In this timepiece, Swiss watchmaker DAVOSA combines a historic material with high functionality of a modern diving watch.
For centuries bronze has been the material of choice for nautical devices as well as for the first diving bells. Now some watch manufacturers have begun rediscovering this heritage material. Bronze is easy to work with and its unique, yellowish red sheen gives it a distinct look compared to materials like gold, silver and stainless steel.
The Argonautic Bronze comes in a limited edition of only 300 timepieces. Once again, Swiss watchmaker DAVOSA displays its expertise in making a watch with intricate mechanical features. While a helium valve, the use of high-tech ceramics and a sophisticated automatic movement ensure high levels of safety and precision when diving.
The surface of the watch reacts to its wearer and prevailing climatic conditions, so the DAVOSA Argonautic Bronze develops an individual patina in the shortest time. This makes each watch one of a kind in what is already a strictly limited edition.
When it comes to safety, quality and design, the timepiece certainly fulfils all the requirements of a first-class divers’ watch. At the heart of the watch resides a Swiss Sellita SW200 precision automatic movement, housed in a bronze case with a diameter of 42 mm and height of 13.5 mm.
Anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a screwed crown complete the look. An elaborate relief of a stylised diving helmet with a water surround decorates the screw-down, black PVD-plated, stainless steel back and indicates that the watch is part of a limited edition.
The hands, indices and the satined or polished bezel inlay made from high-tech ceramic and detailed with vintage, ‘old radium’ SuperLuminova team up beautifully with the colour play of the bronze and plated stainless steel.
In combination with the clearly structured, either blue or black dial, a glance suffices to instantly grasp all important information. Finally, the DAVOSA Argonautic Bronze is a professional divers’ watch, offering water resistance down to 300 metres where light is scarce.
And thanks to a manual helium valve, you can rely fully on the DAVOSA Argonautic Bronze when resurfacing: with an open valve, the lighter helium molecules leave the case first, thus preventing the glass and seal from pushing out of the case as a result of excess pressure. Diving and resurfacing times can be set precisely using the rotatable bezel ring, making you perfectly prepared for every dive.
The engraved serial number, located on the side of the case at 9 o’clock, is proof of the model’s exclusivity. The watch comes in a presentation case made from varnished wood with a matching bronze DAVOSA tag. The recommended retail price for the DAVOSA Argonautic Bronze lies at 1198 Euros.
Model: DAVOSA Argonautic Bronze
⋅ References: 161.581.55 (black) and 161.581.45 (blue)
⋅ Swiss Sellita SW200 automatic movement
⋅ Bronze and partially stainless-steel case with black PVD plating
⋅ Screwed crown and back
⋅ Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
⋅ Water resistance to 300 metres (30 ATM)
⋅ Vintage Super-Luminova in ‘old radium’ on indices, hands and ceramic bezel inlay
⋅ Dimensions: Ø 42 mm, height 13.5 mm
⋅ Date, manual helium valve
⋅ Specially coated strap for use in water, lug width 22 mm
⋅ Price: 1,198 Euros