Nicolet Skin Diver 900

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SKU AS01662
SKU AS01662

Why We Love it

When pressed to think of dive watches from the 1960s, your mind will often go to the known brands. Rolex, say, or their daughter brand Tudor, whose Submariner more or less sets the standard for what a dive watch is supposed to be. Or Blancpain, who arguably created the whole subgenre with their Jacques Cousteau-approved Fifty Fathoms. Then there's always Seiko, whose Reference 6105 saw service in the Vietnam War. But in terms of vintage divers, that's merely scratching the surface.

Nicolet is a brand that might not get a lot of recognition, but has a pedigree that's just as respectable as the horological heavy hitters mentioned above. Armand Nicolet opened his manufacture in the Jura Mountains in 1875. Nicolet, the son of a watchmaker, established a reputation for producing fine pocket watches with guilloché cases. After Armand's death in 1939, his son Willy succeed him as head of the atelier

It was under Willy's leadership that the manufacture's production expanded to encompass the production of wristwatches. His divers produced in the 1960s rate among some of the most visually-appealing of the period. The technical innovation of their construction rivals even that of Rolex and Doxa. 

The Skin Diver 900 that we have here dates from the mid-1960s. Aesthetically, the Skin Diver resembles divers produced by Elgin or Bulova, with a chunky 40mm case and a Bakelite bezel--here a vibrant cherry red. But its warm silver dial is a true standout, softening its looks considerably. 

But the most salient feature of this piece is the Helium Release Valve, not necessarily the fact that it has one, but its location. Unlike Rolex and Doxa, who placed the Helium Release Valve in the side of the case (in their Sea Dweller and Sub 300T divers), Nicolet placed the valve in the screw-down crown. This unusual placement, ostensibly to make it easier for the wearer to use, is a truly utilitarian design feature, not to mention a technical triumph.

Inside beats an A. Schild Caliber 1748 automatic movement. The Caliber 1748 is a no-nonsense caliber that enjoyed its heyday in the 1960s before Schild ceased production in the 1970s. It features a ball-bearing rotor that's an absolute joy to hear when in action. 

With attractive looks and a solid construction, the Nicolet Skin Diver 900 is a sporty alternative for the collector who desires an unusual and rarely-found diver. 

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.

Nicolet Skin Diver 900

Nicolet Skin Diver 900

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Nicolet Skin Diver 900

Why We Love it

When pressed to think of dive watches from the 1960s, your mind will often go to the known brands. Rolex, say, or their daughter brand Tudor, whose Submariner more or less sets the standard for what a dive watch is supposed to be. Or Blancpain, who arguably created the whole subgenre with their Jacques Cousteau-approved Fifty Fathoms. Then there's always Seiko, whose Reference 6105 saw service in the Vietnam War. But in terms of vintage divers, that's merely scratching the surface.

Nicolet is a brand that might not get a lot of recognition, but has a pedigree that's just as respectable as the horological heavy hitters mentioned above. Armand Nicolet opened his manufacture in the Jura Mountains in 1875. Nicolet, the son of a watchmaker, established a reputation for producing fine pocket watches with guilloché cases. After Armand's death in 1939, his son Willy succeed him as head of the atelier

It was under Willy's leadership that the manufacture's production expanded to encompass the production of wristwatches. His divers produced in the 1960s rate among some of the most visually-appealing of the period. The technical innovation of their construction rivals even that of Rolex and Doxa. 

The Skin Diver 900 that we have here dates from the mid-1960s. Aesthetically, the Skin Diver resembles divers produced by Elgin or Bulova, with a chunky 40mm case and a Bakelite bezel--here a vibrant cherry red. But its warm silver dial is a true standout, softening its looks considerably. 

But the most salient feature of this piece is the Helium Release Valve, not necessarily the fact that it has one, but its location. Unlike Rolex and Doxa, who placed the Helium Release Valve in the side of the case (in their Sea Dweller and Sub 300T divers), Nicolet placed the valve in the screw-down crown. This unusual placement, ostensibly to make it easier for the wearer to use, is a truly utilitarian design feature, not to mention a technical triumph.

Inside beats an A. Schild Caliber 1748 automatic movement. The Caliber 1748 is a no-nonsense caliber that enjoyed its heyday in the 1960s before Schild ceased production in the 1970s. It features a ball-bearing rotor that's an absolute joy to hear when in action. 

With attractive looks and a solid construction, the Nicolet Skin Diver 900 is a sporty alternative for the collector who desires an unusual and rarely-found diver. 

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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