Over the year’s diver watches have become increasingly popular, not just due to them being made with advanced underwater technology, but due to the way they are visually presented. Although they may be designed for the deep-sea diving experience, it certainly hasn’t stopped people wearing them for the fashionable aspect. Diver watches are traditionally made to enable a water resistance of 200-300m and the quality of the technology is improving year by year.
The Rolex Sea Dweller 50th anniversary
The Rolex collection is of course already synonymous with dive watches with its somewhat iconic Submariner model (and not forgetting the Deep Sea!). However it’s the release of the 50th anniversary Edition Sea Dweller that we tip to be turning heads. Now a 43mm case and incorporating all the signature style we expect from a professional Rolex model. It is capable of reaching depths of 1220 meters and because of which has a helium escape valve subtly built in. It is this aspect that means it can be used by the deep sea saturation divers. With the standard Chronometer status far exceeded you can expect a stylish yet precise workhorse of a time piece in the Sea Dweller! Priced at £8350.00 Rolex will always be sitting at the premium end of the watch market. However it is unfair to simply leave that statement there. This is a superbly refined and engineered tool that without skipping a heart beat put your life in the hands of to a depth most of us will never dive to.
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Whist at the more modest end of the market when it comes to automatic diving watches, don’t let this fool you. This could just be the hidden jewel in your collection. This watch ticks all the boxes consistently when looking for a dependable functional and great looking diving watch. All the standard features you might look for from your every day dependable are there such as day and date aperture. As a diving watch it has a 200 meter water resistance to suit the vast majority of divers. Its crisp and clean look dial allow for the easiest of read at a glance. Let’s face it nobody wants a dive watch they can’t read with ease in a dive situation! The large luminance and the bright pop of the orange (a favorite of many divers watches) provide a fantastic look for a stylish weekend watch in our opinion.
Raymond Weil Freelancer 2760
The Raymond Weil Freelancer 2760 seamlessly combines an elegant yet urban personality resulting in a diving watch you can wear on a dive as easily as you can sitting in the boardroom. Tested through a rigorous series of resistance, pressure and temperature tests to ensure you can wear with confidence whatever the occasion. This is a watch that never fails to fit the bill be it casual weekends to the most formal events. Beating at its heart though is a mechanical self winding movement proving its roots are well within the Swiss watch making heritage.
The Tudor Pelagos in blue is a striking and stylish piece on the outside with hidden depths. The Pelagos has a guaranteed depth of 500m and has a helium escape valve, essential to any saturation divers. Equipped with luminous markers notably on the dial hands and within the bezel, the watch is visible in even extreme conditions. Made in Grade 2 titanium it is incredibly easy to wear as it feels tough yet durable and most certainly not going to have to count as your ballast. The satin finish case is perfectly offset by the matte finish ceramic insert bezel. The value this watch provides is unavoidable in any discussion of a Tudor watch. Sitting not quite at the luxury end of the watch world what this actually has in technical features, in house movement, materials and development screams luxury time piece to me. As a final note it has the added bonus of coming as standard on the bracelet however many prefer to swap it straight over to the rubber strap in a striking true blue. Well worth every bit of its price tag of £3020.00 when compared to its counterparts out there.
There are few watches in the diving world that manage to cater for both the male and female. There is something almost comforting in the seamlessly combined aesthetics and Swiss watch making of the hydro conquest collection by Longines. Its design speaks of function without the over design trap so easy to fall in to. Even in the ladies size the watch moves from case to bracelet effortlessly sitting the watch comfortably on even the slimmest wrist. A simple feature but not to be forgotten when some dive watches can sit rather proud. As a brand there are few with as much history as Longines, and who better to put yourself in the hands of than a brand developing water resist watches since an astounding 1883.
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