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I could be wrong, but I didn’t see a thread dedicated to sharing skin divers/skindivers pictures and information.

Since there’s not all that much research out there about them, nor a universal definition, whatever the term means to you works.

Vintage. Modern. Squared lugs. Non-squared lugs. "I'm not sure." All are welcome!



To kick it off, I thought I’d share my path to skin diver appreciation and a little collecting.

I became enchanted by the Seiko 6217-8000/1 (62MAS) about a year ago.

https://www.fratellowatches.com/seiko-62mas-the-first-professional-diver-watch-by-seiko/

I had a chance to check one out in the metal at the 2019 NYC Windup Watch Fair, and the thought to splurge on a vintage watch crossed my mind.

https://wornandwound.com/windup-watch-fair-new-york-city-2019-meet-the-brands-part-3/

https://www.thosewatchguys.com/soldwatches/seiko-62mas

I learned more about the ubiquitousness of the general style.

https://wornandwound.com/love-skin-youre-lightweight-skin-diver/

https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/best-entry-level-vintage-watches

https://m.soundcloud.com/thegreynato/the-grey-nato-ep-48-collection-inpsection-vol-5

Leaning toward modern build and WR, I decided to build an homage by modding a FiftyFour 6217-8000, tweaking parts a bit before I settled on this.



I ended up wearing it a lot as my GADA sports watch, and I just really grew to love the squared lugs and modest sized aesthetic.

I like to travel.



So my interest was piqued by the Wolbrook Skindiver Worldtimer, and I hopped in on the preorder (I went with the bottom right).

https://get.wolbrook.watch/skindiver/



Enjoying travel, I’m partial to travel complications of any sort.

So I began trying to find a 12-hour bezel insert for my mod, but I couldn’t find one that fit.

Since I couldn’t find anything else new either (at least in the size range I was looking for, ≤ 38mm), I started searching for a vintage skin diver with just such a bezel.

As I don’t tend to get my watches all that wet, low WR (originally or due to age) wasn’t particularly concerning. And since the style was so ubiquitous, with many brands getting in on the action back when, the name on the dial wasn’t really a criterion either.

Serendipitously, I was fortunate to soon find a rare vintage Hilton with a dive/12-hour bezel in great condition. It was reminiscent of the 62MAS that kicked off my love affair with skin divers in the first place, and it’s the only 12-hour bezel skin diver I’ve yet come across.

So I snatched it up.

I decided I could live with the 19mm lug width, as I was able to find 19mm vintage leather, waffle, tropic, NATO, and shark mesh straps that I liked. I also decided I could live with the lack of drilled lugs. Although I did float the idea past my watchmaker of drilling them and brushing the case back and underside of the lugs. But we decided against it.













That’s where I’m at thus far with skin divers.

What do you guys have in your collections?


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3 Helson Skindivers, each different







62mas reissue SLA017



Bronze 62mas homage with Seiko movement



 

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Unimatic's unmistakable design language is so damn cool!

If I've figured out correctly what a skin diver watch is, then I hope this counts?

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Nice! The first ever mod I tried my hand at was a gilt Seiko SNZH57 Fifty Five Fathoms. (A CW Trident Pro C60 was also a grail watch for me at the time; hence the seconds hand.)



A micro with skindiver in the name, a contemporary reissue Seiko skin diver grail, and one of the most popular 62MAS homages in bronze. Very nice collection right there!

Not sure if this qualifies as a 'skindiver' style but seems to be the same case

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Beautiful! I love that dial (light silver dial and light green lume is a lovely mix that you don't see all too often), and the unique bezel insert and handset.
 

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It is more of a kind of champagne colour... its bright and light in the daylight (it almost glows!), indoors its darker and the chrome hands become a little hard to see. These Super Submarinos were made with quite a few different trade names but same dial (this colour, black and blue), case and bezel. There is something very Squale-like about the case and bezels so I wonder if they made them. A cheaper version of the Jenny/O&W Caribbean perhaps.
 

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It is more of a kind of champagne colour... its bright and light in the daylight (it almost glows!), indoors its darker and the chrome hands become a little hard to see. These Super Submarinos were made with quite a few different trade names but same dial (this colour, black and blue), case and bezel. There is something very Squale-like about the case and bezels so I wonder if they made them. A cheaper version of the Jenny/O&W Caribbean perhaps.
Gotcha. Looks great. Will definitely be adding them to the list of “look further into”s.

I only have the one Seiko diver from that era, maybe this meets your criteria

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But I love the "skindiver" style I guess, because I have several of the modern remakes.

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I don’t think I really have a definition :)

I tend to think of squared lugs, but vintage Zodiac Sea Wolfs, Oris models, Longines models, etc., negate that definition. So I don’t see a reason to exclude tonneau cases (see also below).

https://wornandwound.com/review/affordable-vintage-zodiac-sea-wolf/

https://www.fratellowatches.com/1960s-oris-diver-oris-divers-sixty-five/

https://www.fratellowatches.com/hands-on-longines-skin-diver-review/

Then I think relatively low WR of 50-100m, but some of the watches that come to mind for me had 150-200m WR (Seiko 62MAS, some Squale cases, and the like). So the low-WR definition is negated.

I guess you just know one when you see one. #subjectivity

Love those vintage-styled modern Oris and Yema models of yours. I’ve come relatively close to pulling the trigger on them, and enjoyed handling both brands in the metal at Windup.

https://wornandwound.com/review/oris-divers-sixty-five-review/

https://gearpatrol.com/2019/03/04/yema-superman-heritage-review/

https://www.fratellowatches.com/hot-take-first-gmt-yema-superman/

https://windupwatchshop.com/blogs/chronicle/the-yema-superman-gmt-is-back-in-three-new-colors

Also, awesome hybrid diver/12-hour bezels. Glad to see that there are a few others out there that I hadn’t come across. It’s one of the reasons I started the thread—I’m genuinely curious to learn about more models!

Thanks for posting the Zoretto. I had never heard of the brand. Some great looking homages they’ve put out.

https://www.zoretto-watches.com

The Resco brand connection to the original Jaws film is very WIS cool. And to my point earlier about tonneau cases, your Hooper watch is a great blend of squared lugs with an overall barrel shape.

https://wornandwound.com/resco-watches-hooper/

And you gotta love the NTH Subs. I’ve had a few but this is my keeper.

http://www.thetimebum.com/2016/07/nth-amphion-vintage-nacken-vintage-and.html?m=1




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If you do get a CC I highly recommend getting the bracelet. It's only a few dollars more and is high quality on a par with Breitling or Omega. It is silky smooth. You can get leather anywhere. BTW, don't know if you noticed , but the Zoretto is also a "Hooper" though they call it a "Dino". A couple of years ago I can remember thinking what idiotic lengths the industry goes to striving for the most obscure references and connections to hawk a watch to the gullibles. Now I have 2 Hoopers!
 
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Nice. Raven was a brand like NTH that I didn’t immediately bond with in terms of design language, but came to over time. Almost hopped in on the gilt W&W Solitude LE.

I often see the term used in passing. E.g.,

https://twobrokewatchsnobs.com/traska-freediver-watch-review/

https://wornandwound.com/review/hands-on-emg-hked-nemo-diver/

So perhaps a skin diver is a dive watch that one subjectively feels isn’t a “tank” (professional diver), nor does one subjectively feel that it leans toward the dressier side either (dress diver).

If you do get a CC I highly recommend getting the bracelet. It's only a few dollars more and is high quality on a par with Breitling or Omega. It is silky smooth. You can get leather anywhere. BTW, don't know if you noticed , but the Zoretto is also a "Hooper" though they call it a "Dino". A couple of years ago I can remember thinking what idiotic lengths the industry goes to striving for the most obscure references and connections to hawk a watch to the gullibles. Now I have 2 Hoopers!
Indeed, caught the similarity.

I think I first came across the Hooper when searching for 12-hour squared lug skin divers a few months back. I dug it but wasn’t sure I personally could pull off the tonneau or 70s aesthetic. Not gonna lie—the Jaws connection hooked me a little (pun intended)!

Late '60's "affordable" that may qualify:

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Nice. That seems one of the more sought after brands for one of its skin divers.

And affordable 60s-era or -reminiscent dive watch vibes do seem to help capture the spirit of the term, and what I enjoy about the aesthetic and price point.

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One of my all time favorites...[/IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200214/6851831390d3c8fe310ea2b1963ec36f.jpg[/IMG]

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The combo of that coaster with the coffin-style indices =


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Great idea for a thread, CK. Unfortunately I don't have any watches with that skindiver aesthetic, but I have to admit that that Zoretto Hooper is calling to me...
 
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