EXCLUSIVE: Alsta Watch Company brought back to life by Scottish startup

Nautoscaph II # 3

Alsta Watch Company has been brought back to life by Angus MacFadyen.

The Swiss watch brand disappeared 35 years ago, having survived the early onslaught of quartz watches, but succumbed in 1982.

Mr MacFadyen from Glasgow registered Alsta as a trademark in May 2014, and has been working on the first designs of the watch for the past three years.

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The first new model will be the Alsta Nautoscaph II, a divers’ watch that will be launched this year with a limited run of 300 pieces.

The watch will be sold only online from the brand’s own website.

The Nautoscaph was the best-known model from Alsta’s archive thanks to it appearing in the movie Jaws on the wrist of Matt Hooper, played by Richard Dreyfuss.

The watch and Hooper survived after he was lowered into a shark cage to face the great white, which was sunk along with the boat.

Alsta Jaws Watch

The new Alsta Nautoscaph II design was inspired by the original from the 1960s and has been increased from 36mm case size to a more contemporary 40mm steel case.

Every component of the Alsta Nautoscaph II is manufactured in Switzerland or Germany apart from the NH35A automatic movement, which is made by Seiko of Japan.

The watch will retail for £865.

Specification of the Alsta Nautoscaph II:

  • Case – 316L grade satin-finished stainless steel with polished edges
  • Dimensions – 40mm diameter case, 40mm bezel, 48mm lug-to-lug, 20mm lug size, 6.5mm crown diameter
  • Crown – Screw in, polished stainless steel, cross-hatch engraved
  • Dial – Black, applied plots, Super-LumiNova
  • Hands – Tapered sword Super-LumiNova
  • Movement – NH35A 24 jewels.
  • Functions – Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Case back – Stainless steel, engraved
  • Glass – Hardened mineral crystal
  • Water resistance – 999ft/300m/29atm
  • Shock Resistant to ISO 1413 standard
  • Anti-magnetic to a field strength of 4,800 A/m (ISO 764 compliant)
  • Mesh bracelet in 316L grade stainless steel with signed clasp
  • Strap bars – spring-loaded stainless steel

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