aquastar benthos 500, a not so common diver

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    Hi everyone

    Here is my latest arrival the aquastar benthos 500. How did I get to Aquastar, it is a long story. It started with an aquastar seatime that I bought at a watchmaker in 1996 and I kept it during a year. Knowing it couldn't be made waterproof because it is non screwded crown and because the seals and gaskets weren't made for it anymore, I sold it without any regret. This watch was fitted with an AS Movement. Later, I discovered a blog showing pics of the Benthos 500 and I interested myself to this watch. A friend of my uncle (a guy who had a carreer in the swiss army) used his from 1968 till 2005 in all kind of activity in any weather. This friend in question bought a double red sea dweller and gave his benthos to my uncle as a present of rememberance.My uncle gave me that watch for christmas 2009.







    The watch is back from restoration. Case has been slightly rebrushed, hands changed by nos ones, bezel and bezel mechanism were restored, selas and waterproofness were redone and tested and accuracy tested in six positions an reulated to +5 sec per day.
    As you can see in photographs, the benthos isn't a small watch, it is comparable to a plo prof or a sm 1000 in terms of case thickness.

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    georges
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    Re: aquastar benthos 500, a not so common diver

    That certainly is a big boy there Georges!! Can't say I've ever seen one of those before, but looks a nice watch, that will go on for many years to come with the work you've had done.....nice job

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    Re: aquastar benthos 500, a not so common diver

    That is one working watch! I too had not seen but the early diver market had some entrants like this - low volume - unique design - impressive engineering. Thanks for sharing....

    What's inside this one? Another AS?
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: aquastar benthos 500, a not so common diver

    Very nice vintage diver~Cheers!

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    Re: aquastar benthos 500, a not so common diver

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    That is one working watch! I too had not seen but the early diver market had some entrants like this - low volume - unique design - impressive engineering. Thanks for sharing....

    What's inside this one? Another AS?
    Yes, there were two types of AS used, AS 1902 for the first made models like mine with the slim crown and the AS 2162 for the last ones made with the fat crown.
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