Delvina Super Compressor
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
In the realm of vintage watch collecting, the allure of familiar names like Rolex or Omega is hard to resist. They speak of quality, excellence, and perseverance—if a brand can weather wars, depressions, and the Quartz Crisis, then that says something about the quality of their products. But there’s more to vintage watches than just those familiar names—sometimes there’s gold in them thar hills.
Prior to the introduction of Bulova’s Accutron movement in 1969, the watch market was filled with brands that produced mechanical wristwatches. Though those brands might have gone out of business in the 1970s or 1980s, their watches remain. In today’s technology-obsessed world, we take for granted that prior to the introduction of cell phones, a watch was an indispensable accessory, and scores of companies existed to produce a watch for every wrist in the world.
Delvina is a name that we haven’t heard before. A quick Google search reveals that it’s a small town in Southern Albania. Googling “Delvina watches” narrows it down a little more, revealing sporty chronographs, chunky divers, and even some elegant wristwatches.
If you dig a little deeper into other resources, you find that Delvina was registered to Solvil et Titus S.A. “Great, who’s that?” you ask. Solvil et Titus was founded in 1892 by none other than Paul Ditisheim, whose father, Maurice, founded Vulcain. A relative of theirs, Achille, founded Movado.
Paul studied at the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds and graduated at the age of 13 (can we say precocious?) He started working in his father’s workshop upon graduation until 1892, when he founded Solvil (which was also branded under his own name) and Titus. The latter of which should be familiar to fans of vintage dive watches for its Calypsomatic.
In 1930 Ditisheim handed over the reins of his companies to another Paul—Paul Vogel, himself a scion of industry and noted art collector (who counted in his collection works by Picasso, Matisse, and Degas) who was married to the heiress of the Eberhard family. Vogel decided to sever Solvil and Titus permanently, devoting one to high-end luxury timepieces, and the other to lower-cost sports watches like the Calypsomatic.
That’s where Delvina comes in. Vogel registered the trademark for Delvina in United States on August 15, 1969. Many of the watches like this Super Compressor here used contract cases—in this instance, the Super Compressor case manufactured by Ervin Piquerez SA (or EPSA).
Aside from the case with its trademark cross-hatch crowns, this dive watch (which is in New Old Stock condition) has a lot going for it. Take the dial, for instance, in bright red, white, and blue, with lume plots that are as puffy as marshmallows (and probably just as delicious). With a 22mm Tropic strap, this Delvina sings a song of loving design, deep lineage and infinite wearability.
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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.
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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.
Delvina Super Compressor