Wyler Heavy Duty 660 Feet Diver ref. 1980-1168 DA (RARE)


Brand: Wyler

Model: Heavy Duty 660 Feet Diver ref. 1980-1168 DA (RARE); Swiss Made circa early 1960s

Case: Solid stainless steel case is approximately 35mm excluding the original signed "W" winding crown; opens through the crystal

Bracelet: Rare vintage 18mm solid stainless steel mesh bracelet

Movement: Wyler manual-winding movement with patented "Incaflex" shock protection system; 18,000 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original silver sunburst dial with applied "Wyler" logo and large art-deco numerals at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock; raised black outer minute track with lumed hashmarks every 5 minutes; original luminous hands with gorgeous yellow patina; original center sweeping-seconds hand; 35mm solid stainless steel case with rotating diver bezel and domed acrylic crystal; cool vintage stainless steel mesh bracelet

Condition: Nice original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; sharp solid stainless steel case appears to be unpolished with the original finishes throughout; caseback remains legible; fantastic original silver sunburst dial; original hands with all luminous material in tact and aged to a very attractive yellow hue; clean domed acrylic crystal

Other: This rare Wyler Heavy Duty 660 Feet Diver is not your typical vintage dive watch - For starters, check out the silver sunburst dial with unique art-deco numerals and raised black outer minute track with lumed hashmarks every 5 minutes. Speaking of lume, the original luminous hands have aged gracefully to a beautiful shade of yellow. The 35mm steel case with sleek rotating diver bezel and vintage mesh bracelet come together to form an overall sporty look that wears incredibly well on the wrist. This particular reference is powered by a Swiss manual-winding movement with patented Wyler Incaflex shock protection. Why is that important? In 1956, Wyler dropped several watches equipped with Incaflex shock protection from the top of the Eiffel Tower in France. The watches were still working perfectly immediately after the fall and the famous media stunt proved to be a huge success in strengthening the brand's reputation. In order to capture the American market, Wyler successfully repeated the publicity stunt by dropping several watches from the top of the Seattle Space Needle in 1962. These watches were also still in tact and running perfectly after the 600-foot fall!

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