Watchmaker History Needed: Eastman Sea Watch 10 atm
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    Question Watchmaker History Needed: Eastman Sea Watch 10 atm

    Posted the description with pictures in the Dive watch section. Would really appreciate any information about the Eastman Watch Company and this Sea Watch if possible.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f74/inf...d-1531738.html

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    Re: Watchmaker History Needed: Eastman Sea Watch 10 atm

    Well, generally speaking, these "Super De Luxe" watches are available with many different names on them, and usually contain simple pin-levers. They're designed to look like much more expensive watches; in this case, combing a dive look with a chronometer bezel. Both are amusing, since this isn't a chronometer and is only rated to 10atm (which isn't bad, but you wouldn't want to do much more then wade with it). The multiple time zone bezel is probably the most useful part of this design.
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    Re: Watchmaker History Needed: Eastman Sea Watch 10 atm

    Given the era this watch appears to come from, 10 ATM or 100M actually impressed me. As did all 3 of its bezels (all 3 rotate and function).

    I believe Eastman made other watch models as well, which leads me to believe this isn't as generic a watch as it may initially appear to be (could be wrong). Thanks!
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    Re: Watchmaker History Needed: Eastman Sea Watch 10 atm

    Any information on Eastman Watches would be greatly appreciated!
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    Re: Watchmaker History Needed: Eastman Sea Watch 10 atm

    The bezel arrangement is interesting but the movement is likely, as already proffered, an inexpensive 1 jewel pin lever. Open it up and have a look.

    It looks to have a chromed base metal case and the design would indicate production around the late-1960s or so.
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    Re: Watchmaker History Needed: Eastman Sea Watch 10 atm

    While the design does reference the 60's, that has more to do with being a copy of the basic design of such real diving watches as the Blancpain 50 fathoms and the Rolex Submariner. Their success led (as success always does) to the creation of copies, and by the 70's you could pick up look-alike cases from the shops in Hong Kong for a dime a dozen. The seventies saw the beginning of the quartz crisis, which was a bit of a boon for the pin-lever makers (since they were really the only segment of the mechanical market that had the ability to go head-to-head with quartz in the price department). However, success in the new low-margin world couldn't be dependent on simply one design; you could only be successful with quanity. The pinlever makers and sellers had to take a bit of a broad approach, resulting in a flood of odd designs and combinations that sought to leverage every possible niche. Many of these combinations really made little to no sense (we had a thread the other day where someone was showing off their pin-lever "chronographs" with their KM calibrated "telemeter" scales mislabled as "Miles", for example). Quantity, not quality, was the mantra. So yes, you'll probably find many other "Eastman" labeled watches, along with little to no information on the company. Nature of the business as existed at that time.
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    Re: Watchmaker History Needed: Eastman Sea Watch 10 atm

    Great information background, thanks!

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