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WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Squale 2002 Collection 1000 Meter Automatic Dive Watch

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Squale 2002 Collection 1000 Meter Automatic Dive Watch Giveaways

In  October of 2015, the monthly giveaway watch on aBlogtoWatch was a Squale 2002 Collection 1000 Meter Automatic Dive watch. The winner was James H. from Norton, Massachusetts, USA, and after enjoying his new timepiece, he has shared with us a watch winner review for you, the aBlogtoWatch audience. Thanks to James and all the other watch winners who share their experiences with the world. And don’t forget to enter here for a chance to win this month’s giveaway for a TAG Heuer watch and Indianapolis 500 Race experience. Here is James’ review:

Squale stands out to me as a watch brand for a few different reasons, most of them having to do with authenticity. We are seeing a current uptick with watch enthusiasts buying re-issues and heritage pieces. Authenticity is lacking, with faux patina lumes and words like “Heritage” adorning dials. But is there a watch built to the standards of a real heritage piece without any gimmicks?

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Squale 2002 Collection 1000 Meter Automatic Dive Watch Giveaways

The Squale 2002 Collection 1000 Meter Automatic dive watch is just such a watch. Packaged beautifully with a professional presentation that clearly represents the ocean and makes sense here. A very brief history of the company: it was founded in the late 1950s by a fabricator and supplier of watch cases to legendary dive watch companies such as Blancpain and Doxa, and thus an indirect inspiration to their next step, to craft their own dive watches. After the almost complete death of the company with the passing of their founder, it was later purchased by friends of the Von Burens family. When you look at this watch, you see more than a wannabe throw back, you see something genuine and whole – this is an authentic dive watch from a time before computers were created. I would happily take this piece snorkeling or exploring some water-filled caves – real places I have been, and this watch would have proved to be a great companion.

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Squale 2002 Collection 1000 Meter Automatic Dive Watch Giveaways

This watch is created to be swallowed whole by the blue depths of the ocean. It utilizes a very cool bezel made from Bakelite, hand-painted in several layers of luminescent paint, and which requires you to push down on it to rotate and mark your times – rather simple, yet more secure than what we see today, and certainly not complicated. With 1,000 meters water resistance, you know this watch is the real deal – again, a feature of the original back in the ’70s. We see increments of improvement here, e.g., the ETA 2824-2 movement, no-radioactive lume, and a genuine sapphire crystal. So, rather than a compete change of ideology, we have an upgrade for our benefit. Suggested improvements? I would like to see it a tad thinner in profile, longer lugs, and a bit more balanced on the wrist. Then again, if we did this today, it wouldn’t be fresh from the ’70s anymore!

WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Squale 2002 Collection 1000 Meter Automatic Dive Watch Giveaways

I realize this is brief, though I doubt if you take the plunge with this watch as your companion you would ever be disappointed. Finally, I’d like to thank Squale for the watch and aBlogtoWatch for this fantastic opportunity! squale.ch

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  • TrevorXM

    Roast in hell while you wear my watch, winner-boy.

    • DanW94

      Oh, the irony….stuck in hell with a dive watch on.

  • Roast in hell while you wear my watch, winner-boy.

    What? They’ve told you that before? Give me back my watch!

  • Josh Graves

    Congratulations and thank you for the review. It will be interesting to know how the Bakelight bezel holds up with time…other than that it seems like a great diver.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Congratulations!
    Great watch and a very good review.

  • Shinytoys

    Dudes got my watch 🙂 Congratulations!

  • I am totally getting the yellow one

  • Twinbarrel

    Hey James, Congratulations winning this timepiece. Thanks for the review. It is nice to see these ABTW prizes always land in the laps of people who really do appreciate their winnings and will be giving it the wrist time it so deserves. Shout out to ABTW and Squale as well.

  • cg

    nice basic diver that doesn’t look like tackle… now go on a dive trip!

  • spiceballs

    Nicely done James H.

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