The Paradive is our interpretation of the watch issued to US Special Forces and CIA maritime units from the 1960s up to the early 1980s. Never sold commercially, the historical watch was specifically developed and manufactured for the US military. Following an in-depth study of the fundamentals of the reference design and the watch’s military specifications we set ourselves the goal of upgrading its specifications and updating the design. By applying modern manufacturing techniques and materials we have increased the serviceability and durability of the watch. We paired these qualities with a new stouter and bolder case that highlights the Paradive’s superior quality and capabilities.
The technical improvements include:
- Replacing the original bi-directional bezel with the modern safety feature of the uni-directional bezel for diving, ensuring that one would always under-estimate the oxygen remaining.
- Introducing a helium release valve (“HRV”) to the design, enabling the watch to serve salvage diver and combat diver alike. The HRV essentially pressure proofs the watch against the thin air of high altitudes and the special helium gas mixture used by saturation divers.
- A higher grade movement, the ETA 2836-2, with the option for a non-date, date only, or day/date display.
- A more durable crown and case tube design.
- Upgrading the original acrylic crystal to an anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal
- Combining the ergonomic comfort of the monocoque case with the tried and tested three part configuration, substantially improving serviceability.
Case Material: Bead blasted 316L Stainless steel
Dial Color: Black
Case Size: Width 41.25 mm x Height 15.5 mm x Length 49.5 mm
Movement: ETA 2836-2 Elabore Grade
Crystal: Domed sapphire crystal with underside AR coating
Display Back: Solid
Lume: Super-LumiNova BGW
Water Resistance: 300 M
As a matter of fact, MKII is one of those brands I ran into very early on in my watch career, but that always remained on the periphery. As time went on, I became more and more aware of what the brand was producing, and when the opportunity popped up to review one of their models here at ABTW, I eagerly put my hand up. MKII models are known (or at least seem to be known in my head) for their clean, almost sterile re-interpretation of watches from days gone by.