Aquastar Deepstar 2020 Re-Edition 7

Tool watches are pretty straightforward, timepieces designed for a specific task other than timekeeping, the most common of which is diving. After all, watches aren’t really meant to be crushed by 300m of water. There are a lot of them nowadays, but you could argue that pretty much all serious divers – and tool watches in general – can trace their genesis to Aquastar, a brand that’s coming back in a big way.

The relaunch of the iconic Aquastar name comes with one flagship timepiece: the Deepstar. Vintage versions are around and have a cult following for being one of the most unique diving watches ever built, thanks to the bezel that makes a return in the 2020 edition.

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The bezel is used to measure decompression times across dives, something that is only otherwise possible via a specialised computer. I’m not about to go into too much detail about how it works – if you dive, you already know, if you don’t, it doesn’t matter – but needless to say it’s a technical marvel that, apparently, matches up to French navy diving tables.

Aquastar Deepstar 2020
Aquastar Deepstar 2020
Aquastar Deepstar 2020

There’s more to love in the Deepstar beside that bezel though; available with black, grey or blue dials, the charming, overtly 60s case is a flawless stand-in for the archival models – as are the chunky retro hour markers at 12, 6 and 9. The hand at 9 o’clock, in case you were wondering, is a running indicator, a quick reference to know that you’re not screwed mid-dive.

Inside is a custom La Joux-Perre calibre equipped with a column wheel chronograph and a solid, 55-hour power reserve and a skeletonised rotor, everything you want in a tool chrono.

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Supplied with both a matching Tropic rubber strap and a dressier leather number, the Deepstar 2020 is as instantly-recognisable as the original and makes for a fantastic launchpad for the new Aquastar Era.

Price & Specs:

Model: Aquastar Deepstar 2020 Re-Edition
Case/Dial: 40.5mm diameter x 14.8mm height, 316L stainless steel, sunray-brushed grey or blue or matte black dial
Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)
Movement: Swiss made calibre, mono-compax column wheel mechanical chronograph movement, automatic, 28 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 55h
Functions: Hour, minutes, seconds, operation indicator at 9 o’clock, 30 minute stop watch sub counter at 3 o’clock, chronograph
Strap: Tropic rubber with signed Aquastar buckle with additional Horween shell cordovan leather strap, steel BOR bracelet expected for January 2021
Price/availability: £3,390 (pre-order price: £2,590)

More details at Aquastar. Pre-order here.