With modern conveniences galore, supercomputers in everyone’s pocket, and a culture that’s always looking to the future, it might be tough to put yourself in the shoes (flippers?) of a sponge diver off the Greek isle of Kalymnos. Things used to be so simple — a diver would hold their breath, dive under the surface, and collect as many sponges as they could to bring to market to support their family. In 1860 things changed. The first diving suit was brought to the island, a place full of people who relied heavily on sustenance from the sea. The people of the island were now able to dive deeper, stay down longer, and harvest more of the sponges that their livelihoods depended on.
Pop “1860s scaphandre” into your image search engine of choice, and you’ll be presented with the inspiration behind Ianos Watches’ newest creation – the Mihanikos. It’s a robust dive watch that’s highly stylized with a focus on organic design and heavily inspired by the bulky and rugged dive suits of the past. With thoroughly modern construction, these Swiss-made watches are packed with the specs you’d expect in a dive watch released in 2021, but with design cues that link the watch back into the past. Throw your dive helmet on, grab your favorite sea sponge, and let’s take a closer look at the Mihanikos.