Introducing the new ACQUA 500m from maverick watchmaker, Enzo Mechana headed up by a brilliantly elusive gentleman known for his sometimes outlandish, always superb, experimental dive watch designs that were typically powered by re-worked vintage mechanical movements.
As a fan of Enzo’s work for several years; it is great to see this exclusive Italian brand finally binging to market a regular line of artisanally-styled divers watches that can now be easily acquired from their newly opened online store.
I have already introduced the MARE NERO Limited Edition which is still available from Enzo Mechana – today the ACQUA 500m, a project that came about with the ambition of re-introducing the brand and making its timepieces that little bit more accessible to his adoring fans.
Enzo has been making one off-handmade timepieces with high-end vintage movements, hand aged and distressed dials and leather straps for several years now. He stepped outside of the mainstream watch arena about a decade ago; although the demand for his custom creations remained.
However due to the scarcity of high-end vintage movements and the high level of demand that there was for his models such as the h-47, GAUGE series and GMT; Enzo decided to wind down his custom builds and revisit some rarely seen pieces in a way that would allow more collectors to experience them without having to pay through the nose on the secondary market.
The new series of watches will be produced in limited runs per design. The designs themselves, interpretations of the originals however with subtle some differences and powered by modern Swiss mechanical movements such as those from ETA.
The ACQUA 500m which is available with either a Black or Brown dial is the first offering stemming from this idea. Its basic spec. includes:
a Stainless Steel case measuring 44mm in diameter by 19.5mm thick, a hand applied painted unidirectional divers bezel, a screw-down crown and etched caseback, a flat AR-coated, thick Sapphire crystal, a Helium Escape Valve and a tested water-resistance of over 500m.
Additional features include: aged and distressed dial and lume, a Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement and an Enzo Mechana leather strap available in either: Black, Golden or Distressed Brown or Distressed Green with and logo buckle.
The ACQUA 500m can be ordered from the Enzo Mechana online store priced £1995. Please follow the link embedded, below to be taken there.
OceanicTime is not affiliated with Enzo Mehcna brand in anyway – just a fan! ;)