Aquastar is a very specialty brand, had some expertise in diver’s instruments. It is likewise a somewhat youthful brand, in the vintage field, as it was just settled in 1962. The brand began providing watches to Jacques Cousteau’s dive group in 1965, and it appears to be that the brand’s organizer, Frédéric Robert, working under the umbrella of the JeanRichards Company, was not off-base in his push to make committed dive watches, including the present specific chronograph, the Aquastar Deepstar. It may not be the most pragmatic and practical dive observe at any point made, however its visual allure can’t be denied. This is the reason we’ll investigate it, in the present scene of the Vintage Corner.
This Aquastar Deepstar plunging chronograph was made in a period of new universe of investigation. While NASA and the USSR were arriving at Space and anticipating a moon shot, others were utilizing cutting edge innovation to investigate the profundities of the seas on Earth. The surge of innovative advancement in materials, plastics and new amalgams were starting to filter out from these Space Programs as Deep Sea investigation was profiting. Not long after the Deepstar Chronograph, Aquastar was to be sure not far away from creating a watch with a ‘neoplastic’ fiberglass case, the Glasstar.
By 1966, Aquastar was offering a two-register, treated steel plunging chronograph with a specialized decompression direct table engraved on the bezel, impeded pencil iridescent hands for simplicity of perusing but a classy dial, with some Art Deco components. The Aquastar Deepstar accompanied its own decompression dive table, which relates to the bezel. From my exploration, I can give you the nuts and bolts. Within track of the bezel gauges the ‘length of dive time’ and is set to the moment hand – an exemplary component for dive watches. For arranging dull dives, as this hand moves, it shows decompression time until it winds up in the ‘Ordinary’ zone, which implies there could be not, at this point any nitrogen present in the bloodstream.
This 1966 Aquastar Deepstar was a cutting edge piece at that point, outwardly talking, yet not precisely. Developments included in these watches were brought into the world 50 years sooner and, as should be obvious, they actually have that work of art, natural look, which appears to be practically ornamental. The Valjoux 23 utilized in these models is a hand-wound, 17-gem, segment wheel chronograph. It is a very much respected, high-grade development, which will later be furnished with Incabloc stun insurance. The Valjoux 23 comes from a group of developments that incorporates the Valjoux 230 (a Flyback, utilized by Heuer among others) and the Valjoux 23c (utilized by Breitling in their initial Triple Date watches) and that appreciated an assembling run of more than 50 years.
The Aquastar Deepstar was an early mixture chronograph, as in it wasn’t actually planned in the manner in which a dive chronograph would be today. Mid 1950s dive watches, during their initial improvement of incalculable dives and input meetings, in the end limited in visual plan to incorporate dim dials with huge markers or possibly a more noteworthy differentiation between the applicable components – permitting the markers and hands to be effectively seen submerged.
The dial of the Deepstar follows the combined styling of the prior Aquastar 60, with its enormous brilliant plots, and the later Aquastar 63, with its tuning fork-styled markers at 12, 6 & 9 o’clock. These markers are unquestionably a praise to the Art Deco development of the 1930s, and feel profoundly intended for such an instrument watch.
With it’s ‘purple’ or ‘silver’ sunray-brushed dial, one would say that the Deepstar isn’t dull but then it truly isn’t that viable all things considered. High cleaned plated markers under a high domed plexiglass gem simply make reflections and frightens. Yet, worn on the wrist of a non-diver, it looks super-cool and deliberate. Maybe this is the place where Aquastar was going with this plan, again broadening their range just as appeal to past the aquanaut market.
This commonplace two-register chronograph, which could be delivered with a 45-minute recorder at 9 o’clock or, on account of the Deepstar, with a 30-minute recorder. The 30-minute register at 3 o’clock is larger than usual and simple to peruse, being white against the dull foundation The little seconds hand at 9 o’clock is marginally extraordinary and has no sub-dial or printed track. All things considered, there’s a twofold sided jewel molded hand that is here simply to be certain that the watch is running – an exemplary prerequisite for dive watches.
Where did the Deepstar name come from… ?
In 1966, while profound jumping submarines were as yet in their outset, an Aquastar 60 was brought down to the lower part of the Marianas Trench in the Trieste Bathyscape dive, yet a particular occasion permitted them to demonstrate their value that year, when a US Air-Force Bomber had a mid-air crash over the town of Palomares, on the Mediterranean shore of Spain. In the mishap, while refueling, the B-52 aircraft deteriorated and four H-Bombs were shot out from the plane. Three of these atomic bombs smashed ashore (and two being annihilated) and one arrived in the Sea. A global group of submerged administrators, depending on the submarines Alvin, Deep Jeep and Aluminaut (recently utilized by Jacques Cousteau) were united by the US Navy to locate the lowered 1.45-megaton Hydrogen bomb.
Alvin found the bomb on 2 April, at a profundity of 2,900 feet (880 m). On 7 April, an automated torpedo recuperation vehicle, CURV-I (controlled submerged recovery vehicle), got entrapped in the weapon’s parachute while endeavoring to append a line to it. A choice was made to raise CURV and the weapon together to a profundity of 100 feet (30 m), where divers appended links to them. While the operational effectiveness of these new innovations during the 80-day search was a long way from awesome, their overall execution urged the US Navy to offer an agreement later in 1966 to the company Westinghouse, to rent their most recent submarine named Deepstar 4000 for investigation dives off both the East and West Coasts of the Continental USA. The Deepstar 4000 Submersible saucer was intended for Westinghouse Electric from 1962 by non-other than Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who’s dive group wore numerous Aquastar watches, including the Deepstar that can be seen here, in one of our past articles .
Back to the watch, the Aquastar Deepstar becomes something of a puzzle while examining how the plan components were united. Indeed, even the caseback, which is screw-down, doesn’t have scores on the edge to fit a standard caseback opener however all things considered, there is a ‘raised star’ with the name and brand logo engraved in the middle. The entirety of the Aquastar watches that had this case back required a unique opener, accessible from Aquastar, to grasp the caseback so it very well may be unscrewed. This clarifies, on most instances of this watch, the casebacks are seriously scratched – since most watchmakers didn’t have the necessary apparatus.
It appears to me that this watch may have been an individual plan project – possibly by Frédéric Robert himself. It is a strong reliable chronograph for the time, with genuine apparatus components, similar to the Dive decompression table, the 100m Waterproofing and the enormous hands. However, it is very extraordinary and intense regarding plan… The excessively planned cleaned markers, the purple sunburst dial and jewel seconds hand are generally somewhat amazing in this instrument setting. Maybe it was planned with the perspective on the quartz upset not too far off, when mechanical watches were featuring into the void of the obscure and Robert needed to keep a couple of the indications of the old world present while entering the new.