Many of the rules that apply on dry land suddenly lose their validity when you’re underwater. Above all, you become wholly reliant upon yourself. And it’s no exaggeration to say that your life depends on the equipment you rely on – especially when pursuing an extreme sport.
Some watches don’t have an easy time of it. On one hand they have vital functions to perform, while retaining a characteristic allure on the other. Many watches find it hard to rise to this often somewhat contradictory challenge. Not the case with the diving collection from DAVOSA. DAVOSA diving collection are perfectly professional and a truly eye-catching statement on the wrist.
For decades Davosa Ternos model series has been known for its resilient stainless steel case, the tried and tested High-Tech ceramic bezel and a scratch-proof anti-glare sapphire crystal – bearing a pressure of up to 200 metres water column. The Ternos Professional range now boasts also a helium escape valve and water resistance to an impressive 500 metres.
When you see a helium escape valve on a divers’ watch it tells you that the watch was designed for professional use. This category of watch is especially designed to accompany professional divers when they work in a diving bell and at great depths.
A simple solution is a manually operable, screwed valve. A more elegant but technically more complicated solution is the automatic valve: The diver does not have to screw open or shut this type of valve, nor need he remember when and how to release the build-up of gases from his watch. A mechanical valve recognises when the pressure of gases inside the watch has reached a critical point and opens and closes by itself to ensure a continual equalisation of pressure. The DAVOSA Ternos Professional possesses just this type of automatic helium valve.
SWISS PROFESSIONAL DIVER
The name Argonautic did not come about by accident. In Greek mythology, the Argo was the legendary ship belonging to the hero Jason, who set sail in her to find the Golden Fleece. His trusted companions and fellow adventurers were called the Argonauts. And this is exactly where the DAVOSA Argonautic picks up – on the principle of being a tough and reliable companion for every diver, water sports and outdoor aficionado.
The most important criteria for divers’ watches include water resistance of at least 200 metres, a unidirectional rotating bezel for safe dive time regulation and excellent readability in the dark. Because ultimately, your life may depend on the functional capabilities of your wristwatch.
The DAVOSA Argonautic offers a whole lot more and has everything a professional diver needs: water resistance of up to 300 metres (30 bar/1,000ft), a helium escape valve for professional use and a robust case with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. DAVOSA Argonautic is easy to read and simple to operate, and has SuperLumiNova hands and indices. These are important when visibility is restricted under water.
Apnea Diver Collection
THE FIRST WATCH FOR FREEDIVERS
Nik Linder holds five world records for distance diving under ice, two German records for distance diving in a lake, the record for the longest underwater kiss, as well as the longest apnoea dive, suspended from the ceiling with his head in an aquarium – there’s no question that Nik can hold his breath for long and knows when to resurface. The freediving star now relies on the watch that he helped develop: the DAVOSA Apnea Diver Automatic.
Freedivers are a different species: Instead of using compressed air cylinders, they dive down into the ocean’s depths as far as a single breath will take them. And that’s really quite far in the case of a professional freediver like Nik Linder.
A great deal of discussion proceeded the development process and one thing was particularly important to Nik Linder: “The watch should not only be a watch and fashion accessory with additional functions – it should transport the whole freediving way of life. This extreme sport is not simply about physical endurance, but also about strengthening your mind, self-reflection, meditation and achieving a greater degree of inner peace.”
The first striking new feature of the DAVOSA Apnea Diver Automatic is the multi-coloured ring around the dial. It sports the French national colours only by chance.
In fact the colours blue, white and red replicate an internationally recognised breathing exercise in freediving: A breath is taken during the five-second blue phase, it is held for 15 seconds (white area) and then air is expelled over 10 seconds (red area). With the help of this colour code, the freediver can concentrate fully on this vital breathing exercise without needing to count or use a stopwatch.
The watch must be held in an upright position for these breathing exercises – without the need for improvised support, if possible. The DAVOSA Apnea Diver Automatic offers the perfect solution, and is thus a watertight professional freediving instrument. By unscrewing the crown at 3 o’clock, the middle section of a slightly curved, 42 mm stainless steel case can be extracted. Thanks to a hinged ring that is attached to the middle section, the diver can now safely erect the remaining watch case while performing breathing exercises. Nik Linder added a further feature to the DAVOSA Apnea Diver Automatic: In contrast to scuba diving where the minute hand is crucial, in freediving it’s all about the seconds. Which is why the second hand bears a red tip, enabling exact reading of the seconds at all times.
The DAVOSA Apnea Diver Automatic is a worldwide innovation, uniting the highest Swiss watchmaking art with the unique demands of the freediver. A reliable Swiss SW 200 automatic movement is contained in a case with a water resistance of 20 ATM. Time can be read via the bezel with its rotatable ring. The coloured ring on the outer edge of the dial is additionally divided into seconds. And the hands and Arabic figures are naturally coated with Super-LumiNova, so the DAVOSA Apnea Diver Automatic remains readable even with poor underwater visibility.