November 15th, 2013: The new Aquadive Bathysphere 300 Model 51 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the original Aquadive Model 50, the model 51 is a high end modern update of the classic Time-Depth Model 50, produced with the exact same case as the original Aquadive and powered by a highly refined Manufacture caliber, an all Swiss manufactured and assembled automatic high end movement, with a twin barrel mechanism and 5 days of power reserve.
“This limited production Model was developed for collectors, purists and aficionados who love the style of the original iconic 1973 watch and desire a show piece movement to accompany their investment,” says Martin Beck, CEO of Aquadive watches.
The original Aquadive Model 50 debuted in 1973 with a design and function so revolutionary it was patented (US Patent No.3377860). A professional dive watch from lens to caseback, the Model 50 incorporated the industry’s first mechanical depth gauge. The new technology required a 47mm case to accommodate the oil filled depth gauge and the electronic movement. No less than astronaut/aquanaut Scott Carpenter approved and endorsed the watch in early advertising programs. The big, bold Model 50 became an instant “must have” amongst the diving elite at atime when modern advanced dive computers were still decades away.
The Haute Horology Model 51 utilizes the same case as the original. It is machined and forged in Germany out of a 60mm solid steel disc cut from a 316L surgical grade 3meter rod. Each Case is then polished and brushed by hand in Germany. The remaining components including the dial, hands and crystal are all made in Switzerland. With a great attention to detail, parts like the retaining ring, the bezel ratchet mechanism are all CNC machined of solid stainless steel or bronze. Aquadive does not use any plastic parts in any of the Aquadive watches.
The stunning Model 51 is powered by 13.25 line Swiss manufactured movement with a 5 daypower reserve and twin barrel construction. It is a 35 jewel movement functioning at 28800 Bph. This movement is found in many watches that retail for well over $6000.
“Aquadive has a long and important reputation in the international diving community, significant for the development of many historic models. The Model 51 is the first in our series of classic updates with the goal of providing discriminating consumers with a true heritage Swiss watch that exceeds its original reputation,” adds Beck
The original Model 50 is now a highly regarded collector’s item. Some models were made for the U.S. Navy SEALS and command nearly $2000 on the collector’s market. The new Aquadive Classic Reissue line will make watches like the Model 50 available, with highly updated and desirable movements typically found in famous high end luxury watch brands. The new line represents a hybrid marriage of classic style and modern movements, in short, a new collectible.
Bathysphere 300: Model 51
1000 meter water resistant 300 Feet
47mm diameter, 53mm from lug to lug, 15mm height, See through case back
35 jewels, 28800 Bph Swiss Manufacture automatic movement featuring a twin barrel, 5 daypower reserve
German manufactured, Swiss finished case
Entire watch is manufactured in Europe of all European parts
About Aquadive Watches
Aquadive watches are a modern interpretation of the famous Aquadive dive watch brand of the1960’s, designed in the United States by a team of divers and engineers and handmade in Switzerland of German and Swiss materials.
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