We have talked a bit about skin divers in the past but we thought that we would offer a bit of a refresher on this watch. There are 3 classifications of diving watches that became popular in the 1960’s and 70’s including professional dive watches, traditional dive watches, and skin divers. Skin divers, the category that this watch fits into, while waterproof, were really made for the enthusiast looking for a stylish dive watch without all of the bulk and heft of a traditional or professional dive watch. These skin diver watches were hugely popular and nearly every brand made a skin diver. One of those brands was Philly who made the watch that you see here. Little is known about the Philly brand but based on the various examples that we have seen it looks like Philly, to steal a term from the world of wine, was a negociant. That is to say that they purchased components or even whole watches from other producers and packaged them under their brand name.
Adding to the theory that Philly was more of a brand than a watch manufacturer is this specific watch. In the world of skin divers there is a subset of watches that utilize mass produced cases by the likes of Erwin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA), Squale, and Monnin. This watch uses the Squale case that can also be seen used by skin divers from Breitling, Silvana, Elgin, and more. And when we say the same case we mean the exact same case, not one that was close. Now imagine that you are producing a watch with the same case as some of your closest competitors. You have to do something with the design to make it stand out. Philly utilized the bezel and dial to differentiate themselves and the blue 60 minute bezel and silver green metallic dial definitely are different.
The 37mm stainless steel case is in good condition with scratches and dings commensurate with a lifetime of use. The blue bezel has faded considerably and also shows some scratches and dings. All of the components look correct and original to the watch.
The Dial and Hands
The silver green dial is in fair condition. It has accumulated a fair bit of dirt and patina but the good news is that all of the original components and lume are present.
The watch is powered by an ETA 2457 automatic movement. The watch is currently running and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||ETA 2457 Automatic|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Rubber Strap|