Vintage MasterModel VINMAS.BLK By Page & Cooper Collabs
During 2012 on our last visit to the Squale workshops, we were both surprised and delighted to find, still wrapped in original protective paper, 60 unused NOS Squale Master Bezels from the early 1960's.
Each bezel has individually applied metal markers on a painted background with a tritium triangle and all are sealed with an epoxy.
Just sixty bezels were available, divided into three colours. Twenty black, twenty silver/black and twenty azure blue/black.
These are original non click friction bezels designed for a domed, acrylic crystal.
Each of these very special watches were hand made in Switzerland in the traditional way to do full justice to our original and beautiful hand crafted bezels.
The acrylic crystals were re-made in Neuchatal (birthplace of Squale) as were the hands and beautifully rendered sun-ray dials.
We have chosen two straps for their unique and interesting character. Our leather strap is hand made in Italy and features a square buckle and pin with the Squale logo. Our rubber dive strap is again made from genuine rubber in Italy and features a slim vintage tapered design with a 90 degree right angle click, originally designed for wetsuits.
To complete this very special package, we have commissioned a watch roll made by Saville Row taylor Timothy Everest in his London cutting rooms. The roll contains not just the watch and spare straps but also another trusted essential for all divers, a pocket knife, made by Joseph Rodgers of Sheffield, manufacturers of the famous Fairbairn-Sykes Commando Knife.
Each of the sixty Page and Cooper Squale Masters were engraved with its own individual number and the Page and Cooper wings.
It will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Andrea Maggi of Squale and Jonathan Bordell of Page and Cooper. Each was assembled by Squale's oldest and most experienced watchmaker, Franco. Franco began his career at Squale in the 1960s and this was his last project before he retired.
Size 39 mm
Acrylic domed crystal
Screw down crown
Swiss made ETA 2824-2 high grade automatic movement.
Italian made leather and rubber straps
Timothy Everest Hand Made Watch Roll
Limited Edition Joseph Rodgers non locking pocket knife with Squale and Page and Cooper logo
Due to current EU law sales of knives to under 18's is prohibited. We will therefore need to verify age before shipping.
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It is indeed a privilege to own such a unique piece that has a true bit on history attached to it. The fact that a small team of people were involved in this project and the watch was put together by one of Squale's most esteemed watchmakers only adds to the pleasure of ownership. It is sheer delight to see in the flesh and on the wrist garners complements wherever I go. Nothing beats a friction bezel for charm and use in my humble opinion. Congratulations Squale and Page & Cooper for a magnificent watch I shall treasure for life!