NOS Aquastar Benthos 500 Diver
An Aquastar was the first and only watch to be worn at the deepest dive ever made in history – the DeepSea Challenge, where divers descended to the Mariana Trench . The watch was worn by diver Don Walsh, however, Aquastars became particularly famous amongst the diving fraternity, when Jacques Cousteau and his team wore Aquastar diving watches, such as the Aquastar Benthos 500, during their many filmed dives in the 1960s.
Today, Aquastar watches are gaining recognition as important vintage diving watches, and values are rising.
Aquastar is synonymous with diving watches, a brand made famous by the French diver, Jacques Cousteau. The professional diver Aquastar Benthos 500 (1962 – 1972), is one of the most sought after by collectors.
The Aquastar Benthos 500 was the first diver watch capable of decending to 500 meters.
The watch with typical large stainless steel case with upper crown, and lower reset button. The dial in black, and with the Aquastar brand name and logo.
Applied battons with tritium luminous coating.
Metal & luminous hands, white sweep seconds, and additional orange fourth hand with large arrow.
This is the minute counter started with the pusher at four o’clock (the diver used the combination of the bezel ring and this minute counter to time the dives).
Typical thick mineral glass.
Rotational black 0-60 bezel. Screw on case-back with relief Aquastar name and logo.
To the inside, a fine Aquastar automatic movement (modified A.Schild).
The watch completed with a new old stock Tropic style strap with a Tropic stainless steel buckle.
Also NSA Bracelet with Aquastar Clasp Case size: 47mm x 42mm.
Overall excellent mint condition, with very light marks from age. Excellent case, unpolished and with just light scratches showing. Beautiful original dial with light aging to the luminous hour battons. Close to perfect bakelite bezel ring, with luminous arrow at the 12.00 position intact. The all important thick mineral glass free from any scratches. Case-back clean, free from any scratches, and still with wax. Movement particularly clean and running excellent Summary: one of the best condition Aquastar Benthos watches on the market. A perfect addition to any collection.