Alsta were, until recently, a relatively unknown but high end Swiss watch making company that specialised in making high end divers watches during the 1960’s and 1970’s. They shot to fame when it was identified, after near 30 years of research, that the watch Richard Dreyfus wore, in the epic motion picture Jaws, was a 1970’s Alsta Nautoscaph. The watch company has just been brought back in to existence by a Scottish businessman…. Their first watch? The classic Nautoscaph
This Wakmann (for the US market) branded Nautoscaph was produced in circa 1968 by the Alsta watch company. It is of the very highest quality there and was incredibly expensive when new. The dial and hands are simply remarkable and the luminous material is a wonderful honey patina with matching broad arrow hand, which are not only stunning but extremely rare. It really is one of the most special, yet modest, divers watches we have seen. Everything about the watch screams quality, design and functionality, from the solid stainless 36mm (exc crown) case to the screw down crown and stunning Matt black dial.
These period high end diver’s watches from the 1960’s are rising in value rapidly and this example is amongst the best there is. There are very few of the Nautoscaphs left in this condition and this is one of only two we have ever seen branded with the Wakmann marking left in existence. So this really is a one-off opportunity to own this remarkable piece of diving technology.
The watch has been serviced and water tested by expert vintage watch maker Simon Freese so has all the functionality of a brand new high end divers watch but with the joy of knowing you will never ever see another one on anyone’s wrist, what more could you ask for?
I have also fitted a new dark brown shark skin strap which finishes off this piece perfectly