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Aquastar Deepstar Re-Edition Review

roadwarrior

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Oct 9, 2020


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Fratello's Mike Stockton and Gerard Nijenbrinks go hands-on with the Aquastar Deepstar Re-Edition. A beautiful new re-edition of the famous and sought-after Aquastar Deepstar watch.


BY MICHAEL STOCKTON
OCTOBER 09, 2020
5 MIN READ

https://www.fratellowatches.com/hands-on-aquastar-deepstar-re-edition/

The Aquastar Deepstar​

If you’re a vintage watch fan, then you almost certainly know of the Aquastar Deepstar and the brand itself. Aquastar was founded in 1962 by one Frédéric Robert in Geneva. It turns out that Robert was quite the dabbler and did so in everything from sailing to mathematics. With Aquastar, he envisioned the brand as the ultimate tool for divers and sailors. As a result, his watches received numerous patents related to features like the internal rotating bezel (on the Model 63 above, which we reviewed) and a unique decompression bezel.

https://fratellowatches.imgix.net/2020/10/PIC2_aquastar-deepstar-pic2_vintage-4-2.jpg


https://www.ablogtowatch.com/aquastar-deepstar-chronograph-re-edition-first-look/

 

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From the progenitor of the modern tool watch, the Synchron Group is proud to present Aquastar: the last great story in dive watches. And with the rebirth of this iconic, hugely influential brand, the year’s most long-awaited revival: the 2020 Deepstar Chronograph Re-Edition.

But the return of the Deepstar represents more than just the re-telling of the watch world’s best-kept secret. The Aquastar brand, and its enigmatic, innovative founder Frederic Robert shaped a pivotal moment in mechanical watch history throughout the sixties and seventies – one that represented a conscious shift from wrist watches as timekeeping devices, to purpose-built tools designed for very specific fields, like diving and exploration. In 2020, Robert's original vision dives again with the new Deepstar Re-Edition, a modern, yet strikingly faithful adaptation of Aquastar’s most emblematic dive watch from 1962.
Pre-Order Price: $2,790
Retail Price: $3,590
DEEPSTAR RE-EDITION
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Case: 40.5mm, Stainless steel (Limited to 300 pieces per dial color)
  • Calibre: La Joux-Perret Automatic column wheel chronograph
  • Water resistance: 200m, 600Feet, 20ATM
  • Crystal: Domed sapphire with multiple AR coating
  • Bezel: Bi-directional rotating, ceramic bearing, with multiple dive decompression engravings
  • Straps: 22mm TROPIC Rubber & Horween Cordovan leather
  • Shipping begins November 2020


https://aquastar.ch/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Aquastar_DeepStar_Blue_Technical_Specification_V7.pdf

The 2020 Aquastar Deepstar is a faithful recreation of one of the most influential dive watches of the 60s. The unique and uncluttered mono sub counter dial, combined with the small running indicator, and the patented multiple dive decompression bezel table make the Deepstar an unmatched diver-oriented tool with an instantly recognizable design.

The 2020 Deepstar retains all proportions of the original Deepstar from the 60s while relying on high-end Swiss Manufacture automatic movement, custom manufactured for the Deepstar by La Joux-Perret, and like its predecessor the Valjoux 23, the new Deepstar movement is equipped with column wheel operated pushers. This gives the new Deepstar not only the practicality and versatility but also the refinement you expect from a modern Chronograph.



TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS​

DIAL:

Blue Ray sunburst dial design
Applied stainless steel markers/indices
High density filling old light Radium super luminova application

CASE:​

Bi-directional rotating bezel on a ceramic bearing
316L Stainless Steel case with highly domed, AR triple coated sapphire crystal
Case Diameter40.5mm
Bezel Diameter40.5mm
Length from lug to lug51mm
Length without lugs41mm
Case height14.8mm

MOVEMENT:​

High end Swiss Made Manufacture caliber, Mono-Compax Column Wheel mechanical Chronograph
Second chronographat center
30min counter3h
Running indicator9h
Physical DimensionsØ30.40 x 7.90 mm
Cage diameterØ30.00 mm
Frequency4 Hz
Power reserve55 h
ReassemblyBi-directional automatic
Number of rubies28
RotorAquastar decorated and skeletonized Rotor

FUNCTIONS:​

Hour, minute and seconds indicators
Operation indicator at 9
30 minute stop watch sub counter at 3
Successive/Multiple dive non decompression table calculator according to the French Navy dive tables

STRAP:​

Set of 2 straps included in the pre-order
Matching color Genuine original Tropic rubber strap with signed Aquastar buckle
Horween shell cordovan leather strap with signed Aquastar buckle
Stainless Steel BOR bracelet with fitted endlinks coming in January 2021

PRE-ORDER TERMS​

Aquastar gives you the option to (“Pre-order”). Pre-ordering an Aquastar Timepiece gives you the ability to reserve and send a deposit for an Aquastar timepiece that will be available within 4 to 6 weeks from the day of the announcement of the model. Pre-orders are subject to the following terms of Sale:
  1. Timepieces made available to Pre-order are available in limited quantities. You acknowledge that Aquastar may not be able to fulfil your Pre-order unless explicitly confirmed by an email, and the deposit in USD is debited to your credit card or PayPal account.
  2. Due to the nature of this type of sale, where a limited number of timepieces are created and made available only to customers who placed a pre-order, deposits for Pre-Orders are therefore final and non-refundable. The deposit amount can only be used towards other products from this website or other Synchron Sites, for products like straps, watches or accessories. For a transferred deposit of a Pre-order you will not be entitled to any additional compensation or remedies, to the extent permitted by law.
  3. Upon submitting the Pre-order, a percentage of the sales price, as specified on the product page or during the check-out process, (excluding VAT and shipping costs) should be paid immediately. Placing a Pre-order deposit provides you a priority access as soon as the Aquastar Timepiece becomes available.
  4. When the pre-ordered timepiece becomes available for shipping, Aquastar will inform you by email with instructions on how to complete the order and pay the balance due, you will then receive a secure link to use to complete the order and pay the balance due.
  5. The balance payment will usually be requested a few days before the watch is expected to ship.
  6. The Aquastar Timepiece will ship once the full payment for the pre-ordered timepiece was received.
  7. If the Aquastar Timepiece you have ordered is not available, Aquastar will inform you immediately by email about the cancellation of the sale. The deposit will be immediately refunded.
  8. By placing a Pre-order, you accept the above terms of sale. Accepting the above terms establishes a binding contract between you and Aquastar.
 

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Was not expecting this and just casually checking Dive Watches. A diver chrono with Horology Heritage. Giving this consideration, tanks Mike for HU. The Blue dial has
my attention.
L 2 L is 49-51mm so is doable on my wrist.
 
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WCU #40: Aquastar Deepstar: The Next Doxa?

•Oct 16, 2020


WATCH CHRONICLER

On the wrists of Jacques Cousteau and Jacques Mayol, the Aquastar Deepstar became a legend of diving in the 1960s. With its diving chronograph and an innovative bezel for timing the waiting time between dives, it showed itself to be an invaluable tool. In 2020, it has been relaunched by the minds behind the modern Doxa SUB. What does this new watch show about the market and does it pose a challenge to the Doxa SUB?

 

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The focal point for me is also my interest in Fortis 300/ 38 with Lemania 5100
movement. I think why this Aquastar is singing to me.
I missed this the first time around. This is singing to me as well. I really like this dial amongst it's stats! :up:
 
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