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Here’s another look at the stunning H1 Steel getting a wee bit wet! First released in 2013, it is a model of the CLERC’s exclusive Hydroscaph collection. It sports an impressive lineup of features that includes an exclusive automatic C609 COSC-certified chronometer movement offering fantastic precision and reliability.
Beating at a high frequency of 4 Hz, 28,800 vibrations per hour, the C609 caliber is functionally simple with hours, minutes, seconds, date and a power-reserve of 42 hours, while boasting a highly demanding level of finishing that includes hand-finished bridges, blued screws and an open-worked rotor - visible through an exhibition caseback.
C609 caliber is housed arguably, one the most sophisticated dive watch cases on the market – meeting three concurrent CLERC design requirements: exceptional aesthetics, innovative construction, and functional usefulness. It is assembled from 81 components and ensures water-resistance of 500 meters.
Comfort is also part of the H1 package, with adaptable lugs perfectly molding the wearer’s wrist curve even when worn over a neoprene diving suit. And of course, the case features CLERC’s signature octagonal-shaped “perfect square in a perfect circle” rotating bezel.
Once set, the bezel is locked using the unique C|CLIP mechanism - a retractable flap on a dedicated crown integrated into the case side at 2 o’clock. Returning the C|CLIP to its initial position securely locks the bezel, thus avoiding any risk of accidental deregulation while diving. And the adaptable lugs ensure a perfect fit on all wrist sizes and shapes, including over a diving suit.
The clear, crisp H1 dial is super easy to read in daylight or darkness thanks to the Super-LumiNova coating on the hands and hour-markers. The individually machined 3D numerals and hour markers give the H1 a boldly assertive character. When viewed from the front, they appear slightly trapezoid-shaped, while ensuring maximum readability from all angles. Like them, the hands also display a post-industrial look and are coated with Super-LumiNova for perfect visibility in the dark.
The inimitably stylish and elegant CLERC Hydroscaph H1 offers a range of declinations designed to satisfy a wide range of personal preferences. The case itself comes in high-density steel, with or without a black DLC coating on the bezel, case center, or entire case.
Dials comes in a choice of blue, black or grey, while the seconds hand and the triangular date marker at 3 o’clock spice things up with touches of blue, red khaki or fluorescent yellow.
Available in black, blue, red or khaki vulcanized rubber, as well as black, navy blue or chestnut brown Louisiana alligator leather versions, the strap with its folding clasp sets the perfect finishing touch to the CLERC Hydroscaph H1. A steel metal bracelet has been available for the H1 since December 2014. The Hydroscaph H1’s suggested retail price ranges from 5900 to 7300 CHF (5900 to 7300USD).