Squale 1521 - yay or nay?

1521 Ocean Leather

www.squale.ch

Hello fellow Crunchers,

I am currently eyeing the Squale 1521, running on the Sellita SW 200-1 movement, in the color Ocean (see link for more info).

Any experience with the brand in general or this particular model?

Thanks a bunch.

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Don't have any direct experience but it seems like a very well built watch, especially for diving. It's a biggish watch at 42mm and 48mm lug to lug so you'd need over 7" wrists to pull it off in my opinion. I love the color paired with the light brown strap and if you wanted to take it swimming or diving you could probably easily switch out to a rubber strap. However, based on a little poking around it seems like it could possibly be a bit overpriced for that particular sellita movement, might be worth looking for it preowned? Anyways, great looking watch overall!

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i vote yay

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Garlando

Don't have any direct experience but it seems like a very well built watch, especially for diving. It's a biggish watch at 42mm and 48mm lug to lug so you'd need over 7" wrists to pull it off in my opinion. I love the color paired with the light brown strap and if you wanted to take it swimming or diving you could probably easily switch out to a rubber strap. However, based on a little poking around it seems like it could possibly be a bit overpriced for that particular sellita movement, might be worth looking for it preowned? Anyways, great looking watch overall!

Thanks a lot for your supporting words!

I think sizewise I could pull it off and I agree, the color pairing is breathtakingly beautiful.

The Sellita movement is a very solid one but in terms of exact timekeeping, it might not be the most accurate on the market. Although, I guess I'd be fine with that...
Probably going to look for a preowned as you suggested :)

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Great watch, I owned it for a number of years. I had an ETA version. 

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Go for it. It's a fun watch, the colours are great. The case is a bit simple but the overall package is worth it's price. Would prefer this to many Seiko divers in the 800-1200 EUR range.

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@SteveJacare hassince squales, I borrowed one to photograph and I was impressed.

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I don't have one, but it's one of the watches that I most admired when first getting into the hobby.  The piece is really attractive, so much so that it has been posted over and over to the point where I take it for granted.  So it's not that I don't like it; rather, it's that I've become numb to its charms.  

If I were to own this watch, I'm sure that I would love it, and it would almost certainly be a watch that would garner more compliments than most other watches in my collection.

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I so wish I could see one in the flesh in a store. I have that 'could be awesome, could be meh' sense about this one. Worried about the size and 'design asymmetry'

The Super Squale equivalent - svelte 38mm  skin diver - I'd be happy to "Add to Cart"

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dr_raygun

I so wish I could see one in the flesh in a store. I have that 'could be awesome, could be meh' sense about this one. Worried about the size and 'design asymmetry'

The Super Squale equivalent - svelte 38mm  skin diver - I'd be happy to "Add to Cart"

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I know, right? I really badly wanna try this one on and see it in the flesh.
The pity is, I live in Switzerland and apparently, the next AD that sells Squale watches is about a three-hour car drive away, and not even an official boutique - which seems ridiculous to me...

Have you checked out the Super Squale Sunray Grey Leather? OMG, what a beaut!

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FlashGordon

I know, right? I really badly wanna try this one on and see it in the flesh.
The pity is, I live in Switzerland and apparently, the next AD that sells Squale watches is about a three-hour car drive away, and not even an official boutique - which seems ridiculous to me...

Have you checked out the Super Squale Sunray Grey Leather? OMG, what a beaut!

You are so right! It is stunning...

Sensible brain thinks "Patience Padawan, you are on the OP36 waitlist"

Flash Gordon Brain Machine makes me think "Squale | Add | To | Cart"

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Granted I'm not much of a dive watch guy and that is a pretty blue but I really don't like a 3 o clock date. Thats just my opinion of course. I haven't owned a sellita movement myself so no experience there. I also don't like the mixed color hands but some people do so each to their own there. All in all I like the Super Squale that the guy posted above much better. 

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I’ve seen one in the wild and it looked really great!  Upped my appreciation for the brand. 

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One of the best looking watches in my collection, not to mention easy to use while I’m in the ocean. The bezel is easy to grip with wet hands, the orange minute hand is also very legible while under and lume is decent. The case finish is also well executed with very nice polish finish. Mines came with a leather strap that ive yet to use, it wears nicely on a nato, shark Mesh or Milanese. hope that helped 

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Squale has a fair bit of history and is a very solid watch. Take a look at https://www.gnomonwatches.com/ if you haven’t already as they are a stockist and regularly have them on sale. 

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I've had mine for almost 3.5 yrs and it's still one of my favorites. It's a beautiful, well-made piece and looks great on my 17cm wrist. Manually timed, it's averaged +10.3 sec/d, pretty good for an ETA movement. Never had a moments problem with it. Some dislike the 4 oclock crown which isn't the easiest to get to, but that's a minor gripe at best. After all, it is a true dive watch, meant for diving and the crown should be well protected. It also has a great history dating back to the 50s and one of the early dive watches. I also enjoy the asymmetrical case. It's survived a couple of purges of my collection and is a keeper.