Watches: Clerc Genève Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer Diver

By Thierry Ané on December 12, 2013

Those of you with a special interest for out-of-the-ordinary diver watches may have already heard of Clerc Genève. With the Hydroscaph collection, the brand offers original, nicely executed and affordable diver watches.

Until this year, this successful collection only included chronographs or watches with a second time zone (GMT models). However nice these complications may be, in my opinion, they are unnecessary to say the least on diving models. I was thus particularly pleased to learn that, this year, the brand is adding a three-hand version to the Hydroscaph family.

The Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer Diver, as it is called, retains the design cues that have made this collection so identifiable. The 43.8 mm stainless steel case is comprised of 81 parts. Its complex structure, combined with the presence of an octagonal crown-activated rotating bezel, is part of this collection’s DNA. So are the lateral reinforcements and the brand’s proprietary adaptable lug mechanism.

These new models are powered by the exclusive C609 calibre with a 42-hour power reserve. Not only is this self-winding movement nicely finished, it is also extremely reliable. The “Côtes de Genève” decorations on the bridges are only one example of the quality of the overall finish one can admire through the large porthole on the case back. The accuracy of the mechanical movement is validated by the COSC certification as a chronometer.

Clerc Genève has built its reputation on quality designs and remarkably bold colours. True to this road map, the brand is offering the Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer Diver in a number of distinctive interpretations.

Although always in steel, the case and/or bezel can receive a DLC treatment. The watch is fitted with a vulcanized rubber of an alligator strap in a wide range of colours. The dial and minutes hand also come in a variety of hues.

The 3D effect achieved on the dial thanks to the applied hour markers, however, is common to all versions. Whether Arabic numerals or simple baton markers, all the appliqués have been angled in such a way that they give the illusion that the dial is half-submerged in water.

The H1 Diver retails at USD 5,900 on a rubber strap and at USD 6,300 if you opt for an alligator strap. If you factor in the uniqueness of its design and the quality and robustness of its movement, I think that everyone will agree with me that this is excellent value for money.

Have a closer look at all the versions presented in this article. See how the choice of colours can entirely transform this nice diving watch… All you have left to do is decide which version best suits your taste!