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With diving becoming popular from around the middle of the 20th century, divers required reliable tools to keep track of the amount of air in diving tanks as well as their underwater activities. Back then, several major watch brands responded to the popularity of diving by introducing quality dive watches in iconic and classic forms.
Today, an iconic dive watch hailing from the 1960s that is still in good condition can be obtained by watch enthusiasts capable of forking out a considerable sum of money.
|Pablo Profundo VB-2|
If you are a watch collector looking for a quality timepiece that reflects the glorious 50s and 60s at an affordable price point, then the Profundo VB-2 by Pablo’s Watches could be just for you. This timepiece, exclusively offered by Gnomon Watches, is a painstakingly crafted dive watch infused with the spirit of the 50s and 60s.
Pablo has crafted the Profundo to be a classic automatic dive watch with meticulously crafted details and a proper Swiss Made ETA2824-2 mechanical movement. Moreover, this quality timepiece boasts an accessible price point.
The Profundo VB-2 is made up of a sturdy 316L stainless steel case, measuring 40mm wide and 49mm from lug to lug.Thus the size of the VB-2 is excellent for a typical dive watch, with optimal durability and readability.
|Raised Vintage Hour Markers|
Effectively fashioned, the case consists of high-polished sides and a mixed finishing of hand satin-brushed on the top surfaces. Furthermore, the slim bezel that runs along the length of the case is high-polished. The screw-down crown that is 6.5mm in diameter and that was labeled by watch enthusiasts as the “Big Crown” of the 60s also merits singular attention. Premium quality gaskets ensure that both the crown and case back of this watch have a solid 200m water resistance.
Drilled lug holes
Additionally, the Profundo VB-2 boasts of old-school drilled lug holes to enable the wearer to tailor the watch straps based on his or her outfits and moods.
|Old school drillled lug holes|
“Pablo Profundo”, the serial number of each piece produced as well as other remaining details on the circumference, have been seamlessly inscribed onto the caseback.
The 60s box-shaped sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating underneath on the dial ensures that time is always shown clearly both above and underwater.
To boot, the dial of the Profundo VB-2 features an oceanic theme with a blueish gradient dial, commonly termed as a "Gradient or Horizon: dial”. The color of the dial mirrors the depth of the ocean. As the wearer dives deeper underwater, the surface blue color would darken. An outer closed minute track together with three dimensional raised hour markers also indicates minutes.
|Box-shaped sapphire crystal|
The classic black aluminum bezel bears testament to the past, with the white vintage colored pearl that matches the dial. Also worth mentioning is thhe red color triangle at 12 that is a tribute to the iconic divers of the 60s.
The attested Swiss ETA 2824-2 Elabore automatic movement with 25 jewels count that runs at 28,800bph as well as a 40 hours power reserve powers the VB-2. With this quality Swiss movement, the wearer can enjoy hacking seconds when adjusting the time.
Swiss ETA 2824-2 Elabore automatic movement
A stunning, vintage-inspired 316L steel bracelet (oyster-style) with riveted sides with a highly tapered profile of 20mm to 16mm further adds to the retro atmosphere that the Profundo already inspires.
Serial Numbered screw in caseback
A valuable, modern-retro watch worth diving into (pun intended)!
Premium quality finishing, a well-fashioned design, as well as a highly coveted Swiss Elabore automatic movement are just some of the long-term benefits of the VB-2 that wearers and collectors can look forward to. This intricate timepiece reminiscent of the 60s is akin to many of the higher-end Swiss watches and is limited to just 200 pieces. Yet its affordable price point would certainly please many watch enthusiasts with a budget. Indeed, one can say that the classic dive watches of the 60s have staged their comeback in the form of the Profundo VB-2.
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