There’s positively no lack of jump watches available with fanatic works of art from Rolex, Omega, Seiko, and other standard heavyweights. Exceptional contributions from lesser realized brands like H20 Watch and Farer give fascinating other options, and there was a blast of generally obscure, top of the line jumpers flourishing during the 1960s and 1970s. Albeit never an easily recognized name, Aquadive was all around regarded among water fans in those prior a long time with high profundity evaluations, straightforward plans and cutting edge innovation for the time. Comparable in soul to the restored Jenny Caribbean 300 jumper , the new Aquadive Bathyscaphe 100 GMT carries retro styling with current designing for jumpers trying to remember the past or basically sport an exceptional piece. With both German and Swiss plan, the watch is above all else a submarine apparatus, yet a sleek alternative for earthbound fans also. We should investigate this cutting edge take on an ocean staying impact from the past.
Although well known with creative, reasonable jump watches during the 1960s and 1970s, Aquadive went the method of disco and bellbottoms as the quartz emergency pulverized numerous in the business during the 1980s. The brand reemerged in 2011 under the Synchron Group, which likewise claims Doxa, another celebrated and restored jumper brand that additionally ends up appropriating the previously mentioned Jenny jumpers. Be that as it may, we should not go thinking about something irrelevant. The Bathyscaphe 100 GMT is among a little arrangement of new Aquadive pieces that incorporate 1,000 and 3,000-meter Bathyscaphe and Bathysphere renditions. Independently worked for plunging, the watch is inexactly displayed after the Time-Depth 50 from Aquadive’s unique period. That part had an early electric development and Bourdon (oil-filled) profundity measure, and combined with its seagoing legacy, is thusly hard for authorities to discover in immaculate, unique condition. The development wasn’t quartz and had a regular hairspring, however the heart was supplanted by a battery-controlled charge.
Aquadive discovered new-old-stock cases for some really retro models in 2011 and 2012 with the 200 NOS vintage jumper (a more up to date NOS Model 77 is presently accessible), yet the Bathyscaphe 100 GMT is a ground-up piece that is machined from 316L treated steel blocks in Germany. Its new Bathyscaphe 300 (with a 3,000-meter profundity rating) has a monstrous case that coordinates the first Time-Depth 50 at 47mm, however the 100 model is restrained with more useful measurements. A Swiss ETA workhorse replaces the previous electric development that necessary a battery substitution several years. Like Doxa and Jenny, Aquadive is generally obscure outside of the jumping scene with maybe a mostly secret history. It’s extraordinary to see these veteran jumper brands making a comeback with present day takes on vintage designs.
CASE AND DESIGN
The Bathyscaphe 100 GMT case is a still sensible 43mm in breadth and robust 15mm in stature – obviously an instrument watch size, yet comfortable on the wrist. All cases are CNC machined, cleaned and brushed in Germany from German 316L treated steel, alongside the development holding ring and bezel (a machined bronze case is likewise accessible). The steel caseback screws down and the watch is water-impervious to 1,000 meters. Supplanting the Time-Depth 50’s Bourdon profundity check is a programmed helium discharge valve at 6 o’clock and the GMT hand takes after the profundity measure’s hand on the vintage piece.
A earthenware timing ring is embedded in the 120-click unidirectional steel bezel. The bezel is tall with a satisfying tightening activity, making it simple to turn with both wet hands and gloves. The screw-down crown guarantees the 1,000 meter profundity rating and winds the watch in the first (unscrewed) position, sets the GMT hand in the subsequent position (and turning it counterclockwise sets the date) and the standard time in the third position. Aquadive’s logo is machined on the crown’s end. A sapphire precious stone ensures the dial and the stylish is that of a straightforward jump watch from a past era.
DIAL AND HANDS
The dark dial comes with four shading alternatives for the GMT hand and 24-hour GMT external ring. Tones incorporate orange, turquoise, white and yellow. Strong, applied files with lume are right inside the GMT ring and the silver skeleton hour and moment hands additionally have lume embeds. The silver seconds hand has a square of lume close to its tip and the hued GMT hand has an enormous three-sided pointer.
A date window sits at 3 o’clock with a coordinating dark foundation and albeit very much estimated and inconspicuous, I for one lean toward jumpers without the complication. AQUADIVE and its logo are imprinted in white at the top, with BATHYSPHERE 100 GMT at the base (albeit this is a Bathyscaphe model). 1000 METERS/3300 FEET and AUTOMATIC are printed underneath. The dial is profoundly clear and the one of a kind state of the hands (and a sprinkle of shading) give a touch of character in a generally direct instrument watch.
The pulsating heart of the Aquadive Bathyscaphe 100 GMT is a Swiss ETA 2893-2 programmed type. It has 21 gems, beats at 28,800vph (4Hz) with a 42-hour power hold. Capacities incorporate hours, minutes, seconds (hacking), GMT hand and date. The Top Grade development is changed in 5 situations with an individual authentication of precision included with each watch (normal exactness pace of +/ – 4 seconds for every day).
It’s not a chronometer, but rather that additional degree of detail from Aquadive is a pleasant touch. It ought to be noticed that the ETA development doesn’t have a bouncing hour hand, so when setting the standard time, the GMT hour hand moves too – likely not a burden for most.
All models have an ISOfrane elastic (isoprene) lash (a brand additionally under the Synchron Group umbrella) that come in dark and coordinating tone to the GMT hand and external ring. The lashes were first presented during the 1960s explicitly for jumpers and are better than standard elastic in both comfort and solidness. They’re sufficiently long to fold over a wetsuit and come with a marked treated steel clasp. The 22mm lashes are comfortable, non-harmful, hypoallergenic and silicon free (a residue magnet), which is ideal for delayed water openness. They can be effortlessly traded with a discretionary treated steel wristband or outsider strap.
It’s not elusive a competent plunge watch in pretty much any value range, yet resuscitating more seasoned brands like Jenny and Aquadive bring exemplary plans and heaps of character to your wrist. Albeit the first Time-Depth 50 was extraordinary with an electric, non-quartz development and oil-filled profundity check, the contemporary Bathyscaphe 100 GMT gives a more dependable and cleaned plan for the present water devotees. You may not be acquainted with the Aquadive brand, however it has a background marked by top notch plunge watches returning to the 1960s and you’d be unable to locate a more proficient piece in this cost range.
The Bathyscaphe 100 GMT models are restricted to 500 watches with a retail cost between USD 1,890 and USD 1,990 relying upon the model (decreased from USD 2,490). All watches come with a restricted 2-year guarantee and can be bought at the company’s online store . More data can be found at Aquadive’s site .