Dive watches are something that many own but few use. It’s not uncommon to see corporate honchos sporting Rolex Submariners, and when we talk about the world’s most popular luxury dive watch, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of owners aren’t using it for its intended purpose.
What differentiates a dive watch from sports watch is that they are intended for exactly what you think they are– diving –deep sea diving more precisely. Now, how many of us are actually going to do that? So, the question is can a dive watch benefit the average ‘terrestrial’ consumer?
The answer, in a word — ‘yes’! Dive watches resist water at incredible depths. They are well-built, sturdy timepieces that fit the sports mould just as well. That’s why dive watches are much in use as generic sports or casual watches. Dive watches come in different variants that depend on implied usage. If you can trust a dive watch 300m below sea level, than you can safely trust it to go surfing, sailing, rafting or kayaking. It can get wet, take a pounding and withstand enormous pressure.
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What to Look for When Buying a Dive Watch
A true dive watch needs to be resistant to a number of factors including pressure, water and even the temperature of the sea water. It’s a life saving device for a true diver and it’s used to calculate their oxygen intake and how much time they can spend under water before having to retreat to the surface. If the watch fails to work, just once, it can have catastrophic effects on the diver wearing it.
Regardless of why you want to buy a dive watch, it’s safe to assume that you’re looking for a timepiece that’s as rugged and tough as the Rolex Submariner. Even if you’re just taking it in the bath tub, you’d obviously just buy a Casio if that was all you were looking for.
So pay attention, because I’m going to walk you through exactly what to look for and how to buy a true diving watch.
Top Dive Watches
Dive watches are one of the staple watch styles that have been around since the 1950s. These watches are often chunky and bold, in part for aesthetics, and in part for their need to withstand the extreme pressures with traveling well below the water’s surface. From a visual standpoint a dive watch is easy to spot. A moveable bezel, typically external, is crucial. These are typically a 60-minute ring that can be used to time everything from how long you’re underwater, right down to how long you’ve been waiting for a taxi. Next, its markers and hands are big, easy to read, and have some sort of luminous material applied to them. As you head underwater, things can get dark in a hurry — and if your watch has no glow, it’ll be useless in no time.
Here is a quick list of some of the dive watches that we would like to recommend. Of course, there are many watches on the market that can be used for diving. Do your research and pick the timepiece that works best for you and your budget.
The Rolex Submariner is without question the best known and most popular luxury dive watch in the world. And, for good reason. It’s an exceptional timepiece with a world class movement and a proven track record. Most professional divers wear a Rolex and that’s because they really do make the very best when it comes to this type of timepiece. I highly recommend it for anyone serious about diving, but also for anyone who just wants a really good quality sports watch for any water sport. This watch can take a beating and it will just keep on ticking.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph
Omega is another watch company that enjoys a rich diving history. This particular watch is great for divers, but also anyone who wants a dive watch for other sports. It has a built-in chronograph which is ideal for every type of race and offers a 600m depth rating which is more than enough for most professional, let alone, amateur divers.
Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000
Breitling, like many other watch manufacturers, has worked fervently to perfect the sports watch industry. What they have, however, that other companies do not is their patented magnetic push piece system which allows every function of the watch to be fully operational at depths of 2,000m underwater. Not that you’d need to access the chronograph, but perhaps you and another diver want to race to the nearby crab. The fact is this is a superb timepiece by a company that has almost perfected aviator watches. If the world’s top pilots trust Breitling to keep them safe, I think you can as well. This is a perfect timepiece for the serious diver, but also the adrenaline junkie who needs a well made, rugged watch that performs in all the elements.