The previous post was about the watches that are the result of a new official partnership between the French navy (Marine nationale) and YEMA. Today is about a dive watch collaboration that is not milspec, but at least equally interesting – between Squale and Drass Galeazzi.
The new Squale Drass Galeazzi sees the famed dive watch brand team up with a brand renowned for its subsea technology and which supplies deep diving equipment for commercial, defence, medical, and other industries. The Drass Group manufacture saturation diving systems that include diving bells, hypobaric chambers, diving suits, and decompression and rescue systems.
The limited edition (500 pieces) watch is inspired by the Squale Master and is a timeless 1960s-style dive watch design. The stainless steel case is 42mm with a thickness of 16mm. It has a water resistance of 500m, a helium escape valve (HEV) at 9 o’clock, and a screw-down crown.
The classic unidirectional sapphire black bezel is 120 clicks and has creamy ‘faux vintage’ coloured markers and numerals. The colour is mirrored in on the dial and hands, with the use of ‘old Radium’ coloured Super-LumiNova on all to continue the vintage-inspired look.
Beneath the 4mm thick sapphire crystal is a matte black dial with square hour markers and broad hands, with the minute hand in orange. The double-signed dial features the Squale logo at 12 o’clock and the diver’s helmet Galeazzi logo at 6 o’clock with the company’s full trading name “DRASS GALEAZZI TECNOLOGIE SOTTOMARINE” (submarine technologies). This logo also appears on the screw-down case back, along with the serial number xxx/500.
Inside is the workhorse automatic Sellita SW200 which beats at 28,800VPH and has a power reserve of 38 hours.
The Drass Galeazzi comes on a vintage-style stitched black calf strap with a second black carbon-fibre strap with leather backing. Everything comes in an IP67 certified Pelican-style travel box. This case is also equipped with an automatic pressurisation valve to guarantee resistance to water, dust, and impact.
We most often hear about watch collaborations that involve the bigger watch brands, but this one between Squale and Drass Galeazzi is proof that cool things aren’t about partnerships between behemoths, mega brands or high profile parties. It’s about the combination making sense, and the result, like this one, both looking good and making sense.
Limited to 500 pieces, the RRP is CHF 1,190.
[Photo credit: Squale]