Time is relative, as profoundly echoed by William Shakespeare in his work titled “As You Like It”.
For many, 90 years is a long time, but for Montres Choisi, time is but a fleeting moment, having supplied military watches for the army during World War II, to surviving the quartz revolution, to today’s revivial of the mechanical watches.
Since 1929, Montres Choisi has been the faithful guardian of traditional Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship. In 2019 the brand celebrated its 90th anniversary, marking the occasion with a limited edition dive watch as a timely tribute to Montres Choisi’s tradition of producing professional dive watches since the 1960s.
The new watch, dubbed the SEA-SONIC, features a 1960s vintage hand-winding movement caliber known as AS1950/51. These stockpile of vintage movements have been faithfully preserved in the company’s safe, and now lovingly restored and encased to become a limited edition collection of 90 pieces.
The SEA-SONIC is loaded with vintage cues, with its iconic cushion-shaped case topped with a rotating stainless steel bezel. Its markers are ink-filled, reminiscence of the 60s dive watches.
The case is 42mm across and water resistant to 200m, thanks to the updated screw-down crown as well as a thick box-style sapphire crystal, mirroring the design codes of vintage dive watches with domed Perspex glass. The lugs are gently curved to retain the overall elegance of this timepiece. The fumé dial comes with applied indexes adorned with radium-coloured lume, matched with the detailed-finished luminous hands.
The SEA-SONIC dive watch is indeed a pure expression of how a classic dive watch should be.