Diver’s watches are among the most popular type of watches in the industry. Of course, the vast majority of them never see more water than the backyard pool, or the occasional dip into the sea to cool off during a day spent on the yacht. But the popularity of diving watches goes beyond their initial purpose; because they are build robustly, to withstand high water pressures, they can also handle nearly all situations on land with grace. This makes them both in terms of looks, as well as in capabilities, the perfect choice for many people to match their lifestyle. Here are four watches that love getting wet, but also look great on the wrist when they don’t!
In the world of diving watches, there are several icons and Rolex has two of them. Next to the Submariner has also the Sea-Dweller become one of the go-to watches for many people who are looking for a robust diving watch. With a diameter of 43mm is the Sea-Dweller considerably larger than the 40mm large Submariner. Caliber 3235 ensures precise time-keeping, thanks to, among others, the Chronergy escapement which is also insensitive to magnetic influences.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s
Blancpain has been one of the premier manufactures of high-end diving watches since they introduced the Fifty Fathoms in 1953. Three years later the Bathyscaphe followed. In the 1970’s Blancpain gave this watch a very distinct look, which was this year reintroduced in the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s. A very practical watch that combines a vintage feel with a modern-day movement and a very high finish.
Omega Seamaster Professional 300M
The Omega Seamaster Professional has not only been the choice of the world’s most famous secret agent but is also a goto-choice for divers around the globe. It celebrated this year its seventieth anniversary with a complete revamp, which brought back its signature wave-style dial. It is now also fitted with a co-axial Master Chronometer movement, with automatic winding for the utmost precision above and under water.
While TAG-Heuer is best known for their chronographs, they also have a considerable legacy up and under the waves. With the Aquaracer they show that a capable diving watch also can have an elegant side. This might seem redundant, but few divers use watches as their primary device to time their dive, as modern diving computers have taken over that role. While the Aquaracer features a diamond set bezel, its legibility is still intact, and thanks to its robust case and screw down crown it can go 1.000 feet deep.