Got a note from John over at Looks like the Bathy’s Autos are a go. NB: They are only making 25 each of each dial color – black and silver – and each permutations of the case colors (silver, black, and UV). It will have a date window—not big date—and run the ETA 2824-2. Important info follows:

• There will be three PVD case colors: Silver, Black and the now-infamous Ultraviolet. These are ultra-hard titanium nitride coatings applied in a vacuum chamber that increase the surface hardness of the 316L steel cases 10-15X.
• There will be two dial colors: matte black and sunburst silver/grey, so six possible variations (25 of each type).
• The watches will be powered by an ETA 2824-2, 25-jewel mechanical movement running at 28,800 bph, with 38 hour power reserve. I will personally time and adjust each watch at the bench – I’m shooting for +/- 5 seconds per day.

• Cases are same dimensions as current quartz – 41.4mm diameter, 12.1 mm height.
• Black date dial with white numerals on all models.
• The all-new casebacks are massive and thick; made from solid titanium, and have the Hawaiian Island Chain en relief on the back.
• The watches are serially numbered and only 25 of each variation will be available at first – though this is not a strictly limited edition, it is unlikely that more than 250 of any one model will be produced.
• The watches will have custom Bathys solid titanium deployant clasps on the waterproof leather straps. The rubber Divers strap will remain as it is.
• All new custom screw down crown with a big ol’ Bathys “B” on it (which looks awesome, btw)
• Date window will be “traditional”, crowns will match case, and no rose gold PVD for now – again thanks for your help with this!
• One fun thing, is that since each watch comes with two straps, we will have 16 total variations (between the quartz and automatics) on our basic design – so a good chance for everyone to have their Bathys be unique.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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