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For the past few years yellow gold watches are coming back in trend, whether is it in precious material or plated ones, this trend is staying for good.
Most of us by now are familiar with Squale's prowess in producing purely utilitarian watches, that sticks to the traditional three handers rule book. However, we are about to bring something that aberrates from their usual 20, 30, or 50 Atmos collections. Behold, the new Squale Corallo Cronografo 18K Yellow Gold Ref.CCYG. "Cronografo" basically means chronograph in English, and this particular model is one. The best part yet, one might ask, "Why did they even produce a chronograph now?" Well, it is the same case and dial that manufactured during the period from 1980-1989, which means this is truly a New Old Stock piece. Heck, they even made some for other brands like Bulova during this period. Most of the Corallo chronographs (Ref. 2006 back then) were either done in steel or PVD black. However, this particular model we have here has just gotten a new upgrade that elevates the luxurious element within the chronograph dive watch context.
|Squale Corallo Cronografo 18K Yellow Gold Ref. CCYG - Limited Edition|
This 30 years old NOS Squale Corallo Cronografo 18K Yellow Gold Ref. CCYG strikes a perfect balance between sportiness and luxuriousness. Kudos to its sharp multi-finished yellow gold case, screw-down pushers and contrasting sunburst blue gilt dial, it achieves an indisputable presence on the wrist.
The Squale Corallo Cronografo 18K Yellow Gold Ref. CCYG watch is Made in Switzerland and is powered by through and tested Valjoux automatic caliber 7750- the first produced in 1973, 30mm wide and 7.9mm thick movement operates at 28,800 BPH (4 Hertz) with day/date display, hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 25 jewels with a power reserve of 42 hours.
Made from a solid block of 18K Yellow Gold with polished finishing on the side and elegant satin brushed on the top and lugs. The Corallo Cronografo is entirely handmade in Switzerland by the industry's best gold case manufacturer who also makes gold cases for renowned watch brands.
|Handmade Entirely In Switzerland|
This particular elegant Chronograph from Squale is being crafted and designed towards more as a Sports racing timepiece, like those that were popular during that 80s period where many seen on professional racer's wrist — therefore making this Corallo Cronografo something special. From a dive-watch-in-the-blood manufacturer like Squale, This is significantly so whereby the use of a particular late 60s "UNITS PER HOUR" fixed tachymeter bezel engraved on the full polished 18K yellow gold. Though its a racer style Chrono, Squale still ensure 100m water-resistant by having a screw-down casebook, crown, and pushers.
The case measures 40mm case without the crown has a lug to lug length of 46mm, and a thickness of about 13.5mm, with a lug width of 20mm. The short downwards curving lugs mean that the watch sits nicely on all wrist sizes. The watch weighs a good 90 grams without the strap. We feel the weight and size proportion strikes the perfect balance on one's wrist.
To start the Chrono, one has to unscrew the two pushers and hit the top pusher while the bottom pusher is to re-set. Straightforward to use as to how it should be since the 70s.
|1980s New Old Stock Case & Dial|
The highlight of the sublime Squale Corallo Cronografo 18K Yellow Gold Ref. CCYG is probably the iconic dial design synonymous with most chronograph watches. A classic design that is immutable for years to come. What we have here is elapsed gilt second hand running from the cannon pinion in the middle of the dial along with the diver's style handset, a running seconds counter at 9, minutes are at the top of the dial, finally with a 12 hour counter at 6 o'clock.
It is more than meets the eye, as Squale placed their original 1970s new old stock blue gilt dial into this period-correct case,
A little more on the dial; It features the Squale Von Buren logo with "Corallo" text at 3 o'clock, sandwich-ing the day/date display that can quickset with the main crown. The NOS dial has a deep blue sunburst effect of giving the watch a sense of elegance. The NOS dial features C3 luminous strip on its golden applied hour markers with gold/gilt trims around the sub-dials to keep things uniform. The deep blue background paired with golden hour markers and handset is seemingly complementary since, after all, its a precious metal, yellow gold chronograph.
|Weighing in at a good 90grams sans strap|
Moving on to the case back, which also made out of a solid block of yellow gold. It showcases a mixture of satin-brushed in the middle and polished finishing flanged around it. In the middle, it has all the information engraved, with the "18K, 750" emblem to indicate that this watch indeed made of the precious metal, 18K yellow gold.
Since this Corallo Chronografo is not the typical dive watch that one's brings to periodically diving (we know some do), this 18K YG variant paired with an elegant red alligator leather strap that matches well with the watch case.
|Solid block of Yellow Gold with Hallmark|
The Corallo Chronografo has been an exceptional (for Squale), yet an all-time classic for decades during the racing chronograph; era in the 70s, and the 18K Yellow Gold case brings things to another level of luxury. It has the best of both vintage and modern touch altogether, making it a sought after. It probably rivals precious metal watches that cost a few times its asking price. Therefore, if one is looking for something with both old and new, classy yet functional, this Corallo Chronografo is most probably a welcome flash of precious metal dive watch for your wrist. Oh, did we mention Squale only manage to have these remaining 10 New Old Stock pieces available?