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EDOX Hydro Sub AUTO [reborn legend takes an icy plunge]

By TLex Holding the earth's last mysteries, the ocean covers some 71 percent of the planet, yet less than 10 percent of it has been fully explored; world champion free diver, Christian Redl along with Australian photographer, Markus Fillinger aim to unlock some of its secrets on a daring trek to the geographic North Pole this February.

The family owned Swiss watch­maker, Edox are providing one piece of essential equipment for the expedition - an updated version of its first dive watch, the Hydro Sub AKA the Mission North Pole.

Christian Redl is going plunge - without any scuba gear - through a hole in the ice into the frigid waters. It will be the world’s first freedive under the ice at the Pole and will come after a two-week long slog on foot through some of the world’s most inhospita­ble terrain!

Edox's Hydro Sub will be a vital tool for the mission as Christian must time the 15 meter-deep dive to the exact second or else the extreme cold could ren­der him senseless.

The new Hydro Sub Automatic Date was one of my top picks for 2014, its design, based on the original model introduced in 1965, is a rug­ged, ultra-accurate tool-watch that should be able to cope with the most challenging conditions. It doesn't quite have the heritage of Omega's Ploprof 1200M but it has about as much presence - the perfect blend of rugged modernity with classic vintage styling.

The 46mm Automatic Date is pow­ered by an automatic Edox Caliber 80 “engine” (based on an either ETA 2824 or SW200 movement) and is water resistant to respectable 500m - far in excess of Christian’s mission objective.

The crown is a vital component in any watch, even more so in a watch with a diving bezel; the Automatic Date has an ingenious 'Master Lock' that slides down and locks in place to pro­tect the screw-down crown, which has the added protection of a double o-ring seal. The Hydro Sub pays tes­tament to Edox’s expertise in superbly engineered and highly water-resistant timepieces, a heritage dating back to 1961 with the introduction of the revo­lutionary dive watch, the Delfin.

Edox is the Official Timekeeper of 'Iceman' Christian Redl for his World Record setting freedives under the ice at Austria’s frigid Lake Weissensee.

Movement - Edox Caliber 80 (based on Sellita SW200)
Functions - Display of hours, minutes, seconds and date
Case - Stainless steel 316L, black steel bezel, orange Master Lock system
Diameter - 46mm
Dial- Black or blue with white indices
Water-resistance - 500 meters / 1500 feet / 50 ATM
Bracelet - Stainless steel 316L with folding clasp

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