AQUADIVE NOS Model 77
“NOS” stands for “New Old Stock” and everything about the Model 77 lives up to that. We found a stash of steel cases from the Aquadive Maritime, a watch sold by us in 1977. We’ve updated the gaskets, dial and crystal to ensure these old watches could be ready for wet work while retaining as much of their vintage charm as possible. There’s no reason to baby this watch, which is rated for 200 meters of water resistance. A helium release valve is set on the case flank at 2:00, in case your adventures involve time in a helium-saturated diving system.
Despite its vintage roots, the NOS Model 77 is big enough to suit contemporary tastes. The stainless steel case is 41 millimeters in diameter, with a versatile end to end dimension of 48 millimeters. The black steel bezel is topped by a fitting black aluminum ring fully marked for timing up to an hourlong dive or anything else.
We offer the NOS Model 77 with a choice of two movements: a 1970s-era A. Schild calibre 1902, or a moden ETA 2836. Both are selfiwinding, though the Schild beats at a slower rate and does not offer a quickset date function, to suit those looking for a true vintage feel.
True to its era, we’ve mounted a “porthole” style rubber strap on the Model 77, just as it would have been back in the ‘70s.
Model: NOS Model 77
Size: 41mm diameter, 48mm lug-to-lug
Case material: Stainless steel
Helium release valve at 2:00
Bezel: 42mm uni-directional ratcheting 120-click rotating, with ceramic timing ring
Dial color: black
Luminescence: SuperLumiNova markers and hands
Water Resistance: 20bar (approx. 200 meters/660 feet)
Strap: 22mm “porthole” vintage style rubber strap with pin buckle or orange and black “NATO” style nylon strap
Caliber: ETA 2836-2
Functions: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds, date
Adjustment: Adjusted to 5 positions with certificate provided
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
Caliber: NOS A. Schild 1902
Functions: Hours, minutes, sweep seconds, vintage red-on-white date wheel
Power reserve: 44 hours
Frequency: 2.5 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour)
Brian M. –
I received my NOS Model 77 yesterday, and I have to say… this timepiece is really something else! Incredible wrist presence, flawless fit & finish (as always with Aquadive) and it’s hard to believe that the case is NOS from the ‘70’s… mine is absolutely pristine. It has tons of that ‘70’s vibe, however, with a very unique look because of the combo PVD and sunburst SS case finish, PVD vintage style bezel and the hooded lugs. Just unbelievably cool! I will say that this is probably not the watch to choose if you like to “fly under the radar!” It’s certainly not small (41mm x 48mm) and sits quite tall due to the thick original caseback… it will definitely get noticed! Aquadive thoughtfully included the new slimmer profile caseback (as well as two NATO straps) with my order, but I’m going to stick with the original caseback and vintage-style rubber strap, as I love the prominent look of it, and want to preserve it’s vintage character. I ordered my watch with the ETA 2836 movement so I’m expecting it will keep great time and be bulletproof. So far, after 24 hours it’s 3 sec. Pretty good for a “workhorse” movement.
As you can probably tell… I absolutely love it! It is just a classic “tool” watch. Home run, Aquadive!!!