By the early 20th century, once diving became a thing, so did keeping time. Wearing a watch underwater that tells time with precision became imperative for divers and adventurers.
That brings us to, ‘What is a diving watch?’ Developed and introduced in the 1950s, the sole role of diving watches was to track time underwater. Being fairly simple and accurate, diving watches were first created keeping legibility and outflows in mind. However, after being fairly straightforward and standard, these subaquatic pieces evolved. And boy, what an evolution! The current pieces are an innovation that envelopes utility with style and panache.
Apart from being deeply embedded in tech, these timeless pieces command certain aesthetics that have been mastered by the stalwarts in the industry. So, selecting a perfect dive watch is the most fundamental element before placing it tightly on your wrist. Let’s dive in and explore a few…
1. Ulysse Nardin: Diver x Skeleton
Ulysse Nardin is rooted in exploration. The brand has bridged a gap between time and the ocean. Their nautical influences with contemporary creations have always kept the ocean at the center. Their newest launch, a new limited-edition chronograph is every diver’s delight. It celebrates the legendary Ocean Race along with its commitment to the environment. Priced at $15,700 this new timepiece commemorates the anniversary of The Ocean Race.
The Diver X Skeleton is also a newly launched watch that has revolutionised the aesthetics of diving watches. It’s a powerful piece ($26,400) with a titanium DLC case water-resistant to 200 metres and presents a dynamic skeletonised dial marked with an X in deep black and azure blue.
2. Oris Aquis Date Calibre 400
Oris enjoys a reputation for being high in value and quality. Designed for avid divers, the Aquis Date Calibre 400 remarkable watch showcases a robust stainless steel case and bracelet, now enhanced with the innovative Quick Strap Change system by Oris. With an impressive water resistance of 30 bar (300 metres) and a uni-directional rotating bezel featuring a durable ceramic insert, this timepiece surpasses expectations in both form and function.
3. Doxa SUB 300 Aqua Lung US Diver
Doxa is a brand to reckon with in the divers’ watch space. They are a renowned brand that is known the world over and across generations of divers and travellers. DOXA SUB serves as the benchmark for diving watches. It contributes greatly to the safety of the divers’ due to its technical detailing.
With a strong foothold in this space, DOXA has launched a limited edition, the SUB 300 Aqua Lung US Divers (SHARKHUNTER) collection. It marks a first with a forged carbon case and a black rubber strap. A limited series of only 300 pieces with COSC–certified caliber, in partnership with Aqua Lung is priced at USD 4,790.
4. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 70th anniversary Act 2: Tech Gombessa
The Fifty Fathoms Collection, 2023, from Blancpain is the archetypal diver’s watch which is created on a strong foundation of innovative materials and new technical solutions that have constantly pushed the boundaries of its timepieces and its demands. This collection symbolises the passion for the underwater that Blancpain has stood for over years and decades since its first inception in 1953.
The Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Act 2: Tech Gombessa stands out with a black dial, rubber strap and pink buckle, engulfed in a titanium case with 30 bar water resistance.
Priced at INR 2,226,000, this sure is a must-have for divers across.
5. Omega Seamaster Ultra Deep 6000m
The Seamaster Ultra Deep 6000m is a game-changing watch for a diver. It’s been tested in real ocean conditions and boasts of reaching the deepest place on Earth. The watch is water resistant to 6,000 meters (20,000 ft.) and meets the ISO 6425:2018 standard for divers’ watches. Looking sturdy and keeping it stylish with a dome-shaped sapphire crystal, the 45.5 mm classic features a buffed black ceramic bezel with its diving scale in liquidmetal.The hands and the hour markers are given an 18k white gold wash which is all glazed in white Super-LumiNova.
Through persistent enhancement to deliver the gold standard in watches, the Ultra Deep 6000m is a top-tier diving watch to own. The price is available on request.
These watches are by far the most popular styles worn today. You may own a dive watch for its sheer style, grandeur, and efficacy. Well, it does double up as a timer when cooking, taking a break from work, a statement piece at a soiree, or even when in the pool!
Time to choose the finest dive watch to spruce up your look in the water or otherwise.