Ever wanted to do your breathing exercises prior to a freedive, but didn’t want to fiddle with a watch to set up the stopwatch mode or mentally count the seconds?

Well, German watch company DAVOSA recently unveiled the Apnea Diver Automatic, a new freediving timepiece that has a multicolored ring around the dial. The blue, white and red colors spread out over a certain number of seconds replicate an internationally recognized breathing exercise in freediving: Breathing in during the five-second blue phase, holding for the 15-second white area and then exhaling over the 10-second red area. This color coding allows the freediver to concentrate fully on his or her breathing without needing to count or use a stopwatch.

Freediver Nikolay “Nik” Linder, who helped develop the Apnea Diver Automatic, holds five world records for distance diving under ice, two German records for distance diving in a lake, the record for the longest underwater kiss, as well as the longest breath-hold while suspended from the ceiling with his head in an aquarium.

Before helping develop the watch, one thing was particularly important to Linder:

“The watch should not only be a watch and fashion accessory with additional functions — it should transport the whole freediving way of life. This extreme sport is not simply about physical endurance, but also about strengthening your mind, selfreflection, meditation and achieving a greater degree of inner peace.”

DAVOSA's New Apnea Diver Automatic Freediving Watch
Nik Linder and DAVOSA’s New Apnea Diver Automatic Freediving Watch (Photo credit: Alena Zielinski)

To do the breathing exercises, the watch can be propped up on the floor, a table or bench by unscrewing the crown at 3 o’clock. At that point, the middle section of the slightly curved, 42mm/1.65-inch stainless steel case can be extracted. With a hinged ring that is attached to the middle section, the diver can now prop up the remaining watch case while performing breathing exercises.

Additionally, Linder included a further feature to the Apnea Diver Automatic: In contrast to scuba diving where the minute hand is crucial, in freediving it’s all about the seconds, which is why the second hand bears a red tip, enabling exact reading of the seconds at all times.

The Apnea Diver Automatic is built with a Swiss SW 200 automatic movement contained in a case with a water resistance down to 20 atmospheres/678 feet/207 meters. The hands and Arabic figures are naturally coated with Super-LumiNova, so the watch remains readable even with poor underwater visibility.

DAVOSA’s Apnea Diver Automatic will come in three different versions: A satined and scratch-resistant stainless steel case and black dial that retails for €998/US$1,061; a bicolor version with a stainless steel case in combination with a black bezel and PVD black plated crowns for €1,048/$1,115; and a completely PVD black-plated case for €1,098/$1,168.

Each set also includes a second interchangeable strap, which is also made from wearable, lightweight and water-resistant rubber.

For more information, check out the company’s website at davosa.com.

DAVOSA's New Apnea Diver Automatic Freediving Watch
DAVOSA’s New Apnea Diver Automatic Freediving Watch
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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