Several years after re-introducing the Deepstar, Aquastar is bringing back its "other" dive watch, the Benthos. The new Aquastar Benthos H1 is a limited-edition reinterpretation of the original Benthos 500 from 1970. The latest version is heavy on heritage, maintaining the actual dimensions and visual cues of the initial Benthos.
The stainless steel case of the Benthos H1 (short for "Heritage Chapter 1") measures 42mm x 16mm thick (47mm lug-to-lug). The actual chunky tonneau case has 500 feets of water proofing, just like the authentic Benthos five hundred - good enough to be approved in the You. S. Fast diving manual through the '70s. It has a uni-directional diving bezel with a black ceramic insert. The face is also a semi-glossy black and offers blocky indicators, hands, and a big orange seconds hand that all feel too '70s. The particular Benthos H1 is delivered on an era-appropriate ISOfrane rubber strap.
While the original Benthos had a chronograph, the particular updated H1 is a simple three-hander powered by the ETA 2824-2. It's adjusted to ETA's elabore standard - the middle of the three non-chronometer certified grades for ETA calibers - with a maximum daily variation of +/- 20 seconds. It maintains the Benthos' distinct overhead at 2 o'clock (the original Benthos had the chronograph pusher at 4 o'clock).
Aquastar isn't exactly a household identity, though the reintroduction of the Deepstar in 2020 has helped introduce producer and its proud history of dive watches to more enthusiasts. Typically the Aquastar term began under the Jean Richard brand, any Swiss mark dating to the 1600s. In 1958, Jean Richard introduced its first dive watch, the Aquastar 60, a simple time-only diver that became the model for what we now call typically the "skin diver. "
Often the Benthos was Aquastar's next-most-popular diver after the Deepstar. Introduced in 1970, the design is like that its contemporaries while also distinctly being Aquastar. It would've been cool to see Aquastar re-introduce the Benthos with its most distinctive quality, that center-mounted chronograph. But the way it's been released as "Heritage Chapter 1, " perhaps a wathe isn't too far away.
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