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|101 ATMOS PVD Black/Orange|
The 1000 meters watch now done in complete PVD with matte finishing, resulting in a more sleek tactical look that watch enthusiasts seek nowadays. The case measures 44mm in diameter, 49mm lugs to lugs, 16mm thick, pairing with the famous snap-on rotary bezel and 3.5mm thick sapphire crystal, and a double gasket to ensure outstanding resistance.
The captivating bakelite bezel is colored in a multi-stage process. First, the luminous SuperLuminova material is applied by hand, followed by coloring with varnishes immune to seawater corrosion, and then applied to the supporting steel substrate. Done in a two-tone aesthetics, the 101 Atmos now bestows a refreshing orange hue - a correct genre color in diving - which adds some color to what might be a monochromatic watch.
|Retro multi-faceted applied index|
The execution guarantees that the component is warm to the touch while guaranteeing excellent bezel legibility, thanks to the transparency. Like the model that inspired it, the bezel can always be unscrewed from above. An ingenious locking bezel system requires the user to push down on the bezel for operation, a vital tool for saturation divers that utilizes the bezel for underwater timing purposes.
Diving into the dial, the 101 ATMOS Orange/Black showcases a sombre black dial paired with multi-faceted applied indexes that exert attention to detail when viewing the piece up close. The indexes' edges are filled with Superluminova lume that glows a luscious green in dark lighting conditions. The minute hand is painted bright and vibrant orange, adding a pop of color to the dial while making the dial incredibly easy to read. Protecting the dial is a flat piece of 3.5mm thick sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating fitted with double gaskets to ensure impeccable water resistance.
|Integrated Automatic Helium Valve Escapement|
The new case back is now done in PVD as well to keep the entire black theme. Now it's fully engraved with an updated interpretation of the classic wave design and, of course, Squale's logo. For many years the Squale logo has been a mark of quality—all painstakingly designed details, crafted to make a product that keeps faith with the Squale brand philosophy. The 101 ATMOS's discreet elegance is combined with reliability, provided, for example, by the Swedish steel used.
The Squale 101 ATMOS is also the coolest in Squale's history to be made in matte black through and through. Moreover, the non-reflective case finishing is meant to be used in tactical situations. Being one of the pioneers of 1000m dive watches, the Squale 101 ATMOS Blue/Red features a remarkable water resistance of 1000m for deep saturation diving endeavors. The addition of a helium escapement valve (HEV) at the 9 o'clock position protects the watch from damage during prolonged use in the deep depths of the ocean.
|Updated caseback with new engraving technique|
Mechanical reliability is guaranteed by housing a Swiss-made 25 jewel ETA 2824-2 / Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement with a 4 Hz beat rate of 28,800 beats per hour (BPH) features hand-winding and hacking capabilities. This movement is widely popular even in many others. The Squale 101 ATMOS features a superb Italian-made 'Tropic' rubber strap with excellent resistance to saltwater environments and ultra-violet rays.
The Squale 101 ATMOS Orange/Black PVD is definitely a head-turner and an iconic Squale model that will not be mistaken for any other. The iconic model can be found in the history books of many well-established brands. If you are a dive watch nut, there is no reason not to be considering the 101 ATMOS simply because it is quite the influential model and one watch that has always been copied but never outdone. For the new collectors, who want a sixties-style dive watch and don't like the conventional looks, this is a watch definitely worth considering. Or if you are simply looking for a solid-built everyday watch that is also outstanding aesthetically. This is the watch definitely worth considering.