When it comes down to revivals, it takes a few key ingredients to stand half a chance of succeeding. For starters, authenticity is paramount; it’s not simply about reviving a historical name. Next, it helps if there is an iconic model from the archives to serve as inspiration. And lastly, it doesn’t hurt to be smart about the relaunch. From time to time, you should also remember to have a little fun and be a touch creative. That’s exactly what the latest models from Circula Watches are all about. Marked by authenticity, relevance and fun, meet the new Circula AquaSport II Aventurine and SuperSport Red.
Circula Watches is run by Cornelius Huber, who is hard at work to bring back the Circula brand through a series of very capable watches. Inspiration mostly comes from vintage Circula models, but Cornelius has cleverly enlisted the help of the largest German watch forum to aid in the design of some of the models. Initially, the relaunch started with the Retro Quartz, which was followed by the Classic, the first fully mechanical model. Then came the AquaSport, which is now in its second generation, and the SuperSport, one of the few actual compressor dive watches on the market.
We’ve had experience with both watches before, and they really feel solid and reliable as a wrist companion. Both the AquaSport and SuperSport collections come in multiple variations, with often fun and surprising colour combinations. For instance, we’ve featured the teal-coloured AquaSport II and loved its funky 1970s vibe. Let’s take a closer look at each of the two new special editions.
Circula AquaSport II Aventurine L.E.
Between the previous AquaSport II models and this new limited edition, nothing has changed about the exterior of the watch. It still comes in a barrel-shaped stainless steel case, a style popularized in the 1970s, measuring 40mm in diameter and 12.8mm in height. On top, there’s a unidirectional rotating bezel with a night blue insert and a domed sapphire crystal. The screw-down crown has a deep-blue ring around it, and the Circula logo is filled with white paint. The solid caseback is decorated with a playful image of a submerging diver.
The star attraction, pun fully intended, of this special version of the AquaSport II is its aventurine dial. The deep blue sparkling glass dial is full of life and shimmers under changing light. It’s not often you see this material pop up in a dive watch, but it’s sort of reminiscent of a starry night sky over a gentle rippling lake. The dial is adorned with large, applied indices at every hour and a white printed minute track. Steel hour and minute hands are paired with a light-blue seconds hand, all with a dose of Super-LumiNova.
Inside the steel case ticks a top-grade Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement. This runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and provides roughly 38 hours of power reserve. It’s hidden from view, but being a elaboré grade execution, it is adjusted to run within +7 / -5 seconds per day. It is worn on a dark blue Tropic rubber strap and is limited to 99 pieces only. The Circula AquaSPort II Aventurine L.E. is directly available from Circula for a price of EUR 749. A stainless steel beads-of-rice bracelet can be purchased for a premium of EUR 100.
Quick Facts – 40mm x 12.8mm – barrel-shaped stainless steel case – domed sapphire crystal – unidirectional rotatable bezel with dark blue insert – solid caseback with diving scene in relief – screw-down crown – 200m water-resistance – aventurine dial with applied indices and white printed minute track – steel hour and minute hands, blue seconds hand with Super-LumiNova – Sellita SW 200-1 (elaboré grade execution) – automatic winding – 38h power reserve – EUR 749 (on rubber, optional beads-of-rice bracelet for EUR 100) – limited edition of 99 pieces
Circula SuperSport Red L.E.
Moving on to the Circula SuperSports Red L.E. means understanding this is a very different type of dive watch, at least in terms of construction. The SuperSport is, as mentioned earlier, one of the very few real compressor dive watches available. That means it has a case with a pressure-loaded spring and seal system built into the caseback. The further underwater it goes, the higher the pressure and the tighter the seal becomes. The technique was widely used in the early days of diving and still has a strong fan base.
New to the Circula SuperSport is a burgundy-red dial with a very fine sunray brushing. It’s not a colour you often see in a dive watch, but it looks quite cool! It has a sandwich construction with a luminous backplate to light up the indices from behind. The steel hour and minute hand share a similar design to the AquaSport II, but in the SuperSport, the minute hand is shortened and follows an internal minute track. The secondary crown (the one at 2 o’clock) manipulates the sloped internal rotating bezel. The final detail is the indication of the date, positioned at 6 o’clock.
Once again, Circula opted for the Sellita SW 200-1 to power the SuperSport. And just as the AquaSport II Aventurine L.E, it is a elaboré grade movement. With automatic winding, the watch is set through the screw-down crown at 4 o’clock. The rest of the specifications are identical, 28,800vph, 25 jewels, and 38 hours of power reserve.
The Circula SuperSport Red L.E. is worn on a dark brown Tropic rubber strap, but Circula also offers a stainless steel bracelet as an alternative. Again a limited edition of 99 pieces, the Circula SuperSport Red L.E. costs EUR 749, with a premium of EUR 100 for the optional bracelet.
Quick Facts – 40mm x 12.5mm – stainless steel case – domed sapphire crystal – solid caseback with functional Compressor construction – screw-down crown for winding and setting, turn-only crown for internal dive bezel – 300m water-resistance – red dial with sandwich construction – orange and white indices – steel hour and minute hands, orange seconds hand with Super-LumiNova – Sellita SW 200-1 (elaboré grade execution) – automatic winding – 38h power reserve – EUR 749 (on rubber, optional beads-of-rice bracelet for EUR 100) – limited edition of 99 pieces
For more information, please visit CirculaWatches.com.