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From producing watches and watch cases for many Swiss brands in the past to crafting their own range of professional dive watches in the 50s, Squale is known internationally for their excellent quality divers. Setting the benchmark for several decades, this Swiss watchmaker has supplied fine timepieces to various formidable Swiss brands and armed forces, including the Folgore Brigade which consists of battalions of paratroopers that are part of the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (Italian Air Forces) and the Italian Navy’s Diving Corps, also known as the Marina Militare Italiana.
After more than 60 years of crafting exquisite watches that have rocked the watch industry, Squale makes a colourful comeback after its 60th Anniversary Edition 30 Atmos last year with their newest edition of the much loved 30 Atmos GMT diver, this time featuring a two-tone blue and red ceramic bezel. The Squale 30 Atmos GMT is back and has never been more FIN-tastic!
|Squale 30 ATMOS Blue/Red GMT Ceramica - SEL Bracelet|
Handcrafted in Switzerland, the Squale 30 Atmos GMT Blue/Red Ceramica - SEL Bracelet is powered by a Swiss Made ETA 2893-2 / Sellita SW330-1 automatic movement with quickset GMT and date function. Based on a vintage diver model produced by Squale in the 1960s, this timepiece is built with the coveted GMT function indicated by an additional red GMT hand.
Measuring a spacious 42mm in diameter, the Squale 30 Atmos GMT has a height of 13mm. Coupled with a short lug to lug length of 49mm, this timepiece is built with lugs that are curved downwards for a comfortable fit on most wrist sizes. This watch also features a large screw-down crown that operates seamlessly due to its larger than usual screw tube which allows for a 300m water resistance.
|Swiss Made ETA2893-2 movement with GMT function|
What sets this timepiece apart is its two-tone ceramic bezel, an impressive and complex feature crafted to perfection by Squale. The manufacturing process of this ceramic bezel follows two stages. Firstly, the ceramic is cut into shape and machines made specially for this purpose engrave numerals flawlessly onto the ceramic bezel. The engraved bezel is then super-heated to 1500 degrees Celsius to harden and purify the ceramic, ensuring that its colours are permanent and allowing for enhanced scratch resistance that maintains its shiny new sheen for many years.
The bi-tone bezel stays true to the quintessential GMT colourway of an ocean blue upper half and a scarlet red on its lower half. Adding to the allure of this unidirectional 120-clicks bezel, the ceramic material used radiates a glossy lustrous look, mimicking the effect of the handsome Bakelite bezels commonly forged on vintage dive watches. Usually, I would say that a picture speaks a thousand words, but they really don’t do the magnificence of the Squale 30 Atmos GMT justice.
|New handset and font type|
Nostalgia oozes from the Squale 30 Atmos GMT with its faithful continuation of some traits that have characterised the 1545 series such as the unique Squale handset design and minimalistic dial format. The timepiece showcases a sunburst black dial complemented with vintage-styled hour markers and handset which have been synonymous with Squale dive watches for decades. These applied markers and handset are also painted with Super-LumiNova that glows green in the dark. Furthermore, the dial of this watch is protected with a flat sapphire crystal. Coated with anti-reflective on its interior for greater clarity, this crystal also has a 2.5x magnifier over the date display.
Entirely designed and hand finished in Switzerland, this watch has a satin-brushed top surface and high-polished sides, the trademark of Squale timepieces. Also, the transitions between brushed and polished portions of this watch are well-defined, branding it a Squale masterpiece.
The Squale 30 Atmos GMT comes with a satin-brushed metal bracelet with solid end-links and screw-in links. This sleek bracelet also has a diver extension, deeming this timepiece your perfect companion for all kinds of underwater adventures.
Taking after several popular sold-out 30 Atmos models, the Squale 30 Atmos GMT Blue/Red Ceramica - SEL Bracelet combines modern manufacturing techniques with the timeless 60s vintage design. The search for a reliable GMT timepiece is complete with this exquisite watch that is sure to cater to watch collectors from all walks of life. Flaunting a masculine charm with a solid feel attributed to its 316L stainless steel case and bracelet, this watch matches up to the highest quality, as expected of a Squale timepiece, as well as a superb cost-performance ratio.