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Collecting vintage diving watches

Post by koimaster » December 2nd 2019, 4:51pm

A new wave of collector interest in vintage underwater watches is seeing under-the-radar brands rise to the surface, says Simon de Burton

In 1954 National Geographic published an article about French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau’s exploration of Grand Congloue island off Marseilles, unexpectedly sending demand for his newly perfected Aqua-Lung diving apparatus through the roof. So it was no coincidence that the same year Rolex produced one of the world’s first purpose-built dive watches in the form of The Submariner, which – together with Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms – established a rising tide for functional underwater wristwear. Such pieces, made between the 1950s and the late ’80s – before the arrival of electronic dive computers – are now eminently collectable, with the best fetching six-figure sums at auction houses.

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