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2021-02-02

SELHOR Diver 05 [a new beginning for an old name]

Once upon a time the Selhor name stood alongside brands such as Lip, Lejour, Yema, and Forban, they were also known as a manufacturer for numerous other brands – 

 

today they are making a comeback and continuing a legacy that began in 1947 in Maîche, a commune in Eastern France close to the Swiss border, by their founder, Charles Callie.

 

Historically Selhor were always involved in the production of sports watches, specifically diver’s watches and sports chronographs. 

  

The French watchmaking company is proud to once again pick up where they left off with a new collection of heritage tool watches at an accessible price-point. 

 

Throughout the years, Selhor relocated several times around Maîche under various names. In 1947, they were known as the Spinelli Workshop, located at 2 Rue Sainte-Anne. 

Then, in 1949, they transferred to 12 Rue Sainte-Anne with the name Maison Cailler. 

 

Their last known location from 1964 to 1965 was at 7-9 Rue du Mont under the factory name, Rotschi then after 11 years, Selhor disappeared. 

 

After many decades of absence, Selehor debut the Diver 05, a watch inspired by handful of vintage Selhor diver’s models that came before it. 

 

While each of the models in the of Selhor’s eclectic collection historic diver’s watches leant something to the Diver 05, one model clearly stands out as the main inspiration behind it. 

 

The Diver 05 aims to capture the brand’s best moments throughout history - all packaged as an affordable quartz tool diver.

 

Offering high legibility, the Diver 05’s hands, and indexes filled with lume meanwhile its diving heritage is underscored with a vintage diver’s helmet which is engraved on its case-back. 

  

One of the Diver 05’s uique features is its unique sandblasted dial, with a printed logo, and luminous indexes with salmon lume; this comes in several colors that include brown and green. 

 

Meanwhile the Diver 05’s crown is sealed with a case serving as a protection from accidental pull-outs, winding, and water penetration. The Diver 05 is water-resistant to 200 meters. 

  

Finally the Diver 05 is delivered in Selhor's charming vintage inspired packaging recalling a bygone era with its beautiful yet simplistic artwork depicting a coral reef with the open road above that leads down from the mountains. 

  

Launched alongside the Diver 05 is a vintage styled sports chronograph model, the Chronograph Rallye inspired by the unknown roads driven by race car drivers on rally sports – not a diver but well worth a look.

  

The Selhor Diver 05 is priced 195USD while the Chronograph Rallye is priced at 265USD. 

  

Btw, if you do quick search on Google you’ll be able to find a ton of different Selhor vintage divers’; the Diver 71, Diver, 72, Diver 04 and so on, so there is plenty of scope for future diver’s models – hopefully a mechanical model! 

 

Follow the link embedded, below for more on the Diver 05 and Chronograph Rallye from Selhor Watches. 

 

Thoughts? It is always interesting to see old names from the past return. While I didn’t know of Selhor personally a quick Google search showed plenty of heritage particularly in the field of diver’s. 

 

Like I mentioned above there would appear to plenty of promise for further Selhor diver’s models in the future but for the time being this is a very nice looking, retro quartz beater. 

What do you think? Do you have a favorite vintage Selhor diver? 

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