Swiss diving watch specialist Aquastar presents Model 60, a new 37mm model that pays tribute to the brand’s earliest traditions in adventure and exploration activities. This timepiece is the re-edition of the Aquastar Model 60 from 1957.
On 23rd January in 1960 when US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, wearing an original Model 60, and co-pilot Jacques Piccard, made a pioneering journey to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste to a record-breaking depth of 10,916 meters (35,814 feet).
Walsh’s Model 60 is recognized as Aquastar’s inaugural tool watch housing the brand’s first major innovation – a friction ring in the rotating bezel to prevent accidental rotations. Devised and originally patented by Aquastar, this safety mechanism would later become a standard feature of dive watches.
In the brand’s early years, Aquastar also produced a wide range of nautical instruments, like compasses and analog depth gauges, many of which could be worn in conjunction with an Aquastar watch to create a singular timekeeping and navigational instrument for the wrist.
Thanks to this expertise, Aquastar turned out to be a perfect choice for mariners, professional divers, and ocean conservationists during the sixties and seventies.
The 2023 Model 60 pays tribute to this special era, with a new oil-filled compass which can be secured to the watch head using the tail end of a Tropic or NATO-style pass-through strap at 6:00.
The new Aquastar 2023 Model 60 has a stainless steel case with a Swiss-made La Joux-Perret G100 automatic movement beating inside it. It has a black dial with ecru-colored SuperLuminova.
Fitted with domed sapphire crystal glass, unidirectional rotating bezel and stainless steel case-back, this diver is water-resistant up to 200 meters.
The pre-order price of Aquastar Model 60 Re-Edition is $990 (retail price: $1,290). The first 100 orders will receive a free liquid-filled compass.
Model: Aquastar 2023 Model 60
316L Stainless steel
Crystal: Domed sapphire with anti-reflective coating
Bezel: Unidirectional rotating w/ ceramic bearings, engraved 60 minute count-up timer
Water resistance: 200m, 600 feet (20atm)
Swiss-made La Joux-Perret G100 automatic (Top Grade, adjusted in 4 positions)
Dimensions: Ø26 mm x 4.50 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz
Power reserve: 68 h
Lift Angle: 51 degrees
Number of rubies: 28
Rotor: Tungsten, Ball Bearing
Anti-Shock Device: KIF
Hour, minute and seconds indicators
Black with ecru-colored SuperLuminova
Black seatbelt-style NATO or genuine Tropic rubber strap
Stainless Steel beads-of-rice with push-button locking clasp (sold separately)
Gift with Purchase
First 100 orders receive a free liquid-filled compass
Pre-Order Price: $990
Retail Price: $1,290