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Holding a deep and rich history in dive watches, Squale has demonstrated eminence in producing high quality dive watches that are built for task. From manufacturing watch cases to many respected Swiss watch brands such as Tag Heuer, Doxa and Blancpain to supplying timepieces to the Italian Navy’s Diving Corps, Squale truly embodies the connection between their horological dedication and true diving enthusiasts.
Squale watches have become widely sought after by watch lovers and divers alike due to their timeless design and attractive specifications. Paying tribute to their heritage, Squale unveiled a breathtaking new collection to the 30 ATMOS line - The Squale SUB-39 Black Arabic. Recalling many elements from a vintage Squale model from the 60s, this new edition stays faithful to the original design while packing contemporary features that many will appreciate.
|Squale Sub-39 Black Arabic
As a distinguished case maker back in the day, Squale is no stranger in producing beautiful and robust watch cases. The Squale SUB-39 Black Arabic bears the iconic "von Büren" case that greatly resembles the 60s model. While the watch remains virtually identical as its predecessor, the stainless steel case size receives an upgrade to a contemporary diameter of 39mm (41mm including bezel) from its previous 34mm. With a lug to lug distance of 49mm and a thickness of 12.5mm, the watch wears incredibly well on a wide range of wrist sizes as a result of its gently curved down lug ends.
The Squale SUB-39 Black Arabic features a 120-click unidirectional dive bezel houses a special crystal glass insert with black inlay and contrasting white markings, exerting a gentle lustre as it plays with the light at different angles. At the 3 o’clock position, the large distinct screw-down crown allows for a smooth and easy operation when setting the time. On top of that, it is signed gorgeously with the prestigious "von Büren" logo, a symbol of pride in its quality.
|Ticking inside the Sellita SW 200 automatic|
Together with the screw-down crown, the Squale SUB-39 Black Arabic is equipped with a screw-in stainless steel case back etched with Squale’s classic shark logo. This achieves a substantial 300m of water resistance despite its slim and elegant case profile.
As the name suggests, the hallmark of the Squale SUB-39 Black Arabic is characterized by its white Arabic indices against the hand-painted matte black dial. This is a key design trait from the original 60s model; it is also the only watch in the collection to present Arabic numerals as indices, making this an exceptional piece that stands out from the rest.
|Unique 60s throwback case construction|
The indices and hands are treated with Superluminova that glows a bright green in dark lighting conditions, a significant improvement from tritium used in the original version. Staying true to the 60s aesthetic, the boxed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment mimics the vintage look and feel of plexiglass used in the past while providing superior scratch resistance.
Being a black dive watch, the Squale SUB-39 Black Arabic pairs remarkably well with the supplied 22mm black microfiber textured strap complementing grey stitching. This combination creates an extremely versatile style that looks in place on most occasions; it could very well be your perfect everyday diver watch. Although the watch is fairly monochromatic, the vibrant orange minute hand gives this piece an energetic pop of colour and enhanced readability.
|"Radium" coloured SuperLuminova that glows green|
At the heart of the Squale SUB-39 Black Arabic lies the Swiss-made Sellita SW 200 “REGLAGE ELABORÉ" 26 jewels high-precision automatic movement. The 4 Hz beat rate (28,800BPH), provides mechanical reliability.
Squale continues to embrace their proud heritage with the release of the Squale SUB-39 Black Arabic by reproducing many charming elements from the vintage 1960s model. With new and improved modern upgrades, this edition demonstrates Squale’s dedication to produce robust and elegant watches with the highest standards just like it did back then.
|Original "Squale" emblem engraved on the caseback|