039 Unusual late 1960s blue dial diver’s watch, signed Thermidor


Unusual late 1960s blue dial diver’s watch, signed Thermidor



With a brand name like Thermidor, you would assume that this watch was French (it’s the name of one of the months in the Short lived French Revolutionary calendar) but the model name “Super Submarino”, sounds more Spanish or Italian. It uses the same case and movement as the more popular Squale & Jenny Carribean watches. In fact it is a Spanish distributor’s brand name for watches made by Sandoz, who were the actual maufacturers for most of the other brands who used this case.

The movement is the ETA 2452, which was ETA’s first automatic; it has 21 jewels, bidirectional winding and incabloc shock protection. Interestingly most of this information is found on the dial, as the movement is completely unsigned and bears no descriptive text whatsoever, other than the ETA sign & the calibre number.

The case is in excellent condition, the edges are crisp and it has not been overpolished, the unsigned non screw down crown is protected by internal gaskets. Speaking of gaskets, the main one is not on the caseback, but rather in an annular ring inside the main case body and the back screws down on to it. This is a much more secure system than the norm as it prevents the gasket from distorting as it is held in place on 3 sides at all times. The blue Bakelite bezel rotates in both directions; the insert has Arabic quarter hour indices and individual minute markers for the first 20 minutes

The metallic blue dial has a sunburst finish with applied steel parallel bar indices for the quarter hours and tritium squares for the remainder, the polished steel index hands have large tritium inserts, as does the arrow tipped sweep seconds hand.

The case is 90% the dial & movement are both 95+%.

Diameter 39mm; Lug to Lug 46.6mm; Height 11.5mm., and the watch is supplied on a black NATO style band

£1,000.00 (approx. $1,450.00 US)