1961 Vetta Escafandra 'Super Compressor' + Steel strap + Orig. Guarantee - Ref. 250-102
A very rare automatic 'Super Compressor' wristwatch with it's original steel band, advertising and guarantee
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The term “Super Compressor” is one that is quite often misused these days. Most people associate Super Compressor (SC) with any watch that has dual crowns and an internal rotating bezel, but it’s not that simple. Super Compressor is a trademarked name for specific case designs made by the case manufacturer Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA). They designed a patented case sealing method that actually became more water tight the deeper the watch went. The deeper you went, the more pressure was applied to the case-back, pressing it against the O-ring gasket.
EPSA made these cases from the late 1950’s into the early 1970’s. The most famous did have dual crowns, one at 2 o’clock and the other at 4 o’clock. The crown at 4 was used to wind the movement and set the time. The crown at 2 was used to rotate the internal diver’s bezel. This unique look is iconic in its own right.
This particular watch was manufactured by Vetta in 1961 and it's lume turned tropical with the time, adding a lot of charm to this very well preserved 42mm timepiece.
We especially appreciate the rare set that comes with the watch: The original steel band, the original guarantee, an original advertising from this model and finally a service invoice.
With Super Compressor divers have, for the most part, easily recognizable features that distinguish them as SC cases. Most, but not all of the SC watches have the distinctive cross-hatching marks on the crowns, and some brands put their respective logos over the cross-hatching. The crowns are typically over sized and thick, making it easier to operate them under water. Another identifying mark is the use of the classic Super Compressor helmet logo. These were almost always stamped at least on the inside of the case-back, and many brands incorporated a more detailed version of the logo on the outside of the case-back.
- Maker: Vetta
- Model: Escafandra (Aka 'Super-Compressor')
- Reference: 250-102
- Case N°: N/A
- Year: 1961
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 42x52x15mm
- Caliber: AS 1680 - 21 Jewels
- Bracelet/Strap: Tan leather + Original Vetta steel bracelet
- Lug width: 22mm
- Box/Papers: Original Vetta guarantee + Advertising + Ancient service invoice
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
We particularly appreciate the overall condition of this impressive 42mm wristwatch. Both time function and the inner rotating bezel work perfectly. The black dial with the tropicalized original lume gives an unbeatable exclusive touch. This is a really cool watch that wil draw attention from all watch enthousiast !
We especially appreciate the rare set: The original steel band, the original guarantee, an original advertising from this model and finally a service invoice.