French watch brand Feuver (“Fever” in French) – like this 1960’s-era dive watch example here – is a mystery, mostly lost to the time before the interwebs. It was a sold mainly in France and saw limited distribution outside the country. What is known is that the 1960’s were an exciting time for diving, and, well, the French.
Why was this, you ask?
During this era, a French gentleman and diver named Jacques Cousteau gathered fame for his involvement with a set of three projects to build underwater "villages,” with each ensuing project was aimed at increasing the depth at which people continuously lived under water, and were an attempt at creating an environment in which men could live and work on the sea floor.
Cousteau was so much more than just a diver; he was also a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher – he was also a filmaker. A meeting with American television companies created the series “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau,” with the character of the commander intended to give the films a "personalized adventure" style. This documentary television series ran for ten years from 1966 to 1976.
With the patina’d lume on this Feuver diver and a slender yet poignant orange seconds hand, there’s more than enough visual contrast going on here to make the watch engaging. Couple this with a well-designed Bambi stainless-steel bracelet and you have an excellent vintage dive watch, sans the high price point witnessed in similar watches of the era.
This Feuver puts many dive watches from the same era to shame with its superb finish, dial and vibrant colors – to include orange seconds hand and stylish red accents on the bezel – all of which bring a pop of color to your day and invites attention from the casual onlooker.
This Feuver comes with a stainless-steel bracelet, premium nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
1960’s Feuver Mechanical Dive Watch
DIAL: Brilliant and detailed original black Feuver-signed dial, which features large numerals lumed to glow in the dark – a great touch that really makes this dive watch stand out from many of the same era. Original hour, minute, and seconds hands.
CASE: Original 39mm (40.5 w/crown) x 46mm stainless-steel case, no wear is evident anywhere on case, which remains in excellent condition overall.
CRYSTAL: Dome acrylic crystal, no scratches or blemishes.
BAND: This Feuver comes with an era-correct 20mm unsigned Bambi stainless steel “railroad” bracelet – a great compliment to the case on this Feuver diver. This Feuver also comes with a premium nylon beige “seatbelt” NATO.
MOVEMENT: Original Feuver manual-wind mechanical movement.