We have here a fantastic Marc Nicolet dive watch from the 1960s with a stunning original dial! The gloss, black dial has a mixture of lumed baton markers and Arabic numerals, as well as lumed, Alpha hour and minute hands and an arrow pointer central seconds hand. The colour of the lume has aged nicely and gives no doubt to its originality. The dial is signed 'Marc Nicolet, Skin Diver' at 12 o'clock and '17 Jewels, Incabloc, Automatic' at 6 o'clock. The date window sits at 3 o'clock with distinctive red print.
The 37mm, brushed stainless steel case has thick, tapered lugs with a lug-to-lug length of 46mm. On the right-hand side is a large crown. The friction-fit, stainless steel, dive bezel has deep engravings with 15-minute Arabic numeral intervals. The 0 marker is set off from the rest with a red triangle marker. Inside the case is the automatic Bidynator 961-17 movement with 17 jewels, fully serviced by us and running strongly. The movement was made by Felsa and was the first of its kind to incorporate a bidirectional rotor. We've paired the watch on a vintage, New Old Stock, stainless steel, razor wire bracelet, but the options are endless - check out the last picture in the gallery to see how easily this watch can wear anything!
Marc Nicolet is a relation of the famous Nicolet family of watchmakers who started their business in Tramelan, Switzerland in 1875. The family were famous for producing grand complication pocket watches. After Armand Nicolet's death in 1939 his son, Willy, ran the business establishing it as one of the largest watchmakers in Switzerland. During the 1970s and 80s quartz crisis, their reputation and contacts meant they survived whilst many other companies folded. In 1987 Willy met Rolando Braga an Italian watch enthusiast who has helped to drive the company forward, today the company runs under the brand name Armand Nicolet.
What we think
Movement : Automatic Bidynator 961-17
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : Circa 1960s
Case Size : 37mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 46mm
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Stainless Steel