ZRC - ZRC GRANDS FONDS 3000  TITANIUM BLACK DLC GF50678
ZRC - ZRC GRANDS FONDS 3000  TITANIUM BLACK DLC GF50678

ZRC GRANDS FONDS 3000 TITANIUM BLACK DLC GF50678

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GRANDS FONDS 3000

The Geneva-based brand ZRC has revamped its iconic watch, gifting it with a more athletic style, adorned with titanium and foolhardy enough to stand immersions of depths greater than 5,000 meters, ensuring absolute diving safety.
 
The Grands Fonds, developed by ZRC back in 1958 and embraced as the French National Navy official watch in 1964, stood out with its robustness and technical sophistication specially-designed for diving down to depths of 300 meters. These two overriding features along with its unusual silhouette set off with a screwed crown at 6 o’clock have ensured this piece has flourished over the decades without ever becoming outdated. And, just like any self-respecting icon, it has successfully evolved over time espousing technological breakthroughs, such as the Crown Protection SystemTM and the Easy Clean System (ECSTM) for its 2015 reissue which contribute to its reliability and longevity. 
 
ZRC nurtures the streamlined sophisticated look of the Grands Fonds 300 and, at the same time capitalizes on the power of its stylistics, without ever altering its purity or simplicity. The Geneva brand now enhances its collection by breathing life into a new superboosted, athletic timepiece: the Grands Fonds 3000 watch, an avant-garde concept ever-so dear to ZRC. Although this virtually indestructible timepiece flaunts undeniable family resemblance with its elder sibling from the 1960s, nonetheless it boasts its own temperament and intrepid personality. One-of-a-kind boldness that the Grands Fonds 3000 is endowed with and adorned with.
 
This unlimited edition makes its mark in watchmaking History as being the first watch in the world able to withstand immersion to a depth of 5,000 meters without a helium escape valve and with a thickness of less than 20 millimeters. The incredible precision of the machining on its 42 mm-diameter, 19.5 mm-thick grade 2 titanium case enable the elements which make it up to compress together and as such prevent any gaseous molecules from penetrating. Moreover, its 316L steel caseback equipped with a titanium double seal and clamp ring resists pressure and absorbs warping. Sleekly-aerodynamic like a shark reigning supreme over the marine world, the Grands Fonds 3000 although born to conquer the ocean and its deepest secrets firmly asserts performance that is equaled only by its simplicity.
 
The light, solid, wear- and corrosion-resistant grade 2 titanium is a material which is endowed only with advantages, the reason that ZRC chose it to fashion the case of its latest opus. The latter is complemented by a 60-notch unidirectional rotating bezel topped with a ceramic ring, another light technical material which is practically scratch-proof and immune to ultraviolet rays which tarnish colors. Its black-hued navy blue color weaves a striking contrast with the blue-glowing white Super-LumiNova® coated phosphorescent markers, must-haves for deep-water immersion.
 
The dial, protected by a 5 millimeter-thick cambered sapphire crystal which refutes any alteration in terms of readability, actually traces the sensations experienced by a diver as they descend to the depths through vertical gradient tones beginning with indigo and gradually darkening to become totally black. Traditional skeletonized magnum-style hands, adorned with Super-LumiNova®, fan out from the center of this blue-hued disc and hover over an hour chapter featuring indexes and three white Arabic numerals. A silvered one points to the hours whilst a bright red varnished one ticks past the minutes. 
 
The seconds are marked by a “lollipop” direct-drive tipped with a luminescent dot and vermilion dash. These features are driven by the Sellita SW200-1 caliber, a well-proven self-winding mechanical movement which vibrates at a standard frequency of 4 Hertz and delivers a power reserve of 38 hours.
 
Because “Life is an Adventure”, the Grands Fonds 3000 watch is blessed with the same abilities and agility as a marine predator. Just wrap it round your wrist with its natural injected rubber strap attached by a specially-designed ZRC titanium buckle and head off to explore the world’s most secret ocean trenches.

Technical specifications

BEZEL
ECS™ Patent pending (Easy Clean System)
 
The ECS™ is a technical solution to an issue encountered by the mine clearance divers of the Marine Nationale during their many dives: salt crystallizing in the gaps between the bezel and case, thus impeding its rotation. For the 2015 re-issue of the Grands Fonds 300, ZRC has developed and patented a functional solution – the ECS™ was born. A unique system for cleaning the inside of the bezel by circulating fresh water that dilutes and evacuates the sea salt. The ECS™ is the ultimate tribute to the original Grands Fonds and is perfectly in tune with the brand’s identity.
 
CROWN
Crown Protection System™
 
100% safety is guaranteed thanks to this exclusive strap system using retractable lugs. It is now impossible to place the watch in water without screwing the crown back into its original position. If the crown is not screwed down, the strap cannot be correctly repositioned. This effective method prevents oversights that can lead to technical difficulties.
 
BRACELET
Rubber strap
 
The new Grand Fonds 3000 ZRC is equipped with a brand new rubber strap compatible for both single & butterfly buckles. Inspired by the design of the metal band it is very comfortable and available in many colors.
 
MOVEMENT
SELLITA SW200-1 elaborated
 
The SELLITA movement of the ZRC Grands Fonds 3000 is composed of 26-ruby wheels, on which Incabloc shock protection was used. Extremely precise, the balance performs 28,800 half-oscillations per hour. With a mechanism diameter of 25.6 mm, it offers a power reserve of 38 hours.
 
 
CASE
 
MANUFACTURE
Monobloc case
Screwed case back & crown
DIAMETER
42 mm
MATERIAL
Titanium grade II DLC coated - 316L shielded* caseback (ISO764 Standard: 4800 A/m)
BEZEL
ECSTM system
(Patent pending N°1462496)
Unidirectional 60 divisions rotating titanium bezel with ceramic insert.
CROWN
Located at 6H (Crown Protection System™). Inverted screwed thread with dual sealing
GLASS
5mm padded sapphire, antireflective
WATER RESISTANCE
Tested depth : 5000m (501 bars)
MOVEMENT
 
CALIBRE
SELLITA “Elaborated” SW200-1
SETTING
+7sec/day
AMPLITUDE
(± 7sec/day) = from 0 to 14 sec/day max.
WINDING
Automatic winding
POWER RESERVE
38 hours
RUBBER STRAP
 
MANUFACTURE
Rubber strap compatible for both tongue & butterfly buckles. Inspired by the design of the metal band it is very comfortable and available in many colors.
MATERIAL
Rubber
BUCKLE
Titanium tongue buckle
 

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