Technos Sky Diver SuperCompressor
$ 1,500.00

Technos Sky Diver SuperCompressor

At the heart of many of brands were often small, family-run operations that sought to capitalize on clockmaking legacies. As quartz movements increased in production and distribution, many of these operations were vastly undercut and gradually faded out of existence or were scooped up by larger, more powerful coalitions. But while those companies disappeared, the watches that they produced remain, unfamiliar names that belie their quality construction.

Technos is one of those brands. Run by the Gunzinger family in Switzerland since 1900, they took on the Technos name in the 1920's as they expanded their operation. While many players fought in the crowded Western European market, Technos brought their high grade Swiss-made watches to underserved markets like Japan and Brazil.

While they manufactured a whole line of products, their standout pieces have to be their sportier watches such as divers and chronographs. Featuring bold colors and designs but quality internals, vintage Technos models present an interesting value proposition to the modern collector.

Case in point is this late 1960s example. Technos introduced the SkyDiver in the 1950s, as an answer to the divers produced by Blancpain, Rolex, and others. Earlier iterations of the SkyDiver bore an outer rotating bezel; by the late 1960s the model took on the SuperCompressor case seen here.

The SuperCompressor case design was manufactured by Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA) from the 1950s to the 1970s. It was used by many brands from Enicar and Bulova to (perhaps most famously) Longines and Jaeger-LeCoultre. SuperCompressor cases are notable for their spring-loaded case backs, which actually tighten when exposed to higher pressures underwater. The dual crowns at 2 and 4 o'clock set the time and control the inner diver's rotating bezel.

The case of this diver is beefy, at 41mm, but surprisingly comfortable on the wrist. With a dial that's aged to a handsome patina, it oozes a sporty charm and appeal. 

Details

SKU: TT01173

Stainless steel SuperCompressor case is approximately 42mm (excluding crowns). ETA Automatic Movement. Circa late 1960s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel SuperCompressor case is in very good condition with sharp bevels and factory brush finishing. Dial is in very good condition with fine even patina to the luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands. Technos crown. Technos case back is in very good condition with minimal signs of use and wear.

Includes one 22mm dark brown leather strap and two 22mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle

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