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Although you probably know this by now, the Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic was first released in 1970 and was immortalised by the 1975 blockbuster movie ‘JAWS’. In 2019, Alsta released a faithful re-edition of the watch worn by Oceanographer Matt Hooper, played by Richard Dreyfuss, in the movie.
Now, to kick off 2021, we are releasing a limited number of 50th Anniversary pieces featuring a gilt dial, hands and bezel. The model is manufactured and assembled entirely in Switzerland including a Sellita SW200 movement, one of the most trusted and precise movements in the world.
Like all of our Nautoscaph releases, we make all possible technical, safety and performance improvements while retaining as much of the original designs as possible. Your beautifully-styled Alsta timepieces ooze the same romance and charm of the originals. The main differences being; modern-day materials and technology. Like the originals, they are powered by quality automatic movements.
Every component of Alsta timepieces is manufactured in Switzerland, including a Sellita SW200 movement. The watches are assembled, tested and quality-passed in Switzerland.
Affordable quality engineering, manufacture and design will always be a hallmark of Alsta watches.
Hooper was wealthy but was also a man of science. He demanded truth and relied upon quality of information and methodology in all his findings as opposed to hearsay or taking things at face value. It is no surprise that this man, who could have afforded any brand, chose quality as opposed to brand recognition in all of his diving and research equipment. This included a discerning choice of timepiece.
It was also the obvious choice for us to bring Alsta out of the archives and back onto the wrist.
In addition to being manufactured and tested to withstand the toughest conditions, Alsta timepieces are made to be beautiful and elegant in appearance. They can be worn for any occasion from the workplace to when you are dressed that bit smarter.
The Nautoscaph is a dive watch that is styled to be worn on any occasion. It has a unidirectional bezel which removes the risk of it being accidentally turned while underwater which could result in a fatal miscalculation of dive time. It is manufactured and tested to withstand the pressure of depths of 999ft which is 300m or 29atm. The original Nautoscaph had 999ft on its dial which is a touch we loved and therefore kept. We told you that we don’t just follow the herd! The Surf n Ski is also tested to the same limits.
The Nautoscaphs and the Surf n Ski are manufactured and tested to be anti-magnetic to a field strength of 4,800 A/m (ISO 764 compliant) and shock-resistant to ISO 1413 standard.
A Gilt Dial for the Golden Anniversary
Gilt dials on sports watches are, to us, one of the quintessential features of true watch romance. More commonly found in the 1950s and 1960s when Rolex used them on their early sports watches, they became much less common in the decades that followed. Due to their rarity, gilt dials are among the most sought-after and valuable among the different types of vintage sport watches.