Affordable Vintage: Edma Super Sous Marine
In the 1960’s and 1970’s it was genuinely common in the jump watch world for a case creator to offer their cases to a wide range of watch companies who might mark the dial and sell the looks as their own. Caribbean, Squale and the EPSA Super Compressor cases are altogether notable instances of this showcasing practice. Another yet less notable case is the Sous Marine brand, which properly means “undersea” or “submarine”. While not close to as popular as the Caribbeans or as pursued by gatherers as the Super Compressors, the Sous Marine watches were very much constructed instrument jumpers that honestly came out looking pretty darn great. Some of the ‘illustrious’ brands found on the Sous Marine dials incorporate Yema, Huf Prestige, Kelbert, Tinnes, Bernwatch, Magador and Edma Super. Not exactly the equivalent caché in that rundown as Longines, Universal Geneve, Jenny, O&W and Bulova found in the Caribbeans or Super Compressors, correct? The French brand Yema is effectively the most unmistakable of the Sous Marine brandings, and they made many models throughout the long term, some of which are very collectible.
The subject of this survey is the Edma Super Sous Marine 300m jumper. Obviously, Edma Super is a brand that practically nobody has at any point known about with the exception of those that own one. I positively had never thought about the brand until I was sufficiently fortunate to get this jumper. It’s astounding the number of watch marks that existed that have blurred into lack of definition with little exhibition, and Edma Super is one of those. There isn’t a great deal of information accessible on the Sous Marine 300m’s, yet from what I can assemble they were generally made around 1965. The case is a pleasant strong, strong, tempered steel with a screw in the event that back that includes a polygon style device hold, similar to that of Super Compressor backs, alongside a liberally huge elastic seal gasket. The case gauges a sound 41mm wide by 49mm long, with 20mm hauls. I discover the 39-42mm vintage jumpers to be the “sweet spot” as far as I might be concerned, and this one is directly in there. The shape is a marginally non-customary adjust case with squared drags. The top and side of the case have a straight brushed completion, with a decent chamfered cleaned edge between the top and side. It’s sufficiently unique to stand apart a piece, yet not excessively so. The bi-directional rubbing bezel has a lovely acrylic embed in dark and red. Different brands utilized various combinations of shadings or only one strong tone. Actually, I truly burrow the dark and red “Coke” look of this one.
The crown is fairly extraordinary on these Sous Marine 300m’s. It is a 6mm breadth screw down sort, with a helium discharge valve incorporated into the crown gathering! This isn’t something that is seen regularly, and I can’t address the designing vigor of this plan. Not certain if the valve actually chips away at mine, however I don’t think I’ll be plunging to a few hundred meters with it any time soon. In any case, it’s a lovely cool component that you just don’t see. A decent thick, domed acrylic precious stone balances the exemplary vintage jumper look.
The dial is an excellent and utilitarian matte dark, with applied faceted steel markers at 3, 6, 9 and 12, and painted lume dabs at different hours. The steel markers look a lot of like a large number of the vintage Squale dials, and they are very cool. The marker at three likewise serves as the date window outline. I’m not generally a major enthusiast of the date work, yet the manner in which the date window structure is fused into the hour producer is all around done here, and makes it less prominent than usual.
The dial is marked “Edma Super” in white extravagant content print beneath the 12, and “Incabloc, 300 Meters, Sous Marine” over the 6. Simply over the lower content is a cool round mathematical logo. Rather than “Swiss Made” at the lower edge, this one is marked “Ebauche Swiss”, which is kinda perfect. The Sous Marines appear to have generally come in this matte dark, yet I’ve seen some that had silver dials. I’ve likewise seen a couple that had a day and date work at three o’clock. The hands truly help set this one apart. The hour hand is a smallish square tipped mallet style, while the hour hand has an intense bolt tip that makes it truly simple to peruse. The second hand has an exemplary candy tip. The watch is fueled by a 25 gem programmed AS 1882, a plain yet powerful and solid movement.
The Edma Super Sous Marine 300m jumper is a particularly styled and only sometimes seen vintage jumper with its two tone acrylic bezel, matte dark dial with applied markers and screw down crown with incorporated helium discharge valve. Like the more acclaimed Squale, Caribbean, and Super Compressor cased jumpers, these Sous Marines can be found in an assortment of distinctively marked dials. They don’t come available to be purchased much of the time, yet when they do the cost can differ incredibly. In the event that the merchant is learned (or potentially a vendor), the cost can be high since they know they’re somewhat scant and are very much made, exceptional jumpers. All things considered, in light of the fact that the brands related with them are normally “no-name” or in any case obscure, they can be found at a sensible cost on eBay or different scenes. I’ve seen them evaluated somewhere in the range of $300 to upwards of $1500 relying upon condition and merchant. This one is unquestionably worth the work to find!