Hands-On: Squale T-183 – 60 ATM – Forged Carbon Yellow – Embracing Innovation

In the world of watchmaking, forging new paths in materials is both an art and a science. The Squale T-183 Forged Carbon Yellow emerges as a great example, how to innovative materials with a distinctive design in dive watches.

The new watch is a further development of the previous Squale 60 ATM Forged Carbon, about which we have already written a review here, and Squale has responded to the wishes of its customers: it now also features a carbon dial and luminous material on the bezel. A great update if you want something a little bolder. This article explores the watch on the wrist, delves into its intricate details, and draws a conclusion on its overall appeal. Let’s take a closer look at the details of this new timepiece by Squale.


On the Wrist: A Bold Presence

With a wrist size of 18cm/7″ I experienced the Squale T-183 firsthand. While the watch carries a bit of thickness, the remarkable lightness of the forged carbon ensures a comfortable and well-balanced wear. The innovative use of materials shines through, offering a modern and robust presence on the wrist.


Squale T-183 60 ATM Forged Carbon Yellow on the wrist (18cm/7″ wrist circumference), Picture: WATCHBANDIT

Details Matter: Forged Carbon Unveiled

The particularity of the Squale T-183 lies in the mesmerizing structure of its forged carbon dial and bezel. The unique patterns and textures add a layer of sophistication to the watch’s aesthetic. The combination of black and grey tones, coupled with yellow accents, creates a visually striking timepiece that shows how cool a dive watch can look.


The Art of Forged Carbon Cases

As already mentioned several times and as is clearly evident from the name, Squale uses Forged Carbon technology for the housing of the new Squale T-183. Unlike traditional methods of crafting watch cases from stainless steel or precious metals, forged carbon introduces a revolutionary approach.


The Process of Forging Carbon Unveiled:

  1. Carbon Fiber Weave: The process begins with a carbon fiber weave, where tiny strands of carbon fibers are intricately woven into a pattern. This initial step lays the foundation for the unique aesthetics that define forged carbon cases.
  2. Resin Infusion: The carbon fiber weave is then infused with a resin, typically a thermosetting polymer. This infusion stage is crucial, ensuring the carbon fibers are bound together and creating a lightweight yet incredibly robust material.
  3. Molding and Compression: The resin-infused carbon fiber is placed into molds, and through a combination of heat and pressure, it undergoes a molding and compression process. This step results in the distinctive marbled patterns seen in forged carbon cases.
  4. Precision Machining: Once molded, the forged carbon block is precisely machined into the desired case components. This intricate machining brings out the unique textures and layers within the material, adding to the allure of the final product.


Advantages of Forged Carbon Watches:

  1. Lightweight: Forged carbon boasts an impressively low weight-to-strength ratio, ensuring that watches with forged carbon cases are not only durable but also exceptionally comfortable to wear.
  2. Resistance to Corrosion: The inherent properties of carbon fiber make forged carbon highly resistant to corrosion. This feature enhances the longevity of the watch, particularly in challenging environments.
  3. Distinctive Aesthetics: The marbled patterns and textures created during the forging process make each forged carbon case a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This individuality contributes to the uniqueness of watches like the Squale T-183 Forged Carbon Yellow.


In essence, the art of forging carbon cases adds a new dimension to watchmaking, combining innovation with craftsmanship to create timepieces that are as visually stunning as they are resilient. The Squale T-183 stands as an example in the micro brand world to the mastery of forging carbon, offering enthusiasts a glimpse into the future of horological design.

Strap Sophistication: Rubberized Leather in Focus

The water-resistant rubberized leather strap not only ensures durability and water resistance, but also provides a touch of luxury. The black PVD buckle complements the overall design seamlessly. The incorporation of yellow accents along the sides of the strap adds a subtle yet impactful contrast, tying the look together with finesse.


Illuminating the Night: Intense Lume

One of Squale’s signature features shines through in the T-183 – intense lume. The hands and indices glow brilliantly in low-light conditions, ensuring optimal legibility. What sets it apart is the lumed bezel, adding a functional and aesthetically pleasing element to the watch.


Conclusion: Forged for the Future

In conclusion, the Squale T-183 Forged Carbon Yellow is a bold step into the future of Squale. Its fusion of innovative materials, thoughtful design, and impeccable details makes it a standout choice for those who appreciate a timepiece that goes beyond the conventional. Embrace the allure of forged carbon and elevate your wrist presence with Squale’s latest creation.


4 thoughts on “Hands-On: Squale T-183 – 60 ATM – Forged Carbon Yellow – Embracing Innovation

  1. Jim says:

    Excellent article! Thank you! As someone who bought this model, I agree with everything you said. I am amazed that the rest of the watch press world has not embraced this new version of the Squale T-183. This is the first article I have seen about the new T-183 model since its release a few weeks ago. It is a significant release and a game changer over the last Squale T-183 model for people who like to wear a diver’s watch while actually scuba diving. I’m a bit of a Squale fan, so I have an eye on new releases. When I saw this new release, it spoke to me, and I immediately bought it. I have been wearing the new version of the Squale T-183 every day since I received it two weeks ago. I love everything about this watch! It is light and comfortable to wear. The lume is fantastic! The forged carbon dial is fascinating. The lumed carbon bezel is made to be used for diving with wet hands or gloves. It is the first carbon watch in my collection, and the quality and finishing of the material gobsmacked me. Forged carbon is an excellent material for a true diver’s watch, and I fully intend to use it for that purpose soon. I’m a huge fan of titanium diver watches, but forged carbon (done by Squale) is even better! This is a fabulous diver watch that is more than just another desk diver.

    1. Chris says:

      Hi Jim,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and enthusiastic feedback! We’re thrilled to hear that you not only enjoyed the article but also resonate with the Squale T-183 60 ATM Forged Carbon Yellow. It’s fantastic that you find it to be a game-changer, especially for those who are active divers.

      Your firsthand experience with the watch adds valuable insights for our readers and we’re delighted that you appreciate the qualities of the timepiece. From its light and comfortable wear to the fantastic lume and the unique features of the forged carbon dial and lumed carbon bezel. We share your excitement about the use of forged carbon in a true diver’s watch and it’s fantastic to hear that you fully intend to take advantage of its capabilities for diving.

      Thank you for being a Squale fan and for sharing your thoughts. If you have any more experiences or insights you’d like to share, or if there’s anything else we can assist you with, feel free to let us know. Enjoy your Squale T-183, and happy diving!

      Best regards,
      Chris & Team WATCHBANDIT

  2. Tony Smithyman says:

    hi guys, I have the red carbon & composite case T183, I would love to have a version of the strap on show here with the red accents, do Squale do such a strap? thanks…Tony

    1. Chris says:

      Hi Tony,

      Thank you for reaching out. We appreciate your interest in Squale and your enthusiasm for the red carbon & composite case T183. Unfortunately, Squale does not currently offer a strap with red accents like the one shown here. However, there may be other aftermarket strap options available that could complement your watch beautifully. We recommend exploring different strap manufacturers or custom strap makers who may be able to create a strap to your specifications.

      If you have any further questions or need assistance with anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help!

      Best regards,
      Chris & Team WATCHBANDIT

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