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An Evolution Of The Ultra-Resilient Edox SkyDiver Neptunian

The 1,000 meter water-resistant Neptunian gets a dark blue suit.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |

Edox might not be as well-known as some other brands in the world of aquatic watchmaking, but it can rely on decades of expertise nonetheless. The brand became respected as the “Water Champion” with watches like the Delfin from 1961 and the Hydro-Sub from 1965. Another iconic model is the SkyDiver, said to have been commissioned by a Swiss colonel in 1973. Carrying the torch in spirit, Edox revived the SkyDiver name a couple of years ago with a retro-looking set of watches. On the more contemporary end of the spectrum sits the SkyDiver Neptunian, a seriously robust model. New to the range is this Edox SkyDiver Neptunian Date Automatic in a dark midnight blue colour scheme.

The case of the Edox SkyDiver Neptunian is the one we know from the previous variations and measures 44mm in diameter. At 15.6mm in height, it’s quite thick, but part of the reason is the 3mm thick sapphire crystal. On top, we also find a unidirectional rotating bezel fitted with a dark midnight blue ceramic insert with a classical full 60-minute graduation. The indicative triangle has a luminous pip, as is pretty much standard on this type of dive watch. The finishing of the case shows a combination of brushed sections interspersed with polished edges and bevels.

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Any dive watch’s dial should be clean and legible, with large numerals and hands finished with a good dose of luminous material. The Edox SkyDiver Neptunian is no exception, as the dark midnight blue dial sharply contrasts with the applied markers and hands. All elements are finished with Super-LumiNova X1, as you would expect. The sloped flange on the outer perimeter shows the Neptunian’s intentions, mentioning its 1,000m water-resistance. The marker at 3 o’clock has been removed in favour of a square date window.

Underneath the solid caseback, decorated with a relief image of Neptune holding his formidable trident, we find Edox’s calibre 80. This automatic movement is based on the automatic Sellita SW 200-1, which provides you with a total of 38 hours of power reserve once fully wound. With 25 jewels and a frequency of 28,800vph, there are no real surprises in this area. It indicates the central hours and minutes with hacking seconds and, of course, the date.

The Edox SkyDiver Neptunian Date Automatic in this new dark midnight blue guise comes on a three-link stainless steel bracelet with a brushed and polished finish. The bracelet is closed with a deployment clasp. Already available through Edox’s retailers, the watch comes with a price tag of EUR 1,450.

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3 responses

  1. Why not with chronometer specs ?? What would be the additional cost ? I would buy it if it had chronometer specs…


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