Germano & Walter 500m steel divers watch, Ref. 2423r, serial 0222. This special piece has been made exclusively for a friend of pietro Germano. Watch is the actual second series, but has the first series dial built in. Dial is signed “Officina Germano” “Nettuno 500m AINTMAGNETIC”.
Stainless steel case measures 42 mm x 55 mm x 19,5 mm, screwed acrylic glass, 4 mm. Powered by an patented automatic ETA-movement cal. 2472.
“Peitro German has been dreaming of designing my own watch for a long time, when one day I mentioned this to a friend of mine, Alexander Walter, a designing engineer with BMW, motorcycle enthusiast and watch aficionado. He agreed to develop “our ideal watch“ together. We wanted a watch that is extremely resistant to all impacts and fully submersible. Of course all parts have to be screwed in order to guarantee long durability and maintainability. Thanks to our idea to use a separate inner case, the domed crystal with frame is held by the case on both sides. That way it is not only protected against overpressure, but also against mal function due to pressure in the case. Another advantage of this concept is that the movement is surrounded by a ferromagnetic cage (consisting of the inner case, inner movement cover and dial) and is therefore protected against strong magnetic fields. Together they made several sketches until in 2005 we came up with the first sketch of the “Germano & Walter 500 m“. Alexander Walter made professional drawings from that sketch. I then began to build the first prototype, which was completed in November 2005. Since then the watch has been handcrafted in small batches in Munich.” https://germano.de/en/origins/
Enclosed: Lether folder, toolset, additional NATO strap, booklet, certificate.