Squale and the Italian State Police Diving Unit have a long, shared history, both professionally and in spirit: from the 70s, when divers were involved and needed to assist impressive freediving enterprises, to 2016, the year in which Squale became the official supplier for the Diving Unit. Both organizations continue to share the values of professionalism, reliability and courage to meet the challenges of deepwater diving today.
The years spanning the 60s and 70s were the years in which divers such as Jacques Mayol and Enzo Maiorca broke records and attempted to go beyond their limits.
Precisely during these heroic feats, the Italian State Police Diving Unit provided assistance to guarantee the safety of the champions of which Squale was a proud supplier.
THE TRIBUTE TO THE ITALIAN POLICE DIVING UNIT
To celebrate a chapter of prestigious records and the supply partnership, Squale has decided to donate a commemorative box set to the State Police. The set contains a prototype watch dating back to that era and a “Galeazzi” knife, a tool used by the special forces during those years. The box set will be kept in the Police Museum as a testament to the importance of the collaboration with Squale.
(from left to right: Fabio Ferrari - Squale General Manager, Federico Angelini – Italian Police Commissioner, Andrea Maggi – Squale CEO, Paolo Amilcarelli – C.N.E.S Director)
The box set contains a prototype created from the Squale archives, with the original case and dial from the 70s and the remaining parts created through manufacturing innovation. The knife, on the other hand, is a recreation of the historic Galeazzi knife: this knife, made at the request of ComSubin (Comando Subacquei ed Incursori - Divers and Marines Unit) was supplied to the State Police Divers in the 1970s.
THE BOX SET
THE HERITAGE OF ARTISANS
A fusion of history, craftsmanship and professionalism gave life to the Tribute model. Born as a prototype in the 70s, and subsequently unearthed from the Squale archives, the craftsmanship of this watch is a true testimony of the era to which it pays homage.
Beginning with the cases, made by working a 316L steel bar by hand, and continuing with the dials to which the Luminova and Applique have also been applied manually. Choosing to use Plexiglass and assembling each watch by hand attest to the desire to remain faithful to tradition.
THE TOOL OF CHOICE FOR THE SPECIAL UNITSThe legendary Galeazzi knife was patented in 1956 at the specific request of the ComSubin (Divers and Marines Unit), an elite unit of the Italian Navy. Designed to be a real multipurpose tool, it comes with a sharp and a serrated blade for dangerous situations in the deep. In addition, it is equipped with an adjustable wrench positioned on the handle to meet the needs of such a highly specialized military unit.
Nowadays, the knife has been reproduced for Squale by an Italian company using the original patent from the Galeazzi company.
THE KEEPER OF TRADITION
To create the case containing the knife and the watch, it was decided to call on a specific craftsman who has a connection with both Squale and the State Police. The manufacturer is the same one who produced the boxes made for the Squale 101 ATMOS Bronze that marked the 60th anniversary of the creation of the Divers Unit in 2018.
Each case of the Tribute Limited Edition is one-of-a kind because of the wood from which it is made. They have been crafted from 19th-century oak barrels recovered from wineries and expertly handcrafted in the heart of Tuscany. Over time the wooden slats have absorbed the wine and ambient elements in different ways, creating unique colors and shades for each case.