The AQUADIVE brand name watches were highly sought after wrist wear diving instruments during 60s and 70s, thanks to their toughness and reliability under extreme conditions. These extreme timepieces were hand crafted yet highly functional and made them the go-to watch of professional divers around the world.
After years of planning, the iconic AQUADIVE brand has been re launched by a team of watch experts and divers. A new line-up of watches was introduced in 2011, paying tribute to the great watches of the past, while remaining 100% authentic. Every AQUADIVE watch is produced to the highest industry standard, assembled by hand in Switzerland.
The first series of watches being introduced in 2011/ 2012 is partially made of genuine Aquadive new old stock components. Aquadive founders have made a commitment in 2004 to stick to the true roots of watchmaking in Switzerland and Germany, also to expand manufacturing to offer In- House made cases and other watch parts in the near future. Parts not originating from Europe are all then further processed and finished in Europe; they are carefully selected, and are made under inspection of Aquadive engineers on site.
The re-launch collection consists of three remarkable diving watch models: AQUADIVE 200 NOS vintage diver, Bathyscaphe 100 (versions: 100SS, 100 DLC & 100 N) and Bathyscaphe 300 SS. The AQUADIVE 200 NOS vintage diver case and crystal are new old stock, movement and gaskets are new and Swiss made. The Bathyscaphe 100 and 300 are CNC machined off one solid stainless steel blocks in Germany.
AQUADIVE 200 vintage NOS (New Old Stock) Diver
The AQUADIVE 200 vintage NOS (New Old Stock) Diver is a 100% Swiss Made timepiece with functions: Hours, minutes, seconds and date indication at 3 o’clock. The Swiss made Solid Stainless steel case with a satin brushed finish features a bidirectional non-ratcheting rotating bezel and a classic aluminum insert.
Case including caseback, bezel and Crystal were originally made in 1962 in Switzerland. The cases were found fully assembled with a heslite domed crystal in the old inventory. The crystal has been removed and replaced the gasket with new one. The old movement has been replaced with brand new ETA 2824-2 Swiss Made self-winding 25 jewel Swiss movement.
The AQUADIVE 200 vintage NOS Diver has a water resistance of 200 metes (660ft), and is equipped with a new Aquadive dial with applied superluminova markers.
Strap is NOS Tropic rubber strap of unknown origin or Nato strap. Stainless steel screw down case back Dimensions as follows – 37 mm wide (39.5 including the crown) and 40 mm long. Approximate retail price for this timepiece is $1290.00 (including Free Shipping).
AQUADIVE BATHYSCAPHE 100
The AQUADIVE BATHYSCAPHE 100 has an incredible water resistance of 1000 meters (3300 ft) and features an integrated automatic Helium Release Valve (HRV) at 6 o’clock. This limited edition model (500 pieces – number engraved) indicates: Hours, minutes, seconds and date indication at 3 o’clock.
The Stainless steel case including caseback and bezel are made in Germany using German raw materials and blanks. Every single step of the manufacturing process is carried out in Germany, cutting, CNC milling, drilling, polishing and brushing, DLC coated in Switzerland.
Crystal is made in Switzerland using Swiss raw materials. The dial printed raw dial originates from Far East, coating and finishing and Super Luminova application are carried out in Switzerland The raw ceramic bezel has been made in Far East according to European Standards, coating, finishing and quality control in Switzerland.
Strap is from Italy, using extra strong 2mm Swiss Made springbars. Bracelet is supplied by a German manufacturer in Pforzheim/Germany and made in their manufacturing facility according to German standards. Movement is Swiss Made ETA 2836-2 featuring Hours, minutes, sweep second, Self-winding mechanism with ball bearing rotor, Date, corrector, Stop second device Regulator system ETACHRON and regulator corrector and Novodiac Incabloc shock protection.
Dimensions of the watch case are 43 mm diameter excluding crown, 49 mm from lug to lug, 15mm height. The 43mm stainless steel uni directional rotating bezel (120 clicks, laser-cut ratcheting spring, scratch-free Ceramic insert) is engraved with elapsed time markings. The AQUADIVE BATHYSCAPHE 100 is also available in DLC version.
AQUADIVE BATHYSCAPHE 300
The AQUADIVE BATHYSCAPHE 300 has a staggering water resistance of 3000 meters / 10000 feet and makes it a perfect companion for diving professionals. The Bathyscpahe 300 uses the exact same case of the 1970s Model 50 Depth gauge Aquadive and 100% identical dimensions, but now equipped with the Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement and featuring a unique movement suspension system that isolates the movement from the case in a soft iron cage that also acts as an antimagnetic shield and anti shock protection system.
The Bathyscaphe 300 has a built in automatic HRV (Helium Release Valve) for added safety in extreme diving conditions.
The case including caseback and bezel are completely made in Germany using German raw materials and blanks. Every single step of the manufacturing process is carried out in Germany, cutting, CNC milling, drilling, polishing and brushing, DLC coated in Switzerland.
The Solid Stainless steel comes with a brushed/polished finish and also available with TiAcN coating). Dimensions of the watch are as follows: 53mm from lug to lug, 47mm diameter, 20mm height, 7mm crown diameter, 24mm lugs, 5mm crystal, 5mm Stainless steel screw down case back. Crystal is Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective 5mm flat sapphire with anti-glare coating and completely made in Switzerland using Swiss raw materials.
Movement is ETA 2824-2 self-winding 25 jewel Swiss made movement with Incabloc shock protection, tested and rergulated in 5 positions with an individual certificate that accompanies each watch. Functions are Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock.
Dial printed raw dial originates from Far East, coating and finishing and Super Luminova application are carried out in Switzerland The 45mm stainless steel uni-directional rotating bezel (120 clicks, laser-cut ratcheting spring, scratch-free Ceramic insert) is engraved with elapsed time markings.
The AQUADIVE BATHYSCAPHE 300 is secured with a genuine ISOfrane 24mm strap with solid stainless steel signed buckle. The brand also offers an optional Aquadive stainless steel bracelet based on a vintage Aquadive design, with automatic ratcheting dive suit extension or stainless steel Mesh bracelet.
The strap is made in Italy, using extra strong 2mm Swiss Made springbars. Bracelet is supplied by a German manufacturer in Pforzheim/Germany and made in their manufacturing facility according to German standards.
The AQUADIVE BATHYSCAPHE 300 model has been produced in a limited edition of 500 numbered pieces.