The New Alsta Watch Co. is bringing back a classic watch that was worn by Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) in Jaws. The Alsta Nautoscaph II hasn’t been available since the 70s and Jaws fans have been demanding for its return. Alsta recently returned as a brand and they promised to bring back the famous water resistant timepiece. The Alsta Nautoscaph II is limited and isn’t cheap. There are only 300 made and it will cost you $879.
More about the watch from Alsta:
We chose the Alsta Nautoscaph II to be the first watch manufactured by the new Alsta Watch Co.
Our attention to detail in recreating the Alsta Nautoscaph II was uncompromising, right down to the specially-manufactured super-domed crystal. There were many configurations of the original Nautoscaph, including a host of different bezels and dial details, such as stick indices, coffin-shaped indices, numbers at 3, 6, 9, 12 and various other combinations. We tried every option on the design table and chose this clean and contemporary configuration for the Nautoscaph II.
…using modern technology
We made all possible technical, safety and performance improvements while retaining as much of the original design as possible. Your beautifully-styled Alsta Nautoscaph II timepiece oozes the same romance and charm of the original. The only difference being; modern-day materials and technology. Like the original, it is powered by a quality automatic movement.
Every component of the Alsta Nautoscaph II is manufactured in Switzerland or Germany, except its NH35A automatic movement which is manufactured by Seiko of Japan.
Quality engineering, manufacture and design will always be a hallmark of Alsta watches.
The Alsta Nautoscaph was immortalised in the 1975 classic movie Jaws when it was the timepiece of choice of oceanographer Matt Hooper played by Richard Dreyfuss.
Hooper was wealthy but was also a man of science. He demanded truth and relied upon quality of information and methodology in all his findings as opposed to hearsay or taking things at face value. It is no surprise that this man, who could have afforded any brand, chose quality as opposed to brand recognition in all of his diving and research equipment. This included a discerning choice of timepiece.
It was also the obvious choice for us to bring Alsta out of the archives and back onto the wrist.
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