AQUASTAR MODEL 60
Aquastar model 60 re-edition
2023 marks the opening of the latest chapter in the last great story in dive watches, as venerable Swiss dive instrument maker Aquastar returns with a new Model 60 — a fully modernized tribute to the brand’s inaugural 1957 dive watch of the same name, which introduced a crucial 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.
The 2023 Model 60 continues Aquastar’s earliest traditions of capability, adventure and exploration, which began in earnest on January 23rd in 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). Walsh’s Model 60 is recognized as Aquastar’s inaugural tool watch, and would set an early precedent for the then-nascent maker, as Aquastar’s innovative and ultra-reliable watches would quickly earn a reputation as the foremost timekeeping choice for mariners, professional divers, and ocean conservationists alike.
Model 60, keeping with the traditions
Thoughtfully sized in a 37mm stainless steel case the Model 60 is a somewhat unique reference in the deep Aquastar archive, as it follows a more traditional dive watch execution, using bold hour markers and lume-filled paddle hands, a 60 minute rotating bezel, and a center-mounted seconds hand, eschewing the bold asymmetrical dial elements that would characterize later Aquastar watches, like the iconic Deepstar Chronograph. In keeping with Aquastar’s modern traditions, the new Model 60 maintains a robust 200 meters of water resistance, and is powered by a top-grade, 100% Swiss Made La Joux-Perret G100 automatic movement with 68 hours of power reserve, a solid Tungsten ball bearing rotor and the sophisticatedly engineered KIF shock protection system. The Aquastar model 60 comes on a choice of straps and bracelets. A seatbelt NATO, a genuine or a beads of rice stainless steel bracelet.
The inaugural aquastar dive watch from 1957
Aquastar model 60
“With every Aquastar release, we try to look at the product cycles introduced by the brand’s original founder, Frederic Robert, and look ahead to what he might still be producing, had the brand never been paused during the quartz crisis,” says Rick Marei, Aquastar’s modern helmsman. “We are proud to be both historians and custodians of this rich brand, using the new Model 60 to pay tribute to Aquastar’s influence and innovations in the world of undersea exploration,” he continues.
The new power house, developed and manufactured in Switzerland
la joux perret G100
The new Aquastar model 60 re-edition is powered by the Swiss made manufacture calibre G100 from La Joux Perret.
The G100 is manufacture calibre, developed and made in Switzerland, it is compatible in dimensions to the commonly used ETA caliber, yet it goes much further by featuring 68 hours of power reserve, KIF shock protection and heavy ball bearing rotor made of 100% solid tungsten. All features found in high grade Swiss calibers
The G100 movement powering the Model 60 is the Top of the line G100 version. It is adjusted in 4 positions by LJP
Aquastar Model 60
Black glossy dial design
High density filling old light Radium super Luminova application
Re-edition of the Aquastar model 60 from 1957
Bi-directional rotating bezel on a ceramic bearing
316L Stainless Steel case with highly domed, AR triple coated sapphire crystal
Case Diameter 37mm
Bezel Diameter 37mm
Length from lug to lug 47mm
Case height 11mm
High end Swiss Made Manufacture caliber by La Joux Perret
Physical Dimensions Ø26 mm x 4.50 mm
Frequency 4 Hz
Power reserve 68 h
Lift Angle: 51 degrees
Reassembly Clockwise (uni-directional) automatic
Number of rubies 28
Rotor: 100% Tungsten, Ball Bearing
Anti-Shock Device: KIF
Country of Manufacture: Switzerland, Swiss made
Hour, minute and seconds indicators
Bi-directional Rotating 60-minute elapsed time bezel on ceramic ball bearing
Seatbelt NATO Strap or
optional genuine Tropic strap or
optional STAINLESS STEEL BOR BRACELET WITH FITTED ENDLINKS
Aquastar Model 60