The Triton Spirotechnique is a relatively unknown dive watch from the 1960s. The watch was retailed by the French brand Spirotechnique, a firm that supplied consumer and professional grade diving equipment that was co-founded by J.Y. Cousteau. This was likely a client-spec'd diving watch designed specifically for the firm at the time, though details on its history and development are sparse.
Some of these watches were even used by the Marine Nationale.
One thing is for sure, according to an advertisement from 1963, the watch originally retailed for 682CHF. To put that into perspective, the Rolex Submariner was 670CHF at the time. Surprising?
The Triton Spirotechnique has a number of interesting features, including a crown located at 12 o'clock. It was placed there so that it would be less likely to be bumped, bending or snapping the stem, and thus letting water in. It offers a very interesting look. The arrow minutes hand was no doubt designed to dominate, as the hour does not matter as much to the diver as tracking the minutes spent under water. In addition, the original bakelite bezel offers interesting numerals with smaller 0s, not unlike some of the 1960s Omega Seamaster 300s.
37mm stainless steel case, gloss black dial with tritium indexes, bakelite bezel, ETA 2472 and fitted with a 2 piece black perlon strap which was the standard issued strap are some of the techniques specs of this piece
Overall condition is very good, dial and hands are perfect, bezel shows some rich patina on the lower half, case has normal wear and age signs, movement fully serviced
Comes with an extra, a fantastic and original Triton diver compass on its original case with original instructions.
A fantastic and different vintage diver, very rare and with a great history, one of those pieces that have it all