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New Arrival the “Original” Divers' Watch


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Got a Message earlier this week asking if I was interested in buying this, well these come up very often at the price offered so I have managed to PX in some watches that I never really bonded with so hasn’t hurt the bank balance which is a bonus

One of these has been on my radar for a little while as the “original” Divers watch that many have copied and aspired to over the years, being a “Aqua Lung” it was sold under the Jaques Cousteau line of sub Aqua equipment to the domestic market mainly , there’s quite a good blog of the history which explains it far better than me here 

http://people.timezone.com/jmerino/history50.pdf

 

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Hi.

 

Interesting piece, first Aqua Lung I’ve seen with the AS 13** series movement, have only seen ones with the AS17**series.

Do you plan on having it fettled, accredited & recorded at Blancpain?

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25 minutes ago, Karrusel said:

Hi.

 

Interesting piece, first Aqua Lung I’ve seen with the AS 13** series movement, have only seen ones with the AS17**series.

Do you plan on having it fettled, accredited & recorded at Blancpain?

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it was a bit of a leap of faith tbh so It might be a good idea to have it accredited with Blancpain , I have tried to do some research but read on one site that there is around 50 different variants of the Fifty Fathons watch, I found this one which appears to be near on identical to mine with the same movement 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1960-Blancpain-Rayville-Aqua-Lung-1000ft-Diver-Bold-Pre-Radiation-Type-SEAL/303557675495

 

 

 

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Indeed there were many iterations of the Fifty Fathoms, prototypes & French Navy variants, with first models showing ‘50 Fathoms’ on dial, being the most coveted.

The limited production allocation to TORNEK, USA, also found with varying fonts on the dial, are also highly sought after.

Interestingly, these TORNEK allocation were initially stripped of their ‘Swiss’ jewels, insistence of Federal import regulations, & replaced with ‘Mississipp’ rubies. :(  TORNEK found the home sourced jewels less efficient & replaced them (quietly) with the original (Swiss) jewels. :thumbs_up:

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