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Affordable Vintage: ’70s Cool with the Scubapro 500

Affordable Vintage: ’70s Cool with the Scubapro 500

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It began on the grounds that I had a watch that wasn’t getting worn. We’ve all been there; a piece comes into your ownership, and from the outset it graces your wrist on the grounds that it’s new, yet then it begins to sit. You feel awful so you trade in another lash and desire to acquire another appreciation for the thing. Be that as it may, regardless of your earnest attempts it’s simply not occurring, and the opportunity arrives to let another person have a turn it who’ll give it the wrist time it merits. I’d posted the watch on the significant sheets two or three weeks, yet it had just earned some weak bezel-kicking and a lowball offer or two. It was clear I needed to go into all out attack mode and look for a trade.

The watch I had wasn’t worth a ton so I went looking around for vintage plunge watches from more modest brands in hopes of something of comparable worth springing up. I’m a sucker for military watches (who isn’t) so my pursuit began driving me to a portion of the lesser known brands whose pieces were utilized by military powers around the globe. Through this I staggered on the Scubapro 500. If you’re curious about the brand, Scubapro is probably the greatest name in scuba jumping, providing the world with the absolute most imaginative submerged hardware since the mid 1960s. Get the job done to say, in the event that you jump, it’s likely you own something from Scubapro.

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During the 1970s and early ’80s, Scubapro loaned their image to various reason fabricated plunge watces. While some were joint efforts with referred to brands, for example, the frequently faked Scubapro Seiko 450, others were private name pieces badged distinctly as Scubapros, the 500 being one of them. Who really made these watches is one of the peculiarities of the vintage market, and it stays a secret right up ’til today. Indeed, even Scubapro at this point don’t realize who made the 500, as all marking on the rotor, case back, and dial are basically set apart with “Scubapro.”

Regardless of who really delivered the watches, the Scubapro 500 has come to epitomize ’70s “tool watch” cool. A thick shark-tooth style bezel for simple grasp submerged, an hour long slipped by time bezel embed, a thick case with a starburst brushed completion (ready for scrapes and dings in the field), 500 meters of water obstruction, and a hearty ETA 2784 programmed development all settled on it a savvy decision for sporting and military jumpers the same. There are a couple of pieces coasting around that show that the Scubapro 500 wasn’t just informally utilized in a military limit, yet really gave. Sweden and conceivably a portion of their Nordic brethren have been affirmed as having received it for their unique powers units. There’s likewise the reliable comparisons of the Scubapro 500’s likenesses in look and work to that of the Eterna Super KonTiki, a top pick of the Israeli Defense Forces. There’s hypothesis that Eterna may really have been the manufacturer of these pieces many years prior.

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With that combination of secret and history I couldn’t help however begin looking for a Scubapro 500 and take a flyer offering my watch in exchange. Some uncovering turned one posted with half a month worth of “bump to the top” posts following it. After some exchanged messages we chose a reasonable arrangement, and we both went out on a limb the characteristic in a private watch deal on the Internet. A couple of days after the fact I had another piece in my collection.

My initial introduction of the Scubapro 500 when I broke it out of the crate and air pocket wrap was that it was refreshingly more modest than I expected, in any event side-to-side. With the liberally proportioned crown it times in at 44mm, yet the bezel is just 40mm width. While huge for the afternoon, it’s not too large by today’s guidelines, and it’s the ideal size in my eyes as I lean toward a 40 to 42mm watch. What the Scubapro 500 may need side-to-side, it compensates for in stature estimating a full 15mm tall. Given its extents, I’ve discovered it rides best on a NATO lash, yet even still it’s inclined to smacking a door handle and all way of things for the duration of the day. Given its weight, it has fortunately come out on the triumphant side without fail so far.

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The dial was a natural format suggestive of each Submariner with Mercedes hand and speck/bar/triangle records, however an orange candy second hand gives a decent contort. All the tritium lume was similarly matured to a practically rich shading that shockingly still loses a light shine when the lights go out.

Overall it’s a fantastic illustration of its time-frame with a balance of crazy plan, ruthless effectiveness, and secretive past all chasing crude exercises underneath or more the water. After almost nine months in my assortment I keep on wearing the Scubapro 500 consistently, affirming I made the correct exchange. I keep on being shocked at the number of comments it prompts from both watch enthusiasts and laypeople the same. My just complaint–as somebody who doesn’t pine for patina put on by somebody else–is the way that I can’t lash on the Scubapro and head out for an end of the week on the water with certainty that it can deal with what comes its direction. Until further notice it’ll need to stay a dry land experience companion, however I’m firmly considering getting it overhauled, tried, and back to the waterman exercises it was intended for. Apparatuses shouldn’t be left on the seat. As far as value, I see these consistently go for $1,200 to $1,600, and where it falls inside that reach is to a great extent reliant on the vender and the state of the watch. While it very well might be on the higher finish of the affordable size of things we routinely talk about in this arrangement, it stays a phenomenal illustration of a strong apparatus jumper from years past.

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