For many of us, watches aren’t just devices used to tell the time, or even fashion accessories. Rather they are tools that can be very useful for the sport of diving. With water resisting capabilities when at least 100m underground, diving watches combine practical handiness and a love for sport and sporting accessories. Fortunately for divers, there is a plethora of great looking and highly useful diving watches out and here are the cream of the crop.
IWC’s Aquatimer Automatic 2000
The great thing about diving watches is that as well as being delightfully pleasing to the eye, they also provide a range of practical perks. The Aquatimer Automatic 2000 is a perfect example of just this, with the automatic movement protected by a case that’s water and pressure resistant to a staggering 2,000m deep underwater.
The hallmark of the most recent Aquatimer pieces has been the fabulous external rotating bezel and this can be turned easily underwater. Furthermore, due to the adding of six coatings of Super-LumiNova to the underside of the sapphire-glass ring, the watch enables the elapsed dive time to be clearly visible at all times, even in poor lighting conditions.
An extra long hook-and-loop strap can also be acquired with the watch, which will no doubt come in handy while wearing the timepiece over a diving suit. The Aquatimer Automatic 2000 costs a rather steep £3,450, however is certainly worth the price.
Breitling’s Superocean Chronograph II
Another diving watch that looks gorgeous, the Breitling Superocean is a watch used by professional divers across the world. It’s water-resistant to 1,500m deep and comes with a choice of five different coloured bevelled inner bezels.
Breitling’s Superocean range has been revamped in recent years and now boasts a high-performance self-winding movement chronometer – certified by the COSC, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute.
When it comes to manufacturing top-of-the-range sports timepieces, only Tag Heuer watches come close to the feats reached by Breitling. The Superocean Chronograph II is an example why. The watch is also somewhat cheaper than others of similar capabilities, and is at a cost of £2,320.
Oris’ ProDiver Chronograph
The best thing about Oris’ watches is the intelligent Rotation Safety System. It works through ensuring the watch’s bezel stays in place while you’re underwater, through a vulcanised rubber ceramic bezel needing to always be lifted before it can be turned.
The fantastic ProDiver Chronograph watch is also equipped with a helium valve and is available for £2,750.
Robert Danielson is a young British fashion enthusiast and freelance writer.