This French Les Routiers-branded and full serviced 1960’s-era dive watch here is a mystery, mostly lost to the time before the interwebs.  It appears to have been sold mainly in France and saw limited distribution outside the country.
 
With its quite unique multi-colored dial, slender yet poignant hour and minute hands, and copious green lume, there’s more than enough visual contrast going on here to make the watch engaging.  Couple this with the included handsome leather strap or NATO, and you have an excellent vintage dive watch, sans the high price point witnessed in similar watches of the era.
 
Who was Les Routiers?  It was a France-based company founded in 1934 that provided travel guide books for eating out and hotels, and it expanded to (and is now headquartered in) the UK in 1970.  In 2002, an article in the UK's Daily Telegraph claimed the company charged up to £900 for an entry in their guide book.  No doubt the watch here was part of Les Routiers promotional efforts.
 
But back to the 1960s - what is known is that the era was an exciting time for diving, and, well, the French.
 
Why was this, you ask? 
 
During this era, French gentleman and diver 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 – also roughly the same era French watches like Vilmont were in their prime.
 
This diver comes with a stainless-steel bracelet, nylon NATO strap, hard plastic travel case, and springbar tool.

1960’s Les Routiers Mechanical Dive Watch

$349.99Price
  • DIAL: Vibrant Les Routiers-signed dial, with stylish stick hands.  Hour markers, indices, and hand lume glows following exposure to strong light.

     

    CASE: Stainless-steel case measures 36.5mm (38.5mm w/crown) x 42mm; matching caseback with crisp and legible diver engraving. 

     

    CRYSTAL: Flawless domed acrylic crystal, no cracks or imperfections.

     

    BAND: This diver comes with a stainless-steel bracelet, which will fit up to an approx. 7.75 inch wrist, with tight links; it also comes with a black nylon NATO strap.

     

    MOVEMENT: Manual-wind mechanical movement.  We have performed a full service on this watch.