With this new collection, Zuccolo Rochet France pays tribute to its legendary Grands Fonds 300 diving watch. Available for purchase from 2015, two models of the watch will be on offer: the re-edition, which is 100% faithful to the model produced in the 1960s for the mine clearance divers of the French Navy, and a more chic sport version, tying in with the current design trends and conventions, which has the same case, with its famous crown at 6 o’clock and bezel with luminous inserts.
First model is a Swiss-made “Marine Nationale” version of the revolutionary Grands Fonds 300 diving watch. Diving instrument par excellence, with high diving legibility provided by its Super-LumiNova hour-markers and Magnum hands, and a crown at 6 o’clock, ETA movement (ETA 2824-2, 28 000 v/h, 38-hour power reserve), unidirectional notched bezel, reverse direction winding mechanism and automatically adjustable “diver” strap: the new Grands Fonds 300 proudly asserts its original identity.
Second one is a Swiss-made urban version of Grands Fonds 300. Proudly asserting its character as a diving watch – with its legibility, crown at 6 o’clock and unidirectional notched bezel – it is sure to win over “gentlemen divers” with its chic sport look, in both its leather and metal versions.
Moving from a case diameter of 36 to 40.5 mm, which is more in line with the current trends, the new models have been given a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The addition of chamfers to the case/strap ensemble makes it very pleasant to wear.
With its sharp lines and sleek aesthetics, the new Grands Fonds 300 pays homage to its heritage and represents a perfect fusion of tradition and innovation.
ECS ™ – Easy Cleaning 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™. It is 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.
CPS ™ – Crown Protection System: 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 repositioned. This effective method prevents oversights that can lead to technical difficulties.
Diver Strap: The new Grands Fonds 300 is equipped with an automatic adjustable strap, which allows it to be worn over a diving suit. This unique embedded spring system automatically adapts to the diameter of the wearer’s wrist for unparalleled comfort. No adjustments are required, as two links on either side of the case extend to accommodate the new diameter.
Movement: ETA 2824-2 ; 28 000 v/h ; 38-hour power reserve
Functions: Days/Hours/Minutes/Seconds (Sports Chick Version) and Hours/Minutes/Seconds (Re-issue version)
Water resistance 300 m30 atm
Case: Non-magnetic 316L steel
Bracelet: Non-magnetic 316L steel or Full-grain leather
Weight: ± 140g on leather strap ± 210g on metal band
Features: CPS™ System & ECS™ System