Dive watches undoubtedly hold a special place among timepieces. There is something charismatic and adventurous about them, which is why they are also popular with people who never dive at all. And while you can get a great dive watch for less than 500 euros, you can also opt for some of the most prestigious models, whose price tag can even be over 50 thousand euros. In addition to several specialized manufacturers of dive watches, all major watchmakers have at least one model in their product range intended for diving, and some of these models have already become iconic. Let’s take a look at five models, which you can take for a dive into the depths, but also enjoy every single day.
We all know what the name Rolex stands for in the world of timepieces, so it is quite natural that Rolex has its own favorite in dive watches. Moreover, the Rolex Submariner is one of the most distinctive models in that range. In addition to the Submariner, there are the legendary Sea-Dweller and Sea-Dweller Deep Sea, all of which are the successors to the first (water-resistant) model from 1929, the Rolex Oyster.
In addition to looks and sleek design, all Rolex watches are the pinnacle of technical achievement. For example, in 1960 the Sea-Dweller Deep Sea model was placed on the outside of the Trieste bathyscaphe, which then dived to a depth of 35,800 meters, and when the bathyscaphe returned to the surface, the clock worked flawlessly.
Another indicator that the Rolex Submariner is one of the iconic models is the fact that it was launched almost 70 years ago (1953), but Rolex is continuously improving every new generation, so the Submariner is still one of the best and most advanced dive watches. The maximum depth is 300 meters, and it is powered by a 3230 caliber, a self-winding mechanism with a power reserve for 70 hours of work.
More about Rolex watches: www.rolex.com
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm (PAM00682)
Panerai watches are among the classic dive watches with a long tradition, and the company cooperated with Italian military divers in the process of developing their dive watches. It’s hard to find any flaw with Panerai watches. However, one is certainly the price, as Panerai is not an affordable brand, while the other drawback could be their size. The diameter of the watch is 44 or even 47 mm, so it really takes a large man’s hand so that Panerai does not look huge. Still, Panerai has a solution in the form of the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 42mm (PAM00682) model, which we also know as the 42mm Submersible.
Of course, with a thickness of 15.4 mm, this “small” Panerai still leaves a strong impression, and you will also be delighted by its simple design and excellently visible hands, especially in the deep or under dim light. The watch does not have minute marks, except at the initial part of the bezel, and some people find it inconvenient when it is necessary to tell the exact time. However, the minute marks on the bezel, which classically rotates only in one direction, can help. With this watch, you can dive to a depth of 300 meters, and a rubber bracelet safely holds it on your wrist, no matter whether you are driving or at the opera. Excellent Panerai caliber P.9010 and a power reserve of up to 72 hours ensure accurate time and flawless operation.
More about Panerai watches: www.panerai.it
Omega Seamaster Professional 300 Diver
Aston Martin, vodka-martini (“shaken, not stirred”) and… Omega Seamaster! Yes, you’ve guessed correctly, it’s the choice of the most famous agent, James Bond, and 007 is one of Seamaster’s greatest ambassadors. Since 2019, in addition to the blue color of the dial, the Seamaster also has an option in white, and there are other colors in the “Special Edition” versions of the model. The date has been moved from number 3 to number 6, and the shape of the numbers is different, but it is much more important than the watch is still great for diving, elegant for every day, with an additional, special and irresistible charm of secret agents…
You can select Omega Seamaster in several different versions of the model, such as “007 Edition”, “Nekton”, “Chronograph” or “Co-Axial Commander’s Watch”. The diameter ranges from 41 to 42 mm, and each model has a different design and strap. For diving, we recommend the rubber one, but you can also choose the steel one. The Omega Seamaster is powered by an 8800 caliber, the power reserve is 55 hours, and the maximum depth is 300 meters.
More about Omega watches: www.omegawatches.com
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique
The name Blancpain may not sound as familiar to you as Omega or Rolex, but when it comes to dive watches, Blancpain is certainly one of the major players. Namely, they were among the first (if not the first) to make a modern dive watch and call it Fifty Fathoms, which actually means 300 feet or 100 meters. It was made in 1953 for the needs of an elite group of French military divers, called Nageur de Combat, who were looking for a watch with specific characteristics: a rotating ring, which can be locked to prevent staying underwater for too long, automatic winding and a system for leak warning. Blancpain used a so-called clever dot on the dial, which would turn red in the event of moisture penetrating the watch. And so that timepiece became a functional and aesthetic example for countless other dive watches.
Over the years, Fifty Fathoms has become more of a luxury than a strict dive watch, especially because of some really remarkable details. One of the most striking is the rotating ring, made of sapphire glass, and its surface is not flat, but rounded. And you will surely agree that it would really be a shame to hit a diving tank and break the ring, right?
More about Blancpain watches: www.blancpain.com
Breitling Superocean Automatic 48
Breitling is best known as a manufacturer of watches for pilots, who adore the Navitimer and Aviator models. However, with Breitling you can go not only to the heights, but also dive to the depths of the sea, all since 1957, when their first Superocean model was introduced. This timepiece immediately became one of the major players in the world of dive watches and was adored among divers, as well as other fans of top class watches.
The new Breitling Superocean 48 model can have a dial in orange, green or blue, the ring is made of ceramic, and the case is made of titanium. If you choose orange, it is guaranteed to attract attention wherever you show up, along with the impressive diameter of the case of 48 millimeters and a black rubber bracelet. As for the technical characteristics, the self-winding mechanism allows a power reserve of 38 hours, the watch is powered by a Breitling 17 caliber, and the maximum depth you can dive is 300 meters.
More about Breitling watches: www.breitling.com
Text: Matej Ogorevc