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Model: Super Compressor 600 Ft. Automatic Diver ref. 10 464 (Grey Dial); Swiss Made circa August of 1968 (caseback stamped "8-68" inside)
Case: Solid stainless steel Brevet (patented) Super-Compressor case with screw-down back is approximately 36mm excluding the original cross-hatched crowns; top crown rotates the inner diver bezel and bottom crown winds and sets the watch
Bracelet: 18mm vintage-style stainless steel mesh bracelet (adjustable size via sliding clasp)
Movement: AS cal. 1903 self-winding automatic movement (17 jewels) with date; 21,600 BPH; Swiss Made; serviced
Features: Striking original grey sunburst dial with white print and raised luminous hour markers; date display at 3 o'clock; original black luminous handset with matching patina; original black inner dive bezel with luminous triangle at 12 o'clock displays elapsed time and rotates via the top crown; solid stainless steel Super-Compressor case with original oversized crowns and great proportions; tall domed acrylic crystal; cool retro mesh bracelet; Swiss automatic movement (serviced)
Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; sharp stainless steel Super-Compressor case appears to be unpolished; screw-down caseback remains legible with light wear and a few tool marks; beautiful original grey sunburst dial with all Tritium luminous material in tact; excellent original Tritium handset with matching patina; clean domed acrylic crystal
Other: The Super-Compressor case played an important role in the history of dive watches. Its innovative design utilizes a "compressor" system whereby the case becomes more watertight as the watch descends deeper. As atmospheric pressure increases, the caseback is compressed on the gaskets creating a tighter seal. The elapsed-time (ET) bezel rotates via the top crown and was less prone to accidental rotation than a standard external bezel. These were major selling points back in the 1960s and Super-Compressor watches stand tall as some of the most coveted dive watches today. You can read more about these collectible Super-Compressor watches in a great guide assembled by our friends at Worn & Wound.
This rare Baylor Super Compressor sports a killer grey sunburst dial with white print and stealthy black luminous hour markers and handset. We love the vintage look of the tall domed acrylic crystal, rotating black inner diver bezel, and cool patina to the original Tritium luminous elements! The iconic patented Super-Compressor case with oversized crowns was originally rated to 600 feet and sits nicely on the wrist. The retro-style mesh bracelet completes an overall sporty and versatile look. As an added bonus, our watchmaker just completely overhauled the AS 1903 Swiss automatic movement.