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When we announced the highly coveted Steinhart Ocean 39 Marine Blue back in 2020, it’s arrival begot adulation. The magnificent watch that brings you the beauty of the ocean with its mesmerising blue and vintage hues were instantly acclaimed. With the first 200 pieces double signed-dial swiftly snapped up by the community in less than 24 hours, it behoves our extension on this collaborative effort. Therefore, we’d like to introduced yet another exquisite timepiece that adheres the theme, but now ameliorates with functionality.
Limited to 200 pieces, the Steinhart Ocean 39 Marine Black Limited Edition continues to impress with its strong military connections dating all the way back to the late 1970s. Discover the rich history behind every detail incorporated into this watch that bestows a tribute to its robust predecessors used by the French Royal Navy in the past, specifically the personnels in French Navy school -- the Ecole De Plongee and officers controlling the “Sous marins”.
|Steinhart Ocean 39 Marine Black - Ltd Ed 200pcs
Coming from a long lineage of iconic timepieces, the Ocean 39 Marine Black is the breathtaking result of Gnomon Watches continuous collaboration with Steinhart. Our loyalty and friendship forged through thick and thin with this German watchmaker forms the foundation upon which we craft a phenomenal watch, fit for a king. As the first and only authorised dealer for Steinhart in Singapore, we have already built a strong partnership with this renowned brand for more than two decades. We are once gain, greatly honoured to forge a coveted place on the dial of this Steinhart timepiece the second time. Spotting our company logo proudly laid out at 6 o’clock, perpendicular to the familiar Steinhart logo at 12 o’clock, an indelible mark in history for Gnomon Watches.
Essentially and stylistically the same as the original Marine 39 Blue - with the same double-signed dial and serialised on the caseback - but now with a sober black dial, a date display with red numerals, and a “ghost” bezel working harmoniously with the aged markers. Also, in keeping the double signed dial exudes an alluring sense of nostalgia as it was a common sight in the early 50s and 60s, making its collectability appeal much higher than its competitors.
Listen to the heartbeat of the ocean with the reliable automatic ETA 2824-2 / SW 200 élaboré movement that powers this Swiss-made timepiece. Operating at 28,800 bph (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities, this calibre is built with 25 jewels and a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. This manual-wind movement also allows the case of the watch to be thinner and lighter, fitting comfortably on most wrist sizes.
|Satin brushed lugs with polished sides & bezel|
“Old Radium” Super-LumiNova glows green in the dark
Conformed to military requirements in which the first thing that caught our attention the moment we laid our eyes upon this watch, was its equally distinct handset that resembled the beautiful tips of a snowflake. With a delicate diamond shape on its second hand, this handset reminds me of the majestic snow-capped mountains and dainty snowflakes descending upon the earth, forming a fresh new page that awaits playful feet and mittened hands. We’d can't help but ponder the connection between the intricate snowflake hands and this timepiece’s hour markers. Its snowflake handset seems to capture the beauty of winter - a supplemental element that takes that traditional dive-watchmaking route to the next level- making this watch perfect for every season. This poetic interpretation of the Ocean 39 Marine Black serenades any watch aficionado with its gentle charm and it is no wonder that the great visual appeal of its handset, coupled with its great durability and reliability, have caught the eyes of several world militaries.
The applied markers enchant with golden hues that change to a burnt brown colour over time, akin to the patina that forms on bronze watch cases. Declared by the “L Swiss L” nomenclature at the bottom, this colour change adds a vintage touch to this timepiece and is caused by the “Old Radium” Super-LumiNova painted onto the markers and handset that glows green in the dark. Furthermore, the Ocean 39 Marine Black has a screw down Steinhart signed crown that allows for a water resistance of 100m, indicated by the nostalgic “meters first” texts at the bottom of the dial.
Another trait that is unique to this watch is its domed Hesalite crystal, the same material fitted on the military watches of the French Navy in the 70s . This sturdy acrylic crystal gives off warm retro vibes and is hugely esteemed by vintage dive watch enthusiasts. Only the first 200 timepieces will be fitted with the Hesalite crystal and the “aged” markers and handset.
|Engraved gnomon exclusive on caseback|
The Ocean 39 Marine Black comes on a satin-brushed oyster bracelet with screw links and a flip-lock. Tapered from 20mm to a slim 16mm, this stainless steel bracelet blends in with and extends its case and bezel, made with the same material, to form a single perfect timepiece. It also brings out the splendeur of this watch, gracing it with a timeless sophistication that is truly one of a kind. This metal bracelet does not typically come with military-issued watches in the past, but it tops off the sleek look of this watch so well that we just had to include it!
This prime timepiece exudes a sense of adventure and is one of the rarest, rawest and at the same time most handsome tool watches that will satisfy your collector’s needs. Do be reminded that only the first 200 pieces with Hesalite crystal and double signed dial will have a unique serial number, reminiscent of military numbering in the 70s and subsequent pieces will be sterile. If you are one of those that missed the opportunity on our last collaborative run of Marine 39 Blue L.E., hurry then and be among the first 200 to get the equivalent collectable Steinhart Ocean 39 Marine Black. And just like a snowflake, each timepiece is different in its own special way. Presenting la couronne de l'océan, la montre pour toi (the crown of the ocean, the watch for you).