Capitalizing on the market demand for vintage and retro-styled designs, Rick Marei and the Synchron Group swooped in and resurrected the brand’s most iconic model, the Deepstar Chronograph Diver—made famous by its association with Jacques Cousteau. Recognizing that they had stumbled upon a good thing, a year later the fledgling watchmaker issued the Deepstar II.
For its part, the Record Heritage Chronograph is a deftly executed recreation with just the right mix of sport and class. And while it might look like a watch that has stepped out of the 1940s, its COSC-certified calibre will remind you that it’s also a chronometer for the modern age.
If you are anything like me, the first thing you will notice about the Aquitaine GMT is its curved box sapphire crystal. Sitting high above an equally beautiful sapphire bezel, it dominates the design. The vintage styling references dive watches from the 50s—particularly the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms—but follows that up with contemporary construction.