Aquastar Benthos I
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
If you haven't already, we have a lot of affection for the horological "little guys" here at analog/shift. Even when those "little guys" are downright monstrous lumps of steel.
This Aquastar Benthos is just such a monster. Built from the ground up as a no-holds-barred diver for extreme saturation (as the name suggests, 1000M of it), it can't be considered a pretty watch by any means. But if you're being serious about your tool watch design, aesthetics are very much a secondary thought (consider the Omega PloProf 600, for example). Unlike so many of the modern boutique brands that are building chunky steel divers with excessive specifications for contemporary desk divers, the story of the Aquastar goes back to 1962, the very beginnings of SCUBA diving as a sport, and the dawn of the golden age of diver's watches.
The predecessor to this model, the Benthos 500, was the world's first diving watch to be rated at 500M, a tremendous accomplishment for a small manufacture in the 1960s. Utilizing a monopusher design, both the 500 and 1000 models have a 60 minute timing totalizer with flyback function built into the movement, along with a traditional unidirectional rotating diver's bezel. The 1000 model we have here is indeed a bit of righteous overkill, in the greatest of ways.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Aquastar Benthos I