CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet super-diver
Although the CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet diving watch is powered by a pretty much standard ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph caliber, it is its die-hard titanium case that paved its way to the Guinness Book of Records.
What is 20,000 feet? It is about 6096 meters or about 609.6 kg of water pressure per square centimeter of its 10mm-thick sapphire crystal.
Impressive enough, but to further prove the point, Montres Charmex SA that own the CX Swiss Military brand also produced a series of stunning videos that show how durable the 20,000 Feet actually is.
How about withstanding a series of blows by a 12-gauge shotgun? Or, maybe, surviving a blast from a water cannon? One of the videos even shows the 20,000 Feet put near a standard 450g explosive charge (it is almost as powerful as 10 hand grenades) and successfully keep on ticking after the blast, while the competitor (perhaps, a Rolex diver?) is blown to pieces.
Of course, with its 25.5 mm thick case the watch looks like a steam tank on a hand, but it is not something you would wear with your business suit, is it?
Unlike many chronograph-enabled divers that are powered by simple three-hand movements like ETA 2824 or ETA 2892 with third-party add-on modules from Dubois-Depraz (like, for example, the Dubois-Depraz 44560) or some other manufacturer, this particular watch is equipped with the good old ETA Valjoux 7750 ebauche: a natural-born chronograph caliber, which is known for its high reliability and robustness.
Even if the caliber will break down, you will have no problem fixing it, since there bazillions of highly skilled repairmen who will put it back into order in no time.
The CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet will be produced in a limited number of 1000 pieces in four different dial colors — silver, black carbon, blue or yellow — at a recommended price of €2998 including 19 percent VAT.
UPDATE: Watch this video with a real life test explosion:
Impressive, isn’t it?
Photos: CX Swiss Military
CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet diving watch specification
Price range: €2998 or CHF 3995
Movement: ETA Valjoux 7750, automatic, COSC-certified, 25 jewels, 28,800 vph
Complications: Chronograph, date
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Titanium
Case shape: Round
Case size: 46 mm
Case height: 28.5 mm
Dial: Silver, black carbon, blue or yellow
Hands: SuperLuminova indices and hands, red chronograph hands
Water resistance: 6000 meters (20,000 ft)
Strap: Titanium bracelet, lug-ends and links screwed, folding clasp with safety catch and micro-adjustment
Crystal: Sapphire, 10 mm thick
Tags: 20000 Feet, 46 mm, 6000 m, Automatic, Chronograph, CX Swiss Military, date, diving watch, ETA Valjoux 7750