By TLex Clerc first showed the Hydroscaph at Basel World 2008, but this year sees the actual release of the Hydroscaph. Since its preview at Basel World 2008 I have heard and seen very little of the Hydroscaph (nothing actually), it had become quite the elusive piece, the 'Scarlet Pimpernel' of divers. They Seek it here, they seek it there, and finally, a year later it resurfaces.
It would appear that it was never actually released and for whatever reasons went back to the drawing board for another year. A similar story to the Eterna Kontiki Diver 1000m that was also shown at Basel and then held back for a year or so.
The watch remains pretty much the same, but you may notice that the hands have been updated along with some other very subtle changes to the dial. The one and only image of the Hydroscaph released last year looked more like a rendering whereas this year's image reflects that of an actual watch.
Whatever the facts maybe about the Hydroscaph and why it was held back for a year, one thing remains true, is that it's a stunning looking diver and one that many of us will be putting on our wanted list and in some cases may even receive grail status.
From CLERC Developed in collaboration with under-water professionals, this powerful, prestigious and futuristic diving instrument is designed for the most extreme conditions. It is water-resistant to 1,000 meters thanks to a helium valve that is adjusted by a unique rotating bezel mechanism. And, with its exclusive system for adjusting it to the wrist, it guarantees sportsmen and women unsurpassed comfort.
Movement: Automatic exclusive C606, 28 rubies, 28,800 vib/h, chamfered bridges with Côtes de Genève decoration and blued screws, 45-hour power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, second time zone and power reserve indicator
Case: Grade 5 titanium, 44.6 mm/49.6 mm with lateral protections Exclusive crown activating and locking the rotating bezel
Dial: GMT at 12 o'clock Power reserve indicator disc at 6 o'clock Date window at 3 o'clock
Bracelet/Strap Vulcanised rubber, Hornback alligator, or titanium