Vintage Alsta Nautoscaph 300m Diver Swiss Automatic Circa 1970 Jaws Watch 36mm
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There are many variations, but they all have a few elements in common. A robust, stainless steel case measuring 36mm or 38mm (depending on the bezel); a screw-down case back; a screw-down crown; and tritium lume markers are all elements you can expect to find on legitimate examples. They are also all certified to a depth of 999 feet and are typically marked on the dial with the number “17” or “17 jewels.”
The case back should be stamped “Nautoscaph” in the center, with 30 ATM and 999 feet also indicated. Finally, the Nautoscaph was originally issued on a Speidel Mach 1 bracelet. I prefer it on a Rubber Tropic strap myself, but these original bracelets can be found relatively easily if you want the complete, original look.
The cult following that the Nautoscaph has achieved in recent years has also lead to some homage pieces, including the Hooper Watch by Resco Instruments. This watch made a bit of a splash (pun intended) when it was first released, but then in a move that has become all too familiar these days, watch connoisseur and actor Angus Macfayden decided to revive the Alsta brand, and in 2017, the revival released the Nautoscaph II.
While these modern interpretations certainly have their selling points (Resco’s offering in particular is a very solid dive watch on its own merits), I’d argue that unless you are truly planning to explore the ocean depths, the original version is truly the way to go.
This is a piece of Vintage Americana at its finest! Incredible example of the Vintage Alsta Nautoscaph! Original box as well as Hang Tag, service documents dated 1975 are included as well as the original Certificate! As was common back in 1970, the incorrect certificate was issued with the watch as you can se by the watches serial number. Mismatched box sets and paperwork was fairly common 50 years ago…What I find very cool is that a complete watch overhaul cost only $13.50 back in 1975!! This watch remained with the original owner until his untimely passing from cancer in 2020…At that time his estate sold it to a local jeweler in Oregon and it ended up in the hands of the customer that traded it to me…he owned it for a couple of months, had it regulated in June and traded it to me…In essence it is a 1 owner watch! Just added NOS Mach1 bracelet! Pretty cool watch and the story about the watch! Get your “Jaws” watch here at The Sutor House!
MODEL: Nautoscaph Circa 1970
MOVEMENT: Swiss Automatic
CASE: Stainless Steel case
CROWN: Screw Down Crown
DIAL: Vintage Black Dial with railroad track outer ring and original hands
BEZEL: rotating Diver
CONDITION: Vintage – Circa 1970 – Excellent!
BOXES/PAPERS: Watch with Original Box, Certificate, Hang Tag, Service Receipts, etc – Everything as shown in pictures
WATER RESISTANCE: – 330m – not tested as it’s a vintage watch
STRAP/BRACELET: 2 – NOS Seidel Mach1 Bracelet with all links & Additional Custom Black rubber Tropic strap with steel buckle.
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