Wilson Deluxe Diver

Wilson Deluxe Diver

From its earliest days, the Swiss watch industry was a cottage industry--literally. Confined to their cottages by the snowstorms of winter, peasants and farmers would craft components of watches, which would then be sent to firms in Geneva for assembly after the spring thaw. When the technical advances of the Industrial Revolution brought factory production to the industry, this system of persisted well into the 20th century.

One company made cases, another dials, still another hands, and inside it all beat a generic, unfinished movement or èbauche produced at a large factory like ETA or A. Schild. 

Throughout this period, there was also a robust market for watches produced strictly for export. These watches would be assembled from parts made at various factories, and the dials would then be stamped with generic brand names, or sometimes none at all. The cases would bear words like "automatic" or "incabloc," or--if they're dive watches--words that speak of the environs in which they'd be worn: "waterproof," "tropical."

And on the dial would be the word "Swiss," signifying that the parts, at least, were manufactured in Switzerland, even if the whole watch might have been assembled elsewhere. 

This dive watch was produced for the Middle Eastern market, judging from the Arabic script on the dial. The luminescent materials on the hour markers and hands (tritium!) have taken on a greenish hue from years of doing what it was supposed to do--soak up sea air and sunshine. On a rubber Tropic-style strap, it will be the perfect companion for springtime. 


SKU: TT01185

Stainless steel case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Circa 1970s.

Overall Condition: Stainless steel case is in very good condition with some signs of use and wear consistent with age and use. Case does have some dings on the lower sides of the case. Rotating bezel likewise has some dings and scuffs throughout, but especially near the 10 minute marker. Dial is in very good condition with overall patina. Luminescent elements of the hour markers and hands have gained a fine even patina over time. Lume does some some signs of deterioration, mainly to the 9 o'clock marker. Unsigned crown shows some signs of wear. Unsigned case back has some scratches and light tool marks but is in otherwise good condition.

Includes one 18mm rubber Tropic style strap.

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