With the new magnificent diver HydroSub North Pole “Master Lock” watch, the Swiss Jura-based watchmaker celebrates the upcoming 40th anniversary of the original Hydro Sub.
This exceptional diver will be the official timepiece in an expedition to the geographic North Pole in February 2015. A champion free diver and holder of a number of world free-diving records, Christian Redl, and an Australian photographer, Markus Fillinger, are the participants of the expedition. The pair will trek from northern Canada, through extreme conditions where temperatures go down to minus 40 Celsius, to the North Pole where the merman Redl will make the first-ever free dive without breathing gear under the polar ice cap. On his historic plunge into the frigid waters, one of the best free-diving specialists of his generation will wear the new HydroSub timepiece. Edox is the official timing partner for the Austrian-born German free diver. Since 2010, they share the same philosophy and enjoy taking on new challenges.
The vintage model with a twist
Edox Hydro Sub North Pole “Master Lock” is able to dive to the depths of 500 meters (circa 1,650 feet). The watch is tooled with a distinctive orange crown protector which will shield the crown from the extreme conditions, such as the one that Redl and Fillinger will encounter next year. The movable crown protector slides up to reveal the crown and back up down to secure and shield it.
The newest Edox diver is housed in an ample stainless steel case which measures 46mm in diameter and 14mm in thickness. If we include the master lock crown-protection system, it measures 49mm. The robust watch weighs 220 grams.
The beating heart of the Edox HydroSub North Pole is the Swiss made COSC certified ETA 2824 self-winding movement. The sporty case is shielded with an AR-coated sapphire crystal.
Underneath the sapphire glass lies an ocean blue dial with luminescent indices and hands which are framed with contrasting orange. The unidirectional rotating dive bezel which rounds the dial features a blue insert with a 60-minute dive scale and a luminescent triangle at 12.
The case back features an engraved North Pole expedition logo. The new Edox HydroSub comes with a stainless steel bracelet. The package will include an additional water-resistant orange leather strap and a tool to change the bracelet.
This exquisite watch will be released worldwide this Autumn and it will be issued in a limited series of only 350 pieces. At the moment, we do not have information about the price, but I assume that it will be approximately $3,000.