Thanks to Monochrome for alerting me to this new watch from Aniceto Pita of Barcelona Spain, a member of the AHCI group of independent watchmakers (if you are interested in such, I’d also recommend you visit the Tempered site).
Okay, 5000 meters water resistance is NOT something that any human will ever encounter. So why make a mechanical watch that will withstand such pressure? Well the first reason is obviously “because we can”. In my opinion there is a second and good reason – what Pita has done here, is make what I would truly call a waterproof mechanical watch, not a water-resistant one.
How does it work? See below for a sub-titled video from the firm. The watch includes an ETA-2678 movement, but one with two key patented modifications. The first is one that allows setting time via a rotating dial which is the lower part of the case. To me, the more important mod is the second one, that then allows transmission of this time setting to a completely separate and isolated internal module. The two of them together allows complete mechanical separation of the internal components of the watch from the outer case, with no caseback, no gaskets, and no crown – that’s right, no place for water to get in! (I’m not aware of the details of the transmission method, looking forward to finding out more)
The 43 mm wide and 18 mm deep watch’s actual exterior design, other than the side view, has a fairly standard “rugged dive watch” look, and to me reminiscent of a Kobold. The color coded second hand usable as a rough depth gauge, I find a bit gimmicky compared to the rest of the watch – not a problem, but not an asset, for this type of instrument. The side design has a small whiff of Gerald Genta Geffica (at least to me) and is quite nice.
I find two details interesting – first, the use of “brakes” on the underside of the strap where it meets the lugs so that when worn the time change cannot be done accidentally; and second, the construction including 4 mm think stainless for the internal module and 9.8 mm thick deformable polycarbonate composite for the crystal. Yes, that’s a centimeter thick crystal – just a bit of parallax there to worry about!
Congratulations to this firm, it’s always great to continually see small watchmakers creating technically interesting watches.