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    My first vintage diver! :) - some info required

    Hi everyone,

    I have finally acquired my first vintage diver.
    It is a Regent Boyscaph 333.
    The movement is signed Pronto and upon searching the Mikrolisk horological index database, it looks like the Boyscaph 333 name was indeed registered under Pronto watch co.
    First of all, some pics :D
    The watch has a classic diver look and the dial, bezel and lume are in all pretty good condition and it is full stainless steel.




    Has a mean looking Piranha (?) On the caseback :)


    Now comes the questions:
    1. What year would you guys estimate this to be from?
    2. I have almost zero information about Pronto watch co. Or even "Regent" which is signed on the dial. Would anyone have any leads to this? I would like to find out more about this particular watch.

    Any leads or information would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: My first vintage diver! :) - some info required

    Very nice! Looks a bit like Blanchpain style. It's from the 60s I'd say by the Waterproof text on the back. I've seen Pronto before and they typically use a Fleur de Lise I think as their logo.
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    Re: My first vintage diver! :) - some info required

    Quote Originally Posted by Addictedtowatches View Post
    Very nice! Looks a bit like Blanchpain style. It's from the 60s I'd say by the Waterproof text on the back. I've seen Pronto before and they typically use a Fleur de Lise I think as their logo.
    Thanks!
    It kind of does a little now that you mention it haha

    Movement seems to be an AS but not sure which one.
    Thanks for the info, appreciate it!
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    Nope! Fontainemelon (FHF) - probably Cal. 96-4 (or the ST or ST-FHF derivative):

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: FHF 96-4

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    Re: My first vintage diver! :) - some info required

    What does it say on the balance cock?

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    Very nice! I've been looking at a few vintage divers recently but not managed to find a single one with a stainless case, and I'm not a fan of flaky coated cases (at least not on divers anyway).

    Nice find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crezo View Post
    Very nice! I've been looking at a few vintage divers recently but not managed to find a single one with a stainless case, and I'm not a fan of flaky coated cases (at least not on divers anyway).

    Nice find!
    Yes they seem to be getting harder to find as of late. I noticed a bit of a monopoly on eBay with vintage divers. I'll see them get snapped up pretty quickly and then see them a week later for a couple hundred $$$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    Nope! Fontainemelon (FHF) - probably Cal. 96-4 (or the ST or ST-FHF derivative):

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: FHF 96-4

    Hartmut Richter
    Thank you Hartmut!
    In the link you have provided which shows a Technos signed movement, it states that the movement is from circa 1970. Would that mean that this watch is also from that period or possibly older?

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    What does it say on the balance cock?
    I think there are only numbers on the balance cock.
    Will open up to take a look and take good pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crezo View Post
    Very nice! I've been looking at a few vintage divers recently but not managed to find a single one with a stainless case, and I'm not a fan of flaky coated cases (at least not on divers anyway).

    Nice find!
    Yea, i have a slight aversion to chrome plated cases as well from my previous experiences.
    I have been looking a lot at Squale cased vintage divers as of late because they were all in stainless steel and seem solid, perhaps you could look there as well. I have one incoming now :)
    Quote Originally Posted by Addictedtowatches View Post
    Yes they seem to be getting harder to find as of late. I noticed a bit of a monopoly on eBay with vintage divers. I'll see them get snapped up pretty quickly and then see them a week later for a couple hundred $$$.
    Urgh yea that happens pretty often. I missed a Longines Tre Tacche with the most perfect looking radium burns on the dial and lost the bid by a little (I think it sold for a bit over 200). 1 month later saw the same piece on ebay for 599......

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    Re: My first vintage diver! :) - some info required

    Looks great - I'd say just enjoy it :)


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