Layers of Cool with the Squale T-183

The best part of any Baselworld (and I apologize for saying this the one year it isn’t happening) is not the big, impressive releases from major brands, though those get the most attention, it’s the rare unexpected gem from a brand that likely will go under everyone else’s radar. In 2019, that watch for me was the Squale T-183. Featuring a case made of layered black carbon fiber and red fiberglass, it was unexpected, exotic and oddly appealing. Best of all, despite the more decorative design, it maintained the DNA of Squale’s quintessential tool diver, the 1521, giving it a rugged, sporty overall appearance.

Squale T-183

  • Case Material: Layered Carbon Fiber and Fiber Glass
  • Dial: Black
  • Dimensions: 42mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Water Resistance: 600 meters
  • Crown: Screw-down             
  • Movement: Elaboré Sellita SW200
  • Strap/bracelet: Micro Fiber
  • Price: 1,250 CHF
  • Expected Release: Available Now


Fast forward to March 2020, and the T-183 is finally available, though with some changes. The case still utilizes the layered concept and boasts 60 ATM of water resistance, the bezel is still black DLC with a blacked-out ceramic insert, but the dial has been reconsidered to emphasize the red fiberglass. In lieu of pad-printed white lume, the T-183 now features applied markers with red lume fill, and hands that match. On a matte black dial, the design is now more aggressive, but also more ornamental, losing a bit of that tried-and-true tool diver feel.

Powering the T-183 is an elaboré grade Selitta SW200 automatic movement. The Squale T-183 has a price tag of 1,250 CHF and is available now in limited quantities, though it is not a limited edition.  Squale

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Zach is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Worn & Wound. Before diving headfirst into the world of watches, he spent his days as a product and graphic designer. Zach views watches as the perfect synergy of 2D and 3D design: the place where form, function, fashion and mechanical wonderment come together.
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