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Spinnaker Piccard dive watch pays tribute to legendary Swiss oceanographer

Close up view of the ultra domed Spinnaker Piccard dive watch crystal

Dive watch specialist Spinnaker has introduced the Piccard, a new timepiece inspired by Jacques Piccard, who with Don Walsh, piloted the Trieste Bathyscaphe to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in 1960. 

Swiss-designed and Italian-built, the deep-diving research craft reached a record depth of about 10,911 metres. It was the first crewed vessel to reach the bottom of the Challenger Deep, the deepest known seabed on Earth.

The Piccard‘s case nods in the direction of a famous bubble lensed diver timepiece that was tested aboard the Trieste. Crafted from marine grade 316L stainless steel, the super domed sapphire crystal lens mimics the characteristic silhouette of the Piccard, its Ultra Domed scratch resistant Sapphire lens benefiting from an anti-reflective coating. The caseback is engraved with a design of the Bathyscaphe.

The Piccard’s case nods in the direction of a famous bubble lensed diver timepiece that was tested aboard the Trieste Bathyscaphe…

The Spinnaker Piccard watch in the hand
The Spinnaker Piccard diver is bright and legible

Offering 550 metres of water resistance,  this new design features an automatically regulating helium release valve and secure ceramic insert unidirectional turning bezel, featuring a luminous triangle marker. 

Chunky baton shaped indexes are coated in Swiss Super LumiNova, enabling a bright, legible readout throughout. There’s a choice of three dial colours: green, blue and black. The case diameter is 45mm and 21mm thick.

A Seiko built, TMI Japanese automatic NH35 movement ensures reliable timekeeping, while a solid stainless steel bracelet is embellished with a diver buckle for additional security. 

Available from Spinnaker, it retails for £430.

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