Edox might not be on everyone’s radar but that doesn’t mean it’s not deserving your attention. On the contrary, the brand has quite a rich history, especially in the field of dive watches and military pieces. With close to 140 years of experience, the Swiss manufacturer has plenty of very cool, very interesting models in its archives. One of which was shrouded in mystery for years, until Edox revived the SkyDiver name not too long ago. This year, Edox adds multiple new models to the collection, including two stand-out limited editions. Here are the Edox SkyDiver Date Automatic in aged steel and bronze.
The Edox SkyDiver is named after a secret project from the late 1960s to early 1970s where Edox was commissioned to create an exclusive timepiece for elite mountain paratroopers serving under his command. One of the criteria for the watch was to mix the robustness of a dive watch with the properties of a pilot’s watch. As such, the SkyDiver saw the light of day.
Fast forward to present-day Edox, and the SkyDiver collection sees two new limited editions. What remained are the 42mm diameter and 13.9mm height and the ultra-domed sapphire crystal. On one end we have a stainless steel case with a brushed layer of rare metal belonging to the platinum group, resulting in an aged look. On the other end, we have a full bronze case that will gather a unique patina over time. Both are fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel with a ceramic insert, screw-down crown and solid steel caseback.
The dials of the two limited editions are presented in gradient anthracite grey or blue. The applied hour indices are filled with black-coloured Super-LumiNova (aged steel) or a colour close to the bronze exterior. The same has been done with the hands, so either steel with black inserts, or bronze coloured with white inserts. The missing 3 o’clock marker gives way to an outlined date window.
The Edox SkyDiver collection is equipped with the Calibre 80, which is a Sellita SW 200-1 at heart. This automatic movement uses 26 jewels, runs at a rate of 28,800vph and provides 38 hours of running time. Next to the central hour, minutes and seconds, it indicates the date. It’s hidden behind a solid caseback with the image of a winged hot air balloon.
These two Edox Skydiver Date Automatic models are worn on a vintage-styled grey or dark brown leather strap with a pin buckle. Included in the packaging are a travel pouch and an extra leather strap. Both models are limited to 600 pieces. Prices are EUR 1,890 for the aged steel model (80126-3VIN-GDN) and EUR 1,990 for the bronze version (80126-BRN-BUIDR).
For more information, please visit Edox.ch.