The business was founded in the 1960s, when the sport of scuba diving was enjoying great popularity. In these days before digital wrist computers, a diver needed to track his time and depth while submerged, requiring the use of a waterproof watch and a thickness gauge. This ensured he did not overstay his time submerged, risking injury or operating out of air.
By the late 1960s, almost every brand had a dive watch in its own lineup but hardly any were committed to creating only subaquatic timepieces. This dedication to the sport of diving is what made Aquadive such a popular selection for people who needed a lasting, accurate watch. Aquadive watches were sold in dive shops next to wetsuits and fins, and promoted in all the diving magazines of the moment. Prominent Mercury astronaut and US Navy SEALAB aquanaut, Scott Carpenter, even supported Aquadive.
Aquadive sold several versions, including chronographs, shallow snorkeling watches, all the way into the formidable Aquadive 1000, one of the first 1,000-meter rated dive watches. The watches came in all shapes and sizes, many with bright colorful dials and hands which brightens up tropical coral reefs, blue water, and orange Caribbean sunsets, all mounted on steel bracelets, rubber straps, even on neoprene.
1970sIn 1970, Aquadive introduced what would become its most famous watch — that the Time-Depth”Model 50″. It was a gargantuan watch, particularly for its age, in 47 millimeters across and 20 millimeters tall with a huge rotating bezel and 24-millimeter strap width. The Model 50 was large for a reason. The watch incorporated an oil-filled depth gauge, using a cutting edge Dynatron electronic movement. In a time when sailors normally had to wear a watch on one wrist and a thickness gauge on the other, the Model 50 combined the two in 1 instrument. It was a feeling among divers, and would go on to become a dive watch pub,
coveted today by collectors. The rise of inexpensive battery-powered quartz watches in the 1970s and’80s eventually spelled doom for Aquadive, such as it did for so many of the Swiss watch companies. The name Aquadive laid dormant for decades before 2011, when Rick Marei, a devoted dive watch collector, revived the newest, releasing many new models. The first watches at the reborn Aquadive lineup included people who have new old stock instances pulled from the business archives, fitted with updated crystals, dials, and seals. There was also as an entirely new watch referred to as the Bathyscaphe, which was founded on the initial design of the iconic Model 50, but using a Swiss automatic movement. The Bathyscaphe remains the flagship of the current Aquadive family. Now, Aquadive is a completely modern watch brand, with steel and bronze cases CNC machined in Germany, ceramic timing bezels, and assembled in Switzerland utilizing cutting edge materials and methods. However, Aquadive remains a company devoted to the same codes as it did in the 1960s and’70s–strong, highly water resistant, accurate dive watches for adventurers.