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Why We Love It
When it comes to vintage dive watches, we love the heavy hitters just as much as the next guy. The Rolex Submariner, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, and the Omega Seamaster 300 all have special places in our hearts - and collections. But for every well-known name in the dive watch world, there’s one or two that make us stop and say, “Now this is why we got into collecting watches in the first place.”
In the 1950s and 1960s, lots of brands got into the dive watch game, including the famously experimental and unconventional Favre-Leuba.
This Deep Blue from the 1960s checks all of the classic dive watch boxes, but applies a Favre-Leuba twist that the brand has never shied away from. Combining a strongly beveled steel case with a rotating timing bezel, an oversized minute hand, and an oddly placed circular date window, we've got a winning combination of timeless looks and subtle quirk here.
If you are looking for a wearable, functional, and endlessly charming dive watch from the golden era of sports watches, you have to give this one a look!
While not a household name, Favre-Leuba can trace its impressive roots back to the early 18th century. However it was not until the mid-1900's that the brand came into its own - creating some of the esoteric and fascinating watches that vintage enthusiasts know and seek today.
After first focusing on precise chronometer grade timepieces, followed by dive watches, the brand began experimenting with technologies that would be tasked with adventure and exploration.
By the 1950's and 1960's, Favre-Leuba had pioneered a number of incredible, highly functional timepieces containing 'complications' such as barometers and depth gauges. While Favre-Leuba have made many fine watches in their history, it are these daring designs that cemented the brand in the hearts of enthusiasts.
Today the brand lives on, having released a handful of modern iterations of their designs of the past.
Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding crown). Calibre 1152 automatic-winding movement. Favre Leuba Reference 1566. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall showing no signs of polishing and only light indications of use and wear. Bezel is in fantastic condition showing no fractures in acrylic. Luminous grey dial is in very good condition with patina throughout. Matching handset. Signed crown. Case back has some signs of use and wear.
Includes AnalogShift Caribbean Blue leather strap with steel pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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