Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic NWW 1812
Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic
New and unused Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic, "Jaws Watch" The Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic was first released in 1970 and was immortalised by the 1975 blockbuster movie ‘JAWS’. In 2019, Alsta released a faithful re-edition of the watch worn by Oceanographer Matt Hooper, played by Richard Dreyfuss, in the movie. It comes with box and papers, the UK retail price is £765 Throughout the post-war years until the early 1970s, Alsta made beautifully engineered high-quality wristwatches for stylish men and women of intellectual and creative substance. People who required precision and robustness; scientists, engineers and industrialists as well as style setters and the self-made.
It succumbed in the late 1970s, along with many independent watchmakers, to the “quartz crisis” which saw hundreds of watch and component manufacturers go out of business as the world feared the end of the road for mechanical watches. Sadly, before this vision was seen to be unfounded, many respected names, including Alsta, disappeared…
In addition to being manufactured and tested to withstand the roughest conditions, Alsta timepieces are also made to be beautiful and elegant in appearance in order to be worn for any occasion be it in the workplace or when dressed that little bit smarter.
The Nautoscaph Superautomatic is an outdoors watch that is styled to be worn on any occasion. It is even made to be used as a dive watch and therefore has a unidirectional bezel which removes the risk of it being accidentally turned while underwater which could result in a fatal miscalculation of dive time.
The Nautoscaph Superautomatic is manufactured and tested to be anti-magnetic to a field strength of 4,800 A/m (ISO 764 compliant) and shock-resistant to ISO 1413 standard which should be sufficient for knocks endured on the snow, the ice or the waves.
The Nautoscaph Superautomatic watch case is cushion-shaped and cast from 316L grade Stainless Steel. Grade 316L is the standard molybdenum bearing grade which means it has high corrosion resistant properties and particularly high resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion in chloride environments. It is also anti-magnetic.
The Nautoscaph Superautomatic crown forms part of a triple-lock mechanism that ensures the water resistance of the watch.
We wanted our watches to follow their predecessors by having lovely domed crystals therefore we design and manufacture our glass specially in order that they are true to their heritage in design terms. We decided to go with sapphire crystal in the Nautoscaph Superautomatic as it is tougher wearing day to day than mineral crystal. Also, we agonized long and hard over whether or not to have a magnifying window or “cyclops” above the date. Our dilemma was this; like many dive watch enthusiasts, we prefer no magnifying window on our divers however Matt Hooper did have a magnifier on his watch! Which way do we go? Do we opt for robustness and reducing the risk of damage to the crystal or do we stay true to Hooper? We went for toughness and opted for no magnifier.
Limited to 1975 pieces. The Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic comes in the following specification:
Case – 316L grade satin-finished stainless steel
Dimensions – 38mm diameter case, 43mm lug to lug, 20mm lug size, 6.5mm crown diameter
Crown – Screw in, polished stainless steel
Dial – Black, applied C3 Super-LumiNova
Hands – Tapered sword C3 Super-LumiNova
Movement – Seiko NH35A 24 jewels.
Functions – Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Case back – Stainless steel, engraved
Glass – sapphire 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)
Strap bars – spring-loaded stainless steel
Strap – Tropic Vulcanised Rubber
Serialisation – Numbering #xxxx/1975