Waltham MC4 Vintage Bathyscaphe Circa 1960's (29812)

29812 Waltham MC4 Bathyscaphe Vintage, manufactured by Blancpain and then sold in the US market in partnership with Waltham, stainless steel case on a period correct vintage tropic rubber strap, also includes a period correct US divers thermometer, sharp case with original lines, manual wind caliber 1187/94 movement, original glossy black dial with applied radium hour markers is in excellent condition, original radium hands, original bi-directional bakelite bezel, circa 1960s, diameter: 34mm, thickness: 11mm, Rare Example in Excellent Condition and Comes with European Watch Company Pouch and 6 Month Warranty.

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This is a vintage c. 1960's nickel/stainless steel Waltham Bathyscaphe. This watch is almost identical to the Blancpain reference MC4. It has a vintage tropic rubber strap with a stainless tang buckle, and an acrylic crystal. It has a screw-down solid case back engraved “Antimagnetic, Waterproof, Shock-protected,” and a dust cover for anti-magnetic protection for the movement. The 34mm diameter solid three-body case, downturned lugs, and bi-directional bezel with a black Bakelite insert are polished/brushed. The original dial is glossy black with applied luminous radium triangle and dot hour markers, an Arabic numeral 12, and luminous spade hands with a center sweep second hand. There is an outer minute/second track and the Bakelite bezel insert has white Arabic numerals at the quarter-hour intervals.

The mechanical manual winding Rayville caliber AS 1187/94 movement (discontinued in 1967) has a straight-line lever escapement, an incabloc shock absorber mechanism, and a monometallic balance that's adjusted for temperature and 5 positions.

The Waltham Bathyscaphe MC4 is a diving watch from the early-to-mid 60's, a time of pioneering deep-sea exploits that went deeper than any scuba diver or even submarine could venture. This watch was manufactured by Blancpain but sold in the US market under the brand Waltham. The partnership between Blancpain and Waltham began in 1954 when Waltham had ceased production in the United States.