Welcome to the Restorations and Repair Page. I don't know how often I'll have time to add things here, but we'll see how it goes.
Right now I'm doing an interesting watch, a Squale 100 ATMOS Master Automatic from late 50's- early 60's.
This is a full on Dive watch, and the brand supplied cases to many companies that wanted to make a Dive watch, but didn't have the case tech, not the least of which was Blancpain.
That's why this looks a bit like a Fifty Fathoms, methinks.....
Anyway, the watch is in really good condition, I am doing a full CTR on the movt and the case is getting new gaskets, crystal, and polish.
To the left we see the layout of the case and furniture, with the two massive gaskets meant to withstand the 100 atmospheres of pressure. (1000 meters or 1469.59 PSI.)
I'll get a few pics of the watch when completed, as usual I forgot to get a 'Before' pic..... Stay Tuned!
UPDATE: See below for the finished watch!
Here is the original crystal, Right, next to the new one on the left.
The original crystal with stress fractures from many years of use. A locking ring secures the crystal against the large gasket beneath it before the bezel goes on.
This is the movt during full disassembly and cleaning. A new mainspring will ensure it runs strong for many more years.
Here she is in all her glory...
Fully restored and running well. It's not a chronometer, but it's a kickass Dive Watch. Now you can see what I mean by the
'Fifty Fathoms' reference.
I don't often use the term 'rare' but this one is rare. In the past year I have seen nothing online that is a match to this.
Right now it is on a Shark mesh bracelet, but I'm looking for something else, not sure what.....
From Wikipedia, a brief history of the company in the early days:
Squale was founded by Charles von Büren in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1946 as a manufacturer of watchcases and other components for other watch brands. Originally, the "Squale" mark appeared on watches as a symbol of the case's origins and pride in its quality.
In 1950, von Büren S.A./Montres began to produce their own range of professional diving watches under the Squale brand name. These watches were not marketed for jewelry shops but rather specialty dive stores.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Squale provided cases for Altanus Genève, Arlon, Potens Prima, Prima Flic, Jean Perret Geneva, Ocean Diver / Blandford, Deman Watch, Margi, Berio, Eagle Star Genève, La Spirotechnique, Wertex, Carlson Tavernier Geneva, and Sinn.Cases designed for 500m water resistance with the crown located at the "4 o'clock" position were sold to Airin, Dodane, Blancpain, Tag Heuer, Doxa, Zeno, and Auricoste. Squale also supplied the parachutists corps "Folgore Brigade" part of the Italian Airforces ("Aeronautica Militare Italiana") and the Italian Navy’s Diving Corps ("Marina Militare Italiana") with timepieces during this period.