It was during Baselworld 2018 that Robert-Jan and myself met with Jacob Hatzidimitriou. Jacob had reached us and might want to show us his Ianos Avyssos diver’s watch that he expected to present. Something which is asked us all the more regularly and, on the grounds that most of these goals must be tended to as ‘well-implied however not appropriate necessary’, which we didn’t have elevated standards of.

These assumptions, nonetheless, changed following Jacob gave us a model of his watch.

The Ianos Avyssos diver’s watch and its connection to Symian wipe jumpers finding the Antikythera mechanism

And that was only the watch. With a family legacy in wipe jumping, to Jacob, it’s vital that the story behind his watch undertaking will be told also. This is the story by which he was motivated and to which he devotes the watch. What’s more, I need to concede, it’s a fascinating story undoubtedly. An anecdote about old Greek and courageous wipe jumpers, before scuba plunging was even invented.

The Ianos Avyssos on my wrist


Let’s start with the brand name Ianos. Ianos is taken from the God Janus, who was a Roman God of beginnings and closures, entryways, entryways, entries, advances, duality, and time. So let’s say, basically everything. Beginnings and time may be the most significant for Ianos. Incidentally, January – the start of the year – was named after Janus as well.

I need to ask Jacob, being Greek (which you would have speculated from his family name with four I’s in it), why he picks a Roman God to name his image after and not a Greek one. Janus is related with the Etruscan God Culsans who is a God of beginnings and entries also. In any case, he has no Greek same. Albeit in folklore Janus is accepted to come from Thessaloniki in Greece, he at that point moved to Latium in Central-Italy, where he established the Roman law-and farming frameworks and money.


So far the motivation for the Ianos brand name. Presently, where does the model name Avyssos come from? Avyssos gets from the Greek , which means one who possesses the pit. In the Greek rendition of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the pit addresses both the first incomplete creation and the Great Deep of the early stage waters of creation. So to say, the basic bedlam before creation. A more current clarification of void, notwithstanding, is vast profound waters. This is more satisfactory for a diver’s watch and will have been Jacob’s motivation for his first watch’ model name.

Design elements

Running indicator

On to the motivation for the plan components of the Ianos Avyssos, and now getting to the Greek wipe jumpers. A detail that quickly stands out is the wheel-shaped dial opening at 6 o’clock. I gained from Jacob that the type of this opening in the dial was taken from the principle stuff of the Antikythera mechanism. The Antikythera mechanism is the most seasoned computer found by Greek wipe jumpers, simply off the Greek island of Antikythera roughly 70 years BC. This opening in the dial turns out to be not simply an aesthetical contribution. It’s the sign for the wearer of the watch to check whether it’s running or not. A very significant element, which even is referenced as a fundamental one in the ISO 6425 Dive Watch Standard.


Index markers

On second look you’ll notice the state of the list markers. They’re not round, nor square or stick markers. The state of the Avyssos list markers is taken from the stones which wipe jumpers from the Greek island of Symi use as a load to get to more prominent deeps as fast as could be expected. They’re known as kampanelopetra (petra importance stone in Greek) and have been utilized for millennia.

Dial and hands

There will be three dial varieties of the Ianos Avyssos. They all have excellent outspread blurred dials and are created in the notable sandwich development. The straight hands fit well to this dial, and the moment and hour hand have been sufficiently made in various colors.

Some words on the Antikythera mechanism

As referenced over, the state of the momentous running pointer of the Ianos Avyssos was taken from the Antikythera mechanism. The Antikythera system was recovered from the Antikythera wreck off Point Glyphadia on the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901. The wreck had been found in April 1900 by a gathering of Greek wipe jumpers who recovered various huge artifacts. On 17 May 1902, paleologist Valerios Stais found that one of the bits of rock had a stuff wheel implanted in it. He at first accepted that it was a cosmic clock, however most thought to be the gadget to be too complex to have been built during the very period as different pieces that had been discovered.

The Antikythera mechanism

Investigations into the article were dropped until British science antiquarian and Yale University educator Derek J. de Solla Price got keen on it in 1951. It was simply after x-beam and gamma-beam pictures that in 1974 Price had the option to distribute a 70-page report on the development and usefulness of the component. It brought up to be a gadget fit for showing precisely how the sky would search for quite a long time to come – the situation of the moon and sun, lunar stages, and even obscurations – yet additionally determined the circumstance of a few panhellenic athletic games, including the old Olympic games.

After the significance of the Antikythera system became realized it has been the motivation for some undertakings to recuperate a greater amount of its parts and mysteries. Also, numerous models and entertainments of the system have been made. The most perky being this one , and the most notable to us watch enthusiasts, must be the one made by . More authority data on the Antikythera component can be found at the  site, or through . Also, a clarifying video can be found on YouTube.

The present day part of the Ianos Avyssos

Besides all the motivation from antiquated Gods and Greek wipe jumper history, I’m happy there’s a fundamental present day plan part to the Ianos Avyssos too. Don’t misunderstand me; I can completely comprehend the significance of a decent story backing up a watch. Nonetheless, with the SIHH – where there’s a glad story behind each watch – still new in my memory, I preferably prefer to purchase a decent watch over a decent story. The Ianos Avyssos is definitely that, a decent watch. A watch which without anyone else pulls in from the outset sight – as clarified in the principal passage of this article.

What is it that causes the Ianos Avyssos to draw in so vigorously? As far as I might be concerned, it’s particularly the state of the packaging. The case has been intended to complement the wrist’s ebb and flow and has slanted edges. It makes the watch look light and practically natural. Furthermore, that’s precisely how it feels when wearing it just as in the event that it has a place with your wrist. It appears it just ought to be there.

An cunningly planned casing

Additionally, the case back has been reexamined in a cutting edge setting and has been planned with a profound longitudinal furrow going through it. The motivation behind this notch is lodging a NATO-type lash; it will sit in the referenced section and consequently not add to the wearing stature of the watch on your wrist. Not exclusively does the watch wear truly comfortable like this, yet it empowers a fast lash change too. At last, utilizing this sort of tie development makes for wellbeing. When brought about by oppressive power, one of the lash push-pins would break; the watch will remain tied to your wrist by the other.

Under the tie, a roundabout glass-shrouded opening can be found. It will show you the hand-winding Sellita SW216-1 mechanical development. It probably won’t appear to be a conspicuous decision to utilize a hand-twisting development in a plunging watch. In any case, this basic and productive type a lot of equivalents the way wipe jumpers utilize basic and effective, tried and trustworthy instruments like a rope and a stone. Too, a hand-winding development carries the wearer nearer to his watch. Consistently the person in question has a chance to contact and re-appreciate it.

The little round mineral glass uncovering the hand-winding Sellita SW216-1 movement

To improve the sensation of effortlessness and usefulness considerably further, the uni-directional turning bezel and the screw-down crown both have been given fastener like designs.


Price and specifications

I’ll finish this audit posting some specialized subtleties, and data on cost and accessibility. One shouldn’t be tricked here by numbers, however. In its structure, the Ianos Avyssos is altogether different from some other watch you know, and accordingly extremely hard to compare.

Halfway March 2019, a Kickstarter crusade was started to make the Ianos Avyssos accessible. The watch will be introduced in two case varieties, exposed and PVD-covered treated steel. There are four dial varieties. The cost for the Avyssos is CHF 1,250, barring VAT.

Additional data can be found at , which is done and online now.


The Ianos Avyssos on my wrist The little round mineral glass uncovering the hand-winding Pesseux 7001 development