Similar in styling to the limited edition Edox Chronodakar Chronograph (ref. 10305 37N1 NRO) wristwatch that was unveiled earlier this month, the new Edox Iceman II brings you a trendy black body with delicious red accents on the matt black dial as well as on the ceramic bezel with an inevitable diving scale.
Rated for depths of up to 1000 meters (even the Soviet AS-12 aka NORSUB-5 nuclear submarine will not feel itself really comfy at such depth), the watch pays homage to the brand’s ambassador Christian Redl, a German free diver who, according to MarinePool.DE, holds two distance world records under ice: 90 meters with fins and 150 meters aided by a scooter.
Measuring 45 millimeters in diameter, the watch is also quite thick, so it may not feel comfortable on smaller wrists.
The crown and chronograph push-pieces on this piece are placed on the left side of the body, which is good if you are a diver, but may feel a kind of awkward if you happen to be a right-handed person and simply want to set time or operate the chronograph function.
The dial of the Iceman II looks sexy and is also easily readable thanks to a combination of black and red colors of the face and Arabic numerals and elegantly shaped hour and minute hands. Crafted from polished steel, the hands, too, feature enough amount of black Superluminova for the timekeeper to be easily read even in darkness or in murky Arctic waters.
Like the aforementioned Chronodakar Chronograph, the Iceman II is powered by the same Edox 103 Swiss made quartz chronograph movement. Based on the Ronda 5021.D ebauche, the electric engine offers more than four years of power reserve, which seems to be more than enough for a watch of this class.
According to the Swiss watchmakers, the watch will be issued in a limited run of just 203 pieces. Available worldwide right now, it costs CHF 1950 or €1790. Frankly, I think that the MSRP is the main problem of this timekeeper. For a watch that is animated by a fairly basic quartz mechanism that won’t stun you neither with extra long power reserve, nor with some special accuracy, the piece seems to be dramatically overpriced.
Yes, a ceramic bezel, as well as the fact that its total production run will be limited by just over two hundred individually numbered pieces marginally increases its value, but I would still feel myself being ripped-off buying the Iceman II at its recommended price. After all, for less than $2000 USD you can get yourself a gorgeous Seiko Astron with solar charging, GPS synchronization and an overall more interesting styling.
Edox Iceman II 1000M specification
Price: CHF 1950 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, Edox 103 (base caliber Ronda 5021.D), Swiss Made
Power reserve: 48 months
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Case material: Stainless steel, black PVD
Bezel material: Ceramic
Crown material: Matches case
Case size: 45.00 mm
Numerals: Arabic, luminous
Hour markers: Luminous
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 1000 meters
Strap: Natural black rubber with steel buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid