2.0137 ANKRA 53 Skin Diving Watch, Germany 1970’s

£240.00 (incl. VAT)

Made in Germany, 1970’s ANKRA divers watch with blue velvet dial tone and matching dark blue genuine leather, 20 mm strap. Chrome plated 38mm case. Nicely glowing lume hands and dots on the indices. Unusual “PRESSING BACK” stainless steel caseback without screw thread. The pressure fitting still holds, and has passed a 3 ATM pressure test despite its almost 50 years of age! The watch has undergone servicing with full disassembly in our Bristol workshop, and is in full working order. Comes with a 12-month warranty and a 20mm high-quality new genuine leather strap.


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Key Features

This stunning 1970’s ANKRA divers watch is really something else. The blue velvet dial tone satisfyingly matches the dark blue tone of the genuine leather, 20 mm strap. The glow of the lume dots on the indices and lume hands is strong and efficient – barely fading over the years. The watch also possesses a quite rare feature of a tachymeter scale on the rotating bezel. Another unusual feature is the “PRESSION BACK” system stainless steel caseback. The caseback still holds the pressure, and has passed a 3 ATM test despite its almost 50 years of age!

Everything is in great overall condition: with the case is barely worn, apart from just one distressed scratch on the dial, and at 38mm, it is a great size, pleasant to wear.

About Ankra Germany

The ANKRA brand left a legacy of great quality timepieces including chronographs, diving watches, and some special editions like parking timers, chiming clocks, etc (see examples and adverts). They utilised Swiss, German and French made movements. Models in the ANKRA catalogue were numbered, this particular model is No. 53.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly. There is a 12-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines. The watch comes with a 20 mm, dark blue genuine leather strap.


Case and Strap

  • Original rounded case.
  • Chrome plated.
  • Aluminium bezel.
  • Pan-shaped acrylic glass.
  • Stainless steel screw caseback.


  • Width w/o crown 38 mm.
  • Width w/crown 40.5 mm.
  • Height 43.9 mm.
  • Thickness 12 mm.
  • Strap width 20 mm.

Dial and Hands

  • Original, blue tone dial.
  • Applied indices with lume dots.
  • “Ankra” signature below 12 position.
  • Silver-tone, block-style lume hour and minute hands.
  • Long seconds hand with red arrow tip.


  • French-made movement.
  • FE 140 calibre.
  • 17 jewels.
  • Manual.
  • Power reserve approximately 47 hours.
  • Satin-brushed bridges and wheels.

Testing Results

  • Testing duration: 2 weeks cyclic test.
  • Average timekeeping range: 15-45 sec/day.

Servicing and Guarantee

  • Fully serviced with disassembly in our Bristol shop.
  • Mechanics in full working order.
  • 20mm blue genuine leather quick change strap.
  • 12-month warranty.
  • Guarantee Terms and Conditions. 

Links and Resources:

FE 140 Calibre Specs. 

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Case material

Chrome plated

Dial tone




Size grade

36-38 mm

Year approx


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