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    Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    Hi.
    My Dad has a watch Black face ..Bezel..Swiss Movt. Was given to him in the 60's..
    On the face it has a crown..then, Sea Diver . Super Deluxe. Waterproof.
    At the bottom it reads. Unbreakable. Shock Proof. Special Antimagnetic. by 6 position ..SWISS MOVT.
    On the back centre is pic of a diver..encircled in the words: Stainless Steel Swiss Super Deluxe Tropicalized Antimagnetic.
    Its automatic. Runs fairly well!
    Anyone know anything about his watch? Who made it?
    Thanks Everyone:)
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    Re: Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    ​Better pictures might help you get some answers !!
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    Re: Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchObsession View Post
    ​Better pictures might help you get some answers !!
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    Moved to the Vintage Watches Forum, simply the more suitable forum. Watches with a diver on the back have been very popular and produced in masses by various manufacturers and PLB in the 70ties. I guess yours has a handwinding swiss movement with 17 jewels (most of them had).
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    Re: Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    Also a photo of the movement would be useful
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    Hi. Because it says swiss movement that would indicate that the watch was assembled elsewhere in the world using a movement from a company like AS and ETA and other parts from a variety of sources. It could have been assembled in another european country, USA, Japan or elsewhere. There were in the 1950's and 1960's a lot of companies who produced watches from parts made by others for their own house labels. Those companies also made watches for others such as jewelers and department stores. I suspect that the origins for your watch are similar.

    Terms like unbreakable, waterproof, antimagnetic, tropicalized were commonly found on watches from the 1950's and early 1960's.

    Yes, better pictures especially of the movement would help further identify the watch.
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    Re: Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    The use of a multitude of relatively meaningless (since not regulated) terms such as "Antimagnetic", "Tropicalized" and lack of the ones that give more concrete information ("Incabloc", "17 Jewels", etc.) leads me to think that there is a low quality, mundane pin lever movement inside.

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    Re: Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    Didnt know that swiss movt background, thanks for the info. Saw several old watches on dial: Swiss model or 'Fab. Suisse' and 'swiss made' together. Do they also mean something?



    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Hi. Because it says swiss movement that would indicate that the watch was assembled elsewhere in the world using a movement from a company like AS and ETA and other parts from a variety of sources. It could have been assembled in another european country, USA, Japan or elsewhere. There were in the 1950's and 1960's a lot of companies who produced watches from parts made by others for their own house labels. Those companies also made watches for others such as jewelers and department stores. I suspect that the origins for your watch are similar.

    Terms like unbreakable, waterproof, antimagnetic, tropicalized were commonly found on watches from the 1950's and early 1960's.

    Yes, better pictures especially of the movement would help further identify the watch.

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    Re: Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    Quote Originally Posted by zyk1on View Post
    Didnt know that swiss movt background, thanks for the info. Saw several old watches on dial: Swiss model or 'Fab. Suisse' and 'swiss made' together. Do they also mean something?
    Don't know what swiss model means. Fab Swiss may be equivalent to the very common swiss made and it may not.
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    Re: Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    The UK and US both had requirements for imported watches (and other goods) either to state the country of origin or, in the UK at least, to be marked as 'Foreign' in English. France had a similar requirement but it had to be in French. 'Fab. Suisse' is short for 'Fabrique en Suisse' which means made in Switzerland. So a maker who was exporting to both France and elsewhere might use both terms on the dials.


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    Re: Sea Diver Super Deluxe

    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    The UK and US both had requirements for imported watches (and other goods) either to state the country of origin or, in the UK at least, to be marked as 'Foreign' in English. France had a similar requirement but it had to be in French. 'Fab. Suisse' is short for 'Fabrique en Suisse' which means made in Switzerland. So a maker who was exporting to both France and elsewhere might use both terms on the dials.


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    I also think that at one time in France there was also a "percentage of material cost" requirement. Hence the commonly seen Eb(auche) Suisse markings on French watches well into the 1960's and maybe longer.
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