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  • Aquadive Model 77AS Review with many pics!

    Hi guys, it's been a while since I've posted here, but I have definitely been lurking. I've bought a few nice vintage divers lately, including TKite's Zodiac SSW, which is one of my favorite divers, but it seems it took me getting the AD 77AS to inspire me to take some pictures and write up a quick review of it.

    Like others I’ve read about, I've been thinking about getting a new Aquadive for quite some time and have been thinking either the BS100 or BS300. I couldn’t really decide because I love big dive watches, but my Seadweller usually ends up getting the most wear because it is comfy at only 40mm, so therefore, I was leaning toward the BS100. I know others share this dilemma with me. Then, I saw the NOS model 77 and that solved my problem – get the 77 first, then get a Bathyscaphe next.

    One factor influencing my decision to go with the 77 first is the limited number of pieces available, especially with the vintage movement. I love the fact that this is a NOS case, caseback, crystal and bezel with some new parts. The ETA movement version, of which there are 150 pieces, is solid and has the quickset date with white numbers on the black datewheel. Even though I like the quickset date option, the thought of the Anton Schild movement being NOS and completely refreshed to like new specs intrigued me enough to opt for the AS movement version. Plus, the AS version has the vintage diver white date wheel with red numbers and is limited to 50 pieces, so those two things clinched it for me.

    Let me say that so far, I am loving the 77AS! I ordered it and received it in a few days from Austria to Kansas just in time for me to wear it on New Year’s Eve. It arrived very well packaged with a nice black lacquer presentation box, straps, warranty card with a separate Aquadive DVD.

    The dial and hands are awesome. The bezel is 60 click and is easy to grip and turn, but is not luminous, which was normal for that time period in the ‘70s. The case is PVD coated with a machined starburst SS finish above the PVD and below the PVD bezel. The starburst machined SS above the PVD really almost gives the illusion that the watch is floating on the wrist and is a very cool effect.

    The cases, apparently, used to have digital movements, so the button above the crown has been re-configured as a helium release valve, which is a creative way to deal with this feature.

    The watch is 41mm without the crown and is fairly thick as many tool divers are. The lugs are 22mm and completely hidden. Mine came with a nice black NATO, an orange and black striped NATO as well as a vintage looking rubber strap – very similar to the ones you see in vintage Zodiac SSW kits or Tag Superpro dive kits. I love the way it looks on the NATOs, but prefer wearing it on the rubber.

    I’m obviously not a professional photographer, but here are some pictures of my 77AS. Cheers!














  • #2
    Very cool watch...

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    • #3
      Excellent write up and some of the best pics I've seen of this one. Good call on the AS movement, which does complete the vintage feel. Aquadive did a great job bringing this one back to life. Congrats and enjoy!
      Steve

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      • #4
        Thanks - the more I wear it, the more I like it.

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        • #5
          Very nice indeed.
          sigpic Let the music be your Master, will you heed the Master's call?

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          • #6
            Great diver! I feel like I just stepped out of a time machine.

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            • #7
              Cool watch! It looks a lot thicker than the 15mm stated on their website.

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              • #8
                Nice review, and I concur. I opted for the ETA motor primarily because of the quickset date feature. I wish mine had the red date wheel though! I have not had a chance to take a decent pic, but here is mine on Omega Flightmaster links. I love the damn thing. And the more I wear it the more I dig it. My striped NATO did not come with a signed buckle... I'm gonna have to talk to somebody about that.

                If looking for a bracelet option, I have also put my watch on old school flat mesh from Tungchoy and it rocked on that watch. The sunburst stainless and black PVD finish combo makes this watch look very sporty on the wrist.

                I have to say... the service on my deal was impeccable. I had mine before Christmas. Steverino and Bill are big guys in the AD game... thus... kudos to your service folks.

                sigpicHook 'Em
                "Just as watch collectors are keepers of a tradition of a mechanical art, so too are dive watch owners keepers of a legacy of rugged instruments that accompanied man on some of his greatest adventures. Wear your dive watch proudly."

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys! As for the thickness, the case with the caseback is 15mm thick, excluding the bezel, which is about 2mm. Wears lower on the rubber or a mesh than it does on the NATO. Funny you should mention the Tungchoy flattened mesh - that's what I have mine on now and it is great. Wish I had a FM bracelet though as that is the best looking option I've seen so far.


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                  • #10
                    I love the hands on this watch. And the lume... quite nice, too.

                    If I could change one thing it would be to add a lumed pip at 12 to the bezel. But... it is old school and it is a nice bezel with fantastic bezel action.
                    sigpicHook 'Em
                    "Just as watch collectors are keepers of a tradition of a mechanical art, so too are dive watch owners keepers of a legacy of rugged instruments that accompanied man on some of his greatest adventures. Wear your dive watch proudly."

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                    • #11
                      Didn't know you had one, TR. One of the great things about hooded lugs are the number of bracelet options and that looks great on the Omega bracelet.
                      Steve

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                      • #12
                        Hey Tom, have you tried the Yobokies BOR bracelet on the AD? I am thinking that would look good, but can't really picture it.

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