Squale Sub 39 Black Arabic

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.

The Sub 39 is based on old case designs. It is the same shape as our limited edition Subino and No Radiobino, scaled up to 39mm. The Sub 39 Black Arabic comes, as the name implies, with a stark black dial with white Arabic numerals. It is a re-launch of an old design from Squale’s archives. The vintage aesthetics are completed by a glass bezel inlay, looking remarkably similar to old bakelite inlays.

Diameter: 39mm
Water-resistant: 30ATM / 300 meters
Movement: Swiss-made Sellita SW200-2
Crystal: Domed sapphire
Bezel: Unidirectional with glass inlay


Availability: In stock

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