by Christopher Scapelliti
In 2010, Carlos Coste established a new Guinness World Record for free diving—using no apparatus—by completing a 150-meter underwater swim through Dos Ojos, a colossal cenote (cave network) that twists for 31 miles under Yucatan, Mexico. The Venezuelan diver was armed with only a flashlight and a monofin when he made his death-defying dive.
Restricted to just 2,000 pieces, the Carlos Coste Limited-Edition Cenote Series boasts a number of original features to highlight Coste’s remarkable feat. The essential minute counter glows in the dark for ease of reading and to indicate time spent underwater. A triangle on the two-minute position symbolizes that Coste would be reaching his own breath record of 2:30 minutes for a dynamic dive at this point, and a second triangle at the seven-minute position highlights his record of 7:30 minutes for holding his breath during a static dive.
The 46mm titanium case has a top ring made of scratchproof ceramic, a plus for all extreme-sports aficionados who need their watches to be as resilient as they are. The numerals and triangle at the zero position are filled with SLN to provide optimum visibility in the darkness of cave dives, and the caseback is graced by the Carlos Coste logo and limitation number.
The Carlos Coste Limited Edition Cenote Series is water resistant to 500 meters and has an automatic helium valve at the nine-o’clock position. The pushers and screw-down crown are of stainless steel, and the watch is set on a titanium metal bracelet with easy adjustable folding clasp. Price is $4,350.