While you wouldn’t want to go diving in Hong Kong’s so-called ‘Fragrant Harbor’, close by in the Philippines are some of the world’s finest diving spots, so it should come as no surprise that a Hong Kong brand has designed a truly professional Swiss made dive watch.
It’s called the Hyperion Ocean 600m and it’s already reached more than double its target goal on Kickstarter, but it’s not too late to get your own pledge in and save money on the price of the Hyperion Ocean.
You may already have heard about Crafter Blue. Crafter Blue was initially involved in the design and engineering of a curved end rubber strap for popular dive watches. Two years later, they began to design their own dive watch and launched the Mechanic Ocean 300m in 2018.
Meanwhile Crafter Blue helped another brand, UNDIVE, to design the strap for their dive watch. Unfortunately, the watch had already been discontinued due to some unforeseen issues. By the end of 2018, Crafter Blue was given permission to reissue this professional dive watch. But rather than just reissue it, Crafter Blue flew to La Chaux de Fonds in Switzerland to radically upgrade and enhance the watch. Now, every single Hyperion Ocean 600m timepiece is assembled and tested in La-Chaux-de-Fonds.
The concept behind the Hyperion Ocean 600m is to combine vintage styling with modern technology, always a popular route for a dive watch. At 45mm it’s a macho 316L stainless steel piece armed with a helium escape valve and it dives deep, as deep as 600 meters or 2000 feet. The sky-blue second tells the spirit of this timepiece. It comfortably meets the needs for saturation diving. It runs on the Swiss made Sellita SW200, similar to the much-admired ETA 2824, and provides high accuracy and long term reliability in use.
Magnetic fields remain one of the most common factors negatively affecting the accuracy of a mechanical watch. So as to enhance the performance of the Hyperion Ocean, it is fitted with soft iron shields which surround the movement to guard against magnetic disturbances. Soft iron attracts the magnetic field lines, leaving the movement itself unaffected. By protecting the watch from environmental extremes, the Hyperion Ocean remains one of the most powerful tool watches money can buy.
The strap is one of Crafter Blue’s areas of expertise. It has been developing and engineering high-performance vulcanized rubber straps with curved end design for many years.
Crafter Blue tailor makes the curved end rubber straps for every single dive watch model to ensure the wearer has a comfortable experience every time the watch is worn. The Hyperion Ocean comes on the Crafter Blue S2 rubber strap which features 15 holes, double the amount that is typically found on most dive watch straps, offering increased flexibility in their length.
So far, the Hyperion Ocean is available in two versions. HOSS001.B.R which is an all stainless steel model; and HOSS001B.B.R which is a stainless steel model with a PVD black coated bezel.
The Hyperion Ocean 600m costs US$799 and you can make your pledge on Kickstarter now confident that the watch is already fully backed and will be going into production.