The Squale 30 ATMOS Tropic GMT Ceramica Ref. 1545TGC is the latest model introduced by Squale. Made in Switzerland and powered by a Swiss Made ETA 2893-2 automatic movement with quickset GMT and date function. This is the first black dial GMT model introduced by Squale in their 50 years of watchmaking history. Based on a vintage diver model produced by Squale in the 1960s with the added feature of a GMT function. Tastefully done for that ultimate nostalgia.
The most appealing part of this watch is of course the two tone bezel. It is extremely difficult to make ceramic in lighter colors, so previous to this there has never been any commercially available ceramic watch parts in this color combination. As the Tropic name implies, the two tone bezel follows a vintage design theme. In this case an off gray upper half and a greenish blue lower half. It is difficult to pen the looks of the bezel insert. It looks very much like a bezel that started out as a black and blue and due to 30 years of aging, it has faded to the colors we have today. And the ceramic nature of the bezel gives it a "wet" look, mimiking the effect of a bakelite bezel on vintage dive watches. In short, this is a watch you have to see it in person because the pictures do not do it any justice.
The ceramic bezel is first cut into shape and than the numbers are carefully engraved by machines made specially for this purpose. Next, the engraved ceramic bezel is super heated to 1500 degrees to harden and purify the ceramic. The engraved numerals on the hardened bezel is than carefully filled with radium looking enamel paint. The excess paint on the surface of the bezel is than polished to a high gloss leaving only the numerals filled permanently. Not only will the colors never fade, but the scratch-resistance properties of ceramic are so impressive that the bezel will retain its “brand new” looks for years to come.
Interesting 2-Tone Ceramic Bezel In Tropic Style
The vintage theme is continued onto the dial. Making use this time the dial and hands design that is synonymous to Squale diver watches for centuries. Making this instantly recognizeable even from far. A real classic in the making, which I am sure collectors can agree with. The deep black dial with the latest "radium" SuperLuminova luminous glows brightly in the dark. Top it up with a flat sapphire crystal with a 2.5 times magnifier. The sapphire crystal is also coated with anti-reflective on the inside for better clarity.
I can stare at this picture for hours admiring the beauty
Continuing on the characteristics of the 1545 series, these 1545 series keep getting better and better! Measuring at 42mm and 13mm thick, the watch is the highly popular 20 ATMOS on steroids. Featuring a bigger case, bolder design and better water resistance, the 30 ATMOS has yet again set a new standard in the price segment. The short lugs to lugs length of 49mm are curved downwards for a very comfortable and wrap around fit.
Good looks are appreciated but performance matters more, and in terms of ease of operations, not only is this a very easy to read, it's a pleasure to operate. The large screw-down crown is very easy to grip and it screws in and out without any sense of roughness in the screw threads contributed largely also by the larger than usual screw tube.
Scratch resistant ceramic bezel with filled numbers
Entirely designed and hand finished in Switzerland the watch is satin brushed on the top and high polished on the sides to a very high standard, again synonymous with Squale. The transitions between brushed and polished parts are very well defined like every other Squale watch.
Well definied lines synonamous with Squale
The 120 clicks unidirectional rotating bezel clicks positively with little play for added confidence.
The Squale 30 ATMOS comes with a satin brushed metal bracelet with solid end-links and screw-in links. It even comes with a diver extension when the occasion calls for it.
The Squale 30 ATMOS comes with a Squale box.
Squale watches come with a 2 years Squale international warranty
Movement: Swiss automatic movement ETA 2893-2. Quickset GMT and Date function.