Watch Alert: Isotope Hydrium X Blink Edition Diver

Founded in 2016 in England, Isotope watches is an independent brand combining original designs with a rather “different” approach. Their offerings are polarizing for sure, usually that is a good thing. Check out their full origin story in the Scottish Watches Podcast #258 : Chatting With Isotope Watches And The Truth About Movements

Design & Watch Specifications

Micro-blasted case, 40mm X 48mm (with lugs), height 12.9mm (14.9mm with double domed sapphire crystal, Hydrium™ X screw-down exhibition case back, uni-directional bezel with 120 clicks, screw-down crown, shimmering Pink Salmon dial, Isotope lacrima hands with Super-LumiNova, WR 300m, blue FKM strap, swiss Landeron mechanical movement, power reserve 40 hours, 28 Jewels, 28800A/h, -12/+12 s/day, and customized finishing and rotorA watch on a person's wrist Description automatically generated

The Hydrium x Blink Limited Edition of only 100 pieces is definitively a watch you can’t ignore. Its mix of colors and materials and especially the quirky designs are something you can love or hate. A medley of pink and blue, mixed with a micro-sandblasted 316L steel case is something the brand calls “Blink” and it’s certainly something you actually do blink a few times, wondering if what your eyes transmitted to your brain is happening. A very unusual combination in watchmaking. But I like it – the more I look at it.  The chubby hands, the tiny second-hand stomp, the empty unidirectional sapphire 120 click dive bezel with only one marker on it, all this on a tropical FKM rubber strap in blue (22mm lug width, quick release) somehow …. looks rather cool. I cannot describe why I am drawn to this watch but it does have a very specific charm. 

Besides the funky looks, the watch does feature proper specs, 300 meters/30 ATM water resistance puts in the diver league, double-domed, sapphire crystal, and a screw-down crown in a 40mm case with 48mm lug-to-lug width, at 12,9mm height complete a good spec list. 

The Movement

Another “different” choice. The movement is a Swiss Made “Landeron Mechanical Movement” with a power reserve of 40 hours, 28 Jewels, 28,800 vph, and accuracy of -12/+12 seconds per day. The rather industrial-looking movement can be viewed through the transparent case back. It has a bit of decoration, perlage, and some Geneva stripes on the rotor. Landeron is a Swiss movement maker that specifically appeals to small and individualized watch brands. Their website’s media section though is something to read if you like a good laugh. Lots of non-watch-related quotes and motivational poster-style slogans in plenty of different fonts. A close-up of a watch Description automatically generated with medium confidence

Price and Availability

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Available now – the previous model did sell out rather quickly, so get one of these 100 if the pink and blue appeal to you. The price is 616.67 GBP before taxes and shipping. A picture containing indoor, watch, plastic Description automatically generated

Concluding thoughts

I thought about buying this watch more than once while writing this watch alert. That should tell you something. The more I looked at this watch, with the micro-blasted case and the quirky hands and color choices – the more it grew on me and I appreciated it for what it is. A very serious watch in a very non-serious package. For the price, the low power reserve can be forgiven. Overall a breath of fresh air and something you really should consider if you want to stand out a bit. A picture containing watch Description automatically generated