Squale Atmos 20 Review – The Best Dive Watch For Under $1.000

Let’s say you have a budget of $1.000 and want a dive watch that is high quality and a good value.

Is there anything you can get at this price point and get both?

Or will the quality drop the moment you spend less money on it?

The Squale Atmos 20 is a dive watch which will give you amazing quality with great value for your money.

Priced under one thousand bucks this is the go-to dive watch in that price category.

Although not everyone will recognize it straight away as when you would wear a Rolex Submariner, hey that doesn’t matter when you know you’re wearing something that’s made just as well as a Rolex Submariner but costs you 1/10 of the price.

So is a Squale Atmos 20 really worth the money?

What are the pros and cons of the watch?

Read on to find out everything you need to know.

My Squale Atmos 20 Y1545

Table Of Contents

Squale And Their History

Squale their history starts in the year 1950 when Charles and Helene Von Büren establish the Von Büren SA watch factory in Neuchâtel, Switserland.

Inspired by their passion for diving and other water sports, they focused on creating sub-aquatic watches.

These diving watches were like the depths of the ocean at the time, unexplored.

This is where Charles and Helene started exploring the depths cause 9 years later Von Büren SA registers the Squale brand and obtains the first patent for the production of diving watch cases.

In 1962 the first models are being launched wearing the Squale brand name.

In the 1970s Squale launched their 1521 model.

Not only that but they became the official supplier for the Italian Navy and for the “Folgore” Paratroopers Brigade.

If the Italian Navy Squad trusted the quality of a Squale watch, why should you even hesitate about it?

Charles Von Büren Sailing

The Von Bürens had a good relationship with their Italian distributor, the Maggi family.

In preparation for his retirement, Charles Von Büren sells the Squale brand to the Maggi family in 1982.

After 1982 there is not a lot of events.

But forward to 2017, this is the year when Squale becomes the official supplier to the Italian State Police Divers Unit.

A special edition of their 2002 model was created according to the Divers Unit their specific requests.

This model also became available to the public.

In 2019 Squale celebrates her 60th birthday with the Sub-39 collection being launched with a limited edition of 150 pieces.

Two years ago Squale launched the T-183 model, the first Squale watch in fibreglass and carbon.

Specifications Of The Squale Atmos 20

  • Price; $620 – $1.000
  • Case Size; 40mm
  • Lug Width; 20mm
  • Water Resistance; 200m (20bar)
  • Movement; Swiss Automatic ETA 2824-2
  • Power Reserve; 42hrs
  • Case/Bracelet; 316L Stainless Steel
  • Crystal; Sapphire Crystal
  • Dial; Sunburst Blue
  • Features; Date Function, SuperLuminova

The Squale Is Swiss Inside And Outside

Squale uses high-end materials for their watches. Inside the watch, we find the durable and popular ETA 2824-2 movement.

This movement has all the essentials for a Swiss movement like hacking, hand-winding, a ball-bearing rotor, a quick set date and 42 hours of power reserve.

On the outside, Squale uses 316L stainless steel for the case.

This looks terrific with the blue bezel and blue sunburst dial.

Although many would say it has something away from a Rolex Submariner, I think every dive watch is compared to the Submariner.

So nothing is being copied from them.

The bracelet is also made out of the same 316L stainless steel.

It is solid and extremely well made.

There is no rattling or flexing, which you can find on plenty of inexpensive watch bracelets.

It’s a delicate and comfortable piece to wear.

The Double Folded Clasp

Inside The Box

The outer box is a deep blue box with the Squale logo on top.

Inside we find a blue leather pouch, a thank you card from Gnomon watches, and a cleaning cloth.

When I opened the pouch I found 3 pockets inside it.

The one on the right has the warranty card in it.

In the middle, I found the user’s manual.

And at last on the left there it was, the Squale Atmos 20.

Quiet cool and unique packaging.

Felt more premium than you would expect.

The Squale Atmos 20 On My Wrist

When I first put this watch on my own wrist it felt like I was wearing something that was worth a million bucks.

As mentioned before this watch is so well made, you couldn’t believe the price you can get it for.

The watches are being sold on Chrono24 for between $600 and $1.000, there are also some watch dealers that have a stock of the Squale Atmos.

Squale itself doesn’t make them anymore.

Being 40mm in size it fits my small (15cm) wrist just fine.

It’s a very comfortable piece to wear even if you’re a little man like me.

One thing I love about this watch is how it changes during night and daytime.

At night the luminous hour markings and watch hands make it stand out in the darkest places.

While at the day when you wear it in the sun, the watch just pops.

The sunburst dial with the sapphire crystal shine like nothing else.

This makes the Squale Atmos a real eye-catcher.

The double-fold clasp makes it easy to fit with your dive suit or any other outfit you want to wear it with.

For me, it made it easy to let my “bigger” friend wear the watch without having to change the cufflinks.

The Sunburst Blue Dial

My Overall Experience, Should You Get A Squale Atmos 20?

For the price you are paying for a Squale Atmos, I would definitely recommend getting it if you’re looking for a dive watch or a sporty watch.

This will fit you with anything you throw at it.

Although I won’t recommend wearing dress shirts with it, being a bit thick it won’t fit under one.

But really, it is a well-made, high-quality, good-looking watch.

When I first found it I couldn’t believe it was less than five grand.

Maybe it’s due to the fact that Squale isn’t that well known but hey when someone asks about your watch you can teach them something about its heritage.

The Squale Atmos Y1545 is simply one of the best watches you can get out there.


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