Whilst many of us regularly wear dive watches, the chances are that we’re using them to check the time in the office, on the street, or in a bar, rather than to manage our oxygen supplies whilst diving in the Mediterranean.
With this thought in mind, German luxury watch retailer Montredo, have collaborated with Swiss dive watch legends Squale to produce the limited production Monredo x Squale 1521 – built for the ocean, and reimagined for urban life.
Regarded as one of the most influential dive watches of the 1970s, the Squale 1521 was designed by Charles Van Buren (the founder of Squale) as an elegant yet robust watch, capable of meeting the most demanding needs of professional divers on dry land and at sea.
Every element of the Squale 1521 follows the philosophy of “form follows function”. From the recessed screw down crown, to the bright orange minute hand, non-slip uni-directional bezel, scratch resistant sapphire crystal and 20mm tropic rubber strap. More than just a tool for divers, this comfortable and elegant 42mm stainless steel wristwatch is just as at home on dry land as it is at sea. And unfalteringly accurate, thanks to the tried-and-rested Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement.
Taking the Squale 1521 Militaire, with its solid case back, sapphire crystal and 50ATM water resistance as a starting point, Montredo worked with Squale to create a simplified bezel, unique dial design and customised hand set. Giving the Montredo x Squale 1521 an aesthetic that’s different without being disrespectful to the heritage of this dive icon.
Whilst the changes are subtle, with a stock 1521 and the Montredo 1521 side by side, the difference is clear to see. The stock bezel insert has been replaced with a simple 5 and 15 minute segment count down, the sweep second hand has been substituted for a round lume pipped version from the Squale Matic, and the no-date Militaire dial has been treated to a unique set of stipped back logos found nowhere else in the 1521 range.
The Montredo x Squale 1521 comes fitted with a 20mm black rubber tropic strap that’s ready to get wet, and an additional luxurious 20mm dark brown leather strap for fun on dry land. A black leather Squale branded travel pouch rounds out the package.
Model Name: 1521 MONTREDO
Movement: Swiss Automatic
Calibre: Sellita SW200-1
Power Reserve: 38 Hours
Bezel: Uni-Directional, 120 clicks
Case Size: 42mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Dial Colour: Black
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistance: 50 Atmospheres (500m)
Priced at 1099,00€ including VAT, production of the Montredo x Squale 1521 is limited to 50 units, and it is available exclusively from Montredo