Meraud Bonaire watches aren’t ashamed to be inspired by dive watches of the 1960s. And why not? The design is both classic and classy, not to mention that the company name comes from an island in the Caribbean renowned for its SCUBA diving. The company was founded by a vintage watch collector, Stijn Busschaert. Busschaert is also one of the leading members of the Belgium Watch Club. As such, Busschaert is an expert on watches and what makes them tick, and look good.
The inaugural model has a 39mm case size and measures 12.5mm thick (including the crystal). It is 48.5mm at its thickest. The bezel design shows definite influences from the 1950s and 1960s. Watch collectors will recognize the design as being Bakelite. The watch will be available in three designs: “Onyx Black,” “Marine Blue,” and “Graphite Grey.”
A Fossil Group Caliber STP1-11 was modified to provide the mechanism for the watch. The STP1-11 is a prime example of Swiss automatic mechanical movement. It operates at 28,800 betas per hour. All components used for the date movement have been removed, freeing the watch of the ghost dates that happen with watches that use date movements without showing a date.
The watch also features drilled lugs, a screw-down case back with an etching of a SCUBA diver drawn by an Argentinian comic artist, a screw-down polished crown, a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflection coating, and C3 Swiss SuperLuminova-coated polished steel indices. The watch is water resistant up to 200 meters.