In fact , the Nautic-Ski had its first revision in 2015 and then again last year, but that didn’t seem right to me so I waited until 2017, its 50th anniversary to tell you about it!
That might be a load of old cobblers, folks – as it’s only just come up on my radar, nevertheless here it is. ;)
The first thing to mention is that the original LIP Nautic-Ski was
actually, famously powered by a 13 jewel electro-mechanical movement not
However the history books tell us that it was one of those iconic dual-crown Super Compressor cased divers of the late 50s to early 70s which were literally being produced by tons of old brands from –
all the famous ones: Alpina, Blancpain, Bulova, Edox, Fortis, Hamilton, GP, JLC, IWC, Tisot, Longines, Zenith etc.,
the legends such as the Lip Nautic-Ski itself or the Enicar Sherpa and those from brands such as Nevada Grenchen or Felca and everyone else in between.
The Nautic-Ski was also one of the first French made divers watches with a water-resistance of 200 meters (so I’m told). It was first revealed for the brand’s centenary, in 1967, and then officially launched in France for Grenoble Olympic Games, in 1968.
Today there are two versions of the French made LIP Nautic-Ski: the 2015 Revision with it black dial and white Arabic hour-markers and the prettier 2016 Revision – available in either black or blue with its bold green markers.
Both versions are powered by Japanese made Miyota 821A automatic movements that are housed inside mineral-glass fitted 38mm x 14.25mm Stainless steel cases that are water-resistant to 200m. They retail for 499€. No, Sapphire, no Swiss but still a fun piece. What do you think - sink or swim?