DAVOSA Argonautic BG Automatic

The Argonautic diving watch collection from Swiss watch brand DAVOSA gets a new member, the Argonautic BG Automatic, a professional diver’s watch with a helium escape valve, first-class luminous properties, a ceramic bezel inlay and innovative colours.

The Swiss Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement in its screwed stainless steel case keeps perfect time on the way down. Scratch-resistant, anti-glare sapphire crystal guarantees a clear view of the tidily designed dial with its 15-minute scale on the bezel inlay to provide orientation in an emergency ascent. And thanks to the extension to the stainless steel strap with a safety clasp, the DAVOSA Argonautic BG Automatic can be easily worn on top of a wetsuit.

The state-of-the-art Super-LumiNova BG W9 luminous pigment ensures exceptional luminous properties. This material has been applied to the figures and hands, and now for the first time to the 15-minute scale and all the figures on the ceramic bezel. Under natural light, this best-in-class luminous pigment appears white; in the dark it shines brightly and clearly in clear blue.

A helium escape valve protects the watch when ascending to the water’s surface. When underwater, helium can permeate any seal, but it cannot escape quickly enough from the case when resurfacing.

The danger is that the glass can burst out of its case. However, thanks to a manual helium escape valve, a controlled equalisation of pressure inside the watch can be achieved when ascending to the surface. Moreover, the valve at 10 o’clock has been technically optimised and is now clearly identifiable thanks to the helium symbol on the crown face.

The crown at 3 o’clock is subject to considerable stress from being screwed open and shut. A diver must ensure it is properly closed before every dive, and this often occurs when the diver is already wearing gloves and under suboptimal climatic conditions. However, thanks to a new tube and crown construction, DAVOSA’s technicians have found a way to optimise the interaction of these components, thus guaranteeing an even longer lifespan.

Back to the surface and you will see the DAVOSA Argonautic BG Automatic also looks great on the wrist. Thanks to an elaborate furnace process, a sandy grey and a navy blue have been produced in high-tech ceramic in addition to the more classic black. The dials are coordinated with the bezel rings in colour as well as in their matt, slightly grainy texture. A high-precision finish results in a fine colour dot in the triangle, providing an additional colour accent on the bezel inlay in yellow, orange or white, depending on the model.

The new Argonautic BG is now available from 758 Euros from selected DAVOSA concessionaires.

Technical details
Model: DAVOSA Argonautic BG Automatic
References: 161.522.20 (black), 161.522.40 (blue) and 161.522.90 (grey) with metal bracelet and 161.522.25 (black), 161.522.45 (blue) and 161.522.95 (grey) with rubber strap
Satined stainless steel case
Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement
Water resistance to 300 metres (30 ATM)
Screwed crown and back
Manual, screw-in helium escape valve
Scratch-resistant, anti-glare sapphire crystal
Bezel inlay of scratch-resistant ceramic with luminous figures/indices
Photoluminescent Super-LumiNova BG W9 (blue) on indices, hands and bezel inlay
Stainless steel strap with safety clasp and diving extension
Dimensions: diameter 42.5 mm, height 13.5 mm
Price: 798 € with metal bracelet or 758 € with rubber strap

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