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AURICOSTE watches are typically made for the French Navy (French Marine Nationale): Commanding officers, Admirals, Naval Pilots, SEAL Team etc... It's also the one of the favorite watch of the French President. AURICOSTE has been the watch-maker to the French Navy since 1854. This particular watch is the civilian issue version , the only difference being it lacks the military engraving on the back. What is particularly delightful about these divers is their connection to the French diving firm La Spirotechnique, which was founded by Jacques Cousteau in 1947 as a holding company patent for the original Aqua-Lung. The firm went on to develop and supply professional and military grade diving equipment around the world, and is still known today by divers worldwide as the industry standard for gear of all types. Licensing by the firm wasn't done lightly, and the iconic text and diver logo on the dial prove its chops as a successor to some of the earliest and most important diving watches ever developed.
Unlike so many of the modern boutique brands that build chunky steel divers with excessive specifications for contemporary desk divers, these Heuer-designed timepieces were engineered for professional and military use. Utilizing robust components and a simple, no-nonsense case, bezel and dial design, this tool watch has a certain rugged beauty to it that beats many of its more complicated contemporaries. Although not particularly expensive, these Auricoste models seem to be rarely- released from private collections, and the examples that do show signs of many years’ worth of hard use.
Description: Auricoste Spirotechnique Professional 200 meter divers watch. Unidirectional Bezel, Screwdown crown at 4 o'clock and presented on original signed jubilee bracelet. The Spirotechnique Diver is present at 8 o'clock. 25 jewel ETA automatic ca. 2824 movement with hacking and quickset date. Stainless Steel case is approximately 41mm (excluding crown) with lugs 20mm. Mineral glass.
The case has been executed by Zodiac, TAG and pre-Tag Heuer in both quartz and auto versions and features a great tall, toothed bezel. This is the same case as used in TAG’s 1000m diving watch from the period. The dial is perfect in design- a lot of stuff going on but easy to read and admire.
Condition: This watch is in genuine mint condition, almost showroom fresh and is 100% original and unpolished, Original screw down crown and unidirectional bezel work perfectly. No visible scratches anywhere. Tritium lume is still beautiful. The original jubilee bracelet with flip-lock buckle embossed with the Auricoste logo will fit any wrist. The ETA 2824 automatic movement runs and keeps time as it should. Service history is unknown and no warranty is given as to water-resistance (you should get this independently tested by a watchmaker if you intend to swim with it).
If you've been looking for this model, this is the one!
Price is $2800 shipped world wide.
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