S.t. Dupont Service Without Fail"Raid" Watch Limited Edition 1000P

S.t. Dupont Service Without Fail"Raid" Watch Limited Edition 1000P


S.t. Dupont Service Without Fail"Raid" Watch Limited Edition Only 1000 Made
Price $3,990
Brand Name    S.T. Dupont
Model number    065202
Part Number    065202
Item Shape    Round
Dial Window Material Type    Glass
Band Material    Stainless Steel
Band Width    35
Movement    Automatic
Case : 44 mm, in 316L stainless steel, alternately finished in shiny microblasted polished steel and brushed satin in discreet gunmetal colour, “vacuum carbon” type
Case back : Screwed down case back engraved with the motto: “Service without fail”.
Water-resistant : to 300 m (30 atm, 984 ft)
Crystal : Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment.
Movement : Self-winding ETA 2893-2.
Power reserve : 42 hours.
Jewels : 21
Frequency : 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Here is some serious French testosterone in a watch. Made for or influenced by the special, elite operations branch of the national French police known as RAID. The highly secretive special force is interesting because they often recruit people directly from the public, as opposed to existing police or military personnel. The purpose of the group as part of the national police, is to combat and investigate major crimes and terrorism. RAID stands for “Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion.” In English, “Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence.” They seem to kick enough ass to get a watch made for them with their logo on it.

St. Dupont make watches, among other luxury items, and will soon release a limited edition set of these RAID watches. The “Service Without Fail” part of the name is apparently RAID’s motto. At first glance I like the watch. It is a bit “heavy” on the eyes, and does feature a extreme boldness, but in an appealing way. Although the watch does feature a design spirit, it was designed with function in mind. Meant to be highly viewable in low-light situations, the watch hands are predictably large, with accompanying large numerals in relief. Of course there is lots of lume on the dial, and despite it being quite stylized, it is rather legible.
While the PVD black/gunmetal case looks massive in stature, it isn’t THAT big at 44mm wide. The case design is somewhere between a square and an octagon, with a compliment of satin “carbon,” and brushed finishing. It looks St. Dupont took a Bell & Ross BR01, combined it with a rugged diver watch, and then sent it through special forces boot camp. A true diver watch, the easy to see dial is framed by a rotating diver’s bezel, in a case that is 300 meters watch resistant. I am totally amused as to how the St. Dupont logo completely clashes with the personality of the watch and the rest of the dial.

The mixture of white, green, black, and red on the dial is interesting. Red is used for the GMT hand, as well as the 24 hour scale. Although the 24 hour scale is split into red and white areas – for night and day times. A large RAID insignia logo is placed in all black at 6 o’clock on the watch. I wonder if any RAID members will be wearing this watch.

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