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    French Diver

    I was looking for a fun watch to add some weirdness to my collection and stumbled upon this late 60's early 70's french diver.
    It's in fantastic condition, except for the nicely worn bezel, and with only a couple of tiny marks on the dial.

    Intra is a brand which I have never seen before, even after extensive searching I can't find anything on the brand.
    Anyone seen other Intra watches or heard of the brand?

    Size wise it's a nice 38mm with 19mm lugs and I love how the days are displayed in French.

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    Some photos of the FE 3610 (3612) inside.

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    Last edited by cjperry; February 8th, 2015 at 14:48. Reason: Added movement photo
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    Re: French Diver

    Looks great. The only "Intra" I can find is a sub brand of Buren - who are Swiss and, by the time that was made, had been taken over by Hamilton. So I doubt it's from Buren.

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    Re: French Diver

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Looks great. The only "Intra" I can find is a sub brand of Buren - who are Swiss and, by the time that was made, had been taken over by Hamilton. So I doubt it's from Buren.

    Hartmut Richter
    Thank you. Yes I also found some connections to Hamilton but nothing which I think is connected to this watch.
    It has certainly livened up my collection.

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    I can't find anything either. This is the best list https://recherche-archives.doubs.fr/..._horlogers.pdf - but I don't find Intra in there. Nonetheless, a nice diver!Name:  diver.gif
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    Re: French Diver

    You can pick yourself up another flamboyant example of the brand on ebay at the link below:

    Montre Plongee Intra 300 Metres 1968 Automatic | eBay

    Or ebay.fr item # 371246206129


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    Re: French Diver

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    I can't find anything either. This is the best list https://recherche-archives.doubs.fr/..._horlogers.pdf - but I don't find Intra in there. Nonetheless, a nice diver!Name:  diver.gif
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    Thank you! It's not my typical style of watch but it's definitely growing on me.

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    Re: French Diver

    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderdaddy View Post
    You can pick yourself up another flamboyant example of the brand on ebay at the link below:

    Montre Plongee Intra 300 Metres 1968 Automatic | eBay

    Or ebay.fr item # 371246206129


    Wow thank you! At least now I know that they made more than one watch.
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    Re: French Diver

    Whoever they were, Intra seem to have taken water resistance very seriously. 20ATM and 30ATM are impressive figures for a minor brand 40-odd years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chascomm View Post
    Whoever they were, Intra seem to have taken water resistance very seriously. 20ATM and 30ATM are impressive figures for a minor brand 40-odd years ago.
    I agree, seems like they were very divers specific.

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    Re: French Diver

    Added movement photos. It seems to be in pretty good condition but the rotor bearing needs replacing as the rotor is flapping like a bird.

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