There is no doubt that those in combat need the highest level of durability possible for their gear. If it isn’t up to snuff, it will break and in a hurry too. There is another environment which is also notoriously abusive to gear, though many don’t know about it. Underwater, specifically undersea. The abrasive salt-water is known to degrade low-quality materials in short order. The vastly increased pressure causes improperly sealed electronics to fire their last electron in a hurry. The dimly-lit, claustrophobic spaces encountered whisk away unsecured items, never to be seen again. If it’s truly made to handle 300 meters of crushing, freezing brine, it will last. Hazard 4 designed this watch to handle just such environments. Enter the Heavy Water Diver: HWD Snowfield.
The snowfield in the name refers to the color pattern. While other watches in the HWD line sport variations of black, carbon, brown and gray, the Snowfield features a white field, bold black stencil-cut number, and titanium finishings. In fact, the titanium case is one of the major features in this watch. Despite a large, easily visible face plate, this HWD tips the scales at just over 3.5 ounces. Strapping this on for the first time, I expected more heft to it.
Enshrining the Snowfield’s face is the rotating bezel. Featuring a tritium dot at the 12 o’clock position (like all of the hour marks on the face), the bezel is also used by divers to manually calculate elapsed time during a dive. Simply rotate the bezel until the 12 o’clock mark is matched up to the minute hand, then as time ticks off the minute hand will point at your current “minutes elapsed at depth”. Fear not about accidentally bumping the bezel off and losing your time, the bezel only spins counter-clockwise. If you were to knock the ring a few minutes off, it could only go in the direction that shortens your time on bottom, keeping the diver safe.
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