STEELDIVE SD1936 "Green California"Automatic 200m Diver Watch

STEELDIVE SD1936 "Green California"Automatic 200m Diver Watch

The SD1936 pays tribute to the Radiomir with is its instantly recognisable case and distinctive “California” dial combining Roman and Arabic numerals, bar markers and a railway track minute circle. This was probably the first ever dive watch. Developed in the mid-1930s at the behest of the Regia Marine, or Royal Italian Navy, who requested a watch suitable for underwater use by Italian frogmen—the navy divers of the elite Decima Flottiglia MAS. The Italian frogmen were highly-trained, daring commandos who specialized in hazardous underwater and seaborne attacks on enemy shipping. They would become feared and respected adversaries of the British Royal Navy in World War II.


The crown was borrowed from “Flieger” watches, so it was easy to use with cold, wet fingers. The second hand is colour coded to the dial so it’s not the easiest to read. It blends in because, while modern wearers want a second hand, the original watches were “two handers” and did not come with a second hand.


BTW nobody knows why the dials are named after the Golden Coast state so you can make up any old nonsense when you are showing off your Steeldive SD1936.


And you will be showing it off because sometimes, Italians just do it better. The Italian style philosophy is very much quality over quantity.

The SD1936’s naval military heritage is impeccable and, combined with its rakish Italian style, the “Green California” has a strong, distinctive and masculine look for the maritime adventurer in every man.


The specs -


Sapphire Crystal Glass
NH35 Automatic Movement
200m Water Resistance

Green textured dial

Screwdown "Cupcake" Crown
Screwback Case
316L Stainless Steel 
Fitted leather Strap 
Hacking Movement
C3 Luminova on the face
Case Diameter - 42mm

Lug to Lug - 42mm

Case Thickness - 13.5mm

Lug Width - 24mm

Weight - 100g
Hard Presentation Box and warranty card




    30 day return to base warranty with Steeldive UK

    6 month warranty with Steeldive Factory


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