H2O Kalmar Tungum



H2O Kalmar Tungum
Well, it seems this is that time of the year when all strange divers come to surface to breath. Some ten days ago we got to your attention what must be one of the strangest divers ever devised, and today, we have the pleasure of acquainting you with yet another unusual member of that popular species. H2O Kalmar Tungum is the forerunner of what might just prove to be the next generation of dive watches. First of its kind, H2O Kalmar Tungum is the third watch in H2O’s Tungum line, first two being the equally spectacular H2O Kalmar Tungum FixedBezel and H2O Kalmar Mokume Gane.

H2O Kalmar Tungum FixedBezel

H2O Kalmar Tungum FixedBezel

H2O Kalmar Mokume Gane

H2O Kalmar Mokume Gane, a Japanese17th-century technique of producing “wood grain” metal

So, what is so special with this watch, apart from its alien looks? Superficial as I am, I could just settle for that design, but H2O Kalmar Tungum, as its name soberly implies, is made of tungum, a bronze-copper alloy. The specific attribute of this rather exotic metal is its exceptional resistance to saltwater corrosion and stress. A passive oxide layer, which on exposure to reagents develops a very thin oxide coating (similarly as bronze), makes tungum a perfect material for all kinds of underwater industries, and naturally, watchmaking. H2O claims there is only one other brand making watches out of tungum (the other would be Drass).

H2O Kalmar Tungum

H2O Kalmar Tungum

Another very impressive H2O Kalmar Tungum feature is its 3000 meters water resistance. Of course, this is more or less unprovable, unless you are willing to test it in Mariana trench, in which case be prepared to inspect your innards, in that brief second you will have to live after the mighty pressure of 6 thousand pounds per square inch decides this isn’t a natural habitat for no human being. The more interesting thing is that claimed water resistance makes H2O one of the few watch brands making divers capable enduring that depth, and certainly one of the most affordable. It’s price – 1,500 dollars, makes this timepiece very attractive, and add to that it will be made in only 24 pieces, that is almost a bargain! Almost.

H2O Kalmar Tungum

H2O Kalmar Tungum, the backside

H2O Kalmar Tungum employs seemingly ubiquitous ETA 2824-2 automatic caliber, which may raise some eyebrows knowing that Swatch is slowly closing the tap on the delivery of ETA movements to the third party manufactures. Maybe that’s a reason to that limited edition… Oh, it makes you wonder, how the hell H2O managed to make this baby resistant to 3000 meters with an exhibition caseback? Though, it does have unique SuperLuminova applied H2O custom rotor. The DLC unidirectional bezel is fitted on the 45 mm case and H2O Kalmar Tungum also sports the HEV (Helium Escape Valve). H2O offers a wide array of customization with its 17 dials, this one shown here being a black mother-of-pearl dial with applied chrome hour markers.

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