BACKGROUND The name Swiss made dive watches ‘SQUALE’, is a version of the word ‘squalo’, which in Italian method shark. It is a name that has now not most effective been synonymous with exceptional, as it was as soon as stamped at the instances of Swiss watches from numerous unique makers as a seal of pleasant, however has grow to be esteemed among collectors of antique dive watches from the 70s and 80s. SQUALE in past years produced dive watches for many other manufacturers and at one factor had even been suppliers to Italy’s Folgore Brigade and the Italian Navy’s Diving Corps.
Despite their Italian roots SQUALE very tons satisfaction themselves on being Swiss made and their manufacturing is still performed in Grenchen, Switzerland. Today SQUALE, who’re (geographically) based totally in Milan, Italy are reestablishing themselves having best simply recently had a renaissance in 2010. They are continuing to supply past models, but are also focused on introducing new fashions which share not handiest characteristics of past models but additionally NOS (new old stock) cases, dials and handsets of the past. However these models house contemporary Swiss mechanical and quartz actions. The Professional one hundred and one ATM 2002A is one such new version.
The a hundred and one ATM came in a different blue satin case with a soft blue satin lining. I’ve no longer visible a SQUALE presentation box earlier than, but this right now felt that it belonged to the brand and that perhaps they’d usually presented their watches in the sort of manner. Inside the field became the standard office work and guarantee card.
The one hundred and one ATM has a different vintage appearance that creditors of vintage divers will instantly apprehend. Its case design and stepped bezel machine turned into used no longer simplest for watches from SQUALE including the a hundred ATMOS (circa 70s) and its many editions, but for such a lot of different excellent names like BLANCPAIN for their Fifty Fathoms ‘1000m’ (circa 60s) or Jaeger-LeCoultre’s MEMOVOX (early 70s).
This awesome fashion that during many methods belongs to SQUALE is also memorable for so many different dive watches. The a hundred and one ATM through nowadays’s trends might be considered a ‘dress diver’. It has a charm that is both elegant and sporty and is one in all only some 1000m divers that could easily be worn with dress attire.
DIAL & HANDS The a hundred and one ATM has a clean matt black dial with white minute markers and polished carried out markers; the tips of the markers have been applied with lume. There’s a white date wheel at three o’clock, which has been framed in white. Personally I might have preferred a black date wheel with a white body. There is some text at the dial regarding the model ‘101 ATM 2002A’ plus the SQUALE name with the ‘VON’ brand and shark motif. It looks as if a lot going on, but it has been designed in such a way as to be as unobtrusive as possible.
I love the sword handset set, the orange minute palms surely pops from the dial and rectangular pointer of the second one hand a non-public favored.