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Take a ride in the AQUADIVE time machine!
Your destination: Switzerland 1977
Your mission: Witness the birth of an iconic timepiece and an unforgettable piece of time
AQUADIVE is proud to be the only watch company in the world today to offer an updated NOS version of their vintage iconic timepieces. The soon to be released AQUADIVE NOS Model 77 (December 2012), is based on the iconic 70s design model, the 1977 AQUADIVE MARITIME.
The NOS Model 77 is a classic beauty, housed in a genuine NOS vintage case with a unique 70s Swiss design. only a limited quantity of these cases are still available in our inventory. The NOS Model 77 case is all original with beautiful sunburst S/S finishing and extremely durable PVD coating on the lower part of the case, In the 1970's, AQUADIVE would be one of very few companies who applied a layer of copper alloy to the case to make the PVD coating extremely durable. The original unidirectional rotating bezel has a black aluminum insert and operates on a very precise and solid 60 click mechanism. The model 77 case measures 40mm wide - excluding crown - and 46mm long, and has 22mm lugs. The NOS Model 77 is supplied on a specially designed NATO or rubber dive strap. The case, bezel, and case back and AS automatic movement are vintage genuine NOS parts originally manufactured in the mid 1970's in Switzerland. The crystal, gaskets, galvanized dial, hands, and ETA movements are all new Swiss made parts. The new 5mm thick crystal and gasket insure much higher depth rating than the original. So the NOS Model 77 case is now depth rated beyond 200m/660ft.
The modern black dial is a two piece galvanized and all SWISS made construction. The hands are a 100% reproduction of the original hands found in the vintage automatic version. The NOS self-winding 21 jewels Anton Schild movements are regulated to 20 seconds a day, due to age and features of this particular movement. They have all been disassembled, oiled, cleaned and serviced by our master watchmaker. They are the movements that were originally used in this case back in the mid to late 1970's. The vintage date wheels in the Anton Schild movement are white with red digits. Back in the 1970's, it was a common feature for date wheels in terms of legibility. So to stay true to the vintage heritage of this model, AQUADIVE did not switch the date wheels over to modern black versions on these vintage movements. With the modern ETA 2836 Elabore movements, the date wheel is black.
The NOS Model 77 is scheduled to be available for sale by mid December 2012. The introductory price will be $990 USD + shipping until JAN 31, then the pricing will go back to list price, at $1,290 USD. AQUADIVE manufactured 150 pieces with modern ETA 2836 Elabore movements for $990 USD, and only 50 pieces with the vintage NOS Anton Schild automatic movements for $1,090 USD. With the model 77, Aquadive is proud to offer the most affordable all Swiss Made dive watch on the planet.
The Model 77 was first developed in the early 1970's, and is entirely constructed and manufactured in Switzerland. The case was originally designed to accommodate a mechanical three hand, or chronograph, automatic movement; hence the thickness of the case back. In preparation for the digital revolution, it was later adapted and offered with a US developed LED module from the mid 1970's until the early 1980's. The LED module displayed hours, minutes, seconds, month, and date. Only a limited amount of this model were ever produced with the automatic movements. And very few used examples of this model - in either form - even exist today. And that makes them highly coveted by dive watch collectors around the world. When first manufactured, the case was depth rated to 20ATM.
NOS Anton Schild movement features: automatic, sweep second, date: set by changing 20-24h, 11.5 lines, Diameter = 25.6mm, 21 jewels, f = 21600 A/h, power reserve 44h
Whether you are a collector, a connoisseur, professional diver or deskdiver, with a passion for unique timepieces, rare limited edition watches, With the AQUADIVE NOS Model 77, you get the best of all worlds. a rare, collectible, iconic, and vintage dive watch with the modern engineering and updates to make it dependable and long lasting. And better yet, it has a factory warranty and the vintage NOS Anton Schild movements have been fully serviced by our master watchmaker. This NOS modern dive watch with a twist, pays tribute to the great AQUADIVE watches of the past, while remaining 100% authentic, genuine, and SWISS made. The qualities that made AQUADIVE so sought after in the 1960's and 1970's, are just as relevant today.
Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 3 o’clock
Case: Tested to the depth of 500 Meters
Solid stainless steel. 41mm diameter, 48 mm from lug to lug, x 15 mm height, 7mm crown diameter, 22mm lugs, 5mm crystal, Stainless steel screw down case back. Water – resistant to 200 meters (660 feet). Integrated automatic Helium Release Valve (HRV) at 2 o'clock. Limited Edition of 200 pieces due to limited availabiliy of the NOS cases
41mm stainless steel uni-directional rotating bezel, 60 clicks, original aluminum insert, engraved with elapsed time markings. 30mm crystal.
black or orange NATO or 22mm reproduction strap with stainless steel buckle.
5mm crystal with anti-glare coating.
ETA 2836 automatic movement, 42 hours power reserve
Posted by Brian M. on 24th Jan 2015
I received my NOS Model 77 yesterday, and I have to say… this timepiece is really something else! Incredible wrist presence, flawless fit & finish (as always with Aquadive) and it’s hard to believe that the case is NOS from the ‘70’s… mine is absolutely pristine. It has tons of that ‘70’s vibe, however, with a very unique look because of the combo PVD and sunburst SS case finish, PVD vintage style bezel and the hooded lugs. Just unbelievably cool! I will say that this is probably not the watch to choose if you like to “fly under the radar!” It’s certainly not small (41mm x 48mm) and sits quite tall due to the thick original caseback… it will definitely get noticed! Aquadive thoughtfully included the new slimmer profile caseback (as well as two NATO straps) with my order, but I’m going to stick with the original caseback and vintage-style rubber strap, as I love the prominent look of it, and want to preserve it’s vintage character. I ordered my watch with the ETA 2836 movement so I’m expecting it will keep great time and be bulletproof. So far, after 24 hours it’s +3 sec. Pretty good for a “workhorse” movement.
As you can probably tell… I absolutely love it! It is just a classic “tool” watch. Home run, Aquadive!!!