zrc 1964 marine nationale reissue 300 m grands fonds


This is a watch designed by divers for divers. It was an avant-garde timepiece on its release and is very contemporary today. The ideal companion for all your adventures on land and at sea.

In the 1960s, technique and design were at the cutting edge of innovation. And this richly creative period saw the arrival of icons that marked their era such as the Citroen’s DS car or the Grands Fonds 300 diving watch by ZRC. The watch was approved by the French Navy in 1964 and stood out through its capacity to go with divers down to the lowest depths. Recently, the model resurfaced with its distinctive personality and all the assets that made it so attractive.

zrc 1964 marine nationale reissue 300 m grands fonds dive strapIt boasts the watertightness and accuracy that are so vital for underwater missions. So the monobloc 40.5mm-wide steel case and screwed back have non-magnetic properties. The crown’s position at 6 o’clock is not only for aesthetic reasons. First, it means that you can wear the watch on either your left or your right hand. Second, it includes a feature providing extra safety: you cannot close the strap (which is extensible and can be worn over a wetsuit), unless the watch is correctly screwed down. The unidirectional revolving bezel also has an original system called ECS (world patent pending) preventing salt from crystallising in the gap between the bezel and the case, which might lead to the bezel being blocked. The integrated solution means you can rinse the watch and the inside of the bezel with clean water, eliminating sea salt.

zrc 1964 marine nationale reissue 300 m grands fonds closeupLume is omnipresent, too, guaranteeing excellent readability in all conditions. It can be found on the wide, rectangular hands, the figures and the hour markers. It is even coated on the numerous indicators on the bezel. The bezel indicators are perfectly readable, so it is easy to see how much time is left for the dive.

ZRC has opted for a new version of the calibre ETA 2824-2 for this model. The automatic model developed in the 1970s is now a reference for accuracy and robustness.

Price: €2,990

By Dan Diaconu