Aquastar Sub Diver 'Cressi'

Regular price
$3,750
Regular price
Sale price
$3,750
REF 1701
Automatic-winding
37 MM
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SKU AS04051
Article Number 40990086
ref 1701
case size 37 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Gray
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 19 MM
Includes Vintage black Tropic® rubber strap with signed steel pin buckle. Also includes inner box and guarantee papers dated 1970.
material Rubber
REF 1701
Automatic-winding
37 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04051
Article Number 40990086
ref 1701
case size 37 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Gray
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Vintage
bracelet Rubber
lug width 19 MM
Includes Vintage black Tropic® rubber strap with signed steel pin buckle. Also includes inner box and guarantee papers dated 1970.
material Rubber

Why We Love it

Among the vast world of vintage timepieces, there is no doubt that diving watches hold a special place in the hearts of many collectors, ourselves included.

With their simple and clean designs and their reliable and robust movements, the tool watches of the 1960s and 1970s were built to accompany the adventurer across the globe and to keep time at its great heights as well as its dark depths. For every Rolex Submariner, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, or Omega Seamaster, there were scores of other lesser-known names that nevertheless merit consideration from the vintage watch enthusiast.

Aquastar is one of those names.  And this particular model is something truly special!

Featuring a standard 37mm waterproof stainless case that saw use in countless contract diving watches of the era, this lovely Aquastar is fitted with a two piece sunburst grey Tritium dial with an rotating inner timing bezel, oversized applied indices at 6:00, 9:00, and 12:00, with an asymmetrical date window at 3:00, a matching handset, a signed crown, and a beautiful domed acrylic crystal rounding out the package.

Furthermore, this particular model is double-signed for Cressi Sub diving equipment - a major player in the SCUBA game - and comes compete with a presentation box and booklet dated 1970 - something we have never seen before on a vintage Aquastar!

While vintage Aquastar watches appear periodically on the vintage watch market, they’re rarely in such excellent condition as the one we offer here, due to the hard use that they were invariably subjected to throughout their lives. 

We’re not sure when such an excellent and complete package will surface again — so don’t miss it!

Overall Condition

The case is in outstanding condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use. Sunburst grey Tritium dial with applied quadrant indices is in excellent condition, showing even patination to luminous elements with matching handset. Signed crown.

Brand Story

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Aquastar is one of the many watch companies that proliferated just before the Quartz Crisis. Founded in 1962 by veteran SCUBA diver Frédéric Robert, Aquastar—as the name suggests—took the needs of aquatic sportsmen as its guiding principles. Drawing on a patent filed in 1958 by Aquastar’s parent company, JeanRichard, Aquastar introduced the brand’s first dive watch: the JeanRichard Aquastar 60.

Watches produced by JeanRichard under the Aquastar line were retailed under many brand names, from JeanRichard to Duward, which was primarily used in Spain; however, the line became so successful that it became the brand name by which the watches are best-known.

The company would go on to produce a varied line of purpose-built aquatic timepieces (including the first regatta timer), but there’s another watch that attracts the attention of vintage chronograph collectors, not least of all for its connection to Jacques Cousteau.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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Aquastar Sub Diver 'Cressi'

Aquastar Sub Diver 'Cressi'

Regular price
$3,750
Regular price
Sale price
$3,750
Aquastar Sub Diver 'Cressi'

Why We Love it

Among the vast world of vintage timepieces, there is no doubt that diving watches hold a special place in the hearts of many collectors, ourselves included.

With their simple and clean designs and their reliable and robust movements, the tool watches of the 1960s and 1970s were built to accompany the adventurer across the globe and to keep time at its great heights as well as its dark depths. For every Rolex Submariner, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, or Omega Seamaster, there were scores of other lesser-known names that nevertheless merit consideration from the vintage watch enthusiast.

Aquastar is one of those names.  And this particular model is something truly special!

Featuring a standard 37mm waterproof stainless case that saw use in countless contract diving watches of the era, this lovely Aquastar is fitted with a two piece sunburst grey Tritium dial with an rotating inner timing bezel, oversized applied indices at 6:00, 9:00, and 12:00, with an asymmetrical date window at 3:00, a matching handset, a signed crown, and a beautiful domed acrylic crystal rounding out the package.

Furthermore, this particular model is double-signed for Cressi Sub diving equipment - a major player in the SCUBA game - and comes compete with a presentation box and booklet dated 1970 - something we have never seen before on a vintage Aquastar!

While vintage Aquastar watches appear periodically on the vintage watch market, they’re rarely in such excellent condition as the one we offer here, due to the hard use that they were invariably subjected to throughout their lives. 

We’re not sure when such an excellent and complete package will surface again — so don’t miss it!

Overall Condition

The case is in outstanding condition overall showing light signs of wear from age and use. Sunburst grey Tritium dial with applied quadrant indices is in excellent condition, showing even patination to luminous elements with matching handset. Signed crown.

Brand Story

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Aquastar is one of the many watch companies that proliferated just before the Quartz Crisis. Founded in 1962 by veteran SCUBA diver Frédéric Robert, Aquastar—as the name suggests—took the needs of aquatic sportsmen as its guiding principles. Drawing on a patent filed in 1958 by Aquastar’s parent company, JeanRichard, Aquastar introduced the brand’s first dive watch: the JeanRichard Aquastar 60.

Watches produced by JeanRichard under the Aquastar line were retailed under many brand names, from JeanRichard to Duward, which was primarily used in Spain; however, the line became so successful that it became the brand name by which the watches are best-known.

The company would go on to produce a varied line of purpose-built aquatic timepieces (including the first regatta timer), but there’s another watch that attracts the attention of vintage chronograph collectors, not least of all for its connection to Jacques Cousteau.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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