Designed in 2008 and developed with the help of the combat swimmers from the French Navy's Commando Hubert division, who have been using the watch since 2010, the WRX "Original" is a reference tool in the military world and for professional divers.
A version of the WRX Black Operator, the "Pirates Shadow" celebrates Ralf Tech's independant spirit through this dark and timeless piece. A totally unique timepiece for those who live under their own rules and like to show their different. This watch portrays a "rebellious" spirit and is for anyone whose view on how to live life is - "on the edge"! It is limited to 100 pieces per year.
The WRX Electric Black Operator (Black O) is the latest version of the WRX used by French Special Forces. The Ralf Tech 'Black Operator' was first designed and delivered in the fall of 2020 to two special forces units and a nuclear submarine launcher crew. The reference to "Operator" in its name is the term that designates men in contact with the enemy in external theaters of operations. Based on the WRX Electric Black, the Operator ("O") version is characterized by its increased water resistance, its simplified dial, and its matte black ceramic bezel. The black is for added stealth.
The WRX's case has a diameter of 47.5mm and is made of 316L surgical grade stainless steel, sandblasted with a black PVD coating and features a distinctive semi-cushioned shape and strong taut lines inspiring confidence and power. The case is 10mm thick at strategic points and is water resistant down to 100 ATM - 1000 meters underwater. The large knurled screwed down crown is protected from impacts with long crown guards.
The caseback is sealed to the watch using an exclusive encapsulation system. This innovation guarantees optimal water-resistance. In order to secure the maintenance of WRX watches, only Ralf Tech has the specific tool to open and close the case back of new models, thus guaranteeing, revision after revision, the original water-resistance of WRX watches. Thanks in particular to this new encapsulation system and to its innovative movement, this watch will only need to be serviced every 10 years.
The 120-click unidirectional rotating bezel is made of 316L stainless steel with a black PVD coating. It has a matte black bezel insert of Ceramfine® (an innovative highly scratch-resistant alloy consisting of 92% Titanium Grade 4 and 8% ceramic). The bezel insert also has a triangle pointer with SuperLuminova® C5 insert at the 12 o'clock position. The matte charcoal grey dial is protected by a 5.9mm extra thick domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and the hands are made of 316L stainless steel with a black PVD coating and luminescent surfaces of SuperLuminova® C5. The indexes are composed of SuperLuminova® Black.
This WRX features a new sandwich type dial. Composed of two thicknesses, they allow the application of a large quantity of SuperLuminova® on a disc placed under the main dial. Thanks to this stencil technique, readability is excellent by day and visibility is exceptional at night. This novelty also adds relief to the dial which gives it a style without equivalent.
The WRX Electric inaugurates a new type of movement at Ralf Tech. Developed and made in Switzerland exclusively for Ralf Tech, this new movement works according to a system of micro hybridization. It combines precision, reliability and energy savings. Built from the mechatronic base of the hybrid movement equipping the previous generations of WRX, the RTE001 movement reduces the number of moving parts and simplifies the quartz power supply as much as possible. Its autonomy can go up to 100,000 hours, i.e. almost 12 years, whereas most movements offer a power reserve of 40 hours for mechanical automatics and about 2 years for traditional quartz.
At the forefront of technology, the Ralf Tech Hybrid based movements are at the crossroads of two different mechanisms and combine the best of both of them. The Hybrid is both a quartz energy system and a self-winding mechanism. The Hybrid produces the necessary energy required for its power supply by absorbing wrist movement. This energy is then stored in an accumulator with a lifespan greater than 12 years. Working without batteries, this movement has a very low impact on the environment and can achieve extraordinary energy savings. A Ralf Tech hybrid is equipped, under its own weight, with an ultra high-speed rotor that can rotate up to 100,000 rpm, 5 times the maximum speed of a Formula 1 engine. This innovative system provides unparalleled precision. On average, Ralf Tech hybrid technology is 15 times more accurate than a traditional automatic movement.
This Ralf Tech WRX comes with 2 very comfortable large 26mm straps - a black silicone strap and a black Zulu strap - both with signed pin buckles. The watch is packaged in a NATO-approved waterproof polycarbonate Explorer carry case.
Operating in a temperature range of use from -10°C to +55°C, the WRX's resistance to shock and vibration is exceptional. And with 12 years of power reserve, their autonomy reaches record levels. Whilst their dials make them ultra legible in all environments. These technical characteristics, validated by sea trials with the assistance of the French Navy, are the sum of all Ralf Tech’s know-how. The WRX is intrinsically a high-performance high-efficiency tool watch.
Manufactured in France, the Ralf Tech WRX is the essential reference “Tool Watch” for adventure professionals, whether military or civilian.
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