Attempts to create water-resistant watches can be traced back to the 17th century. Dust and water resistant timepieces were crafted in the 19th and 20th century; however, the production was limited and the watches were made for the military or the navy.
Sometimes, the high-resistant watches were crafted for explorers venturing on definite quests. Omega acquired the credit for creating the first dive watch to be produced and distributed commercially with the launch of the ‘Marine’ as early as 1932.
Things have changed since then. Many dive watches have since been created by numerous prestigious watch houses including the likes of Rolex, Omega, Panerai, and Breitling. And there is ample demand for these timepieces.
For decades, divers of the US navy were exclusively male. This resulted in the creation of men’s dive watches only. Tradition and the heavy, troublesome dive gear, discouraged women from taking up deep sea diving.
Donna Tobias, a hull technician, was the first to break the rule. She graduated from the US Navy’s Deep Sea Diving School in 1975. She became the Navy’s first female deep sea diver. She was succeeded by others such as Debra Bodenstedt and Mary Bonnin.
The female divers broke tradition and took up the challenge. The watch houses didn’t really lag behind in taking up the challenge either. They started crafting stylish and practical dive watches for women divers too.
Not taking price into consideration let’s take a closer look at the top dive watches for the women of today:
Number 7: Aquanautic Bara Cuda – Cool and Casual Vibe – $61000
A purple leather strap sets off the black, steel case with trapeze-cut amethysts on the bezel in this funky variation of a dive watch. This little beauty (the case is 39 mm in diameter), featuring quartz movement, can resist up to 100 m water.
The dial of the Bara Cuda, black, silver-hued or mother-of-pearl, features the luminova hand and minute hands; the counters are at 10 and 2 o’clock. The date window display is at 4 o’clock while the seconds counter is at 6 o’clock. It also offers chronograph movement.
Number 6: Ulysse-Nardin Lady Diver Starry Night – Classy Look – $40000
A self-winding movement, 100 m water-resistance, date display at 6 o’clock and an impressive design make this watch a must-have for a fashion-conscious female. Ulysse-Nardin has created a lineup of fine wristwatches in combinations of black, gold and silver.
The black/white dial, studded with diamonds, has the hours, minutes and seconds hands. Beautiful 18 karat Rose gold or simple stainless steel is used to create the case. Every Ulysse-Nardin Lady Diver Starry Night comes with an exclusive rubber strap.
Number 4: Bell & Ross Marine Automatic – Smart and Trendy – $10000
Well, the Marine lineup is not really feminine; but there are no rules that a dive watch for women cannot be smart. One model that looks made for the trendy woman of today is the pink gold and carbon fiber combination.
Its water-resistance up to 300 m, mechanical automatic movement, the photo-luminescent coat on its hands and numerals, unidirectional bezel, rubber strap and decompression valve make it the perfect watch to use beneath the waves.
Number 3: Roger Dubuis Easy Diver Jewellery – Haute Couture at Its Best – $62000
The jewelry variations of the historic Easy Diver embody the superior aesthetics that distinguish the Roger Dubois watch house. The sophisticated mother-of-pearl dial bedecked with diamonds, the gold or steel cases and the white and pastel shades add to its beauty.
Featuring the in-house automatic RD821 movement that has achieved the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva, the watch has water-resistance of up to 300 m. Haute Horlogerie isn’t really confined to the ballrooms of the rich and famous.
Number 2: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving GMT Lady – Sporty and Feminine – $22300
Jaeger-LeCoultre is credited with the creation of the first lady diver’s watch with a dual time-zone display. Resistant to 300 m water, this watch features an automatic movement, unidirectional diving bezel and screw-locked case back.
Next is the aesthetics – the charming dive watch features silver sunray guilloche dial with metal appliqued trapeze markers and numerals and a transferred compass star at 9 o’clock. The diamond studded case adds loads of oomph to the wristwatch.
Number 1: Omega Seamaster Ploprof – The Best in Its Class – $10000
In 2009, Omega reintroduced the mythical Seamaster Ploprof, the best of dive watches in terms of functionality and design. Ploprof signifies the combination of the first letters of the French words – Plongeur Professional, which translates into professional divers.
A reinterpretation of a classic, this watch features the robustness and reliability of the original created in 1970. But that’s not all; the Seamaster Ploprof from Omega of today offers various improvements on the original.
What makes the Seamaster Ploprof the best of dive watches for women? Well, for starters, the watch has an astounding water-resistance of up to 1200 m! This makes it a practical choice for professional divers, as it can withstand the extreme pressures underwater.
Omega has incorporated its state-of-the-industry Co-Axial technology in this new avatar of the authentic professional dive watch. Equipped with a Co-Axial calibre 8500, the watch has a crown, to make date and time adjustments, at the 9 o’clock.
The bezel-release security pusher at 2 o’clock, the automatic helium escape valve at 4 o’clock, the white Super-luminova hands and markings and every other trait makes the Ploprof the true timepiece for the master of the seas.
Brushed stainless steel case body, the polished bezel, the lacquered dial and the brushed mesh bracelet or rubber strap create a smart, chic look. The orange anodized minute marker compliments the orange anodized ring with the security pusher.
Omega Seamaster Ploprof is truly a must-have for the professional female diver of today!
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