Friday, August 31, 2007
Decima MAS Strumento Model XZ 221-001
This is Decima MasTM Strumento Model XZ 221-001 born from a collaboration between Ennebi Company Mr. Alessandro Bettarini and Mr. Yves Odier. Decima MasTM Strumento XZ221, is a professional diving instrument and a timekeeper which derives from the 1988 concept (Subacqueo Stagno 1000 Metri, destined for Military use), designed 2003, developed 2005 and produced 2007, by Time To Time Projects (France) and Ennebi (Italy). The Decima MASTM Strumento XZ221 is born from desire and passion, and, to bring forward artisans and experts know-how in a chosen selective style. Embedded with symbols of valor of the Italian Military frogmen 'Incursori' special unit, this instrument commemorates an historical event of the past, in which a handful number of 'sommozzatori' frogmen demobilised and destabilized the enemy forces without endangering any human lives, for this heroique action, officers and sailors were officially highly decorated by both nations, (Alessandria, Egypt - December 1941)
Strumento XZ221-001 Technical Specifications.
The XZ221-001 is a water-proof instrument, produced and tested for extreme climatic conditions (high and low temperatures, atmospheric vacum and high pressures).
Proprietary design; Size: Ø47mm (Ø54mm with the winding-crown), case height 16mm; case-back, bezel, winding-crown and buckle made of grade 5 Titanium microbillé.
Proprietary auto-blocking bidirectional bezel with preset intervals of 2,5 minutes; Bezel Index at 12 o'clock made in 18K gold. Optional: pantograph engraved rotating bezel.
Proprietary dial and hands; Dial, hours and minutes hand, hand-painted and filled with luminescent coating(Super Luminova).
Organic glass(polymer PMMA), 5mm thick , mounted mechanically.
Swiss mechanical movement with automatic-winding, ETA caliber F2560; Functions: hours, minutes, sweeping center seconds; Power Reserve of 40 hours; Frequency 28800 alternations/hour; Incabloc anti-shock system; 25 rubies.
Water-Resistant to 1000 meters.
Presented in a personalized and branded exotic wooden box containing: Strumento XZ221-001, 1 replacement strap (Nato style in Italian calf), 2 screw drivers, manual/warranty/service booklet.
A total production of 1941 Strumento XZ221
Made and produced in Italy.
I think it as an exciting diver with connecting to the history of heroism of Decima MAS divers as this SE is dedicated to commemorate the heroism and valor exuded by Emilio Bianchi during that famous Alessandria port raid in 1941. IMVHO besides being a looker and a functional dive instrument I can't attest personally how very comfortable it is for it’s size in daily use.
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