The new Aquastar Model 60 is a throwback to 1960 when “US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh, wearing an original Model 60, and co-pilot Jacques Piccard, made a pioneering journey to the bottom of the Challenger Deep, aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste to a record-breaking depth of 10,916 meters (35,814 feet).” The watches they wore were standard “tool” dive watches that could take a licking and keep on ticking. The new Aquastar Model 60 pays homage to those explorers with a simple three hander running a La Joux Perret movement.

The Model 60, as you can see, is a fairly standard piece priced between $990.00 – $1,149.00. It comes on a NATO strap with an optional compass and looks like a rugged little beast aimed at a more nostalgic clientele.

From the release:

Walsh’s Model 60 is recognized as Aquastar’s inaugural tool watch housing the brand’s first major precedent-setting innovation, as it introduced a new safety measure for dive watches of that era: a friction ring in the rotating bezel to prevent accidental rotations. Devised and originally patented by Aquastar, this simple, but critical feature would later become a standard feature echoed by legions of dive watches in the years that followed.

You can pick the Aquastar up here if you need a little competence and austerity in your life.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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