Following many years of development work and numerous successful trials, in August 1934 the American researcher CHARLES WILLIAM BEEBE and his partner OTIS BARTON, confined inside a small steel sphere, reached a record depth of 923 metres at a point in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by these pioneers of deep sea research, Berlin, Germany based Gerald Schröder presents MOLA 923M, a professional diving watch collection in a limited edition of 1000 pieces.
All the components of the MOLA 923M have been specially developed with particular attention to the smallest details, and to the specific requirements of this timepiece. Particular care has been taken to select the highest quality components. The work of making this design reality and of producing the parts for the case, using high grade stainless steel and the latest manufacturing technology was entrusted to the vastly experienced company SUG, Glashütte.
To complete the production phase, each case was subjected to a hydro-mechanical pressure test to 40 bar. In the second phase, a MOLA 923M bearing the serial number 1•006 was selected to be subjected to an additional pressure test under the supervision of GERMANISCHER LLOYD, Hamburg. This model was tested for one hour at a pressure in excess of 93 bar in a pressurized cylinder. The design of case back is influenced by the entrance hatch on the Bathysphere.
This watch takes its name from the sunfish MOLA MOLA, a fascinating sea creature that mainly inhabits the warmer waters of Asia, Africa and Australia, but which can sometimes be found in the Mediterranean too. The mola is certainly a remarkable fish, measuring more than three metres across and weighing over a ton. Another fascinating attribute is its ability to dive to depths of more than 1000 metres. Like this big fish, the MOLA 923M timepiece can dive to the depth of sea.
The ‘MOLA 923M’ timepiece was tested at a depth of 923m in the Atlantic. In the autumn of 2008 the expedition sailed almost 75 kilometres into the open sea, off the Portuguese coast, to the south west of Porto. This is where the MOLA 923M was pressure-tested by being lowered into the depths. After successfully withstanding this performance test the time and date, along with the exact coordinates (LAT 40° 49,985′ N LON 9° 34,998′ W), were recorded. The coordinates of this experience are engraved on the automatic rotor of the mechanism. Each year just one hundred examples of the MOLA 923M are manufactured; they are then subjected to the same test and receive this special attestation.
– Automatic Swiss mechanism (2895-2) with engraved automatic rotor
– Brightly polished stainless steel case (316L)
– Diameter: 42 mm (48 mm with crown), height: 14 mm
– 4 mm thick, anti-glare sapphire glass
– Plasma polished, unidirectional rotating bezel with horizontally engaging detent and rhodium-plated silver application
– Luminous markings set into the case
– Three-dimensional dial with date display and superluminova markings
– Swiveling crown guard
– Threaded crown cap (diameter 11 mm) and crown (2 O rings in case tube)
– Screwed case back with sapphire crystal
– Silicon strap with engraved folding clasp