Man has always been on the quest of the unknown – and nothing presents as difficult a challenge as the underwater world. Stories of man’s attempts to explore the depths of the oceans have been found as early as 500 B.C. Herodotus tells the story of Scyllias, a Greek sailor who while on board a Persian ship as a prisoner heard their plot to attack a Greek flotilla. He jumped overboard and cut up the mooring lines of the Persian ships. He used a reed as a means of breathing.
Things have come a long way since then. While breath-hold diving is still used in many parts of the world and diving bells are also in vogue, scuba diving is more popular nowadays. Contributions from different scientists have made this a safe way to explore the depths. Appropriate equipment and accessories make it easy for today’s divers take up the undersea adventures.
Does a diver need a mechanical dive watch? Not really; a computer chip or a digitized watch can perform the task with ease. Who buys the luxury mechanical dive watches? A high-end mechanical dive watch is a symbol of status and class. Whether you are a pro diver or your water related activities are limited to swimming and snorkeling, a luxury dive watch can be a worthy purchase.
Let’s take a look at the ten luxury dive watches emblematic of the modern male, this top 10 is not about price, but how much depth these watches can withstand.
10 10: Richard Mille Automatic Chronograph Diver - $135,000
Along with the lockable rotating bezel characteristic of a dive watch, this one also gives you the option to lock the crown in place. Crafted from titanium, 18K red or white gold, the timepiece remains resistant to water pressure up to depths of 300 m. Equipped with the Caliber RMAC2 automatic winding movement revealed in a skeleton setting, the watch displays the time and date and features a flyback chronograph, adjustable rotor geometry and a running indicator.
9 9: Victorinox Dive Master 500 Mechanical - $1,250
A smart piece that features every trait of a dive watch including water resistance up to 500 m, protected screw-down crown, screw-in case back, scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal, stainless steel case, luminescent markers and original rubber strap. Featuring the ETA mechanical self-winding movement, the trendy watch is available in a diverse assortment of color combinations. This timepiece combines the functionality of a dive essential with the aesthetics of a fashion accessory.
8 8: Aquanautic King Cuda - $4,500
Water resistant up to depths of 900 m, the lineup of King Cuda watches from Aquanautic is reputed for their versatility. Inspired by the hatch lock system of the submarine, the watch features a crown locking system and wheel locking pushers to ensure waterproofing. The best thing about the timepieces is the way it can adapt to your style. The diamond-encrusted dress variant can be transformed into the sturdy dive watch with the interchangeable case, bezel and strap.
7 Bell & Ross Marine Automatic - $4,000
With a rotating unidirectional bezel and a decompression valve, this timepiece is the perfect accessory for a professional or an amateur diver. The water resistance is also appropriate – the watch retains its functionality up to depths of 1000 m. The watch also features a mechanical automatic movement that powers the time and date display with luminescent hands and markers. The sturdy steel case and the rubber strap ensure that the timepiece works well undersea.
6 6: Corum Admiral’s Cup Seafender 48 Deep Dive - $9,900
The dodecagonal titanium case, a black brass dial with orange bi-light numerals and markers and a simple black strap of the watch makes it a cool watch for a diver. Water-resistant up to 1000 m, the watch displays time, day, date and small seconds. Equipped with a Caliber CO 947 automatic movement, the piece has a helium decompression valve, a requisite for a dive watch. Equal attention to look and function makes it a great choice for the fashion-conscious male.
5 5: Clerc Hydroscaph TI - $11,500
A superb balance of delicate artistry and engineering precision, this is the creation of Gerard Clerc, the fourth generation master horologist. Water-resistant up to 1000 m, the watch features the signature shape of Clerc – a perfect square inside and a perfect circle outside. Sturdy case, luminescent markers, an automatic helium escapement valve, bezel set with a lockable crown, a rubber strap/titanium bracelet makes it suitable for serious diving adventures. The face displays time, date/dual time zone and power reserve.
4 4: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 500 Fathoms GT - $29,000
A legendary beginning marks this collection from Blancpain. The first Fifty Fathoms were created as early as 1953 for the French army unit, frogmen. It was the watch that Jacques Cousteau wore on his legendary underwater exploration. The present lineup is inspired by the robust, masculine designs of the forerunners. It has all the features of a professional dive watch, and it also features complications such as flyback chronograph or GMT to boost its practicality for the adventurous at heart.
3 3: Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200 m - $9,400
Embodying the rich diving heritage of Omega, the Seamaster Ploprof is the reinterpretation of a timeless classic. Its ability to withstand pressures at depths of 1200 m, bi-directional bezel with security pusher and screw-in crown makes it a perfect dive watch. The iconic black and white look gets a hint of coolness from the dash of orange. With a Co-Axial 8500 self-winding movement, the watch offers a time display, chronometer function and a date display between the 4 and 5 o’clock markers.
2 2: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea - $12,050
Continuing with its legacy of dive watches, Rolex created the Oyster Perpetual Deepsea that could be used even at depths of 3900 m. It carries forward the tradition of the Deep Sea Special, the watch taken to the deepest point in the oceans, the Mariana Trench. Precise, durable and practical, the timepiece features a sturdy titanium case, helium escape valve, ringlock system and blue luminescence. Elegant and functional, this is one watch that features on the list of essentials for the professional divers of today.
1 1: Hublot Oceanographic 4000 - $21,800
What happens when the famed entities in the world of marine studies, research and conservation come together? It leads to the creation of a masterpiece. The Hublot Oceanographic 4000 was the result of the collaboration between Institut Océanographique Fondation Albert 1st Prince de Monaco, the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and the famous watch house Hublot. Extensive research went into the creation of a timepiece that could be taken to depths of 4000 m without affecting its functionality.