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The Squale Ref.1521 50 ATMOS Onda Uva has been the staple model of what it used to be, in the 1960s and 70s the iconic skin-diver watch. Many dive watch enthusiasts acknowledged that Squale has been making this tropical dive watch cases for many brands like Aquastar, Doxa and Blancpain just to name a few. Today, Squale continues to emerge without much changes to the original for collectors today, allowing much enjoyment in ownership of the original design, synonymous with the Squale brand.
|Squale 50 ATMOS Onda Uva - Gnomon Exclusive
Though not much has been changed, in recent years there have been a few improvement in the case construction and finishing through the use of modern day machineries and technology. However, the quintessential skin-diver look from their archives stayed the same, giving watch enthusiasts much enjoyment of a retro-vibe, sturdy and reliable dive watch. This is the same as the new 2018 Square 50 ATMOS Onda Uva.
|Unique wave dial with applied markers|
The Onda Uva is where Squale took the old ingredients and made a new recipe out of it. The case dimension stays true at 41mm wide and 48mm lugs to lugs, similar to the Squale 50 Atmos Blue. Boasting a 500m water resistant without the use of the conventional Helium escapement valve due to it's unique case design. The unique case construction also meant that the 500m watch can be kept at a slim 12.5mm. The contemporary footprint means that the 50 ATMOS Onda Uva is exceptionally comfortable on the wrist. Topping it off, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating for added toughness and clarity.
|Polished raised markers with matte background on bezel|
With the similarities to its precursor, this is where it ends. The Onda takes a whole new aesthetic upgrade that never been seen before in the 50 ATMOS collection. First off, the black graduated bezel which is made from stainless steel is now treated in black DLC. The DLC process gives it a better scratch resistance and aesthetics. The black but polished raised numerals and markers against a matte background gives it an athletic looks. This reminisce of the same style as the bezel found on the Yacht-Master. With this bezel, it not only gives a better marine style aesthetics, but also allows users to enjoy little bit of intangible aspect when they rotate or brush their fingers over the raised markers. Did we mention the making of this bezel is extremely time consuming?
|Classic Squale case design|
Another main tweak is to be found on its dial. For the first time, the uses the true-to-vintage applied hour markers, usually found on other Square special/vintage models. It is difficult to put a color on the dial. The greyish-purple-blue dial appears in different color under different lighting conditions. The highlight of the dial is definitely its unique wave texture that are engraved on the surface with the Square logo and model name placed nicely on it. The textured dial with faceted hour markers gives the dial a sense of quality and timelessness. It seems to draw a more nautical and oceanic feel, giving the wearer additional satisfaction when glancing at it to see the time (or not).
Powered by an ETA automatic caliber, ETA2824-2, operating at 28,800 bph (4 Hertz) with hacking and hand winding capabilities. It has 25 jewels with a power reserve of 38 hours. The Squale 50 ATMOS comes with a choice of leather or rubber strap. You can find more about the different characteristics of the different straps here.
SuperLuminova glows in the dark
The all new 50 ATMOS Onda Uva is enduring in its appeal, and we'd recommend this model to fans and collectors of Squale watches. Or simply for watch enthusiasts who wants a 60s style dive watch, with more visual appeal and texture that allows one to enjoy, and wants a watch that stands out from a world that is filled with extensive amount of conventional dive watches, this is the watch for you.