Aquastar is a very specialty brand, had some expertise in diver’s instruments. It is additionally a rather youthful brand, in the vintage field, as it was just settled in 1962. The brand began providing watches to Jacques Cousteau’s dive group in 1965, and it appears to be that the brand’s originator, Frédéric Robert, working under the umbrella of the JeanRichards Company, was not off-base in his push to make devoted dive watches, including the present particular chronograph, the Aquastar Deepstar. It may not be the most viable and practical dive observe at any point made, yet its visual allure can’t be denied. This is the reason we’ll investigate it, in the present scene of the Vintage Corner.
This Aquastar Deepstar jumping chronograph was made in a time of new universe of investigation. While NASA and the USSR were arriving at Space and making arrangements for a moon shot, others were utilizing trend setting innovation to investigate the profundities of the seas on Earth. The surge of mechanical advancement in materials, plastics and new composites were starting to drain out from these Space Programs as Deep Sea investigation was profiting. Not long after the Deepstar Chronograph, Aquastar was for sure not far away from creating a watch with a ‘neoplastic’ fiberglass case, the Glasstar.
By 1966, Aquastar was offering a two-register, treated steel jumping chronograph with a specialized decompression direct table engraved on the bezel, obstructed pencil glowing hands for simplicity of perusing but then an upscale dial, with some Art Deco components. The Aquastar Deepstar accompanied its own decompression dive table, which compares to the bezel. From my exploration, I can give you the essentials. Within track of the bezel quantifies the ‘length of dive time’ and is set to the moment hand – an exemplary element for dive watches. For arranging redundant dives, as this hand moves, it shows decompression time until it winds up in the ‘Ordinary’ zone, which implies there is not, at this point any nitrogen present in the bloodstream.
This 1966 Aquastar Deepstar was an extremely present day piece at that point, outwardly speaking, yet not precisely. Developments included in these watches were brought into the world 50 years sooner and, as should be obvious, they actually have that work of art, natural look, which appears to be practically enriching. The Valjoux 23 utilized in these models is a hand-wound, 17-gem, segment wheel chronograph. It is an all around respected, high-grade development, which will later be outfitted with Incabloc stun insurance. The Valjoux 23 comes from a group of developments that incorporates the Valjoux 230 (a Flyback, utilized by Heuer among others) and the Valjoux 23c (utilized by Breitling in their initial Triple Date watches) and that delighted in an assembling run of more than 50 years.
The Aquastar Deepstar was an early half and half chronograph, as in it wasn’t actually planned in the manner in which a dive chronograph would be today. Mid 1950s dive watches, during their initial improvement of incalculable dives and criticism meetings, ultimately limited in visual plan to incorporate dull dials with huge markers or possibly a more noteworthy difference between the pertinent components – permitting the markers and hands to be effectively seen submerged.
The dial of the Deepstar follows the combined styling of the prior Aquastar 60, with its enormous radiant plots, and the later Aquastar 63, with its tuning fork-styled markers at 12, 6 & 9 o’clock. These markers are unquestionably a praise to the Art Deco development of the 1930s, and feel exceptionally intended for such an instrument watch.
With it’s ‘purple’ or ‘silver’ sunray-brushed dial, one would say that the Deepstar isn’t dull but it truly isn’t that down to earth either. High cleaned plated markers under a high domed plexiglass precious stone simply make reflections and surprises. Yet, worn on the wrist of a non-diver, it looks super-cool and deliberate. Maybe this is the place where Aquastar was going with this plan, again enlarging their span just as appeal to past the aquanaut market.
This average two-register chronograph, which could be created with a 45-minute recorder at 9 o’clock or, on account of the Deepstar, with a 30-minute recorder. The 30-minute register at 3 o’clock is larger than average and simple to peruse, being white against the dull foundation The little seconds hand at 9 o’clock is somewhat unique and has no sub-dial or printed track. All things being equal, there’s a twofold sided jewel formed hand that is here simply to be certain that the watch is running – an exemplary prerequisite for dive watches.
Where did the Deepstar name come from… ?
In 1966, while profound jumping subs were as yet in their early stages, an Aquastar 60 was brought down to the lower part of the Marianas Trench in the Trieste Bathyscape dive, however a particular occasion permitted them to demonstrate their value that year, when a US Air-Force Bomber had a mid-air impact over the town of Palomares, on the Mediterranean shore of Spain. In the mishap, while refueling, the B-52 aircraft deteriorated and four H-Bombs were launched out from the plane. Three of these atomic bombs smashed ashore (and two being annihilated) and one arrived in the Sea. A global group of submerged administrators, depending on the submarines Alvin, Deep Jeep and Aluminaut (recently utilized by Jacques Cousteau) were united by the US Navy to locate the lowered 1.45-megaton Hydrogen bomb.
Alvin found the bomb on 2 April, at a profundity of 2,900 feet (880 m). On 7 April, an automated torpedo recuperation vehicle, CURV-I (controlled submerged recovery vehicle), got entrapped in the weapon’s parachute while endeavoring to connect a line to it. A choice was made to raise CURV and the weapon together to a profundity of 100 feet (30 m), where divers joined links to them. While the operational effectiveness of these new innovations during the 80-day search was a long way from awesome, their overall execution urged the US Navy to offer an agreement later in 1966 to the company Westinghouse, to rent their most recent submarine named Deepstar 4000 for investigation dives off both the East and West Coasts of the Continental USA. The Deepstar 4000 Submersible saucer was intended for Westinghouse Electric from 1962 by non-other than Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who’s dive group wore numerous Aquastar watches, including the Deepstar that can be seen here, in one of our past articles .
Back to the watch, the Aquastar Deepstar becomes something of a conundrum while dissecting how the plan components were united. Indeed, even the caseback, which is screw-down, doesn’t have indents on the edge to fit a standard caseback opener however all things being equal, there is a ‘raised star’ with the name and brand logo engraved in the middle. The entirety of the Aquastar watches that had this case back required an uncommon opener, accessible from Aquastar, to hold the caseback so it very well may be unscrewed. This clarifies, on most instances of this watch, the casebacks are severely scratched – since most watchmakers didn’t have the necessary instrument.
It appears to me that this watch may have been an individual plan project – perhaps by Frédéric Robert himself. It is a strong trustworthy chronograph for the time, with genuine instrument components, similar to the Dive decompression table, the 100m Waterproofing and the enormous hands. However, it is very remarkable and intense regarding plan… The excessively planned cleaned markers, the purple sunburst dial and precious stone seconds hand are on the whole rather astonishing in this instrument setting. Maybe it was planned with the perspective on the quartz insurgency not too far off, when mechanical watches were featuring into the pit of the obscure and Robert needed to keep a couple of the indications of the old world present while entering the new.