Manufacturer: Isotope Watches | Price: £244 GBP (Seiko NH35) | £328 (Sellita SW200)
Introducing the Isotope Goutte d’Eau. A compressor style dive watch designed to endure the hardest of Finnish winters and for diving under the ice with the Ice Freediving World Champion, Johanna Nordblad. The Goutte d’Eau ensures the toughest challenges are met either above or under water. The watch design takes inspiration from the teardrop lines of the 1937 Talbot-Lago Goutte d’Eau T150-C SS Coupe, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever created.
- Dimensions: Case Diameter – 40mm, Thickness – 13.2mm, Lug to Lug – 44mm, Lug Width – 22mm
- Movement: Seiko NH35 or Swiss Sellita SW200, Hackable & Self Winding
- Case Material: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel
- Bracelet: Brushed 316L Stainless Steel, Solid End-Links, Screw-Pins, Milled & Signed Clasp with Divers Extension
- Crystal: Sapphire, AR Coating
- Bezel: Inner Rotating Compressor Style (Operated by Crown at 2 o’clock)
- Water Resistance: 20ATM / 200m / 660ft
- Lume: Swiss Super Luminova® BGW9
- Crown: x2, Signed, Screw Down Caseback: Screw Down Stainless Steel, Display Caseback (Orange Edition)
- Warranty: 2 Years Where to Buy: Isotope Watches (Currently Available to Pre-Order)
- Options: Movement: Seiko NH35, Swiss Sellita SW200 | Date, No Date
- 2 Versions: Isotope Goutte d’Eau Orange Edition, Isotope Goutte d’Eau Nordblad Special Edition
Isotope - The Company
The diameter of the Goutte d’Eau’s case is bang on 40mm. The lug to lug is 44mm and the overall thickness, including the sapphire crystal I measured at 13.2mm. The entire case, bezel and crown are all brushed 316L stainless steel. The Goutte d’Eau also has a water resistance rating of 200m / 20 ATM, thanks to the screw-down caseback & crown.
The finish of the case is superb, with its entirely being brushed. The proportions of the watch are, in my opinion, perfect for my 7″ wrist. The case shape is a little unusual but I like it, I like it a LOT! Additionaly, as the samples I have here are prototypes I was informed by José from Isotope that both crowns will be screw down and 1mm larger for the final production models.
Bracelet / Straps
The bracelet supplied with Goutte d’Eau is of fantastic quality. Some might describe it as a “chunky mofo”. To be honest I’d agree, it certainly is chunky for a 22mm bracelet that doesn’t taper whatsoever with the milled clasp coming in at whopping 24mm. However, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest! I actually like it, as it gives the watch a rather masculine look & feel whilst on wrist. It might be wide as previously mentioned, but it isn’t overly thick that it gets in the way.
The chosen movement for this prototype of the Goutte d’Eau is the Sellita SW200-1 automatic. An excellent calibre that is a 28,800vph, 4Hz smooth sweep, 26 jewel movement with self winding and of course, hacking. Checking the accuracy after running the Goutte d’Eau for a nearly a week, mainly on my wrist and occasionally in my Barrington Watch Winder, I was more than happy with the accuracy, with it showing an average of +6.3 seconds per day.
Dial & Bezel
The logo and text on the dial are very nicely printed and perfectly legible with a great choice of font. The hour and minute hands are also great and although reletavily slim, they do match the overall aesthetic of the dial. I do like the seconds hand too, with its colour that matches the contrast colour of the 0 – 20 minute markers on the bezel. It also reaches out all the way out to the minute track.