Squale Introduced the Squalematic and Tiger Final Edition

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This year at Baselworld 2016, Squale is introducing a pair of updated classic divers. Squale has a rich history of dive watches, and their vintage divers have become legendary amongst collectors. They are one of many brands who have capitalized on the popularity of their past by creating modern watches that borrow from their vintage classics.

SQUALE_SQUALEMATIC_3The first new watch for them this year is the Squalematic 60 ATM. This is a brand new model for them, but it is inspired by the glorious vintage Squale Masters of the past. The Squalematic will have the same familiar “von Buren” case style that they also used on their very popular 1521 models, but now in an updated 44mm diameter. Big watches are still in, and the new Squale is a nice addition to that market, without being gigantic. The recessed screw down crown is still at 4 o’clock for comfort and protection.

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The gorgeous dial is hand-painted and will feature distinctive steel markers with Superluminova accents for superb low light visibility. The coin edged, unidirectional bezel features a beautiful enamel inlay with 3D steel markers hand set into the enamel. This look again harkens back to the glory days of those incredible acrylic bezel inserts of the past, like the NOS bezels we saw on the Squale Master LE. To top it off, Squale is using a double domed sapphire crystal to add to the vintage look and feel to this neo-classic diver.

SQUALE_SQUALEMATIC_8The Squalematic has a depth rating of 60 atmospheres, or 600 meters below sea level, an increase of 10 ATM over the smaller 1521 divers. The watch will be powered by the tried and true Swiss ETA 2824 movement, so you know it will run smoothly and reliably. It will be available with a Tropic or Nato strap or steel bracelet. With a MSRP of around $1200, this will be one killer retro diver that is tough, reliable and will give you that vintage feel with modern specs and durability. Sign me up!

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The next offering is the Squale Tiger final edition, limited to 200 pieces world wide. While the Tiger may not be as famous as some of their other divers, it definitely has its place in Squale history. Debuting in 1987 and nicknamed the “Baby Ploprof” because of the red pushbutton the releases the bezel, the Tiger is a very distinctive and recognizable watch. This limited edition version is 44mm wide, with a large, flat metal unidirectional bezel that has inlaid luminescent ceramic markers for a really cool look.

SQUALE_TIGER_5It will have a depth rating of 30 atmospheres, or 300 meters below sea level. The dial will be available in three different colors: Black, Sunburst Blue and Luminova White that will be fully luminescent! Screw down crown at 3 o’clock with large crown guards and a flat sapphire crystal complete the package. This one will feature the Swiss ETA 2892 movement, and be available with an Isoprene Tropic or Nato staps, or Milanese mesh bracelet. The Tiger will also have an MSRP of around $1200, and wont’t last long with a limited run of 200.

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Christoph (Instagram’s @vintagediver) is a long time collector and lover of all things vintage, starting with comic books when he was a kid (he still collects them). His passion for watches began in 1997 when he was gifted a family heirloom vintage Omega Genève by his step-father. That started him on the watch collecting path—buying and selling vintage watches of all sorts, with a special appreciation for vintage dive watches and Seiko.

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  • bill stevens

    Man that squalematic is at the top of my list.

  • Никита

    Can’t wait! Any info on the date of availability? Please…

  • Joe0000

    Both the company and (usually) their ADs are small. There is an expectation of ‘character’ as they emphasize hand made/hand applied, but scratches are defects.

    Your AD should be on a first name basis with the people at Squale and be able to resolve this with one call. If we wanted impersonal/uncaring we would all be buying that other dive watch.

  • Joe0000

    Go to your local hardware store, look into the tool isle. This watch looks like equipment, diving equipment. I’m fairly certain this is as intended, for ‘pretty and expensive looking’ they have the Squalematic 60 Atmos.

    • eurochampsagain

      Eh what?

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