Mk II Fulcrum – Born in the USA

The latest watch from Mk II looks up to some iconic diving watches, ones that were a favorite of the American military since the Vietnam War. The new Fulcrum timepiece is inspired by the vintage Rolex and Tudor Submariners, and the watch itself represents an embodiment of a specific “what if” idea. Namely, with this watch Mk II wanted to show how a US Military-spec diving watch would look like if the military had continued with developing timepieces that meet their specific requirements.

And speaking of those, an American Military-spec dive watch should have several important characteristics: a “Tropic”-style high-domed sapphire crystal, a comfortable curved case-back, and a bezel marked with 12-hour indexes, as well as beadblasted finish of the case. The new Fulcrum brings all that, nicely fitting in the Professional Series of Mk II.

Sapphire crystal case-back

There are two versions of this timepiece, which differ in the color of their bezel – grey or black. Other than that, the two models are pretty much identical. We have a 42 mm case made of stainless steel, with a beadblasted finish. It features a unidirectional, 120 click GMT bezel, which has an aluminum inlay and a luminous marker at 12 o’clock. Looking at the back of the case, we can see the movement, courtesy of the sapphire crystal case-back. One of the most interesting things about this watch is its good anti-magnetic quality; the watch can withstand magnetic forces up to 80,000 A/m.

Since this is a diver’s watch, it’s just natural for it to have exceptionally good water resistance. And it certainly won’t disappoint – it can be submerged in water up to 300 meters of depths, which sounds very nice. Additionally, the watch is equipped with helium release valve, which will definitely come in handy for those inevitable pressure changes.

The watch uses special Lume-brik technology for illumination

Now, let’s move on to the dial. It’s a pretty simple layout here; no numerals, instead you’ll notice the luminous hands and indexes. The whole dial uses SuperLumiNova BGW9, which after a full charge should glow for minimum of 7 hours. For this watch, Mk II used the Lume-brik technology, which makes use of special nonradioactive molded polymer for the luminous markers. Such indexes have the same performance as the traditional luminous materials, but don’t require several layers of coating. Because of the luminescent index at 3 o’clock, the date window has been moved to the lower position on the dial. Finally, we have a double domed sapphire crystal over the whole thing, which has antireflective coating on the inner side.

While this is watch with American background, and it’s built in USA, the movement is Swiss. The watch uses the Soprod A10, an automatic movement capable of manual winding. It’s equipped with Incabloc shock protection, but it’s not just about ruggedness when it comes to this movement. It has decorated bridges, as well as Côtes de Genève on the rotor. Finally, the watch is completed with a black rubber strap, which nicely completes this military-inspired timepiece.

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