HANDS-ON: Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date

With their new sports diving watch the 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date, launched in Geneva, Montblanc has ventured into one of the most popular watch product market segments.

Coming in a 41mm stainless steel case (12.9mm thick) with 300m water resistance and a screw-down crown with the Montblanc emblem in relief, diving watches with 300m water resistance a this price point are a highly competitive field.

The point of distinction for this new model is the ‘glacier dial’ which actually reminds me a bit of the pattern on some meteorite dials. This new model comes in three dial colours – blue, green (yes, more green), and black, each with a matching unidirectional ceramic bezel.

So why a glacier-inspired (0.5mm thick) dial? Well we have to go to the model (and brand) name for the answer – the dial pattern is inspired by the crystal patterns at the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice), the main glacier of the Mont-Blanc Massif. Its texture was achieved using a hand-finished technique called ‘gratté-boisé’ and Montblanc say that their dial makers actually hiked there.

Underneath the case back, which has a relief engraving of an iceberg and a diver, is the automatic MB 24.17 Sellita-based movement which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours.

This watch comes with either a rubber strap with a fine adjustment system or a stainless steel bracelet that is also adjustable. Or you can have both.

The RRP of the 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date is EUR 2,750 on a rubber strap and EUR 2,950 on a bracelet.

Categories: Divers watches, Hands-on, Montblanc, Watch Profile, watches, Women's watches

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