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The Avyssos is a refreshing watch, so unique from the largely derivative field of divers out there. The historical inspirations of the watch also encouraged me to dig in a little more to the history of Greek sponge diving and the discovery of the Antikythera shipwreck and its mechanism, which somehow imbued the watch with more, ahem, depth. I like watches with good back stories and this one, despite being a new brand, has a rich one. For of all the “vintage” and “retro-inspired” dive watches out there, the Ianos Avyssos manages to be the most retro of them all, while at the same time, seeming entirely fresh and new.
— Jason Heaton

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What I think everyone will buy into—and I think this is going to be the big selling point for the Avyssos—is the sub-dial. A lumed pinwheel rotates every 60 seconds beneath the 4-part aperture, creating an interesting alternative to a seconds hand. The shape of the sub-dial aperture is taken from one of the Antikythera mechanism’s two faces. The idea here isn’t accurate counting of seconds but a bold and quick assurance that the watch is running (this is the purpose of a seconds hand according to the ISO 6425 dive watch standard).

Ianos has managed to deliver an original, coherent, and exciting dive watch with multiple features you won’t find elsewhere, and for that I’m giving the Avyssos my highest marks by predicting it will be quite a hit.
— Allen Farmelo

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Besides all the inspiration from ancient Gods and Greek sponge-diver history, I’m glad there’s an important modern design part to the Ianos Avyssos as well. Don’t get me wrong, I can fully understand the importance of a good story backing up a watch. However, with the SIHH – where there’s a proud story behind every watch – still fresh in my memory, I rather like to buy a good watch than a good story. The Ianos Avyssos is exactly that, a good watch. A watch which by itself attracts on first sight – as explained in the first paragraph of this article.

What is it that makes the Ianos Avyssos attract so strongly? For me, it’s very much the shape of the casing. The case has been designed to complement the wrist’s curvature and has sloped edges. It makes the watch look light and almost organic. And that’s exactly how it feels when wearing it as well, as if it belongs to your wrist. It seems it just should be there.
— Gerard Nijenbrinks

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In these days of globalised production and democratised design it seems like there are more micro watch brands than ever before and, really, most of them are pretty forgettable, all riffing from the same songbook/factory catalogue. So when something a little left of centre shows up, I tend to pay attention.

The combination of rich history, unusual design choices and quite solid construction techniques adds up to an attractive, if unconventional, watch.
— Felix Scholtz

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Είναι άλλωστε προφανείς στην αισθητική του οι επιρροές τόσο από την ελληνική παράδοση των Συμιακών σφουγγαράδων όσο και από τον κόσμο της αρχαίας Ελλάδας και συγκεκριμένα από τον περίφημο Μηχανισμό των Αντικυθήρων, ένα από τα παλαιότερα αστρονομικά όργανα μέτρησης του χρόνου στην ιστορία.

Εμείς στο HOURS είχαμε την ευκαιρία να δούμε, να περιεργαστούμε και να φορέσουμε τα πρώτα μοντέλα Avyssos και θεωρούμε ότι πρόκειται για μία σοβαρή, προσεγμένη και τίμια προσπάθεια με εξαιρετική σχέση ποιότητας και τιμής.
— Fanny Zafraka