Squale Teams Up with an Elite Italian Dive Squad for their Latest Limited Edition

We’re in the midst of a long Fourth of July weekend here in the US, which means summer has more than arrived, and if you weren’t already in full colorful dive watch mode, now’s the time to figure out what the poolside, cocktail sipping watch is going to be. Squale, with their new Master x Palombari del Comsubin diver with a bright blue dial, is a late entry in the ongoing summer watch sweepstakes. The watch combines a unique piece of Italian military heritage into its design, and represents a surprising first for the brand. It’s also likely that its impressive specs can handle time at the beach, the pool, waiting around at the airport, and a whole lot more this vacation season. 

The watch is based on Squale’s Master Marina Militare platform, relaunched in 2022 but with roots going back to the 1960s. The overall design here is 100% tool diver, with a simple, unfussy case, and a dial that’s similarly focused on the important stuff, namely legibility and providing plenty of lume via a sandwich dial construction. The seal on the dial at 6:00 is that of the Comsubin dive team, an elite segment of the Italian Navy that specializes in the most complex underwater operations. The bright blue shade used for the dial is both a Squale signature and an homage to the Comsubin uniform, which is a similar tone. Squale says that the Comsubin played a key role in the design of the watch, which is specced to handle just about anything they might encounter – members of the team are not only dive certified to 300 meters, but also trained in parachuting and trained to engage in sea rescues when dropped from a plane or helicopter. 

Besides the military connection, the headline here is the case material. Surprisingly, this is the very first Squale dive watch to be constructed from grade 5 titanium, but it makes a ton of sense given the need for this watch to be useful and tactical in life and death military situations. It’s equipped with a helium escape valve and has an impressive water resistance rating of 1200 meters. It measures 41.65mm in diameter with a case thickness of 16.15mm. It runs on a reliable Sellita SW 200-1 caliber, and the bezel insert is brushed ceramic. 

The retail price of the new Master x Palombari del Comsubin dive watch is $1,790. It’s a limited edition of 500 pieces, with the first 80 reserved for members of the Comsubin dive team. Squale

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.