Dress, Military, Sports
De Bethune DB028 GS Bleu
This De Bethune GS better known as the grand sport was originally introduced in 2015, this reference pivoted away from the classical nature of the pre-existing DB028 references and was technically the first De Bethune made available on a rubber strap. The two stand-out references of the collection lie in the DB028 Digital and the DB028 Skybridge. In typical De Bethune fashion, the brand focused on improving the existing DB028 Grand Sport by successfully integrating a mechanical dynamo that powers four LED lights.
It is estimated that only 43 examples were made in grade 5 titanium and the reference has been discontinued although the movement is still used in other iterations. The titanium case measures 44mm x 12.80mm and is water-resistant up to 100m, making this the ideal dive watch. The spring-loaded lugs feature a semi-skeletonized look and the contrast of the black frame offers a compelling contrast to the usual lugs.
The overall depth of the dial is rather impressive along with the contrasting finishes to the dial. The power reserve is found at 9-10 o’clock the 5-day power reserve is denoted by blocks on the gauge similar to a fuel reserve. The uniquely shaped hour and minutes hands are filled with a specially created lumanova made in collaboration with Black Badger. The triple pare-chute shock-absorbing balance wheel is found at 6 o’clock.
The somewhat discrete rotating bezel is well concealed, once turned the crystal with the numerals also rotates. The color of this crystal is mesmerizing, it manages to showcase so many different hues of blues to a nearly dark black. The watch can be wound and set from the screwed-down crown at 12 o’clock, the rivets found on the crown make the watch easy to wind and set. The pusher to activate the LED lights is found at 6 o’clock on the mid-tier of the case. In principle, the concept of the dynamo, converting mechanical energy into electrical energy, originates from old bicycle lamps. The governor at 4 o’clock is responsible for extracting the energy from the mainspring, our friend SJX breaks it down step by step, here.
The calibre DB2080 is composed of 400 parts and 32 jewels and features centralised sweeping seconds. This calibre adds another impressive milestone to the relatively young company.
Brand: De Bethune
Measurements: 44mm x 12.80mm
Set: Complete 2020