French watch brand Type – 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.
With its large arrow hands, patina’d lume, and a slender yet poignant seconds hand on this Type diver, there’s more than enough visual contrast going on here to make the watch engaging. Couple this with a handsome leather strap and matching nylon NATO strap and you have an excellent vintage dive watch, sans the high price point witnessed in similar watches of the era.
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, 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 leather strap, nylon NATO strap, Pelican travel case, and springbar tool.
1960’s Type Mechanical Dive Watch
DIAL: Brilliant and detailed original Type-signed dial, with original large stylish broad arrow-design hands. Inner tachymeter ring rotates correctly in either direction, via the crown at the 2 o’clock position.
CASE: Original 37.5mm (40.5mm w/crown) x 46mm stainless-steel case; evidence of wear on underside of case.
CRYSTAL: Flawless domed acrylic crystal, no cracks or imperfections.
BAND: This diver comes with a brown leather strap, with stainless-steel hardware, as well as a blck, white, red, and blue nylon NATO strap (also with stainless-steel hardware).
MOVEMENT: Original Type manual-wind mechanical movement.