This 1970 Royce Professional Marine is probably the largest non Panerai watch in I have ever owned. Royce was a sister brand to Eska (the phonetic pronunciation of the owner’s initials), the brand was mostly sold in France and followed the strange French dive watch tradition of mounting the winding crown at 12, so that it was much less likely to be knocked and damaged whilst in use.
The dial is amazing, matt black with huge tritium plots, a date window at 3 surrounded by a white pained box; outside the dial and above it is a wide orange ring with the minute and seconds track interrupted only by the numbers 15/30/45/0. The hour hand looks like a Rolex Mercedes hand at first glance, but in fact lacks the three arms in the large luminous dot; the pencil minute hand is also heavily luminised and even the seconds hand has a large luminous rectangle near the tip. The luminous itself is a strange green colour which might lead you to think that it is restored, however this colour was common on professional dive watches of the 1970s, look at the Breitling Super Ocean from the same period and also other Royce Marines, all have these huge green luminous plots.
The case is genuinely bizarre, it is principally matt chrome over brass with a stainless steel screw back; the ratcheted bezel is unidirectional, meaning this was one of the first dive watches to feature this safety feature. The curved hooded lugs are hinged where they join the case, which means that the watch fits a smaller wrist quite comfortably, despite its size. The top lug is cut out to allow access to the winding crown.
It is powered by the ubiquitous AS 2063, with 25 jewels, Incabloc shock protection and is unsigned.
The case is 90%, the dial and hands are 95% whilst the movement is 90%.
It measures 46mm in diameter and 63mm lug to flexible lug. On a brand new Tropic strap.
£1,750.00 (approx. $2,350.00 US)