TRITON SPIROTECHNIQUE

A fine and rare stainless steel automatic diver’s  wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date.

The Triton was launched in 1963. It was offered in the Spirotechnique dive shops to cater the needs of the professional divers.The Triton was developed by a retired colonel in the French Air Force –Jean René Parmentier – and manufactured by the French supplier Dodane, known for providing many Type 20 chronographs to the French military.
The crown – often the weak point of diving watches – was protected from accidental bumps that might allow water to enter the case.
The arrow minutes hand was no doubt designed to dominate, as the hour does not matter as much to the diver as tracking the minutes spent under water. In addition, the original bakelite bezel offers interesting numerals with smaller 0s, not unlike some of the 1960s Omega Seamaster 300s.
Also of interest is that an advertisement from 1963 shows that these watches were actually more expensive than Rolex and Tudor Submariners in France at the time. The Triton was over 682 francs while the Rolex Submariner was 670 francs and the Tudor Submariner was 550 francs.

 Description: 

Case: stainless steel, 38mm, serial: 252
Crown: screw-in
Lume: Tritium
Bezel: Bakelite, clicks properly
Movement: ETA 2772 – runs fine!
Strap: Eulit

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