Up in the quiet mountain of Les Genevez, Switzerland, independently owned Swiss watchmaker, Edox celebrates its 135th anniversary in 2019. The story goes that back in 1884, master Swiss watch maker, Christian Ruefli made a pocket watch for his wife’s birthday. Delighted by the gift, she convinced Christian Reufli to start EDOX.
EDOX has over the years has gained a reputation as a ‘water champion’, creating timepieces with excellent water resistance. However, a mysterious drawing found in the archives of Edox, rekindled an old legend – THE EDOX SKYDIVER.
The sketch of a long-lost timepiece, the EDOX SkyDiver, had a scrawled note that read: “1973. Special production in strictly limited edition.” with nothing else mentioned. Fortunately, there was a retired Edox watchmaker who shed some light on the story. The EDOX SkyDiver was rumoured to be a secret project for a mysterious, wealthy Swiss colonel. The anonymous colonel wanted an exclusive timepiece for elite mountain paratroopers under his command. The watch had to be dependable and rugged – just like his troops. He chose Edox because of the brand’s reputation as an exceptional water-resistant watch which were able to withstand any situations the paratroopers faced, be it on land, air or sea. The colonel insisted on total secrecy for the timepiece.
Paying homage to its 135 year history, Edox has brought back a watch from its archives and is releasing a new EDOX SkyDiver, suitable for aficionados of fine military timepieces. The limited edition version, named the EDOX SKYDIVER MILITARY, is powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement calibre 80.
The 300m water-resistant EDOX SkyDiver Military features a diver’s uni-directional bezel in olive military green and a parachute motif-engraved case back. The 2mm-thick sapphire crystal will guarantee scratch resistance. The Superluminova X1 on hands and indexes give the watch a vintage look and readability in the most extreme conditions. The ‘Mercedes’ hour hand is a classic styling of dive watches of that time and completes the design of the heritage timepiece. Like its mysterious 1973 predecessor, the 2019 EDOX SkyDiver Military is strictly limited to 555 pieces.
In order to complete the collection, EDOX launched 2 more EDOX SkyDiver 70’s watches that spot a more contemporary look. Still sporting the vintage ‘Mercedes’ hands, the look has been updated with more modern colours. The first variant spots a black unidirectional bezel with black dial, while the second variant spots a black bezel with a navy blue dial. Both timepieces also uses a while Superluminova that provides a cleaner and more modern look.
Legend has it that on 1 August 1973, a Edox SkyDiver was handed over to each paratrooper at a ceremony in the Swiss Alps. But till this day, no-one really knows if the tale is fact or fiction. Nonetheless, the legend of the EDOX SkyDiver lives on with the modern interpretations that are part of celebrating EDOX’s 135th anniversary.
For more information on Edox, head over to http://www.edox.ch
Edox is distributed in Malaysia by Crystal Time. For more information and/ or the full list of retailers in Malaysia, telephone Crystal Time (M) Sdn Bhd at 03 3000 8688 or visit the website at http://www.crystaltime.com.my
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