Squale is proceeding to add to its line up of jumpers dependent on the first Squale Master jumpers of the 1960s. A year ago, we got the flawless Squale-Matic, which was a pleasant update to the standard 1521 model. Be that as it may, this year, Squale is increasing their game with the arrival of the new T183 jumper. The T183 holds the exemplary Master/1521 case shape, yet rather than steel, this time they are going with an imaginative layered carbon fiber and fiberglass blend that, to my eye, looks truly damn cool.
Case Material: Layered Carbon Fiber/Fiberglass Dial: Black or Gray Dimensions: 42mm Lugs: 20mm Crystal: Sapphire with AR covering Water Resistance: 600m Crown: Screw down Movement: Sellita SW 200 Strap: Ballistic fiber Price: ~$1,200
The T183 will be accessible in three diverse case tones: red/dark, blue/dark, and dark/dim. The layering of the carbon and fiberglass gives the case a striped look, and the impact is very striking. I can normally take or leave carbon cases, yet this layered look is something I haven’t seen previously, and I like what it does here. The weight is light-ish — not as light as you may anticipate from carbon, however clearly lighter than metal. The bezel is done in earthenware with a Super-LumiNova triangle at 12:00.
The dial tone is dark for the red and blue cases, and dim for the dark case, and highlights painted lume records. While I love the applied steel hour markers of the Squale-Matic, I feel that the painted lume paired with a matte dark dial truly works with this case material. Squale has luckily kept the long-standard 42mm case size, just as the sapphire precious stone and screw down crown.
Powering the T183 is a Sellita SW200, basically a drop in for the 2824. The T183 will come with a ballistic fiber tie made of a similar material utilized in shot verification vests with colors coordinating the case color.
Squale has worked really hard of offering another and inventive expansion to their jumper line with the T183. The layered carbon/glass fiber case looks and feels astonishing, and the matte dark dial and ballistic material tie balance the look. Generally speaking, the T183 appears to be an extraordinary expansion to an exemplary line of vintage-inspired jumpers, and I figure this might be a sleeper hit at Baselworld this year. Squale