Save your black tie watches and fine jewellery timepieces for superyacht soirees – below the waves something much more high-tech is required. Whether you’re embarking on your first scuba diving course or are a trained pro with a love of free-diving, a fine instrument is a must. Favoured by sports stars, celebrities and fictional spies, the dive watch dominates the market and is the most sough-after piece of arm candy. Whether you’re looking for a top spec, technical dive watch or more fashionable timepiece then we’ve rounded up the best from the cult favourites including Omega, IWC and Rolex.
What is a Dive Watch?
Celebrated for their technical ability, engineering and stylish appearances, albeit different, dive watches are highly sought after by professionals and amateurs alike. Born from a very practical function, the dive watch was created to withstand the pressure of the deep blue and to help divers keep track of their bottom time.
The defining features of a dive watch include a rotating bezel, which was created so divers can track their time under water. A stainless steel or titanium casing is most common as well as a luminescent dial and hands, so divers can read their watch in the darkest depths.
A watch that needs no introduction, the Submariner is arguably the most renowned dive watch in the industry. Whilst it’s not the most technical of the Rolex dive watches it’s one of the most sought after. It launched in 1953 as the first dive watch to be able to reach 100m, there has been little to improve on what has been considered a flawless creation, bar slight nuances in design varying from the date, colour and strap. With its simple black dial, luminous hands and hour markers, and unidirectional dive-time bezel, it is still regarded by many as the quintessential dive watch.
Case: Steel, 40mm
Strap: 904L steel
Movement: Calibre 3135 self-winding
Complications: Seconds, stop-seconds
Water resistance: 300 metres
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