Clinton, Swiss, "Chronograph, SkyDiver". Made in the late 1960s. Fine, water resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with round button.
Case: Three body, polished and brushed, lapidated lugs, bi-directional revolving graduated black bezel for the decompression times, screwed-down case back.
Dial: Black with applied luminous baton indexes, outermost white tachometer scale, subsidiary dials for the seconds and 45 minutes register. Luminous steel arrow hands.
Movement: Valjoux 92, rhodium plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating blued steel Breguet balance spring.
Diameter: 38mm Thickness: 13mm
Clinton Watch company was founded in 1922 by Hyman Wein, a Russian immigrant. The company was based in Chicago. Initially, Clinton Watches was importing Swiss movement and to case in the US and sell domestically. In the early 1960's, his son Irving Wein set up a company in Neuchatel Switzerland to manufacture brands for sportsmen. Many of these watches were competing with the Blancpain, Mathey-Tissot and other manufactures. The company had some limited success and Irving Wein closed the factory in the early 1970's and moved production to the US Virgin Islands to circumvent US tariff duties. In 1981, Clinton watch Company acquired Benrus from bankruptcy and changed its name to this old American brand.
This Clinton Sky-diver with its arrow head hour hand, screw down case and 38mm size was a direct competitor to the Blancpain Air Command chronograph, one of the rarest chronograph made during this period and fitted with the same movement. A great vintage diver watch combined with a beautifully patinated chronograph with a deep black dial.