If you haven’t seen Jaws, go watch it and then come back to this post. It’ll be here when you’re done.
If you have seen Jaws, you’ll know that among the many cool things about Richard Dreyfuss’s character, oceanographer Matt Hooper, is the watch he wears to brave not only the depths of the ocean, but also the most murderous fish ever to appear in literature or on film.
That timepiece, an Alsta Nautoscaph, was a pretty sharp example of of ‘70s era diving watches: in addition to the requisite rotating steel bezel and a dark face with chunky glowing indices (necessary if you’re going to know how long you’ve been underwater) it also had a pretty cool bracelet, punctuated with oval openings. You can still find the originals on eBay: one sold just yesterday for $2,247.00.
But if you don’t want to waste time waiting around for a vintage model (or pay that much), fret not: Alsta recently gave the Nautoscaph a modern update, and it’s selling a limited edition of 300 of the automatic watches for $879 on Huckberry. Like its predecessor, the Nautoscaph II has a dark face, big Super-LumiNova indices, and is water resistant to just shy of 1,000 feet. Unlike the original, it has a slightly more streamlined case, and it comes mounted on a Milanese loop, which makes it super easy to adjust.
And while it’s made to be in the water, with a relatively smaller 40mm case size, it wouldn’t be out of place in your day-to-day life. Here’s hoping your day-to-day life doesn’t involve any shark attacks.