The Limited Edition Tribute watch is borne out of a long history of tradition and professionalism shared between Squale and the Italian State Police Diving Core.
Every box set contains a Tribute watch and a Galeazzi knife, encased in an exquisite, handmade wooden box.
As a limited edition of only thirty pieces, each watch has been sequentially identified with its own edition number (from 1 to 30) on the caseback.
The case is produced from a highly-resistant 316L steel bar using a coin-press process. The steel is then slowly shaped in order to obtain a precisely defined finish.
The piece is then finished using lathes. The back is worked first,
to enable the placing of the movement, followed by the drilling of the crown tube
and processing for the positioning of the glass and bezel.
The lugs are then manually drilled in by expert artisans.
The cases then move on to the finishing stage,
where they are worked on using lathes to achieve the different matte and polished finishes.
It is at the final stage that the artisans’ experience
and skilled eye really make a difference. A quality control is carried out to verify the precision of the workmanship.
Finally, the technicians proceed to insert the crown tube,
fused together with a rubberized coating for impermeability,
and the glass.
Once the bezel is mounted and the caseback closed,
the case is visually inspected for any imperfections,
and the water-resistance test is then carried out.
The dial is created by shaping a disc with a press,
and once the supports for the movement have been joined,
the indexes cut out of rhodium-plated brass are applied.
The dial is then degreased and polished by hand.
Its black patina comes from a galvanic plating bath and electrodeposition process.
The Grenèe finish is then applied, an artisan technique in which silver dust is brushed onto it,
giving it the matte and rough finish look typical of the manufacturing process in the 70s.
Using the highest quality ink,
a technician applies the logo and any writing using special templates.
The positioning is done solely through the expert eye of the artisans.
The indexes are then manually applied and the SuperLuminova
is hand painted using specialized brushes to guarantee clarity and precision.
The final check is carried out exclusively by
an experienced watchmaker because experience,
history and workmanship give value and uniqueness to each piece created.
Plexiglass was used for the Tribute model
to honor tradition and stay true to the models that were created in the 70s.
Plexiglass was used extensively when sapphire was not yet on the market.
The typical box-shaped form, specifically designed for
this type of material to prevent structural damage in the event of collisions, has been kept.
In addition, to increase its resistance during daily wear,
each piece has been treated with a hard coating,
protecting it from scratches and wear-and-tear.
Assembling the plexiglass requires a specific order,
and it is done by hand for each individual watch.
The first part to be placed into the appropriate space of the empty case is a rubber gasket ring which guarantees its resistance to water.
The plexiglass is then placed on top and sealed with a steel ring, which locks by screwing it,
giving the glass stability and further resistance to water.
The Tribute watches are exclusively assembled
in our laboratories in Switzerland, where the technicians subject
each individual watch to strict quality controls.
The process begins with the operator checking
the correct functioning of the movement. Once verified, the dial is placed on top.
Using a specialized tool,
the watchmaker then proceeds to place the spheres (hands), and to visually check their
alignment and compliance with quality standards
The beating heart of the watch is
then manually placed in the case, fixed,
and treated with a waterproof coating, before the caseback is hermetically sealed.
The final step is the water resistance test
which is performed using modern tools that guarantee accurate results
and a safety-compliant watch, ready to be finished with a strap.