We have here a very special watch, the Aquastar Regate watch with a 10-minute countdown, flyback regatta module. The renowned watch movement manufacturers, Lemania, designed the caliber specifically for this watch to have this function, which was later used by the likes of Omega, Tissot, Hamilton and Enicar.
This innovative movement sits inside a 2-piece case that measures 39mm. It is a substantial case but a comfortable wear for both men and women. We've paired the watch on new old stock, period, NSA, high-grade, stainless steel bracelet for a more sporty look but it looks equally good on leather.
The dial on this watch is incredibly interesting. The silver dial has applied baton markers at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock with the Aquastar name and logo at 12 o'clock. The modified chronograph flyback function is controlled by the pusher at 2 o'clock and underneath the dial is the red and blue 10-minute countdown indicator which is visible through the five holes between 10 and 2 o'clock. When the chronograph function is activated, the five dots start as blue and the flyback/seconds hand sweeps around the dial (notice the backwards minute tracking) counting down from 60 to zero.
The watch also comes with paperwork and, helpfully, instructions which is rare for a watch of this age.
Despite their long history, Aquastar watches haven't always been available to the general public. It wasn't until 1975 when Aquastar was acquired by the Eren group that the brand moved from professional, diving equipment outlets to a retail larger distribution.
This watch comes fully serviced by our on-site workshop and with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
We are very excited to have such a rare find available for our customers. This watch was the first of its kind and it is from this watch that subsequent developments in regatta countdown watches have been made. A real collectors timepiece with an incredibly interesting history!
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa mid 1970s
Case Size : 39mm
Case Thickness : 16mm
Lug to Lug : 50mm
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof service cover