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Material with a personality:
the Wempe Glashütte I/SA Zeitmeister Sport Diver‘s Chronograph

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As individual as the person who wears it

 

The name “Wempe Chronometerwerke” has been recorded in the annals of precise time measurement for no fewer than 112 years, during which time countless marine chronometers and other precise timepieces were manufactured to serve aboard ships on all Seven Seas. Bronze was and is seldom used for such timekeepers. On the other hand, few seagoing vessels – whether powered by the wind in their sails or the engines in their hulls – make do without this corrosion-resistant alloy, which is used for important parts of the rigging and powerful propellers. The close affiliation between nautical science and the house of Wempe builds the basis for a limited series of the Zeitmeister Sport Diver’s Chronograph, whose downright mighty 45 mm case outfitted with a dive-time bezel that can be rotated in only one direction is crafted from highly resilient aluminum bronze. This alloy gradually acquires a patina, a fact that will lend a unique look to each of the 100 watches in this limited series. Its screwed-down case back is made of antiallergenic titanium and adorned with a skillfully crafted relief engraving depicting Glashütte’s observatory, where all of the chronographs – which are manufactured and finely adjusted in the adjacent ateliers – undergo a 15-day German chronometer test. Thanks to this procedure, the wristwatch’s future owner can be sure that his or her example will neither lose more than four nor gain more than six seconds per day. Automatic Caliber ETA 7750, a 44-year-old chronograph movement, is ensconced deep inside the case that is water-resistant to 30 bar. The movement paced at four hertz can measure elapsed intervals ranging from a mere eighth of a second to twelve full hours with the help of two buttons (one on each side of the crown) to command the chronograph functionality. This chronograph can also measure elapsed intervals under water. Super-Lumi-Nova coating on the dial and hands assures optimal legibility, even under unfavorable visibility conditions. But we’ve saved the best for last: if our research is correct, there has never before been a Glashütte- made wristwatch with a bronze case. 

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