Squale 60th Anniversary Blue
It all began when a jet-set member from an entrepreneurial family, Charles von Büren, started assembling his own watches in 1946. In the fifties, scuba diving quickly became popular, both as a leisure activity as well as professionally. Charles got into the hobby, diving close to his home in lake Neuchatel. In 1959 he decided to focus on creating dive watch cases under a new name: Squale, Italian for “shark”.
Back in those days, it was much more common for watchmakers to specialize and combine parts from different manufacturers. Von Büren found an eager clientele for his cases in a.o. Blancpain, Heuer and Doxa. Oftentimes, the client-brand would place its logo at the twelve ‘o clock position. Squale, as the case maker, would place its own logo at the six ‘o clock position. This is why in current Squale watches, there are two logos on the dial. The main logo at twelve, in which you can spot Von Büren’s initials, and the curved shark at six.
Besides making cases for others, Squale also sold their own complete watches, which became particularly popular among divers in the late sixties. They were involved in several free diving record attempts and often given away as prices at such events. Furthermore, the watches were adopted by several special forces, among which the Italian navy and the French “Berets verts”
When Von Büren retired, the business was handed over to the Maggi family, who still operate it today.
We are the first in Europe to offer this special 60th-anniversary edition and what a beauty it is! Of course, Squale as a case maker has been around for much longer, but this watch celebrates 60 years of autonomous watch making from the brand. It has that unique vintage feel, although it is a thoroughly modern watch. From the domed sapphire crystal to the sapphire bezel inlay, reminiscent of old bakelite. Add to that a stunning blue sunburst dial and you have a real winner!
Diameter: 41mm at the bezel
Water-resistant: 30ATM / 300 meters
Movement: Swiss made ETA 2824-2 with 38h power reserve
Crystal: Domed sapphire
Bezel: Unidirectional 120 clicks with sapphire inlay