Gray Dial / Sapphire Bezel
Gray Dial / Sapphire Bezel
An automatic sport watch resistant to scratches, shocks, and water; the Freediver couples robust construction with a timeless aesthetic. From the beach to the boardroom — it’s the perfect watch for every situation.
*In stock and ready to ship December 2019
Constructed from 316L surgical-grade stainless steel with a proprietary hardening coating, the Freediver is meant to be a true utility watch. We employed three different finishes for the case. The brushed, polished, and sandblasted finishes not only allow the Freediver to pop in all the right ways, they exemplify our passion for detail.
Surgical grade stainless steel is already tough, but the application of our proprietary scratch-resistant coating makes it significantly tougher. Applied to all exterior steel surfaces, the coating prevents your watch from attracting the typical scratches and swirls that occur all too often during the rigors of everyday life. 316L steel measures around 200HV on the Vickers hardness scale — after our hardening treatment, we’re able to achieve a hardness rating of almost 1200HV.
The Freediver's sandblasted dial is enhanced with polished, hand-applied stainless steel indices that provide an opulent contrast against the dial's matte finish. An indexed rehaut displays the minute markers of the dial, giving a depth to the watch that can only be fully appreciated when on the wrist.
The 120 click unidirectional coin-edged bezel exhibits a sapphire crystal bezel insert that sits atop Swiss made BGW9 Super LumiNova painted minute and hash markers. The sapphire bezel's unparalleled hardness ensures that the Freediver's rotating bezel will remain scratch free and looking new through every adventure. The bezel functions as a minute timer- just rotate it counterclockwise until the circular marker is aligned with the minute hand. As the minute hand advances, the circular marker remains in the same position, and a quick glance at the bezel reveals how many minutes have elapsed since the setting of the timer.
The Freediver sports a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the inside to minimize glare for easier reading in direct sunlight. The double domed crystal bubbles subtly over the bezel in a nod to the classic domed acrylic crystals found in tool watches of the past. Measuring a 9 out of 10 on the Moh's Hardness scale, the sapphire crystal is nearly impervious to scratches.
The diamond-cut hands are milled from a solid block of stainless steel and then meticulously polished before being filled with the same Swiss made BGW9 luminescent material found under the bezel and in the dial's applied indices.
The coin-edged crown with engraved logo screws down snugly into the side of the Freediver's case to uphold the integrity of the hermetic case's 100 meter depth rating.
Forged from 316L steel and tapering from 20mm to 18mm, the bracelet’s substantial links trace their aesthetic from designs pioneered in the late 1930s by acclaimed Swiss bracelet purveyor, Gay Frères. The Freediver’s bracelet was made with wear and tear in mind, and is coated with the same proprietary coating as the case. Precisely machined from stainless steel, the buckle’s two locking mechanisms snap crisply and securely. The inside of the clasp is hand polished with a perlage finish because even the smallest of details matter.
Within the hermetically sealed, 10 ATM-rated case beats the workhorse that powers the Freediver. A mechanical movement automatically wound by the movement of the wearer, the NH38A oscillates at 21,600 beats per hour and will keep ticking for decades without the yearly visits to a watchmaker for a battery swap. A 24 jeweled, two step, hand-windable, movement with hacking, the NH38 is a dateless variant of Seiko's NH35A movement. The NH38 movement has earned the respect of connoisseurs, layman, and anyone seeking a ruggedly reliable power source for their watch.