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ИAVI Nautical Jumping Hour x POPEYE

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Final Production model will have subtle difference from these Prototype photos


Sailing, however deep, dark or choppy the waters, is about finding one’s way. This inspired ИAVI, Vario’s nautical collection, centered around our blue planet’s most iconic, yet mysterious element: the ocean.

Navigation is a great way to find oneself. Away from the noise, confusion and stress of the land world, here is the chance to experience the freedom of solitude — for a weekend, for weeks, or until Neptune knows when.

Our ИAVI watch collection quotes its clues from marine vessels: a helmsman’s wheel, sailor hat crown, hands from barometer or steam engine gauges, sub-dials with an anchor or compass hand, then a porthole for hour window. On top of it, an optical lens sits as a water droplet, to magnify the “jumping hour”. This rare complication has a hidden hour wheel jumping to the current time number, like date windows do, instead of the hour hand sweeping around the dial.

The Popeye Edition

For fans of the world’s most beloved sailor, our Popeye the Sailor Man edition adds a nostalgic touch to this collection. Popeye is featured prominently on the watch dial, his iconic arms pointing to the minute, or as a smaller colourful or monochrome face moving on the sub-dial. 

Vario’s ИAVI watches will remind you of the motion of the ocean, with its splashing and swooshing, soothing sounds of water. Let the rocking of the ship lull you, let the wind relax your ears and free your mind.

vario nautical jumping hour watch

vario jumping hour nautical watch

Final Production model will have subtle difference from these Prototype photos

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What is a Jump Hour movement?

Watches with a jump hour complication have an hour hand that does not sweep between the hours. Instead, it points exactly at the current hour and jumps to the next hour as the minute hand reaches 60 minutes. Theoretically this makes telling the time a bit easier, as the current hour is always being pointed at directly.


For this classic version, there is about 7-8 mins where you can't make out the hour due to Popeye's muscular hand blocking the hour window.


Why use a Jump Hour movement?

We love Seiko NH Series movements as reliable workhorses but once we own half a dozen of NH movements, we yearn for a special timepiece with a complication once reserved for high end watchmaking. At Vario, we try to make interesting watches at the affordable price range so enthusiasts can get more value from their watches and hence Seagull Jumping hour movement ST1721 was chosen for this timepiece.


Who is Popeye?

Popeye is a rough and tough sailor with a heart of gold who always does what he can for others and always doing what he thinks is best. He is brave and compassionate, as he will not back down against any foe and give them all he has got, but his compassionate nature makes it so he always tries to "defends the weakerist", as he cannot stand seeing the weak and helpless get abused. Popeye has a long and rich history spanning nearly a century and is one of the most recognizable and beloved cartoon characters in the world, and is consistently regarded as one of the best ever created.


Tentative Specs
Seagull Jumping hour movement ST1721
38mm brushed case 11mm thick
Flat sapphire crystal
20mm lug width
46mm lug to lug
Solid caseback
10ATM water resistance (He's a sailor, not a diver)
Distressed Italian leather strap


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vario x popeye watch




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