The new Marcello C Tridente Ice Age (Ref. 2005.6) automatic diving watch offers you not only an impressive water resistance rating of 100 ATM (or, using more common value, 1000 meters!) but also sports a high quality Swiss made self-winding movement, which is packed inside a chunky, dependable-looking stainless steel body. In other words, it is basically a true professional diving tool that can also be worn as a casual wristwatch if you don’t mind its mildly intimidating size.
The German watchmaker Marcello C doesn’t often spoil us with new models, but when it does, it is something worth mentioning.
While not particularly impressive style-wise (let’s be honest here: the watch look like hundreds of other divers from numerous European and Japanese watchmakers,) the new Marcello C Tridente Ice Age (Ref. 2005.6) sports a remarkable water resistance rating of whole 1000 meters!
Well, the outstanding water-tightness of the timepiece somewhat explains its lack of visual originality. Like most hammers and chain-saws look like they were manufactured on the same factory, the same goes to professional diving watches. They are supposed to tell you how much time you spent underwater, not to express your unique personality on the surface (you possibly have your iPad for that.)
And the watch will accomplish its task well, since its matte black dial offers excellent contrast for the luminous Arabic numerals, hour markers and all three hands (yes, even the centrally positioned seconds hand has a small dot of luminous substance on it so that you can always know whether your watch has ran out of juice or keeps doing its job.)
Regrettably, the unidirectional rotating bezel with the traditional 60-minute diving scale on it has only one dot of lume at “0” point. Well, not a big deal. On a side note, I must note that, unlike cheaper divers, the bezel rotates with very smooth and satisfying clicks: you actually feel build quality under your fingers.
Like many tool watches, the new Marcello C Tridente Ice Age (I sincerely don’t know why did they decide to call the watch this way) comes in chunky, rugged-looking case more than 44 millimeters in diameter and almost 17 millimeters thick.
Since the Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic caliber is not really big (it measures less than 26 mm in diameter and is just 4.60 mm high,) one can infer that the rest of the volume was consumed in order to increase the timekeeper’s survivability deep underwater: a thicker sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment and, probably, thicker walls of the case itself with the screw-down case back cover secured with thicker, more capable rubber gaskets.
Extra water resistance is achieved thanks to a screw-down winding/setting crown. Deliciously oversized and sporting the usual notching on its size, it is easy to operate in normal conditions, although I am not sure about situation where you would have to use gloved hands.
See also: Marcello C Hydrox
Photos: Marcello C
Marcello C Tridente Ice Age (Ref. 2005.6) automatic diving watch specification
Price: €948 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.20 mm
Case height: 16.80 mm
Lug width: No data
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Luminous, Superluminova C3
Hands: Sword-shaped, luminous
Water resistance: 1000 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with divers deployant clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Screw-down