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For SCUBA divers, there are few name brands that carry more weight than Scubapro. Founded in the earliest days of the sport, the brand has pioneered innumerable technologies that have advanced the once extremely hazardous sport into the modern age, making it safer and more enjoyable for millions of divers worldwide. From their wetsuits and Sea Fins to the legendary Mark II Regulator (released in 1963 and still being sold today!), Scubapro products are known for their quality, durability, and reliability under pressure (that's an intentional play on words).
When it came to their diving watches, Scubapro spared no expense in specifying components and construction that met the needs of their professional and military diver clientele. Admired by dive watch enthusiasts for their no-nonsense designs and superb construction, the Scubapro watches of the 1970s and 1980s have a cult-like following today. Powered by reliable ETA automatic movements and fitted with locking crowns and unidirectional bezels, the beauty of the Scubapro 500 series diver is its sheer simplicity. Form follows function design at its purest.
Although not particularly expensive, these Scubapro divers are rarely released from private collections, and the examples that do show signs of many years worth of hard use (read: they are usually beat to shit). This particular example does show some signs of normal wear from use, but is one of the nicest examples we have ever encountered, with a clean dial that shows no water damage or staining, original luminescent elements, and a beautiful rare silver bezel variant. Paired up with a rubber dive strap or a colorful nylon strap, this watch looks at home in a surprising variety of settings, but always looks as if it wants to jump off your wrist and into the ocean. We wouldn't typically recommend actually diving with a vintage watch, but with this one, why the hell not?
For more information on the history of Scubapro, check out this interesting piece over at The Watch Spot, HERE.
Stainless Steel case is approximately 42mm (excluding crown). ETA Calibre 2784 Automatic Movement. Circa late 1970s.
Overall condition: Case is in good condition over all, showing some signs of wear from age and use. Please refer to pictures. Original dial and hands show light patination. Hour markers and luminous inserts are still luminous when exposed to a bright light source. Original silver bezel insert is in excellent condition with no major blemishes of note. Original unsigned crown.
Includes two 20mm Nylon Straps by Crown & Buckle.