When Gruppo Gamma was set up in 2013, our primary motive was to revive the spirit of olde tool watches - most notably those built for combat divers from days gone by. In 2019, Gruppo Gamma is delighted to introduce the Nexus collection. Like its forebears the timepiece is inspired by vintage diving instruments, but with a twist.
Gruppo Gamma's Vanguard collection was first introduced in 2014. In 2018, we're pleased to announce new variants of the Mk IV Vanguard. The new Vanguard has a case diameter of 44mm and plenty of wrist presence. Wth a slimmer side profile than its predecessors, the new Vanguard oozes charm from every angle.
Gruppo Gamma's Peacemaker is the worthy successor to the much-loved but already discontinued Genesis collection. While the timepieces themselves will be available from early 2018, the Peacemaker's blueprint was developed way back in 2014.
In 1956 Ervin Piquerez SA designed the "Super Compressor" watch case that, with its unique sealing method, set it apart from other dive watches. It's also said that Aquastar circa 1960 introduced watches with rotatable chapter rings to mark elapsed time. Twin-crown dive watches with rotatable chapter rings were the rage in the 1960s.
The Genesis collection was born of our desire to recreate the legendary tool watches issued to Italian frogmen in the 1950s. While case and dial design was based on the Rolex Reference 6152, case diameter was reduced to 44mm from the original 47mm, and case shape was revised for better fit.
The 1950s was one of the most exciting periods in dive watch history - in 1953 Blancpain introduced the Fifty Fathoms which was issued to the US and French naval divers, Zodiac introduced the Sea Wolf, and in 1954 Rolex introduced the Submariner. Gruppo Gamma's Divemaster draws inspiration from these legendary watches in much the same way that different watch designs in times past have influenced one another.
The Ascent is a spinoff of the Genesis, that was based on the Rolex Reference 6152 worn by Italian frogmen in the 1950s. The idea was to come up with an improved tool watch - one that's slimmer and therefore more versatile, and that's made of a material that would age well with minimal maintenance. Brass was chosen for the Ascent.