You may not know the name, but Isotope Watches is a niche (boutique-like) brand with a relatively young history. Based in the UK and founded in 2016, the brand combines original designs with classic elements of watchmaking, resulting in watches with their own, unique appeal. Take a look at the GMT 0º Terra Maris here or the recent Hydrium here and you’ll see that there’s something special about their design. Now, the brand goes back to slightly more traditional codes by introducing a bronze edition of their pilot/field watch with the new Isotope Watches Old Radium Bronze Pilot.
“In 1942 the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense asked Isotope to manufacture watches for the armed forces, a request they gladly accepted. 80 years after it was first produced, Isotope is re-releasing ‘Old Radium’ as a limited edition.” This may introduce brand communication regarding this new watch. But, as mentioned, Isotope watches were founded in 2016, which means that the brand plays on a different level and can trace back history. Nothing wrong with that, especially since Isotope likes to play with classic codes and add a personal touch.
The old radium bronze pilot uses the classic elements of pilot and field watches, but brings something fresh and different. Straightforward and vintage-inspired, we’re talking here about the new edition of the watch that was first released in stainless steel and is now decked out in bronze. With a diameter of 40mm, length of 47mm and a reasonable height of 10mm, the case is well-sized and definitely comfortable for everyday wear. The specialty of this new sub-collection is CuSn8 bronze, a bronze alloy with a warm color close to rose gold. Consisting of 92% copper, 7.5-8% tin and 0.30% phosphorus, it develops a very slow patina, meaning it takes some time to reveal its unique green appearance. However, this also means that the patina is easier to get rid of if you want to stick to the original look. The fully brushed case features a sandblasted titanium caseback, a sapphire crystal with AR coating, a screw-down crown and a comfortable 100 meters of water resistance.
Much of the originality of this Isotope Watches Old Radium Bronze Pilot comes from its dial. First of all, there are three colors available. The central area with the signature Lacrima (the brand’s most distinctive design element) is always black with a grained finish. However, its surrounding area can be ordered with colors. Along with the relatively toned-down gray option, you can go even bolder with an olive green or ox-blood red version. Grained and placed slightly higher than the central part, this colored zone also features old radium-colored hour markers that match the bronze sword-shaped hands. All items are filled with loom and the date occurs at 3 o’clock.
A Swiss-made movement under a caseback with a sapphire crystal, the Landeron Caliber 24 – the recently launched alternative to the classic ETA and Sellita calibres. This 4Hz movement stores 40h of power reserve and is rated for an accuracy of -/+ 12 sec/day here. Old radium bronze pilot watches are worn on a smooth calfskin strap with a bronze pin buckle and quick-release spring bars.
The Isotope Watches Old Radium Bronze Pilot Collection is offered in a limited edition of 300 pieces per color. It is available exclusively online from the brand’s website at a price of Rs GBP 800 (excluding taxes). Note that at the moment, only 10 pieces of each color are available to ship and the second batch is planned for October/November 2022. For more details, please visit isotopewatches.com.