Master piece by Mario Terzi
Since the 1940s Squale has been making parts for making watches and during the 1950s and 1960s it received recognition especially from divers for making very waterproof watchcases. In 1953 they delivered the case for the worldfamous brand Blancpain wich named it "Fifty Fathom" and was issued for the elite team of Free French Forces. Brands like Heuer, DOXA and Auricoste used the very waterproof watchcases from Squale and proudly used their (shark) logo on the back or on the dial. Today Squale's longtime Italian distributor is the Maggi family and are based in Milan. The Matic collection or 600 meter series of Squale watches are updated versions of the original Squalematic dive watches from the 1970's. Each version comes with a beautiful bakelite bezel with multifaceted steel markers hand-set into the bakelite. These 44mm watches are made in Switzerland and they are all powered by proven Swiss ETA 2824-2 automatic, self-winding movement (hand windable, and hacks). The Squalematic uses a double domed sapphire crystal with antireflection treatment for added clarity. Squale has joined forces with Italian Master engraver Mario Terzi to create a few unique pieces. Terzi is best known for engraving rifles, shotguns and knifes for the Italian brand Babbri; his waiting list for custom work runs into years rather than months. He engraved only 1 SqualeMatic with exquisitely detailed sharks on the lugs and alongside both sides of the case and -so far we know- 5 times a Squale Master. If you desire a Mario Terzi Squale you have to be prepared to pay at least 2600 on top of the price of the model you choose and also be a patient person for at least 3 months to await the result.