The ChronoDiver concept was conceived more than two years ago when Ernst Benz’s designer and managing director Leonid Khankin met with Mr. Benz at BASELWORLD. During the meeting, Mr. Benz presented Mr. Khankin with an original diving watch prototype from the 1980s. The original inspired this new model.
Designed and manufactured in Switzerland, the ChronoDiver will be introduced in Ernst Benz’s signature 47mm size and it will be offered with either a black or white dial with original hands reminiscent of Benz’s dashboard instrumentation. The highly legible Arabic Super-LumiNova numerals are framed in polished steel. The watch features a rotating bezel marked for 60 minutes to measure the length of a dive and a graduated scale for the first 15 minutes to make it easier for the diver to measure his descent. The watch will be delivered with a rubber strap, the company’s hand-stitched alligator strap or a stainless steel bracelet and will be an individually numbered series. The ChronoDiver will retail for $5,200 with the rubber strap, $5,500 with the alligator strap and $5,600 with a stainless steel bracelet.
For the ChronoDiver launch, Khankin is partnering with Stay-Focused, a nonprofit organization that offers the opportunity for mobility-challenged young adults from across the United States to become certified scuba divers in Grand Cayman, B.W.I. A portion of proceeds from each watch sold will go to the organization to sponsor mobility-challenged young adults to become scuba certified.
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Caliber: automatic: Valjoux 7750 with Incabloc, Glucydur balance, and Nivarox alloy hairspring
Functions: hours, minutes, subsidiary seconds, day and date, chronograph with hours, minutes and central seconds
Case: 47mm, brushed stainless steel
Bezel: unidirectional with 60-minute elapsed timing scale
Crown: knurled, screw down – double O-ring sealed
Crystal: flat sapphire glass with anti-reflective treatment on the lower side
Case back: exhibition back with sapphire glass
Water resistant: 20 atmospheres/200m/660ft
Dial: model GC10721 black with green luminous numerals;
model GC10722 white with green luminous numerals
Strap: calf leather, aviator leather, handmade alligator, handmade aviator alligator
Bracelet: brushed stainless steel