Precimax– Since 1933
Precimax Dive Watches
Precimax is one of the small, less known Swiss watch manufacturers that disappeared due to the quartz crisis in the 1980s.
The Precimax brand name was introduced more than 50 years ago, in 1933 when the company was created by S. Tripet in Neuchatel.
While Precimax isn’t particularly a household name, they did produce a handful of really nice sport models, most notably their Precimax Aquamax diver line of dive watches.
Precimax Aquamax Super Compressor
Precimax prided itself on its reputation for high quality instrumentation. For its Aquamax range Precimax used high quality EPSA compressor cases and highly respectable A.Schild or ETA movements, meaning its quality levels ranked amongst the best during the 60s and 70s.
To celebrate the brand I share with you a range of Aquamax divers starting from bottom left to top right as follows:
I love the image of the Precimax worker here, it speaks volumes to me about how they manufactured/assembled. No fuss no frills, but all the right details for robust, high quality time pieces.
A 1950’s Precimax Skin Diver – in a super compressor 40mm case, an oversize compressor case shared with Longines Nautilus. Awesome dial with shark teeth indices, broad arrow hands with lollipop seconds hand, it has a single-crown and a super cool bakelite bezel.
A Precimax Aquamax Super Compressor diver – A typical model from the 60s with its two crowns, one for setting the time, the other for rotating the inner bezel. Diameter of the watch without crown: 36mm. The automatic movement AS 1700/01.
A Precimax Super Compressor – in a 42mm case with Broad Arrow hands.
A Precimax Aquamax Safety – Swiss made, ETA Cal. 2783 Automatic, screwed back. The casing measures 42 mm without crowns. The strap lug is 22 mm. This model is most commonly found as a Precimax as we see here. But it was also made with the Lincoln and Haste brands for the US and Mexican markets.
A late 1960’s Precimax “Aquamax Saftey” Super Compressor – in a stainless steel 40mm case, (44mm including crown) and a lug width of 22mm. Featuring a Time, Date, Inner Rotating Elapsed Time Bezel, and automatic Eta Cal. 2462 movement with date.
If you don’t already have a Precimax diver, you should definitely consider getting one. These watches are incredibly well made and affordable too!
Thank you Barney Hylton for your contribution