Is it just me or is anyone else seeing tarte tatin (you know, posh apple pie) when you look at the new HHS/D Diver Watch from Geoffrey Roth?
No, well that’s because unlike me you’ve probably already eaten lunch so can of course see that the beautifully decorated dial of the HHS/ D is supposed to emulate the spirals of a nautilus shell.
Culinary delights aside, the HHS/D is by all means is a rather stunningly executed timepiece that promises to be something rather special.
Firstly it is endowed with a patent-pending unidirectional rotational divers bezel made from either Phosphor Bronze or Stainless steel with a ceramic inlay with engraved dive-time scale. The bezel action is said to be exceptionally smooth!
BTW Phosphorous bronze for those of you that have yet to come across it in watchmaking is (like all BRONZE) an alloy of copper only with 0.5–11% of Tin and 0.01-0.35% of Phosphorus.
The tin in Phosphor Bronze increases the corrosion-resistance and strength of the alloy. I know all of this because I have a doctorate in advanced metallurgy (I don’t, I Googled it).
Each HHS/D case has been machined from either a solid billet of medical grade 316L Stainless steel or Phosphor Bronze. The 46mm in diameter case has a water-resistance of 1000 meters – nice!
When a watch maker explores the more (how to say) classically-styled and more elegantly-designed type of dive watch, they seldom go any higher than 300m so it’s a pleasant surprise to see a dive watch like the HHS/ D with a proper depth-rating.
That water-resistance is aided by a domed synthetic Sapphire crystal with an anti-glare coating on its inside, a triple-seal crown with Phosphor Bronze over a Stainless steel core and a solid case-back made from billet Stainless steel.
The screw-down crown is fitted with a synthetic ruby – kinda’ like you see on a Cartier. This is a Geoffrey Roth brand signature found on all their timepieces.
The highly detailed Phosphor Bronze dial is with blued steel accents and hands - applied with SuperLuminova. Power comes courtesy of a Swiss ETA 2892A2 automatic movement which has been exquisitely decorated to GR’s own specifications.
The HHS/ D comes on a black, natural rubber divers strap created in the USA to GR’s specifications. It is priced 8500USD; that includes a (wait for it) -
six year warranty, which can be further extended for another six years if your watch is returned to GR for servicing between years five and six.
So what do you think? Speake Marin meets the Hysek Abyss meets a Seiko Prospex diver? I love it – what a beautiful diver!