REBIRTH OF AN EDOX ICON – THE EDOX HYDRO-SUB AUTOMATIC CHRONOMETER LIMITED EDITION
Six decades after wowing the watch industry, the Edox Hydro-Sub makes a spectacular return.
The Hydro-Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition is new, improved and with 21st century smarts – but still infused with the timelessly cool DNA of the original 1960s Hydro-Sub, the timepiece that helped make Edox the ‘Water Champion’ of the watch industry. Presented in a limited edition (500 pieces, engraved with “one out of 500” on the case back, available worldwide), the Hydro-Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition is, like the rugged original, water-resistant to an amazing 300m. The innovations that made the original Hydro-Sub so impressive, such as the screw-down crown with double O-ring seal, have been retained – and perfected.
This time though the unidirectional bezel with 60-minute diving scale surrounding the dial is made out of scratch-resistant ceramic. A 2.5mm-thick crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating on BOTH sides ensures a crystal-clear view of the dial – essential, of course, when under the waves. The unmistakable lines of the original 1965 timepiece are carried through to the Edox Hydro-Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition, from the ‘blocky’ lugs to the vintage-inspired central handset, which includes a long triangular seconds pointer. The dial indices and minute and hour hands are coated with Super-LumiNova, a Swiss-made luminescent material that ensures ultimate visibility when under water or in low light.
The Hydro- Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition’s design is clean and practical, focusing on the essentials and discarding unnecessary ‘clutter’. The solid steel bracelet echoes the original Hydro-Sub’s bracelet. Even this has been improved, the matt satin-finish links more precisely aligned and with a smoother finish, ensuring a perfect fit on the wrist. Two pushers easily release the buckle.
And, like diving itself, it’s what is UNDER surface that is most important. Housed in the new Hydro-Sub tough, hand-polished 42mm steel case beats the Edox Calibre 80 ‘engine’, made by Swiss movement manufacturer Sellita, and providing a 38-hour power reserve. Edox has ensured this automatic movement has been chronometer-rated to meet exacting standards of accuracy and precision; every Calibre 806 meets the strict conditions set by Swiss chronometer testing body COSC, a non-profit body dedicated to Swiss watchmaking. Each certified chronometer movement is identified by a number engraved on the movement. The hand-assembled Edox Hydro-Sub Special Edition combines practical functionality, technical excellence and a no-nonsense, refined vintage design with panache.
It’s a cool tool for the stylish man for every occasion – on land or the water.
THE HYDRO-SUB HERITAGE
The Edox Hydro-Sub became world famous for its first crown system with tension ring and shock- absorbing gasket for guaranteed water resistance. This watch was water-resistant down to 500 meters, which was a very remarkable technical achievement in the 1960s. Edox became world famous for highly water resistant watches.
The new Hydro-Sub is improved and with 21st century smarts – but still infused with the timelessly cool DNA of the original 1960s Hydro-Sub.
THE DIVER’S CHOICE
HYDRO-SUB DATE AUTOMATIC CHRONOMETER
REF. 80126 3BUM BUIO
Calibre EDOX 806 (SW 200 COSC certified)
Functions Display of hours, minutes, seconds and date
Diameter 42 mm
Case Stainless steel
Glass Anti-reflective coating on both sides of the sapphire crystal
Water resistance 300 meters / 30 ATM
Features Luminescent hands and indices, rotating bezel, screw-down crown, double O’ring
Strap Metal bracelet