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  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
  • Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed
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Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed

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Estimated delivery in July 2022.

Squale is a legendary brand founded by Charles von Büren in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1959. At first, they were more famous for being an excellent manufacturer and supplier of watch cases - supplying their cases to brands like Blancpain, Doxa, and TAG Heuer. The Squale curved shark logo was also featured on some of these brands’ watches as it was considered a hallmark of quality. Squale also sold watches bearing its name, and today, they are well regarded as a brand steeped in history, offering quality Swiss-made timepieces at an excellent price point.

The Marina Militare (Italian Navy) is likewise a legendary unit that is a crucial part of the Italian armed forces. Squale’s connection with the Marina Militare goes back to the 1980s when they were awarded a contract to become the official watch supplier to the La Spezia Scuba Diving Corp - the Italian Divers and Raiders Command. For this purpose, unique Squale watches were designed and crafted according to the specific requests of the Navy itself. Additionally, the Marina Militare’s partnerships with the watch industry have always garnered a lot of fanfare and hype, becoming highly coveted timepieces instantly. 

Squale Master Marina Militare - Ltd Ed

Fourty years after that notable collaboration, the Marina Militare and Squale have decided to renew this exciting partnership, producing a watch in a limited edition of only 300 pieces. Like in the 1980s, the timepiece is worked on with the Italian Navy down to the minutest detail. 

For this unique collaboration, Squale decided to revive the historic Squale Master caseback. This model was one of the first casebacks designed by founder Charles von Büren in the 1960s. The Squale Master quickly became an established name in the world of diving enthusiasts, as famous freedivers such as Enzo Maiorca and Jacques Mayol chose it as their reliable companion during underwater adventures. Maiorca set the then world diving record of 67 meters wearing a Squale Master. It is of little wonder that the Squale Master was his watch of choice, as the technical characteristics of the pioneering watch guaranteed water resistance up to a depth of a thousand meters! 

Retro "sandwich" dial technique

Packed with innovations, the modern Limited Edition Squale Master Marina Militare is made of 316L stainless steel and is entirely satin-brushed. It has a diameter of 42mm, a height of 17mm, and a lug-to-lug of merely 49mm. While the watch’s 17mm thickness may appear daunting, it is needed as the wristwatch has excellent water resistance. Additionally, the 4mm sapphire crystal adds to the height as well. The watch will thus wear unabashedly on the larger side, but the relatively short lug-to-lug should keep the wristwatch within reach of smaller-wristed folks and sit comfortably on the wrist. 

The features of the timepiece have been designed to create an incredibly high-performance watch, able to meet the needs and high standards of the Marina Militare. Firstly, the dial was made with the “sandwich” technique - where the dial’s indices are cut out and layered on a fully lumed disk. The black sandwich dial allows more BGW9 Superluminova to be concentrated in the large indices. The Squale Master Marina Militare features the classic Squale-style handset and has circular indices throughout, apart from baton indices at 6 and 9 and an inverted triangular index at 12. A colour-matched date window can be found at 3, allowing for a helpful complication while not messing up the dial’s proportions. The Squale logo sits proudly at 12, while the Marina Militare logo is featured at 6 - proudly signifying the collaboration between two well-established organisations. The orange minute-hand complements the orange Marina Militare logo perfectly, creating a high contrast look against the black backdrop of the timepiece. 


Multi-polished finishings found throughout the case

The 120-click “bund” bezel is another unique feature of the Squale Master Marina Militare - without a dive time scale - and only one inverted triangle in Superluminova. This unique design is exclusively intended for use by the military diving corps and was born out of the need to monitor the hours spent on very long dives, not the minutes as in traditional dive watch bezels. 

The watch has a piece of 4mm thick sapphire crystal that has been treated with an anti-reflective coating, aiding legibility in harsh lighting conditions. The screw-down crown and caseback combined with the helium escape valve at 9 give the watch a stellar 1,200m water resistance! This water resistance was tested and certified by the Drass Galeazzi company (the world leader in the production of submarines). You know you will definitely be getting the real deal. 


BGW9 Superluminova glows in blue

Flipping the watch over will proudly unveil the caseback bearing the Italian Navy’s coat of arms, depicting the four Maritime Republics, as well as the edition number of the limited series. Each watch will be individually numbered XXX/300. 

Underneath the elegant caseback lies the Selita SW200-1 Elaboré movement. This Swiss movement has 26 jewels, beats at 28,800 BPH, and a power reserve of 38 hours. The Selita SW200-1 has been used for decades and has proven reliable and robust - just like the Italian Navy. As an elaboré grade movement, it has been adjusted across three positions and will be more accurate than its standard counterparts. 


Complete pelican boxset, limited to 300pcs

Squale decided to pair the watch on a 20mm black rubber strap. The strap gently tapers to a signed Squale buckle. The rubber strap is supple and should wear very nicely on the wrist, providing a pleasant and comfortable wearing experience. However, if the rubber is not your thing, the brand has also included a black Nato strap in the packaging. The limited-edition timepiece comes with a special commemorative packaging that features both the Squale and Marina Militare logos on the IP67-certified box. 

The Squale Limited Edition Squale Master Marina Militare has been 40 years in the making. Combining modern innovations and traditional watchmaking flair - the timepiece is a significant addition to Squale’s catalogue. It signifies the outstanding trust and relationship that the watchmaker has with the Marina Militare and further strengthens its rich history. With the Italian Navy consulted at every step in producing this wristwatch, fans will be getting a timepiece approved for the Navy’s rigorous use and a proper military wristwatch. Marina Militare watches do not come by often and usually sell out in the blink of an eye. We have a feeling this will be gone in a flash too.

Specifications

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Maker
Squale
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Movement
Automatic Sellita SW 200-1 Elaboré
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Dial
Matte Black Dial - Sandwich
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Luminous
BGW9 SuperLuminova
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Case
316L Stainless Steel - Brushed
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Bezel
Brushed Steel, Uni-Directional, 120 Clicks
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Crown type
Screw-in crown at 4 O'clock
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Lug width
20mm
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Crystal material
Sapphire Crystal with A/R Coating
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Strap
Squale signed black rubber strap with additional nato strap
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Water resistance
1200m
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Dimensions
40mm in diameter (42mm with bezel) , 49mm lug to lug, 17mm thick.