Within the area of dive watches, there are a few very well-known heavy hitters, combined with numerous variations on the ever-popular theme. Some have real-life historic relevance, whereas others merely embrace the utilitarian idea to create their take of a diver. Flying a bit bit beneath the radar of the higher public maybe, however to not be neglected by anybody eyeballing a correct dive watch with true heritage, is Squale. The model combines classic designs with strong building and dependable actions. It’s additionally not shy of embarking on particular collaborations, the most recent one with pre-owned watch specialist Montredo. That is the Squale x Montredo 1521 Restricted Version.
Squale dates again to 1948 when it was based by Von Buren S.A. to provide numerous firms with instances, dials, arms and extra. These would discover their method into a number of the most revered dive watches in historical past, together with the case for the unique Blancpain “Bund” Fifty Fathoms. The corporate’s brand appeared on a variety of manufacturers as secondary branding, testifying to Squale’s high quality and know-how. By the late Fifties Squale would begin producing watches beneath its personal title, and since then has centered on dive watches solely.
The Squale 1521 is the less complicated dive watch within the assortment and is taken into account by some as one of the crucial influential diving watches of the Nineteen Seventies. It has at all times been a form-follows-function watch, and with this collaboration that hasn’t modified one bit. The totally polished metal case measures 42mm throughout and is topped by a uni-directional bezel and an offset crown at 4 o’clock. On the entrance, there’s a flat sapphire crystal, with a strong caseback masking the motion. Water-resistance is rated at 500 meters, which is loads sufficient.
What modified for the Squale x Montredo 1521 is the bezel insert, now showcasing minimalistic 5- and 15-minute markers. It additionally receives the lollipop central seconds hand from the Squalematic 60 Atmos, the larger brother to the 1521. The matte-black, no-date Militaire dial has a really tactile attraction, with a singular set of markings and logos discovered on no different Squale 1521. Time is indicated by giant, sword-shaped arms with the minute hand being finished in vivid orange. In fact, every thing is coated with Tremendous-LumiNova.
Squale depends on the tried-and-tested Sellita SW200-1 computerized motion for the 1521 assortment, which is used on this one as nicely. It serves as maybe the go-to alternative for the ETA 2824. It has 26 jewels in complete, and ticks at a frequency of 28,800vph. The facility reserve may do with an replace although, because it tops out at 38 hours. In on a regular basis use, nevertheless, it wouldn’t trigger you any points.
The Squale x Montredo 1521 is worn on a black rubber Tropic strap with a metal pin buckle and comes with a secondary brown leather-based strap. It’s additionally provided with a black leather-based Squale branded journey pouch. Introduced as a restricted version of fifty items, the value is ready at EUR 1,099. It’s solely obtainable by means of Montredo from the 2nd of February 2022.