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Squale, Italian French for shark, hailed from a small familiar Italian company located in Milan that has been producing watch parts for watch companies since 1946. Since the 1960’s, Squale was a name that is known for being one of the top manufacturers of dive watches. Evidently, they produced cases for many brands like Tag Heuer, Blancpain and Doxa. Squale continued to produce for other brands and has begun providing watches in a non-official way to special corps of many armies including the paratroopers of the Folgore Italian Sub The Carabinieri, and the division of the Italian Navy.

Their watches are not only well-designed aesthetically but further bringing out some ingenious innovations in them. So, they are deep in watch making history. In 1967 this small factory is associated with The Neuchâtel Von Büren SA. From 1967 to 1974 Squale dedicated themselves to the supply of cases and watch components together with C. Von Buren to numerus independent Swiss brands. In the 70's Squale introduced the first 1000 meters diver watch with sapphire crystal and with a revolutionary bezel that will only move under elastic pressure, rotating in both directions. The relaunch of The Squale brand in February 2010 and its new production in Grenchen in the Swiss Jura valley portend an exciting future for the brand.

Squale was commissioned by the Polizia Italiana di Stato Sommozzatori, Italian for Italian Police Dive Unit, to make a dive watch to commemorate their 60th anniversary. This watch has to be made to their specifications to meet their high demand for a dive watch. A total of 25 of this watch were presented on the 8th of June 2018 to the Italian Police Dive Unit. Under the agreement between Squale and the Italian Police, only 60 pieces of the same watch will be available to the public, each individually numbered on the dial. This is numbered 55 out of 60 and all sold out. This model being 101 ATMOS Professional Marine Bronze Limited Edition (Ref. 2002/BRZ/LE60).

Starting with the specifications first, this tonneau case of their 101 ATMOS was something that was produced in the late 60s, being one of the 1,000m 3,330ft dive watch pioneer, without the need of a helium escape valve HEV which this watch has. The watch wears like a true diving piece, measuring 44mm in diameter and thanks to its lugless design only 49mm lug to lug. The lugless tonneau style reflects the 60s/70s vibe, with a smooth flowing look overall.

The main highlight is where Squale took a twist by transforming the 101 Atmos from a full steel watch into a Bronzo fiesta. The watch is made from marine grade bronze material, CuSn8. With wear, brush bronze creates some patina over time unique only to the owner. Bronze watches are a thing for the Italian military/police force which evidently can be seen in brands like Panerai, Anonimo, Ennebi and now Squale, which also has a genuine Italian DNA.

The watch keeps its famous snap-on rotary bezel that is made out of bakelite material and is colored in a multi-stage process, with hand applied SuperLuminova. Moving on to the dial, Squale uses a vintage and matching cigar-brown colored applied hour markers, to match the case. The logo and all other wordings are done in the same color tone, with a few changes like having the word “Bronze” in the shark logo at the bottom, along with the limited-edition number. At the back of the Bronze 101 we see the new casebook is engraved fully with an update interpretation of the classic wave-lines design and Squale’s logo. Mechanical reliability is guaranteed by the tried and tested Swiss automatic 2824-2 which Squale has been working with for around 50 years.

The strap choice is worth a mention as the Squale 101 ATMOS Professional Marine Bronze Limited Edition is paired with a superb familar Italian made vintage shark leather. Squale approached Pre-Vendome strap makers to pair this limited-edition watch with one of the best strap maker in the industry. Given the grainy textured and lasting built, this strap reminisces like those found on the Pre-Vendome Panerai Luminor 5218s from the 90s. The limited edition Squale 101 ATMOS Bronze comes in a special wooden box finished in the same blue Squale is famous for. Like the watch, the wooden box is also individually engraved with the limited-edition number this being 55 out of 60.

All in all, this is a very unique watch. Squale’s first collaboration with the Polizia Italiana di Stato Sommozzatori. Its genuine connections with the Italian Police dive unit makes this a highly collectible watch in time to come. Search for any watch brand that issued watches to the forces and you will know how sought after they are. The first 101 ATMOS bronze, the first Squale x Italian Police watch and limited only to 60 pieces, there is no reason this won’t be a classic in the making. This is also the first time such a watch is made available to the public. Like all Squale limited edition, there is speculation that the price may appreciate once they are sold out.

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10/22/2020 - $999 AND IT IS YOURS
These have been listed on Chrono24 and other sites as one can find on Google for well over $5,000 being well overpriced. This watch is in 99% TZ Condition with everything that came with it when new. The asking price being a realistic $1,699 USD and reasonable offers will be considered and that including PayPal and free shipping CONUS and Canada. No trades. All boxes, warranty card, manual and tags included with the extra Italian tropical diver rubber strap.

SPECIFICATIONS

Maker:
Squale
Movement: Swiss automatic movement 2824-2
Dial: Matte Black. Matte index markers in cigar brown. #55/60 on the dial and Squale logo with 101Atm
Luminous: SuperLuminova
Date: 3 O’clock quick change
Case: Marine grade brush bronze, CuSn8. HEV Helium Escape Valve.
Bezel: Bakelite bezel. Press down-to-release to unlock the bi-directional bezel.
Crown: Screwdown crown at 4 O’clock to prevent the crown from digging into the back of the hand
Lug width: 22mm
Crystal: 3.5mm flat sapphire crystal with antireflctive treatment on inside
Strap: 22mm vintage brown/green leather and a tropical soft Italian diver rubber strap
Water resistance: 1,000m or 3,330ft
Dimensions: 44mm in diameter, 49mm lugs to lugs,
Power Reserve: 38 hours
 

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Reasonable offers will be considered. This is a very unique collectible watch of great quality. Only 60 made!
 

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NOW WITHDRAWN !!!! No interest received. It is a shame as this is a rare collectible watch that will increase in value over time!
 
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