Austin based American aviation inspired watch brand Tockr has taken its classic Air Defender Chronograph and given it a rather awesome new graphic treatment using the art of hydrographic image transfer.
To date, hydrographic printing has mostly been applied in the worlds of motorsport and industrial design. Tockr is the first watch brand in its price segment and one of few watch brands in the world to produce hydro dipped watches.
The new Hydro Dipped Air Defender feature cases wrapped in daring designs including Tie-Dye, Magma, black or blue Carbon, and black or Hulk (green) Camo.
Collectors can also commission a custom Hydro Dipped case from a library of colorful graphic themes, textures, and designs like pink camo, wood effect, fire, animal prints, and more. Custom models or back ordered Tockr Hydro Dipped models can be delivered within four weeks.
Each Hydro Dipped Air Defender stainless steel case is first primed then passed through a patterned, water-soluble film that is suspended on a liquid water surface. The film substrate dissolves into ink that is applied to the case by immersion printing. The seamless and highly durable graphic application entirely encloses the finished watch case.
This process requires the steady hand of a trained technician to ensure that the pattern is evenly applied to the case sides from all angles. Each case is then coated in a highly durable, scratch resistant sealant finish. The hand applied nature of the graphic design ensures that no two Hydro Dipped Air Defender models look the same.
The Air Defender chronograph series takes cues from 1970s wristwatches designed specifically for military pilots while adhering to rigid NATO specifications.
Now the Air Defender’s 45 mm cushion shaped stainless steel hydro dipped designs still offer water resistance up to 100 meters. The Air Defender runs on a premium Valjoux 7750 Swiss-made automatic movement with a custom Tockr skeletonized rotor and a 42-hour power reserve.
The Hydro Dipped Air Defender series comes with exclusive coordinated strap options including hand-stitched calfskin, alligator, or toad leather straps, and each dial colorway can also be purchased with a custom “Stealth” strap produced by Tockr for the Air Defender series in partnership with the HIX Design studio out of Oklahoma City. The hand-cut and stitched custom “Stealth” straps are flared at the lugs, tapered at the buckle, and feature a raised and perforated section near the lugs with leather colors custom coordinated to each dial.
The Hydro Dipped Air Defender Tockr models come with a 2-year international warranty, and retails for $2,850 and are available at Tockr.