Sicura Diver 400 automaticThe city of Saigon is surrendered and remaining Americans are evacuated, ending the Vietnam War
1975 Sicura Diver 400 meters Vaccum Tested, manual winding movement cal. SIC 19, 38.4 mm. case., popularly called “Sicura Submarimer”. Rare golden dial.
Sicura was a company owned by Ernest Schneider, specializing in big sport watches of innovative design in the 60s – 70s. Sicura was able to purchase Breitling when it went into receivership in 1979 and remains the current owner.
The first ever specialized diving watches were the Panerai, used by the Italian frogmen in the Second World War. Actually they were Rolex 3646s with special dials made by Panerai.
Right after WWII, two French combat diving corps started to search for a military grade diving watch, big and easy to read underwater, hermetically sealed and capable to absorb shocks this helped Blancpain to develop the legendary Fifty Fathoms introduced in 1953. The transformation of the simple water resistant watch to the tool diver watch happened at that exact point. The next year Rolex launched perhaps the most famous diver watch of them all, the Rolex Submariner; from that point most of the Swiss companies started to shift their attention towards the sea, trying to produce reliable underwater-capable wristwatches.