By TLex The Michel Herbelin watch company was founded in 1947 by Frenchman, Michel Herbelin. But it wasn't until his son Jean-Claude joined the company some 25yrs later that the brand started to make a name for itself, at least in France anyway. Even today I have to admit it is surprising that the brand doesn't have more recognition; they produce some 150'000 watches a year, which sell in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Their watches, which follow a sailing theme (their logo is a ship's wheel) have three lines; Newport Marine, Newport Trophy and Newport Trophy Grand Sport, a collection of 10 models, all of which are suitable for diving. They have uni-directional divers bezels and water-resistance for the line ranges from 200m - 1000m.
All house Swiss calibers; some autos like the 7750 (above) which is due for release this year, some quartz like the 1000m diver (below). The name Newport Trophy comes from the America's Cup race to Newport, Rhode island. Below is the Grand Sport DIVER 1000m . . .
From MH When diving, your most important piece of equipment (other than your oxygen tank!) is your diver's watch. This Newport Trophy Grand Sport DIVER watch in stainless steel will not let you down when it matters most. Water resistant to 100 Atmospheres, this rugged watch features a 44mm case with uni-directional stainless steel and black titanium treated treated turning bezel - for timing purposes.
The black grid pattern dial has white luminous coated indexes and hands so that the dial is still legible in dark under water conditions. The hands also have red tips for improved legibility. The screw-down caseback is embossed with the Newport Trophy ships wheel emblem. The large screw-down crown is engraved with a grid pattern for improved grip and set with black rubber. The ultimate diver's watch.