The Seastar name first appeared in the Tissot catalogue in 1954, but not as a dive watch, or a chronograph. It was in reference to its caseback, which used new technology to repel moisture and dust. The latest iterations certainly do that. True to its name, the Seastar 1000 offers up a whopping 300m (1000ft) of water resistance, due in part to its screw down crown and caseback. To achieve this in the chronograph version, the brand has also designed funky, screw down pushers.
The most attractive feature the Origin Series One has to offer is its dial. All five colourways use lacquered brass for a high gloss veneer. Over this we have rhodium-plated, hand applied indices and numerals. The mirror polish of the markers and the pitched dauphine hands allow for significant light play. The overall effect is clean, with only three lines of tastefully integrated text.
The CUSN6 case, with its matching bezel and crown, will slowly adapt to its wearer and his surroundings. Over the course of time, it will develop a patina that will be both individual and unique. It will not resist scratches like stainless steel; however, it has almost no magnetic qualities at all. It’s warm and its different. If you’re a dive watch collector, you’ve got to have at least one in the boathouse.