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ZRC 1964 GRANDS FONDS 300 French Navy Re-issue MILITARIA

The new GF 3000 TITANIUM isn’t the only new model that ZRC has released for 2020; there’s a new GF 300 and it might just be the coolest one so far.

In addition to the aforementioned GF 3000 which btw is available in 3x finishes (satin, sand-blasted and sand-blasted DLC) ZRC has released a new mil.-style diver;

the 1964 Grands Fonds 300 French Navy Re-issue Militaria the special features of which include: a matte finished military green dial with stenciled Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12.

This is paired with one ZRC’s brand-new rubber diver’s straps which launched alongside the GF 3000 earlier this year.

Apart from the above, it’s business as usual so the new Militaria gets ZRC’s ECS™ Patent pending (Easy Clean System) as well as their Crown Protection System™.

The ECS™ is a technical solution to an issue encountered by the mine clearance divers of the Marine Nationale during their many dives: salt crystallizing in the gaps between the bezel and case, thus impeding its rotation.

For the 2015 re-issue of the Grands Fonds 300, ZRC has developed and patented a functional solution – the ECS™ was born.

A unique system for cleaning the inside of the bezel by circulating fresh water that dilutes and evacuates the sea salt. The ECS™ is the ultimate tribute to the original Grands Fonds and is perfectly in tune with the brand’s identity.

100% safety is guaranteed thanks to this exclusive strap system using retractable lugs. It is now impossible to place the watch in water without screwing the crown back into its original position.

If the crown is not screwed down, the strap cannot be correctly re-positioned. This effective method prevents oversights that can lead to technical difficulties.

Power comes from either an ETA 2824-2 elaborated movement or SELLITA SW200-1 elaborated with of 25-ruby wheels, on which Incabloc shock protection was used.

Extremely precise, the balance performs 28,800 half-oscillations per hour. With a mechanism diameter of 25.6 mm, it offers a power reserve of 38 hours.

As mentioned the new Grand Fonds Militaria is equipped with a brand new rubber strap compatible for both single & butterfly buckles.

The design was inspired by ZRC’s metal band and is said to be extremely comfortable. It is available in several colors.