A mysterious drawing found in the archives of Swiss watchmaker Edox has rekindled a decades-old mystery.

The sketch of a long-lost timepiece, the SkyDiver, had a scrawled note reading: “1973. Special production in strictly limited edition.” But nothing more.

A long-retired Edox watchmaker has shed light on the story. The SkyDiver, he said, was rumored to be a secret project for an incognito, wealthy Swiss colonel. The colonel wanted an exclusive watch for elite mountain paratroopers under his command. Like his troops, the watch had to be dependable and rugged.

He chose Edox because of the brand’s exceptional water-resistant watches, and ability to handle any situation the paratroopers might face – whether on land, air or sea. From making the order to final delivery, the colonel insisted upon total secrecy.

Now Edox is releasing a new SkyDiver, in homage to its 135-year history and for aficionados of fine military timepieces. Powered by an automatic three-hand Swiss movement calibre 80, the 300m water-resistant SkyDiver features a divers’ bezel and a parachute motif-engraved case back. Water-resistant to 300meters, the SkyDiver will remain readable at such depths thanks to Superluminova X1, which covers its hands and indexes. The 2mm-thick sapphire crystal also ensures scratch resistance and readability.

Whether its origin is fact or fiction, the SkyDiver is a truly hand-assembled timepiece ready to face real adventures. Rather like its low profile 1970s predecessor, the 2019 SkyDiver is a strictly limited edition to just 555 pieces.

Presented in a special leather pouch, with an additional vintage leather strap, the SkyDiver will be a beautiful vintage military look collectors’ item.  It is said that on August 1 1973, the Edox SkyDiver was handed over to each paratrooper at a ceremony in the Swiss Alps. But to this day no-one really knows if the tale is fact or mere fiction.

How much?

Euros 1,290

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