Buyer’s Guide to Dive Watches

Luxury watch brands have been making beautiful and functional watches for hundreds of years. Whether its watches created specifically for pilots or those that have been designed to accompany scuba divers to great depths, luxury watches can do some pretty amazing things. Many brands have created dive watches that have functions such as a helium escape valve or a luminescent dial to make it easier and safer for the divers. Here are just a few of the many incredible dive watches in the market:

Rolex Submariner

Ever since its introduction to the public in 1954, the Rolex Submariner has been known as an elite diving watch. This watch quickly became a classic and is now seen as an iconic Rolex watch. The Rolex Submariner has experienced several slight changes throughout its existence. Today’s models are easily recognized by the name “Submariner” printed above 6 o’clock, as well as the famous “Mercedes” hour hand. The earliest models did not have either of these characteristics. One aspect of the watch that has remained constant throughout the years is the robust yet classic design of the watch. The sturdy build of the Oyster case and the patented Triple lock winding system allow the Submariner to withstand depths of 1,000 feet. Along with the hermetically sealed case back, dust, dirt, and other small particles are prevented from entering the case. Functions such as the Oyster case, the luminescent hour markers, and the thick Oyster bracelet adds to the durability of the watch. With the ability to withstand great depths of watch, the sturdy material and build, and the classic design, the Rolex Submariner is the perfect watch for any underwater adventure or a black tie dinner.

Rolex Submariner with Tiffany Dial

Rolex Submariner

Panerai Luminor Submersible

The exterior design of the Panerai Luminor Submersible leaves no doubt that this watch was made for the seas. The dial features a date window and a seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The dial is also luminescent, allowing the face to be legible in the dark. The case is made of a corrosion-resistant and hypoallergenic brushed metal and has a diameter of 44mm. The Panerai Luminor Submerisble is a certified chronometer with an automatic movement that has a power reserve of 42 hours.  The unidirectional rotating bezel has graduations that allow the wearer to measure the duration of a dive. The most recognized and well-known aspect of this watch is the trademarked device that protects the crown. This device prevents the crown from being accidentally pulled out. The strap is a personalized Panerai rubber strap, making it perfect to dive to depths up to 300 meters. The size and features of the Panerai Luminor Submersible make it an obvious choice for any diver.

Panerai Luminor Submersible

OMEGA Seamaster

First introduced in 1948, the OMEGA Seamaster is known all over the world as one of the watches of choice for James Bond. Pierce Brosnan wore the OMEGA Seamaster in the movie GoldenEye. In addition to being famous for its movie appearances, it is also widely recognized for its functions and design that make it a perfect dive watch. One of the most famous Seamaster models is the OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean. The Planet Ocean is offered in about 34 models, all of which have the same functions. The Planet Ocean has the ability to go to depths of 2,000 feet. Its self-winding movement features a co-axial escapement that provides great accuracy and durability. The diameter of the steel case is 42 mm, adding to its durability and sturdiness. It has a screw-in crown, which helps to prevent moisture and small particles from entering into the case and damaging the movement, which is a certified chronometer. It also features a helium escape valve, unidirectional rotating bezel, and a date window. The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean comes in a variety of exterior designs, featuring, orange accents, blue rubber straps, or the classic steel.

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean

Patek Philippe Aquanaut

The Patek Philippe Aquanaut was designed to be the perfect dress sport watch. Introduced in 1997, the Aquanaut is the perfect combination of aesthetics and functionality. The rounded octagonal case features a dial that is designed to prevent glare. This feature, along with the luminescence of the hour markers, helps to increase legibility underwater. It is available with a rubber strap, which is perfect for underwater excursions. A screw-down crown provides extra reinforcement for the watch, keeping water out of the case. The Aquanaut features a mechanical self-winding movement inside of its 40mm in diameter stainless steel case. The watch can withstand depths up to 120 meters.  Not only is this watch functional underwater, but it also look great on land.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut

There are so many more great dive watch in the industry. Over the years, luxury watch brands have begun make watch for specific professions, whether its diving, flying, or any number of things. The best part about these watches is that they can be enjoyed by all, not just those in that specific profession. These watches are functional and also aesthetically pleasing, allowing them to be appreciated by all watch enthusiasts.

Hayley

Hayley

As a contributing author to Crown & Caliber's Watch Enthusiast blog, Hayley keeps up to date on the latest news from around the world, bringing it to readers from the perspective of a watch enthusiast. Her articles keep readers current on what is occurring around the world and how it relates to luxury watches.
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Comments

  1. Was wondering why the dive watch piece was such a short blog with only 3 watches….I understand it can’t be a critique of 50 watches but only 3 seems odd….there are so many amazing timepieces avail for diving…but I enjoyed the 3 chosen. Barrett(granola9@aol.com).

  2. How about a few more, to include:

    * Breguet Type XX – XXI
    * IWC Aquatimer
    * Blanpain Fifty Fathoms
    * Jaeger Deep Sea

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