Edox has developed a diver’s watch that has retro styling from the HydroSub produced in the 1960s, with a new twist. The 2014 HydroSub North Pole comes in a stainless steel cushion-shaped case, similar to the original, but with the new “Master Lock” crown protector system that consists of an orange metal protector that slides upward to reveal the screw-locked crown, and down to lock in place and protect the crown.
The HydroSub comes with a dark blue dial, with contrasting orange hands and indices. The hour hands, minute hands, and indices have a white luminescent treatment. A date aperture is located at 3 o’clock. The silver-white colored flange features a printed minute track.
The unidirectional dive bezel features a 60-minute dive scale and a luminescent triangle at 12. The watch measures 46 mm in diameter (not including the crown protector), and 49 mm with the crown protector. It is 14 mm in thickness and weighs 220 grams.
While the sliding lock prevents anything from touching the crown, it is the thick gasket sealed sapphire crystal on the front and the solid screwed-in steel caseback, along with a crown that has a double o-ring, which protect water entering the case — not the sliding protector. Water-resistance is 500 meters (or 1640 feet).
The HydroSub “North Pole” comes with two interchangeable bracelets, one in stainless steel with a folding buckle clasp and another black rubber band. The 50th Anniversary HydroSub will also come complete with the tool allowing its owner to swap bands easily and efficiently.
In total 515 will be produced and sold worldwide. Each piece will have its individual number engraved on the back and will feature an engraved view of the earth as seen from the North Pole as well a caption marking the half-century occasion.
Hydro-Sub 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Calibre: Edox 80, based on SW 200
Case: stainless steel case 316L, blue MasterLock
Finishes: steel and aluminium rotating bezel, limited numbering and exclusive North Pole engraving on the caseback
Water resistance: 500 meters
Dial: special blue dial, white and green markers and details
Bracelet: stainless steel 316L and folding clasp, black rubber with embossed Edox hourglass logo also available
Limited Edition: 515 pieces worldwide