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When you hear the name "Jenny," you'd be forgiven for thinking of Forrest Gump. But in the world of vintage watches, Jenny (pronounced "Yanni") means one thing: divers. Founded in 1963, Jenny's primary focus was producing professional grade dive watches, and at that they excelled.
During the mid-1960s, Jenny patented their MONOBLOC Triple-Safe case designs, which were used on their own self-branded pieces, as well as contracted by brands like Fortis. These early professional-grade divers were all marketed with the "Caribbean" moniker, indicating their aquatic pedigree. The designer of these pieces contributed his knowledge and technical know-how to the development of the earliest DOXA Sub Series divers, forming a connection with the brand early on. Clearly there was a sharing of design elements, as evinced by the DOXA-esque dials with spartan designs, large luminescent plots, and text scripts.
While there were a variety of case styles and dial configurations produced under the Caribbean name, they all followed a fairly simple formula: tough, professional grade watches with colorful design elements. Some years later, Jenny purchased the DOXA brand and owns them to this day, bringing the relationship full circle and making their vintage divers an honorary part of the DOXA story we so love to tell.
The watch you are looking at here is a super cool Caribbean 715 diver (SUPERWATERPROOF!) with a 1000 Meter depth rating branded by the manufacturers themselves. With a sharp case design and a chunky acrylic outer bezel, it's easy to see that this piece's roots are anchored a in classic dive watch lineage. Intended to be water resistant to 1000 Meters, this piece features a vibrant orange dial fashioned in traditional diver's style with simple luminous markers and decorative script and finished in Scotchlite, which reflects like a street sign under direct light. The dial is framed by a magnificent orange Bakelite bezel and viewed under a warm domed acrylic crystal.
While there's some contention as to which brand actually was the first to produce a diver with a depth rating of 1000 meters, it's without a doubt that Jenny was one of the first, and there's no denying that it's one of the most distinctive-looking watches around!
Stainless steel monocoque case is approximately 42mm (excluding crown). Jenny Reference 715. ETA automatic movement. Circa late 1960s.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with signs of use and wear in keeping with its age. Bezel is in excellent condition with light signs of use and wear, including some very minor flaking and chipping throughout. Dial is in tremendous original condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Unsigned crown.
Includes two 19mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle