Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic 1970 Re-Edition – The Watch of 1975 Movie “Jaws” Reissued
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… But it wasn’t!
You can definitely count me as a Jaws fan, the 1975 blockbuster that launched the skyrocketing careers of both Steven Spielberg and Richard Dreyfuss. Playing Matt Hooper in the movie, Dreyfuss wore a watch very similar to the reissued Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic the brand is again offering. Modern touches and a slight size increase contemporize things a bit, but it’s a faithful throwback to one of the most famous films and characters in cinema. Succumbing to the quartz crisis in the late 1970s, Alsta disappeared for about 40 years, but is back with a vengeance and now selling affordable, intriguing dive watches full of nostalgia. But today, it should be safer to wear it!
Matt Hooper was both wealthy and a dedicated oceanographer, passing on a Submariner or Fifty Fathoms for a robust Alsta dive watch. I’m not sure what Quint was wearing, but he probably should’ve gotten the bigger boat. Anyway, what we have here is a 316L stainless steel cushion case at 38mm in diameter (43mm lug to lug). It sports a satin finish, solid steel caseback and contemporary sapphire crystal. The knurled crown is polished steel and screws down, contributing to an impressive 300-metre depth rating. The external, unidirectional rotating bezel is black with a detailed minute track and silver background spanning the first 15 minutes. This piece is dive-ready and comes fitted with a 20mm black tropic vulcanized rubber strap. I’m not entirely sure what the dimensions of Hooper’s original watch were, but I’m guessing around 36mm.
The dial is black with large coffin-shaped indices filled with C3 Super-LumiNova, along with large Arabic numerals at 12, 6 and 9. A date window sits at 3 o’clock and the company wrestled with the idea of including a magnifying lens, which was present on Hooper’s original model. They opted to exclude it in the name of durability. Tapered, sword-style hands are also filled with C3 Super-LumiNova and overall legibility is excellent, as expected for a serious diver.
Powering the watch is the always reliable Seiko NH35A automatic. It has 24 jewels, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz) with a 41-hour power reserve. Functions include central hours, minutes, hacking seconds and date. The Japanese NH35A is a robust, easily serviced movement offering an inexpensive alternative to Swiss counterparts. The watch also has many durability advantages, including shock-resistance to ISO 1413 standard, anti-magnetic to a field strength of 4,800 A/m (ISO 764 compliant) and again, a healthy 300-metre depth rating.
There’s a bit of confusion about the Jaws watch as Alsta claimed to release Hooper’s Jaws watch in 2014 with the Nautoscaph II. Now we have the “original Jaws watch” with this Alsta Nautoscaph Superautomatic 1970 Re-Edition. From the screenshots of the movie we showed, it looks like the new model is far more accurate. Whatever the case, this new piece is a stylish, serious diver with cool vintage appeal and a nice background. It’s limited to 1,975 pieces, the date of the movie’s release, and retails for GBP 795. More information can be found at alstawatch.com.
One has to be getting to the older-man vintage to aspire ownership of this timepiece…
Attractive design and cool offering but I’m not going to celebrate a film that ruined sea bathing for my generation.
I absolutely love this watch. Great review. Glad they didn’t make it too big – A mistake a lot of brands make who re issue their historic pieces. I see it co ES on a genuine Tropic branded steal too.
£795 for a watch powered by an NH35A movement? Handsome piece but not at the right price point
A $1035 watch with a $40 movement? REALLY? Get lost.
Not for me I’m afraid
This looks better. I owned an original for years and lost it. Replaced it with a 70’s Alsta with the all lower case round type reminiscent of the old Gap logo. It’s a 666 feet labeled, black-dialed number in a G. Monnin case with an ETA 2789 day/date automatic. I’ve managed to not lose this one, but would consider this re-edition if I did.
I grew up on the water and happened to be on Martha’s Vineyard for part of a summer when I was 15 and was a paid extra in Jaws. Used to see the whole and half sharks on trailers and have a few pics with them somewhere. Even seeing some of it filmed, I did think twice before jumping in the ocean or a pool. lol
The film scared many, but the fact that there are great whites around should be the reason you fear water, not because of a cult movie. Get the shark tracker app if you are that freaked out. Here in NC we had several attacks by other kinds of sharks a couple summers ago, all were beach goers in shallow water. You never know. …Jaws theme song fades in. 😉
I own one (with the bracelet), and I really like it.
I absolutely don’t care if it’s overpriced, nor do I have anything with the Jaws movie, but for me it’s a nice daily wearer.