Clebar Super Compressor Automatic Diver's Watch
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Clebar Super Compressor Automatic Diver's Watch

The name refers their case design; a "compressor" system that is designed to become more watertight the deeper the watch goes under water.  The secret is a gasket system in the case back that is compressed as the water pressure increased.  Pretty cool stuff.

Although compressor cases proved to be more complicated to make and no more effective than well-designed screw backs, this style of diving watch was very popular in the 1960s, and were utilized by a number of brands, including Longines, Enicar, Droz, Blancpain, Universal Geneve, and Zenith.  Some brands, such as Jaeger-LeCoultre still make them to this day.

The example we are presenting here is branded by Clebar, and features a 36mm case with dual crowns.  The upper crown is used to operate an internally rotating bezel ring, used for timing dives.  Unlike watches with external bezels (think Rolex Submariner), this design was intended to be less prone to accidental rotation, making it a safer choice for divers. 

This timepiece features an automatic movement and a rare two-tone dial configuration (most were all black).  It is perfectly sized for daily wear, and looks every bit the part of a true vintage diving watch with a tremendous patina.  It may not carry the same prestige as its brand-recognized big brothers, but this Clebar is a super cool affordable vintage diver, no matter what way you look at it!

 

Details

Steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown).

Overall condition: Case is in very good condition overall showing only normal signs of wear from age and use. Original dial and inner rotating bezel have patinated beautifully. Original hands show an old (like, decades old) relume which is not out of place. Lower crown is a replacement.

Includes two 19mm Nylon Straps by Crown & Buckle.

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