch you would wear if you could go base jumping underwater. To say it is extreme is an understatement, this watch is 100% in your face and to be honest…I love it! The unsual lines and curves coupled with the stunning dial all come together to present a truly excellent example of advanced watch design.
Having said that, however, one of the things that really impresses me about this watch is that despite the fact it has been designed to stand out, Clerc has not sacrificed functionality for form. Thanks to a helium valve (pictured on the reverse side of the watch), which is adjusted by a rotating bezel and unique in its genre, this sumptuous timepiece is water-resistant to 1000 metres. It also features a power-reserve indicator and a world-first system for adjusting it to the wrist.
The specifications on this extreme piece are equally as impressive and further re-enforce the notion that this is no show pony:
Movement – Manufactory-made automatic, 28 jewels, 28,800 vib/h, chamfered, CÃ´tes de Genève bridges and blued screws, 45-hour power reserve
Functions – Hours, minutes, seconds, date or large date, GMT 24-hour second time zone, power reserve indicator
Case – Grade 5 brushed titanium or 18 K pink gold and titanium, 44.6 mm, exclusive crown activating the rotating bezel, sliding device for protecting the push-pieces and crown, water-resistant to 1000 m
Dial – GMT at 12 o’clock, Disc power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock, Date window at 3 o’clock
Bracelet/Strap – Rubber or titanium
I have never dived before in my life and until I layed eyes on the new Hydroscaph GMT Diver 1000m from Clerc, I never had a reason too. All of a sudden swimming with the sharks doesn’t seem so scary anymore!
Written By: Tom Mulraney Ablogtoread.com, TheWatchLounge.com