The Precista Royal Navy diver is arguably the rarest of all British issued dive watches, being issued in 1981 and 1982 only. The stock number is 0552/923-7697 which curiously, was also the number used on Rolex and CWC issued divers around this time. I have seen only two examples offered for sale in the last 12 months and both commanded a price in excess of £2,000. Hardly Milsub prices but nonetheless, higher than anyone would have thought possible a few years ago.
Apart from the asymmetrical case, the most distinctive feature of this model is the hands; the hands have two familiar names, one of them is "snake head" hands and you'll have to use Google for the other name ;-)
The new old stock ETA2783 used in earlier versions of this watch are no longer available, the PRS-82 is now supplied with the ETA2824-2 with decorated rotor. The luminous is the same "vintage lume" used on the dials of the Precista PRS-20 California dial. The Precista PRS-82 is guaranteed for 2 years.
PRECISTA Royal Navy Diver PRS-82
- 316L stainless steel, brushed finish
- Diameter Bezel 40mm, 45mm across including crown
- Lug to lug height 47mm
- Thickness 14mm to the top of the bombé crystal
- Lug spacing 20mm
- Anti-magnetic 4800 A/m
- Water resistance 200m
- Weight 98 grammes with strap and buckle
- Screw back, screw down crown, unidirectional 120 click bezel
- Semi-matte black
- Hour markers SuperLuminova "vintage lume"
- Snake head style with white frame, luminous filled
- Luminous: SuperLuminova "vintage lume"
- 3mm domed sapphire, A/R coating underside
- ETA 2824-2 25 jewel automatic running at 28,800 BPH with Incabloc shock protection and Geneva stripes
- Period style silicone rubber strap with signed stainless steel buckle, brushed finish.
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