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A mysterious drawing found in the archives of Swiss watchmaker Edox has rekindled a decades-old mystery. The sketch of a long-lost timepiece, the SkyDiver, had a scrawled note reading: “1973. Special production in strictly limited edition.” But nothing more.
A long-retired Edox watchmaker shed light on the story. The SkyDiver, he said, was rumoured to be a secret project for a mysterious, wealthy Swiss colonel. The anonymous colonel wanted an exclusive timepiece for elite mountain paratroopers under his command. The watch had to be dependable and rugged – just like his troops. He chose Edox because of the brand’s exceptional water-resistant watches, able to handle any situation the paratroopers might face – on land, air or sea. The colonel insisted on total secrecy.
Now Edox is releasing a new limited-edition SkyDiver Military, in homage to its 135-year history and for aficionados of fine military timepieces. Powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement calibre 80, the 300m water-resistant SkyDiver features a new scratch resistant ceramic diver’s bezel and a parachute motif-engraved case back.
Presented in a stunning bronze case, an alloy that evokes strong links with the military world and which Edox has featured on its Delfin dive watch. Over time the bronze case protected by an anti-fingerprint nano-coating will develop its own unique patina, reinforcing that vintage military look.
The bronze case is beautifully offset by a black gradient dial and black leather strap. An additional brown leather strap is also included in a special leather pouch both equipped with a quick release system.
The 2mm-thick sapphire crystal and the Superluminova X1 on hands and indexes will guarantee scratch resistance and readability in the most extreme conditions. Like its mysterious 1970s predecessor, the new SkyDiver Military is a strictly limited edition to 555 pieces.
REF. 80115 BRZN NDR
Limited to 555 pieces worldwide
Calibre Automatic EDOX 80
Diameter 42 mm
Case Bronze case protected by an anti-fingerprint nano-coating
Functions Ceramic diving bezel, display of hours, minutes, seconds, date
Dial Black gradient with superluminova X1 indices and hands
Water resistance 300 meters / 30 ATM
Glass Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Strap Black Leather strap and additional brown leather strap
Delivered in a special limited leather pouch
Recommended Euro retail price: 1’490€
Available in early 2020