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The Squale 30 ATMOS Giramondo GMT Robin Blue is the latest model introduced by Squale in 2019. Made in Switzerland just like the old days, and powered by the robust Swiss Made ETA 2893-2 automatic GMT movement with quickset date and GMT hand function. What’s more, this particular Giramondo version is firmly based on their vintage diver model known as the Squale Master from the 60s which till today is still highly sought after by dive watch enthusiasts.
|Squale 30 ATMOS Giramondo GMT Robin Blue - Limited Edition|
The overall styling might be familiar to Squale fanatics as this collection derives from the 2014’s Squale Vintage Master series. So what do all these Squale classics have in common? There are made in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in the same factories that produced the first vintage 60s Masters, and followed by three main key features- the old-school dive bezel, mid-century dial, and the 60s case design.
Let’s start with the bezel, to us personally, is where you guys will find its “umami.” The turquoise robin blue color is a real treat and made out of a special enamel treatment.
|Sunburst Grey-tone Dial|
Enamel techniques are highly regarded and typically only found in Haute Horlogerie manufacturers, as to showcase their impressive artisanal prowess. Enamel is essentially glass melted together with a pigment (usually a metal oxide) at temperatures between 800-1200°C. One of the most tedious skills to master- from cleaning of the base plate to oxide application, and firing; every single step executed with precision and in skilled hands. Since all these processes are done by hands of a craftsman, finalizing with the word “Perfection” here is relative, given their all hand-made nature, there will be no two of the same bezel.
After it is baked and shaped, steel markers (some with luminous) are being applied onto the surface which then filled up with epoxy to seal it up entirely. Why did Squale have to go through this stringent process? The answer lies heavily on what they have done in the past. Squale had made this 60s colorway bezel so retro that it reminds one of those found on their vintage divers that was also having painted base with applied markers. This gives the watch a real vintage charm that one will not find on other divers nowadays. In addition, Squale has continued to keep to its root in making something so extraordinary like this, featuring an old traditional enameling method onto a diver’s bezel. Further, it functions with 120-clicks in a unidirectional manner, with bezel clicks positively with little play for added confidence.
|Enamel turquoise bezel|
Moving on to the Giramondo GMT Robin Blue mid-case, you get a wearable sizing of those yesteryears dive watches, with a dimension of 39mm wide, 46mm lugs to lugs and 13mm thick. It is the perfect sizing for many and fits well into today’s watch market for more vintage sizing watches.
Now, we paid close attention to its case, finishing. Squale applied old-school 60s finishing method of having direct transitional polishing finish where the satin-brushed at the top of the lugs meets directly with the full polished side profile without any additional bevelling in-between. Further, things are in concord when recreating a dive watch from the 60s features no crown guard, and the Giramondo GMT is one. The used of their original “Von Buren” emblem crown that 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.
What stores inside the 60s diver case lies a dial that reflects Squale emergence as one of the idiosyncratic maestro in horology. The old-school sunburst grey-tone dial is appropriate in this Giramondo GMT, while it appears to be white at times, and light greyish when it dances in different lightings, further giving it a metallic tone and formal appearance.
|No cyclop for a seamless looks|
As this is a GMT theme diver, Squale diligently added 24-hour markers on the periphery, flanging the lumed retro hour markers. The primary hour markers are done in triangular shapes at 12, 3, and 9 o’clock. The remaining hour markers are done with a unique mini square shape that balances the overall dial, and the date window emphasizes this at 6. Further, the texts found on it shouts Squale all and all, especially the play of fonts at the bottom of the dial. All the handset and hour markers are applied with Superluminova for excellent legibility in dim lightings. Top it up with a flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective on the inside for better clarity.
Under the Squale 30 ATMOS Giramondo GMT Robin Blue’s hood lies the ETA2893-2 caliber, operating at 28,800 bph (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 21 jewels with a power reserve of 40 hours. With this movement, the Giramondo has a slim GMT hand doing the 24-hour duty and can be quickset.
The Squale 30 ATMOS comes with an Italian made vintage mocha whipped stitch leather strap that evoke one’s old world cool when strapping the Giramondo on.
All in all, the Squale 30 ATMOS Giramondo GMT Robin Blue, limited to 75 pieces, is the new 2019 hit and one of the few models by Squale that is made in a small run every year to keep it exclusive. The Squale 30 ATMOS is undoubtedly the watch for someone who is looking for a well-built watch with a sophisticated enamel bezel and yet ready for everyday use with their character while at it. So if you’re a dive watch enthusiast or a vintage watch collector, we would want you to consider these seriously.