LeGran Nautoscaph
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LeGran Nautoscaph

Among the vast world of vintage timepieces, there is no doubt that vintage dive watches hold a special place in the hearts of many collectors, ourselves included. With their simple and clean designs and their reliable and robust movements, the tool watches of the 1960s and 1970s were built to accompany the adventurer across the globe and to keep time at its great heights as well as its dark depths.

Given the popularity of the style (even to this day), there are hundreds of interesting variants from dozens of companies, all with a story to tell and a unique take on a tried and true theme. Even when relegated to desk duty, there's just something so right about a vintage dive watch on your wrist.

This particular watch is a combination of two super obscure brands. The first one, LeGran, seems to have been one of the innumerable companies in the Swiss Alps utilizing the high concentration of suppliers to distribute timepieces with their name on them. The second one is Alstater Watch Company, which seems to have been one of those suppliers. They too had their own small presence under the brand name Alsta.

For being so obscure, Alsta does have one claim to fame. Thanks to some eagle-eyed (and particularly detailed) watch enthusiasts, it was discovered that one of Hollywood's most famous ocean-bound characters- Richard Dreyfuss as Hooper- wore an Alsta Naustoscaph on his wrist in the movie Jaws, making it all the more interesting to see that this watch carries the very same name.

It's not just about the looks either- when new, the Nautoscaph was rated for over 300 meters of water resistance, a big step up from most entry level divers that were rated for 200 meters and making it a pretty plausible choice for our favorite shark-hunting oceanographer.

While Hooper wore a cushion-cased variant, this particular Nautoscaph features a more traditional 36mm case style we've seen time and time again from many of our favorite brands. The dial is glossy black with bold hour markers and an eye-catching broad-arrow handset, giving it a distinctive look all its own while maintaining the vintage diver silhouette.

If you love super cool, obscure vintage divers as much as we do, it's hard to go wrong with this one.

Details

Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Felsa 4007N Automatic Movement. Circa 1970s.

Overall Condition: Steel case is in very good condition with sharp lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case does have signs of use and wear in keeping with its age, including some dings and scratches throughout. Rotating bezel is in good condition, showing signs of age. Dial is in good condition with signs of age, including patina to the luminescent elements on the hour markers and hands. Luminescent material on the hour markers at 9, 10, and 11 do show some slight deterioration. Unsigned crown; signed case back has several deep tool marks and scratches but is in otherwise good condition.

Includes two 18mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

SKU: TT01065

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