So here we are with the latest from Zenith’s Defy timepiece – oh, wait, my bad, this is the new Delfin Mecano from Edox. So, it isn’t an exact one-for-one copy of the Zenith Defy, Edox has changed a few things around to keep LVMH’s lawyers off their case. However, you can’t help but notice the resemblance, especially on the dial.
Zenith’s Defy uses a skeletonised dial with a pattern similar to the spokes on the wheels of a sports car. The new Delfin Mecano also uses this principle, but it adds an extra set of spokes. This allows you to see the movement underneath the dial without impeding the ability to read the time too much. The watch’s case measures in at 43mm x 12mm and comes in four variations: stainless steel, stainless steel with black PVD elements, stainless steel with dark grey and black PVD or stainless steel with gold and black PVD. The watches that don’t have a full PVD case come on a bracelet, while the dark grey and gold watches come on a black rubber strap.
Inside the case is what Edox calls the calibre 853, but it’s actually a Sellita SW-200 movement. That means you’re getting a reliable and robust workhorse of a movement with a 4Hz beat rate and a 42-hour power reserve. The watch has a sapphire crystal caseback which, thanks to the skeletonised dial, means you can see both the front and the back of the movement.
The cases for all of the variants have a double-sealed crown and caseback, meaning the Edox Delfin Mecano watches can dive down to a depth of 200m with ease. It should be noted that these watches are not classed as ‘dive watches’ as they lack a diving bezel and therefore don’t meet the ISO’s 6425 standards for dive watches. If you happen to drop one overboard, it’s nice to know it’ll survive, though.