Here in the aBlogtoWatch watch dungeon, we are currently putting the new for 2013 Clerc Hydroscaph H1 watch through our rigorous watch testing procedures. So a hands-on review of the H1 will come in due time, but until then we'd like to share the news about this new three-hand version of the Clerc Hydroscaph, which is the H1.
There will likely be a few versions of the H1. This is the steel model with a really lovely metallic blue dial. I wouldn't have thought that a bright green trimmed minutes hand would have worked, but it does. The 44mm wide case is typical Hydroscaph with its unique design and patented rotating bezel locking system (that unfolds like a little winding key). The crown design appears to be new and is rather interesting.
Inside the watch is a Clerc caliber C609 automatic movement that is a base ETA with special decoration and is partially viewable through two smaller sapphire crystal caseback windows. The movement is COSC Chronometer certified as well. Not necessary really, but a pleasant added bonus. As a diver, the case is water resistant to 500 meters. While technically more simple than previous Hydroscaph models, the simple three-hand dial is very legible and elegant. Assuming the price is right, this will make a nice addition to the Clerc Hydroscaph family. Look for the full review on this H1 watch soon, but until then you can check out Clerc at their booth at Baselworld 2013 and/or check out the review video. clercwatches.com