Diving watches - The Spirit From the Depths

Diving watches

The Spirit From the Depths

Diving watches - Mechanical Automatic - S.U.F Helsinki:

Diving watches - Vetehinen F

Vetehinen F

Frosted silver

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Diving watches - Vetehinen A

Vetehinen A

Licorice Black

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S.U.F’s first diving watch, the Vetehinen brings both Finland’s mythological water spirit and a legendary WWII submarine back to life.

To be the captain of a submarine patrolling freezing Finnish waters during World War II takes certain guts. But to be a captain who’s willing to conserve his torpedoes and instead order a steep, fast dive to ram his underwater adversary takes something else, which is precisely what happened one night in 1942, on board Finland’s formidable “Vetehinen” vessel.

This is just another tale of hard-bitten, but enterprising “sisu” to which S.U.F’s latest creation pays tribute. Water-resistant all the way down to 300 metres, the Vetehinen watch is a tiny submarine for your wrist, crafted with high-grade Supra 316L/4435 stainless steel from Finland’s world-renowned steel giant, Outokumpu, forged in Helsinki and impregnated with anti-corrosive nickel mined from the Finnish ground.

Even the chrome is mined in Finland, outside the remote coastal town of Kemi, which also happens to be the birthplace of one of the most world-renowned independent watchmakers, Kari Voutilainen – mentor to S.U.F’s very own Stepan Sarpaneva during his early years, and manufacturer of Vetehinen’s enigmatically coloured dials.

The S.U.F Vetehinen doesn’t just get its name from the 500-tonne WWII submarine. The vessels, both horological and naval, get their names from Finnish mythology’s legendary “Näkki”, or water spirit. Sometimes portrayed as a magical, bearded man with the tail of a fish, the Vetehinen appears on Midsummer’s Night to cure illnesses, lift curses and brew potions, but also cause unintended harm by getting a bit too curious about humans…

The diving watch embodies the whole, mercurial spectrum of “Finnishness”, while evolving S.U.F itself more dramatically than ever: new harpoon, or “devil-tail” hands and the easy-to-grip crenellated rotating bezel. The MK I run with the Eterna’s Calibre 39 movement and the later MK II with Soprod A10. Swiss mechanics, yes, but also relating back to S.U.F heartland, as Eterna was the first to recruit Finnish watchmakers, back in the sixties.

Each of the colourways are limited to just 26 pieces (black dialed steel case 52 pieces), so the time of availability is limited. If this watch is for you, act fast – just like a certain submarine captain did back in 1942.

› Production started 2017
› Stainless Steel 316L/4435 Case 42mm
› Eterna 3901 A movement (MK I)
› Soprod A10 movement (MK II)
› Water resistance 30 ATM
› One-way rotating bezel