The Boettger timepiece from Spinnaker boasts an avant-garde design that ingeniously re-imagines the dive watch. The timepiece is a unique tribute to Bernd Boettger, an engineer living in East Germany during the Cold War whose remarkable story of ingenuity, bravery and determination is what inspired this timepiece.
Bernd Boettger is credited as the inventor of the Aqua Scooter.
Like many of his generation, Boettger sought to escape and break past the borders to freedom in the West.
Looking at the at cold waters of the Baltic, Boettger believed a seaborne escape would be his best chance of making it out of East Germany.
His first attempt at making a swim of it failed as he was caught by border guards. He was luckily let off lightly owing to his skills as an engineer.
Determined, Boettger set about using his engineering skills to devise an underwater tug that would tow him further out to sea with the aim of reaching Scandinavia.