Vertex has created its first divers’ watch for the reason that model was reborn in 2016 beneath Don Cochrane, nice grandson of Claude Lyons, who based the enterprise in 1912.
Vertex was primarily based within the east finish of London and have become a significant producer of discipline watches for the navy in each World Wars and their aftermaths.
It’s the solely British enterprise out of 12 producers to have made watches which have come to be generally known as the soiled dozen. Different soiled dozen producers included Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, IWC, and Longines.
It succumbed within the Seventies as quartz changed mechanically regulated watches earlier than being rekindled, once more in London, making watches (in Switzerland) primarily based on their navy timepieces.
Vertex doesn’t have a popularity for making dive watches, however did create a group of automatics within the early Nineteen Sixties.
The brand new Vertex dive watch, named M60 AquaLion, doesn’t draw inspiration from that Nineteen Sixties assortment, however from one other chapter within the Cochrane household historical past.
A decade earlier than establishing Vertex, Lyon Cochrane set-up a watch enterprise within the early 20th century known as Dreadnought, which was symbolised by a legendary half lion half fish creature — the AquaLion used for the M60 line and which seems on its case again.
The metal 40mm watch, housing a Sellita SW300-1 automated motion, is water-proof to the ISO 6425 ranking of 600 meters and is available in two variations, with or with out date.
They’ve a uni-directional dive bezel created from matte-finished ceramic and which, Vertex says, has knurling primarily based on the sight adjustment mechanism discovered on the Bren mild machine gun launched at first of WWII.
“Since I re-launched Vertex in 2016 — over a century after it was based by my great-grandfather, Claude Lyons — I’ve despatched our watches to all corners of the globe and have had lots of of messages from homeowners world wide telling me of the adventures they’ve had with Vertex on their wrists,” says CEO Don Cochrane.
“Many of those adventures have taken place in or round water and, whereas the present Vertex fashions are totally water resistant and intensely strong, it appeared logical to reinforce the vary with a fully-certified, skilled high quality dive watch,” he provides.
The Vertex M60 Aqualion is offered with a metal bracelet, a rubber dive strap and a single strand ‘Zulu’ kind strap.
The watches are promoting on-line for £2,850 with VAT or £2,375 with out.