Six decades after wowing the watch industry, the Edox Hydro-Sub makes a spectacular return. The Edox Hydro-Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition is new, improved and with 21st-century smarts – but still infused with the timelessly cool DNA of the original 1960s Hydro-Sub, the timepiece that helped make Edox the ‘Water Champion’ of the watch industry. Presented in a limited edition (500 pieces, engraved with “one out of 500” on the case back, available worldwide), the Hydro-Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition is, like the rugged original, water-resistant to an amazing 300m. The innovations that made the original Hydro-Sub so impressive, such as the screw-down crown with double O-ring seal, have been retained – and perfected.
This time though the unidirectional bezel with a 60-minute diving scale surrounding the dial is made out of scratch-resistant ceramic. A 2.5mm-thick crystal sapphire with anti-reflective coating on BOTH sides ensures a crystal-clear view of the dial – essential, of course, when under the waves.
The unmistakable lines of the original 1965 timepiece are carried through to the Edox Hydro-Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition, from the ‘blocky’ lugs to the vintage-inspired central handset, which includes a long triangular seconds pointer. The dial indices and minute and hour hands are coated with Super-LumiNova, a Swiss-made luminescent material that ensures ultimate visibility when underwater or in low light.
The Edox Hydro- Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition’s design is clean and practical, focusing on the essentials and discarding unnecessary ‘clutter’. The solid steel bracelet echoes the original Hydro-Sub’s bracelet. Even this has been improved, the matt satin-finish links more precisely aligned and with a smoother finish, ensuring a perfect fit on the wrist. Two pushers easily release the buckle.
And, like diving itself, it’s what is UNDER surface that is most important. Housed in the new Hydro-Sub tough, hand-polished 42mm steel case beats the Edox Calibre 80 ‘engine’, made by Swiss movement manufacturer Sellita, and providing a 38-hour power reserve.
Edox has ensured this automatic movement has been chronometer-rated to meet exacting standards of accuracy and precision; every Calibre 80 meets the strict conditions set by Swiss chronometer testing body COSC, a non-profit body dedicated to Swiss watchmaking. Each certified chronometer movement is identified by a number engraved on the movement. The hand-assembled Edox Hydro-Sub Special Edition combines practical functionality, technical excellence and a no-nonsense, refined vintage design with panache.
It’s a cool tool for the stylish man for every occasion – on land or the water.
The Edox Hydro-Sub became world-famous for its first crown system with tension ring and shock-absorbing gasket for guaranteed water resistance. This watch was water-resistant down to 500 meters, which was a very remarkable technical achievement in the 1960s. Edox became world-famous for highly water-resistant watches.
The new Hydro-Sub is improved and with 21st-century smarts – but still infused with the timelessly cool DNA of the original 1960s Hydro-Sub,
Edox Hydro-Sub Automatic Chronometer Limited Edition Technical Specifications
REF. 80128 3BUM BUIO
Calibre EDOX 806 (SW 200 COSC certified)
Diameter 42 mm
Case Stainless steel 316L
Functions display of hours, minutes, seconds and date
Water resistance 300 meters / 30 ATM
Glass Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both side of the glass
Strap Metal bracelet
Features Rotating Ceramic Bezel, Super-LumiNova on hands an indices, screw-down crown, double O’ring
Like time itself, Swiss boutique watchmaker Edox never stands still. Founder Christian Ruefli-Flury was driven by his heart when, in 1884, he made a pocket watch for his beloved wife Pauline’s 25th birthday. Delighted, she convinced him to set up his own company – Edox.
Over the decades Edox has forged a reputation as the ‘‘Water Champion’’ of the watch world, creating world-leading divers’ watches. Ruefli-Flury would no doubt be amazed and honoured how his legacy has flourished over the past 135 years.
One of the few remaining family owned Swiss watchmakers, Edox proudly acknowledges its heritage but also embraces innovation and imagination in its collections. Today, Edox is known for its highly water-resistant timepieces, complex hand-polished watch cases and traditional hand assembling.
Edox. A company shaped over time. A company shaping time.