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By TLex AURICOSTE have a new diver planned for release in 2012. The name, AUricoste is a name that has been for many dive watch aficionados synonymous with the most famous name in scuba diving equipment, Spirotechnique, who today are known as Aqua Lung. Spirotechnique, who have also had an association with Doxa, Squale and Tag Heuer in past will again, put their name on the watch dial of an AUricoste diver.

The new Spirotechnique PROFESSIONNEL will come in two versions; one with a brushed steel finish and one with either a PVD or DLC treatment (I’m a not sure which at the moment). The brushed version has a dial layout with Arabic numerals, the black version with professional dial markers. The case, which is constructed from 316L Stainless steel measures a modest 42mm.

It has a rather unusual crown guard that extends down and out from the middle of the case and then drops all the way down to the bottom of the lug. This is somewhat reminiscent of the Rolex US Marine, a prototype diver built for US Marines in 1982, an incredible watch that never went into production, but that's another story.

Further features of the Spirotechnique PROFESSIONNEL include: a sapphire crystal, a Swiss automatic caliber (most likely an ETA 2824-2) and a water-resistance of 300m. The watches will be presented on NATO straps, but will come with others, possibly a bracelet. Stay tuned for more . . .

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