The 53 Best Dive Watches For Serious Enthusiasts - Omega, Rolex, Tudor
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The 53 Best Dive Watches For Serious Enthusiasts - Omega, Rolex, Tudor

The 43 Best Dive Watches For Serious Enthusiasts - Omega, Rolex, Tudor

 

UPDATED MAY 2024

For those looking to cut their teeth in the dive watch world, it's no longer a case of buying a dive watch with the intent purpose of ending up in the sea. As watch brands, such as Omega and Longines, the modern user is looking for an all round watch which is as much at home rattling out spreadsheets as it is swimming alongside killer whales in the North Pacific. 

While dive cmputer watches are suitable for the hardcore divers among us, the common man doesn't need to rest on his laurels and resign himself to clunky wristwear. Dive watches are changing for the better and are becoming increasingly involved in the modern wearers wardrobe. 

All the big dive watch names are trimming the horological fat to suit the everyday consumer. Take for example the Tudor Pelagos 39 which has scythed away its 45mm casing for a more respectable 39mm. Or take for example the classic Rolex Submariner which measures at 41mm.

With these changes, dive watches are becoming a common occurrence in the office, on the street and in the pool. Nice not having to change up the wardrobe 24/7, right gents?

Well, dive watch fiends, look no further. Covering all major luxury brands including Rolex, Tudor and Omega, this list of the 53 best dive watches for men under £20,000 will get you from beer stein to coastline in no time.

 

How Do You Define A Dive Watch?

UPDATED MAY 2024

A dive watch could easily be argued to be one of the most popular collections of all time. If Peter Jackson brought out another franchise, he may just pick the dive watch to rule them all.

Yet, if we examine the typical characteristics of dive watches in more precious detail,, we get the following: A stainless steel case, typically adorned with a matching stainless steel bracelet which can be integrated or removable. Bags of luminosity due to readability at deeper depths and a rotating bezel to allow for measuring oxygen and other necessary dive calculations. 

It's important that these things are instantly readable because they are typically used to measure how long you have been submerged for and when you may need to take a compression break. Dive watches typically feature a helium valve, located at 10 o’clock, negating the pressure difference when you emerge from your dive.

This means your beloved timepiece releases the pressure so the dive watch doesn't become damaged. If the pressure is not removed, it's been recorded that the crystal physically jumps out of the dive watch.

Truth be told, the common dive watch user will not need the helium valve function. It is specifically designed for saturation dives which we are sure the majority of you do not need if you buy a watch of this nature. Take for example the Rolex Deepsea Challenge which drops to 11,000 metres.

For clarity, Timelords, the deepest dive ever recorded by a human was 1,090 metres. Major difference, right?

Helium valves are very useful for the actual diver. Pressure can easily build up and damage the piece and, in some instances, even pop the crystal out. Of course, most people won’t dive further than the deep end in the swimming pool, so the helium valve is negated in order to keep things looking mighty refined.

Similarly, would the common user need a unidirectional bezel to measure their breathing apparatus at the desk? This is what makes dive watches so popular. They are usually heavily over engineered for us normal folk but it's nice to know it can survive the worst. We don't buy a new sports car to reach 200 mph, we buy it for the knowledge that it could reach that.

So what are the best dive watches for men? It’s time to find out.

 

The Importance Of ISO 6425

Dive watches must adhere to strict ISO 6425 standards if they want to retain their title as a dive watch. 

Standing for the International Organization for Standardization, the ISO also relates to property and other commercial activities.

Last updated in 2018, the ISO 6245 requires that a dive watch must be at least 100 metres water resistant and have the functions of recording time with a rotating bezel, digital display or other timing complication that is precise to at least one minute over a 60-minute period. 

Of course, if you are looking to buy a watch with diving capabilities, it must reach a required level of visibility, from at least 25 cm in total darkness. It must also show that it is completely working while in total darkness. The dive watches must be resistant to a magnetic field of at least 4,800 A/m and it must remain accurate to plus or minus 30 seconds per day.

There is a shock resistance test which relates to ISO 1413 or the ‘shock test clause’. Essentially, it tests whether a dive watch would survive a fall from one metre onto a hardwood floor. Ever slipped and feared looking down at your dive watch? Thank goodness for this clause, right?

It must withstand the salt test of being rust free after its immersion in a 30g salt per litre solution for 24 hours. This is useful as the average diver will take in 24 hours of saltwater exposure per week. The strap/bracelet on dive watches are tested by having 45 pounds applied to each spring bar to try and pull the strap from the case. 

The ISO 6425 states a minimum of 100 metres is met or for dive watch nerds, 10 ATM. Dive watches at 100 metres are fine for swimming, snorkelling and other water sports aside from scuba diving. 

The tests look for water resistance at overpressure. This means that if your dive watch has 200m water resistance, it will be tested to 250m water resistance as per their policy of 25% more depth pressure than the original depth. 

Anything under 100 metres isn't recommended for diving. 50 metres is fine for swimming but 30 metres shouldn't be submerged under water. Dive watches tend to rest around 300 metres which is fine for saturation and scuba diving. 

 

Best Men’s Dive Watch Under £3,000

 

1. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze

To own a dive watch that is crafted out of unique metals is pretty incredible, especially if it retains its water resistance and looks effortlessly stylish. Enter, The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver White Bronze

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As per the rest of the BR 03 collection, Bell & Ross have ensured that the Diver White Bronze retains its classic squared case shape and high level of durability. At 42mm, the watches undergo a satin-finish and polishing along the bronze material. 

Fitted with a unidirectional bezel, they show a 60-minute scale which is presented on a brown anodised aluminium ring. Fitted with a screw down crown and a solid steel caseback, you can be assured of 300 metres of water resistance. 

The dial is a crisp, silver opaline shade that features gold plated applique indices. Furthermore, just like the skeletonised, gold plated hands, they are daubed to the brim with Super-Luminova. After all, when you are diving off your speedboat or plunging murkier depths, legibility is everything!

Locked in with a brown calfskin rubber strap for ergonomic comfort, we can confirm that the watch will not be dying the moment you slip it off. Offering a modest 38 hour power reserve, they pulsate at 28,800VpH, allowing all functions like the hours, minutes and seconds to be efficient and accurate.  

- You can buy a Bell & Ross 03-92 Diver White Bronze at retail for £4,200 as of May 2024.

 

2. Blancpain X Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms Ocean Of Storms

As the latest edition to the Blancpain X Swatch collaboration, the pair have decided to move away from the crazy shades of the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean variants, opting for something which you could pull off with a smart ensemble like a camel overcoat and brown brogues.

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Measured at around 42.3mm, the watches are made of Bioceramic but are rather on the thick side at 14.4mm. This is heftier than the Patek Phillipe Nautilus 5711 with an 8.3mm thickness and the Rolex Explorer with a thickness of 11.5mm.

This particular material is patented by Swatch and utilises two thirds ceramic and one third biosourced material. Durable, lightweight and with a matte finish, the watches are the perfect ode to the classic Fifty Fathoms line.

Keeping the design codes of the original 1953 model, this utilises a dial with baton and Arabic hour markers and a bezel with 15 minute quadrants. 

Given a biosourced sapphire crystal that's framed with a black rotating bezel, the watches offer 91 metres of water resistance or “50 fathoms” in sailor speak. This is a very fashionable piece within enough durability to cope with your day to day. 

Given a black dial with a sunray brushed finish, the tooth shaped hour markers, Arabic 12 o’clock hour marker and hands are all filled with Grade A Super-Luminova. There is a small date function which you can spot residing between 4 and 5 o’clock.

This may be hard to spot as it has a black background, but the text is white which should offer great legibility. 

These top watches are powered by the Sistem51 movement which offers a poor 21,600VpH, but a phenomenal 90 hour power reserve. Enough for you to nearly take a week-long cruise and soak up some sun with your latest squeeze. We are talking about the watch of course!

Flip the piece over and you'll see that they still adhere to the nudibranch theme, this time with an Okenia Luna on the caseback. Adorned on a NATO strap that's crafted out of recycled fishing nets, this watch is more than a timekeeper. It’s a statement that’s surely the ideal alternative to a Moonswatch!

- You can buy a Blancpain X Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms Ocean Of Storms at retail for £350 as of May 2024.

 

3. Longines Hydroconquest GMT

Synonymous with their dive category and an affordable contender on the entry-level luxury watch scale, The Longines Hydroconquest collection has recently been updated with a fresh GMT complication.

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A great addition for any ardent dive fan, these watches are built into a rather bulky 41mm case, crafted out of stainless steel and surrounded with a ceramic bezel.

Furthermore, the dial is given optimal legibility via a sapphire crystal that’s scratch resistant and features several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides. 

The caseback is screwed down, just like the crown which ensures the fantastic 300 metre water resistance level. It will be tough to try and pull this watch off under some shirt cuffs due to its overtly 12.90mm thickness. However we think you’ll look great with this under a pea-coat. 

The watches are fitted with a diving scale, unidirectional bezel in blue ceramic and given a luminescent capsule that sits at 12 o’clock.

The dial is given a sunray blue sheen that offers a little sparkle and maximum visibility in all conditions. Furthermore, the hands and the hour markers are given a good dose of Super-Luminova, enhancing the applied indexes and silvered polished hands. 

The watches are powered by an exclusive Longines movement, L844 calibre, designed to not only be extremely durable, noted by the silicon balance spring and innovative non-magnetic components, but because it also runs GMT functions. 

Take note of the extra hour hand on the dial which allows you to read not only the home time, but the away time too, depending on where you are in the world. The movement offers 25,200VpH and a power reserve of 72 hours.

Fixed onto a steel bracelet, we recommend you wear this with a tan suit jacket or charcoal grey tee if you want to take things easy. 

- You can buy a Longines Hydroconquest GMT for £2,800 as of May 2024.

 

4. TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph

Tipping the purchase scales at under £3,000, we have a surprising entrance from TAG Heuer that uses titanium as its primary material.

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At 40mm case size, this dive watch is a perfect size for plunging thanks to its 200 metres (660ft) water resistance. You can no doubt make a splash with this arm candy in and out of the pool as the case is crafted out of grade 2 titanium. 

We like this dive watch for its sandblasted effect, allowing you to feel like a rugged man, ready for the Seven Seas. This material and effect continues onto the bracelet which is a three row strap, allowing optimal security and reliability at all times. 

Given a bezel similarly made out of titanium, it is given the classic countdown diving scale with a triangle at the top to record elapsed time. The dial face is extremely legible due to the sunray brushed black dial, exposing the horizontal embossments stretching across it. 

The indices and hands are white and sharp, aside from the second hand which is turquoise, adding a tinge of colour to the piece. Plus they are dosed with a healthy amount of Super-Luminova. A frosty aspect is introduced in the form of a seconds hands and the “Solargraph” text on the dial. 

The real fun comes in when surveying the TH50-00 calibre. As a quartz timepiece, the TAG Heuer movement has been manipulated to be powered by light.

Be it natural or artificial light, as long as it’s directed onto the dive watch, the timepiece can be given a healthy amount of power to continue running. Probably best to charge up before you go into any dank caves…

This very exciting piece of technology means it can be worn in a variety of situations, including when you’re suited and booted for a big meeting or kicking back with some friends behind the barbecue. 

- You can buy a TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 200 Solargraph at retail for £2,800 as of May 2024.

 

5. Swatch x Blancpain Scuba Fifty Fathoms 

Following on from the first ever dive watch that reached its 70th anniversary this year, The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, the collaboration between creative Swatch and horological godfathers Blancpain, represents a new dawn for this most classic of collections.

Arctic Ocean - Source - Swatch

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They are not new to the collaboration game. Working with Omega, they released the awesome Moonswatch which plays on the great lunar heritage of the Speedmaster, and gives it a new lease of life in the form of various “Missions”. 

The Mission to The Sun comes in a stunning yellow sheen and the Mission to The Moon Moonshine Gold develops from the original models, adding a moonshine gold seconds hand to the piece.

Want to read some of the most talked about Moonswatch releases? Read Mission to Moonshine Gold Strawberry Moon with a strawberry covered Moonshine Gold hand and the Mission to Moonshine Gold Neptune Blue with a Moonshine gold chronograph seconds hand. 

In the latest link up between Blancpain and Swatch, these dive watches were released with the usual sea (pardon the pun) of ambiguity in the form of yellow Peli cases that were sent to each Swatch store and cryptic advertisements published in major newspapers like the New York Times. 

Taking inspiration from five oceans like the Arctic, Antarctic, Pacific, Indian and Atlantic, the colours all vary in different hues.

All the pieces are fitted with a bioceramic material in the case, featuring “nudibranchs” (essentially sea slugs that come in a range of colours) that are found in each of the seas and are given NATO straps, made out of recycled fishing nets. 

From the fiery red of the Arctic Ocean Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms to the deep blue sheen of The Atlantic Ocean edition, we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which dive watch to go with!

Featuring a classic Blancpain dial with highly legible Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, the rest are tooth hour markers, all of which are coated with lume.

Featuring a circular case with a rotatable dive bezel, the casebacks relate to each of the “nudibranchs” with a printed image and all of them are powered by the immense SISTEM51 movement. 

The SISTEM51 movement is Swatch’s own movement. Launched in 2013, this is the first ever mechanical movement that is entirely automated. Given an astonishing 90 hour power reserve and a fantastic anti-magnetic ability due to its Nivachron hairspring, this was made jointly with horological titans, Audemars Piguet. 

Water resistant to 91 metres, or exactly Fifty Fathoms as an ode to the collection, this is a beautiful piece for the dive minded gentleman. Keep this on show by getting those sleeves up. You wouldn’t want to hide the colours, right?

- Prices of Blancpain X Swatch Fifty Fathoms Scuba come in at £350 across all the models as of May 2024.

 

Best Men’s Dive Watch Under £4,000

 

6. Longines Legend Diver 39mm 

The Longines Legend Diver 39mm has recently been released and revamped in 2023 with a modernised case size for the everyday wearer.

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Crafted out of stainless steel, these 39mm watches have a 12.7mm thickness, allowing for a highly ergonomic design on the wrist. The rounded case is a solid combination of sporty legibility alongside a dress-like simplicity. 

These delectable new dive watches are covered with a sapphire crystal that’s scratch resistant and given a few layers of anti-reflective coating in order to allow visibility in all conditions.

How about its super diver capability? We give this a big tick given the watches are fitted with a turning diving flange that allows for calculations for decompression phases. 

Furthemore, the crown is screw-down alongside a screw-down caseback, ensuring an excellent 300 metres of water resistance. That’s enough for a dip in your private pool or diving off the Iberian coast while sipping a Sangria.

The dial is given a blue lacquer that's polished with painted Arabic numerals and indexes. Given silvered polished hands, all of these are coated in Swiss Super-Luminova in order to promote the highest levels of legibility. Perfect for those nautical adventures, water-skiing or plunging into that infinity pool.

The watches are powered by the L888 calibre and offer 25,200VpH and a weekend-proof 72 hour power reserve; they are supported by a monocrystalline silicon balance spring that allows for the watches to combat magnetism. COSC certified? Absolutely!

This is a very modern size meaning you can pull this off with a powder blue suit or a black overcoat and grey suit shirt. And remember, a dive watch is most definitely a timekeeper and not just for Christmas.

- You can buy a Longines Legend Diver 39mm at retail for £3,150 as of May 2024.

 

7. Longines Ultra-Chron L2.836.4.52.9

Inspired by the original Longines Ultra-Chron that dates back to 1968 at the time of university student uprisings around Europe, we don’t have anything to protest about around this latest release. Based on its punchy predecessor, it is bolstered with an extraordinary movement. 

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As far as dive watches go, this Longines follows the standard design codes. The case is crafted out of stainless steel and given a circular yet tonneau shaped stainless steel case in a wide design. Its similarly stainless steel circular bezel and dial face clearly stand out from the tank style lugs and case edges.

The crown is very prominent on the case yet does not include any crown guards. While this may seem strange for dive watches, it’s actually a very honourable mention to the original watches which similarly didn’t have any guards. 

The bezel features red markers, except from 15, 30 and 45 Arabic numerals in green, as well as the triangular marker located at 12 o’clock. The stainless steel caseback is solid as a safety measurement to attain its impressive 300 metres of water resistance.

This is further attained through its big 43mm stainless steel case and its screw in crown. 

The dial is matte black and features silvered hands and applied indices which stand out superbly, especially since they are dosed with Swiss Super-Luminova. The movement is where the good stuff happens, Timelords!

The L836 calibre is an automatic movement that runs at an astonishing 36,000VpH. Combined with the monocrystalline silicon balance spring, the piece can reach up to 52 hours power reserve. We think this one is more of a big hitter than Anthony Joshua!

It’s a bulky dive watch that probably won’t hide under shirt cuffs so we recommend going casual with this timepiece with a tee or an oversized jumper. 

- You can buy a Longines Ultra-Chron at retail for £3,550 as of May 2024

 

8. Tudor Pelagos FXD M25717N

You can rely on Rolex’s smaller sibling to execute some of the best dive watches around. The Tudor Pelagos FXD MT5602 is designed for both water enthusiasts and competitive yacht-racing events. 

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This edition from September 2023 pays tribute to Navy divers as Tudor issued their watches to Navy divers in the late 50s until the 1980s. Chrono Hunter loves a good tribute too. Have you seen our article on the best watches for the Chinese New Year? Check it out below!

The Tudor Pelagos FXD MT5602 is crafted out of titanium with a 42mm case and around a 12.75mm thickness. Undergoing a satin finishing for that dressy feel, they have a solid caseback and fixed steel bars in order to reach that 200 metre water resistance. 

The top of these dive watches are surrounded by a unidirectional rotating bezel with a 60-minute graduation along the ceramic disc. The black dial has a matte aesthetic to promote the classical Snowflake hands alongside the square and rectangular hour markers and coated with luminescence for optimal legibility. 

Powered by a COSC certified mechanical movement, they can boast a 70 hour power reserve for you to enjoy your weekend getaway or last minute overseas business trip. They are attached onto a fabric strap with a self fastening system.

Coloured green and red, this adds a colour to these diver inspired timepieces. 

- You can buy a Tudor Pelagos FXD MT5602 at retail for £3,590 as of May 2024. 

 

9. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver

Well, this is unusual, a square dive watch?

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver - Source - Bell & Ross

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As the first square dive watch from Bell and Ross, they have sought to create a dive watch that is capable of exploring unknown environments while guaranteeing its reliability. Furthermore, they have created dive watches which are more than capable of meeting and surpassing the ISO 6425.

They are making dive watches that are at least 100 metres water resistant and home to a 60 minute calibrated unidirectional rotating bezel.

Specifically for the BR 03-92 Diver, this unique dive watch is deemed to be the first ever square shaped diving watch on the market. But is it a popular dive watch? 

With a water resistance of 300 metres, it comfortably meets the ISO guidelines. Its 43mm reinforced stainless steel case is fitted with a screw downed protected case and a unidirectional bezel alongside a soft iron movement cage to support its resistance against magnetic fields.

It's not enough that they have their own unique stainless steel case shape. They had to go all the way and make it a fantastic dive watch too!

Its mechanical automatic movement controls the hour, minute and seconds functions, alongside the small date aperture at 4 o'clock. The black dial is gently brushed with orange accents for increased legibility, as well as the hour and minute hands being coated in SuperLuminova for easy readability. 

The strap is made up of black rubber as well as a highly resistant black synthetic fabric. While this dive watch might be out of left field for some experienced collectors, these two combined make a very durable strap that is capable of dealing with every occasion.

It has a very urban look as opposed to a bracelet, giving the dive watch bags of character. 

- You can buy a Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver at retail for £3,500 as of May 2024.

 

10. Longines Hydroconquest 

Since 1932, Longines has been characterised by elegance and supreme design, perfect for anyone looking to buy a Longines dive watch. 

The HydroConquest collection is seen as a uni-sex dive watch, allowing both genders to enjoy the works of technical innovation and refinement. The rounded case is made out of black ceramic.

Employed by brands such as Audemars Piguet with their Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, black ceramic cases are lauded as scratch resistant and even unaffected by UV rays which can fade materials like stainless steel and gold. 

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The glass is scratch resistant sapphire crystal providing several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides. This means you can expect maximum legibility under all circumstances, under the water or while sipping that Pina Cola beachside.

The case allows water resistance up to 300 metres, this dive watch features a screw in crown and unidirectional rotating bezel. 

The screw in crown means it's impossible for water to get in after adjustments are made and the rotating bezel allows the wearer to measure time such as when to next have a decompression phase.

Measuring 43mm, the dial, case and bezel are all matt black ceramic. This allows the applied Arabic numerals and indexes alongside the silvered polished hands to be as readable as a JK Rowling novel. Visibility wise this dive watch checks out when it comes to Super-LumiNova.

The automatic L888 calibre showcases hours, minutes, seconds and a date function at 3 o'clock to bolster the quality of the movement. It also beats at a steady 25,200VpH and has a very strong power reserve of 72 hours. 

- If you wish to buy a Longines Hydroconquest, the retail price is £3,950 as of May 2024.

 

11. Tudor Pelagos 39

It’s got the dive watch community ablaze recently. We are talking of course about The Tudor Pelagos 39. With a steadfast reputation being on the wrist of the French Navy to its subsequent award as the ‘Best Divers Watch’ at GPHG, a new horological dawn of divers watch has emerged.

Tudor Pelagos 39 - Source - Tudor

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At 39mm case size, The Tudor Pelagos 39 has trimmed the fat of its 42mm case predecessors and houses the phenomenal MT5400 movement meaning you can buy a Tudor Pelagos which is more stripped back than Eric Clapton on an acoustic.

COSC certified, the dive watch works between -2 and +4 second variation every day which is a step above the -4 +6 requirements that COSC requires. 

With a meaty 70 hour power reserve, this dive watch benefits from a stainless steel caseback with a unidirectional bezel and a 60 minute scale that is slightly graduated.

The movement is protected by an anti-magnetism silicon hairspring and traversal bridge to keep it stable and reduce the chances of shock and magnetism. 

The bezel is crafted out of grade 2 titanium like the case and has a black ceramic insert. The sunray effect presented by the bezel gives off a fantastic finish when it touches the light, allowing the dive watch to be worn in all situations, not just for diving.

The bezel is dosed with Super-LumiNova to make the 60 minute scale highly visible. 

The sunray effect is also present on the dial and since the date has been removed, the face looks more seamless and refined. The sandblasted effect on the flange projects the dial forwards, increasing its legibility which is key if you are looking to buy a Tudor for the unknown of the sea. 

At 39mm, it sheds what it does not need and presents a new form of dive watch. One that is streamlined and that looks fantastic on the wrist.

Made out of grade 2 titanium, the case is satin-brushed alongside the bracelet which is fitted with a T-fit system for quick micro adjustments for diving suits or after a hefty meal. 

- You can buy a Tudor Pelagos 39 for £4,040 at retail as of May 2024.

 

12. Tudor Black Bay 54

The Tudor Black Bay 54 was originally released in 2012 and brought upon a strong tribute to Tudor’s father brand Rolex’s Submariner.

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Nowadays, the Black Bay 54 has since been updated and released at Watches and Wonders 2023. In and amongst a few Tudor updates like a few updates to the Royal Collection and an update to the ‘Pepsi’ GMT, The Black Bay 54 stands out well.

It is crafted from the same stainless steel case, but is more slight, measuring at 37mm stainless steel case sizing in comparison to its predecessors which measured at 39mm.

The dive watch cleverly blends modernism with retroism through the old school crown design and the snowflake hands through to the updated silver markings on the bezel and the high flying COSC certified MT5400.

This movement is certified as high quality due to the COSC certification, adheres to the longevity and durability of the piece. 

The bezel keeps things very simple with the black ceramic insert, allowing the silver markers on the bezel to very clearly stand out and also allowing the focus to rest on the golden hands and indices.

The dive watch is ultimately catered to the modern consumer by being smaller, giving the dive watch more purpose as the perfect everyday driver.

- You can buy a Tudor Black Bay 54 for £3,360 as of May 2024.

 

13. Breitling Superocean Automatic 42

Breitling has been supplying the diving community since the 1960s when scuba diving became popular. This means you could buy a Breitling now with its phenomenal heritage and with modern alterations for diving.

Fantastic! Though we don’t expect it to hold its value when compared to its Swiss counterparts like Rolex or AP. Not so fantastic.

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As you can appreciate, timing is incredibly important to divers and as such, Breitling sought to cut down every feature that wasn't necessary to give them instant readability and even save lives underwater. This was named the ‘Slow Motion’ and gave the basis for the Superocean. 

The Breitling Superocean follows the design code of the Slow Motion with its clean lines on the stainless steel case, thick luminescent indexes, squared off hands and a high contrast dial ring but also adds more modern dive watch functions like a ceramic-inlay bezel and brightly coloured dials. 

This timepiece benefits from broad hands and indexes layered with Super-LumiNova which allows for easy readability while underwater.

Boasting 300m of water resistance, due to the durability of the high water resistance stainless steel case, this timepiece is much more than suitable for the scuba diving community. It is also shock, sand and saltwater resistant.

It really is the perfect hardcore diving watch! The Breitling Superocean comes with two strap options in a rubber strap or a metal bracelet. 

Combine this with the folding clasp that allows for micro adjustments to prevent rashes or abrasions, the dive watch can be worn in every situation possible.

From the steely concentration of the office, the stainless steel bracelet does fine but for kicking back on a sunlounger, the rubber gives a more relaxed feel. It really does combine its rich dive watch heritage with a modern glaze of cool. 

The scratch proof inlay bezel will never show signs of wearing or fading, while the serrated bezel is unidirectional, meaning important calculations can be worked out, even while wearing gloves.

At 28,800VpH, or 4Hz, the in-house Breitling 17 movement is self-winding and offers a power reserve of 38 hours. Protected by a cambered sapphire crystal which is glare proof on both sides, the movement and the dial is at no risk of harm. 

- You can buy a Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 at retail for £4,250 at the time of May 2024.

 

14. Tudor Black Bay 58 Bronze

Alongside the highly regarded Black-Bay Bronze, Tudor offers a bronze version of the popular Black Bay Fifty-Eight model. Vintage Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight models are highly coveted making this timepiece one for your collection.

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Now, we think bronze isn't just a cool colour to use on a dive watch like this. It is actually a link to the bronze on old ships and deep-sea diving equipment.

It's an alloy with properties that arent the same as classic stainless steel meaning you can buy a Tudor which has more character compared to other stainless steel models. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight Bronze model has a dial which is inspired by Tudor divers watches as produced in the 1950s. 

Doing away with stainless steel cases, the bronze aesthetic is an excellent choice for the modern user due to the stylish aesthetics of bronze garners. 

The very well known angular hands which are now regarded as the ‘snowflake’ hands appear on the dial and the crown is missing its guard. While this may appear strange, it's an ode to the first generation of Tudor dive watches. 

Housing the same movement as the Tudor Pelagos 38, the COSC certified MT5400 is self winding with a bi-directional rotor system and is similarly protected by an anti-magnetism silicon hairspring and traversal bridge, allowing the dive watch movement to keep operating at peak performance.

The perfect alternative to the Rolex Submariner, it is waterproof up to 200m and is a smart addition to any wrist. 

The bezel combines a beautiful brown-bronze with a 60-minute graduated scale, allowing the bezel to competently read times for you to have a compression phase. 

The domed sapphire crystal protects the dial from any abrasions you may encounter while navigating the sandy shores or even your bedroom floor. The dial has a gradient matt brown-bronze with applied hour markers and Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock.

Incredibly, as this dive watch is satin-brushed bronze, it means over time, the colour will take on its own patina.  

An incredible innovation, the dive watch isn't one case colour forever! The bracelet is made entirely out of bronze, marking the first time that Tudor has done this. Meanwhile, its satin-brushed links hark to the bracelets of the 50s and 60s.

Furthermore, the T-FIT clasp is satin-brushed and allows for quick alterations to the length of the bracelet. Handy if you want to wrap your dive watch around your wetsuit to do a spot of water-skiing!

- You can buy a Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch at retail for £4,190 as of May 2024.

 

15. TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 UK Edition

The Aquaracer collection is a point of interest for all dive watch lovers.

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Introduced in 2004, the design codes related to TAG Heuer dive watches from the early 1980’s. Of course, the real fans know that The Aquaracer collection was actually born out of continuing on the heritage from the 2000 series!

At 36mm, this dive watch is extraordinarily small for a timepiece that is capable of reaching 300 metres of water resistance. That’s ideal too, as the modern gentleman likes his timepiece to double as an everyday watch, not just a timepiece for one specific purpose like as a diver. 

Crafted with a stainless steel case , this dive watch is superbly brushed, pertaining to the rugged allure of the timepiece. Given a solid stainless steel caseback with an emblem of a diving helmet, you know you're in safe hands when it comes to the durability and water proofness of the stainless steel case. 

The dial face is a beautiful turquoise sheen that could easily be taken out of a azure-coloured lagoon in Bali. The dial utilises a stunniƒng wave like pattern which enhances the visibility of the timepiece, and looks absolutely sublime on the wrist!

A close look at the dial would reveal the wondrous hour markers which are made up of jagged teeth shaped indices and 1.4mm brilliant cut VS diamonds! No this ain’t a Rolex “Bart Simpson” per see but we still admire its edgy layout

The strap is similarly made of stainless steel and given a folding clasp, ensuring that the piece is tightly secured to your wrist. The micro-adjustment system is very handy for those ever so quick changes. 

Powered by the Calibre 5, this dive watch has a fairly strong 38 hour power reserve, but a really astonishing 28,800VpH movement, powering the hours, minutes, seconds and date aperture which resides at 6 o’clock. Not too bad for a movement within the slinky TAG Heuer Aquaracer. 

Look stylish with a turquoise shirt to match the dial. If you’re feeling casual, may we suggest something like a green tee and black jeans to turn up the flexometer scale.

You can buy a TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 UK Edition for £3,150 as of May 2024.

 

16. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376804

Originally released in 1967, The IWC Aquatimer was and has since been given a very modern re-interpretation. A bit like what Banksy is to the contemporary art scene. 

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Crafted with a stainless steel case, this delicious dive watch is 44mm of pure strength and durability. Given a solid stainless steel caseback, the dive watch promotes water resistance over the avant-garde touch of a sapphire back. 

As such, the water resistance level hits a solid 300 metres water resistance, as complimented with the screw in crown and Safedive system within the bezel. 

The safedive system within the external and internal rotating bezel does not allow for the divers time measurement to be impacted by accidental changes. Who knew a bezel could not only be a stunning tool for measuring elapsed times, but also a great source of water resistance!

You probably didn’t spot the protective cover at 9 o’clock which slides over the sliding clutch system. This is due to its seamless construction into the stainless steel timepiece. The dial is matte black and the tilted flange houses the diving countdown scale.

Featuring three sub dials at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock, it doesn’t conform to the classic chronograph dial style. 

Featuring a date aperture at 3 o’clock, this dive watch is filled to the brim with really handy features! The pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock suit it perfectly with their prominent construction aside the similarly bulky crown. 

Powered by the 79320 movement, the Aquatimer is powered by the self-winding movement which has 44 hours of power reserve and a frequency of 28,800VpH.

Finished with a Côtes de Genève aesthetic which we unfortunately cannot see, it’s nice to see that IWC are doing the most, even if it’s behind the scenes with the movement!

Its stainless steel construction would suit a black tie affair, or kicking back beach side, Mojito in hand due to its great water resistance rating. 

- You can buy an IWC Aquatimer Chronograph at retail for £7,300 as of May 2024.

 

17. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Tara

Bell & Ross have worked in collaboration with The Tara Ocean Foundation to release the new BR 03-92 Diver Tara in 2023. Now, dive watches don’t get much more involved in the murky seas than this!

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The Tara foundation focuses on developing scientific knowledge about the sea and raising public awareness about its dangers. Only the most experienced and knowledgeable staff are allowed on their decks.

Bell & Ross therefore designed an instrument watch that allows the staff to competently calculate and read the time, even when being rocked from stern to bow. 

Bell & Ross have a history in offering fantastic pieces for keen divers and raging waters. For example, in 1997 they released the Hydromax, a precision tool that enhances the level of accuracy while under water. 

This level of detail continued into the 03-92 in 2017 which started the circular dial face within a square case shape. At 42mm of matte blue ceramic, the watches offer 300 metres of water resistance. Furthermore, the bezel has a blue 60-minute scale that's given an orange segment from 0 to 10. 

The blue metal dial features applique indexes and white graduations made up of dot and baton hour markers. The date aperture situated between 4 and 5 o’clock is small, but still fairly readable if you gaze at it for a few split seconds.

Furthermore, the orange segment on the bezel is seamlessly continued via the orange seconds hand. We recommend you wear this with a blue jersey or a white suit shirt. 

- Capped at 999 pieces, you can buy a Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Tara at retail for £4,990 as of May 2024.

 

18. Tudor Black Bay 41mm 7941A1A0NU

Blacked out watches are perhaps the hottest thing since Daniel Craig stepped up to take on the role of James Bond in 2006. For the man who likes his shades black and his suit sharper than Jürgen Klopp’s tongue, may we introduce the truly attractive Tudor Black Bay 41mm 7941A1A0NU. 

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Before we get going, many in the know comprehend that Rolex’s smaller sibling can pack in a lot for the price point. Released in 2012, The Black Bay is the latest accessory to the 41mm steel dive watches lineup. Around 13.6mm thick, the models are inherently quite sporty, but don’t let that fool you for a minute.

Any debonair gent worth their timekeeping salt could shine with this on in the office!

Capable of reaching 200 metres of water resistance, the Black Bay 41mm 7941A1A0NU. 

is fitted with a unidirectional bezel to allow users to competently read a 60-minute diving scale and predict decompression phases. Just in case you want to do a bit of clock watching while becoming the next Jacques Cousteau.

Away from the dive watch functionality, the black dial keeps in conjunction with the bezel. Fitted with dot and baton hour markers, these go nicely with the brand’s signature Snowflake hands that have been given a generous coating of Super-Luminova for optimal legibility. 

Beating merrily away inside the steel case is the Master Chronometer certified MT5602-U calibre. Providing around 4Hz astride a 70 hour power reserve, the movements are secured with a silicon hairspring to combat magnetism and ensure your watches are consistently accurate, whatever meeting you are dashing to. 

- You can buy a Tudor Black Bay 41mm at retail for £3,910 as of May 2024. 

 

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19. Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42mm AB0118221B1P1

The Breitling Premier line has a few tricks up its sleeves, so much so that we had to include it on our best dive watches hitlist. We implore you to read on!

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Interestingly, the Premier line from Breitling is defined by the utmost style and elegance, a few codes which Breitling have developed since the 1940s when the Battle of Britain took place and Marvel Comics introduced Captain America. So, the AB0118221B1P1 is a tasty play on the line served up on the finest horological platter.

This delicious diver is sized at 42mm of steel with a thickness of 13.6mm. On the face of it, these are by no means the weak links of the group. The chunkiness means this may not be the best for a suit, but it will certainly look sharp against a short sleeved blue polo shirt. 

 

The circular case is thoroughly polished along the thin bezel to the outwardly curved lugs. Capable of reaching 100 metres of water resistance, these dive watches are inherently quite tough and are suitable for wearing when traversing the waves. 

 

The dial is kept unreservedly simple. A clean silver shade with a sunray finish is perfect for the baton hour markers and hands which are given a strip of lume through their centres. This also allows the slightly recessed matte black chronograph subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock to stand out, alongside the date aperture at 6 o’clock and the tachymetric scale on the flange. 

 

Powered by the Breitling 01 calibre, these dive watches boast chronograph functions accurate to a ¼ of a second, offer a 28,800VpH and a 70 hour power reserve. COSC certified? Absolutely! 


You can buy a Breilting Premier B01 Chronograph 42mm at retail for £7,350 as of May 2024.

 

20. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m

The Aqua Terra line from Omega is a huge presence in their portfolio. Originally released in 2022, the collection treads the fine line between modern looks while still being a functional piece for everyday wear. 

 

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This latest dive edition follows suit with a rich colour scheme. Sized at 39mm and made from steel, accessibility is kept on point, especially since they are just 12.2mm thick. The tops are brushed to remind you that this is still a rock’n’roll hit that can manage all those bumps and scratches. 

The curved, cushion shaped case boasts its water prowess when you flip the model. On the caseback is a wave-edged pattern that adds another dimension of skilful craftsmanship to the pieces. And this is precisely the reason why this makes it onto our best dive watches list.

For a watch under £10,000, this has a lot of power combined with a style that will turn most fans green with envy!

The dial is given a refreshing green shade and a “teak” pattern which follows horizontal lines across the dial of the pieces. It’s just like stepping on board your very own luxury yacht…with added panache.

Taking inspiration from the wooden decks of those high class sailboats, like a poker night, Omega have gone all in on the style elements to prove that wearing a dive watch doesn’t mean you can’t look fashionable too. Talk about high rollin.

The teeth shaped hour markers match the steely colour of the hands while the hour and second hands have an arrow tip, filled with lume for maximum legibility. Presented on an integrated green rubber strap, they are powered by the Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 which offers a 55 hour power reserve. 

You can buy an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m for £5,700 as of May 2024. 

 

21. Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G

The Black Bay celebrates 60 years of diving watches by releasing the beautiful Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G. 

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Following the classic design structure of gently shaped case lines and the domed dial and crystal, the model further follows the snowflake hands that were typically seen on timepieces sent to the French Navy during the 70s. 

The case style is very unorthodox, promoting a wide style with a leather edging that links in with the brown leather strap. The steel case features a polished and satin finish, promoting the sporty and dressy nature of the edition. 

Given a fixed yellow gold bezel with a black anodised aluminium disc, it features a tachymetric scale with similarly yellow gold markings. The dial is matt black and domed, allowing for max legibility, especially since the dial has chunky, white dot hour markers that are dosed with lume.

Capable of reaching 200 metres of water resistance, the timepiece offers MT5813 calibre that runs at a power reserve of 70 hours and accompanied with a bi-directional rotor system and COSC certification. 

At 41mm, we recommend you wear this piece with a brown knitted jumper or a black suede jacket for those smarter events such as after work drinks.

- You can buy a Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G at retail for £5,570 as of May 2024.

 

22. Zenith Defy Revival A3648

We know that Zenith are a top luxury watch brand for their release of the revered El Primero movement back in 1969. Becoming the first automatic chronograph movement, and with an incredible 36,000VpH heart-rate, the brand has since become eponymous with futuristic tech. 

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Think of them as the George Jetson of luxury watches. They are so desired that they have started up an Icons Epilogue collection which relates to the restoration and certification of vintage Zenith timepieces. Oh yes, us hungry horophiles will then possibly have a chance of getting our hands on a model!

Whipping up 37mm of steel, the Defy Revival A3648 is a definite part of this line since its release at Watches and Wonders 2024. Around 15.5mm thick, this is certainly not a novelty you can gallantly take around from desk to desk. No matter, save this for the adventuring days!

Fitted with a 14 sided bezel, this rotatable, neon orange beauty is the perfect addition for those looking for a classic dive watch reference, the A3648 back in 1969. The bezel is not just for catching eyes either. 

Its original use was to promote legibility for the diving community, especially since it’s adorned with a black, 60 minute diving scale. Linked in with an orange chapter ring, this surrounds the edging of the dial and is present in between the hour markers. 

The hour markers and orange edged hands are thoroughly coated in Super-Luminova to produce a rich green glow. This stands out well with the black dial and allows elements like the 4.30 date aperture to be promoted. Don’t forget the unorthodox positioning of the crown, adjacent to the date aperture!

Beating within the timepieces is unfortunately not the El Primero movement this time round. However, the Elite movement is a good alternative and offers a fabulous 28,800VpH and 50 hour power reserve.

- You can buy a Zenith Defy Revival A3648 at retail for around £6,500 as of May 2024.  

 

23. Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42

The Beach Boys were not just riding the crest of a wave during the 1950s. Taking inspiration from the classic Superocean lines during this period, the Heritage line keeps the original design codes, but gives a modern twist as exciting and bubbly as an Aperol Spritz. 

Sized at 42mm of solid steel, the watches are inherently durable, especially since they total 14.3mm thickness and have a lug to lug of around 51.5mm. However, this width and depth is all for the greater good of yielding a 200 metre water resistance. 

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Fitted with a unidirectional ratched rotating bezel with accompanying dive scale, this is a little hard to read as it’s made up of batons as opposed to numbers representing each part of the scale. However, the lume dot at 12 o’clock offers some consolation when it comes to deciphering compression phases or any timekeeping needs. 

The dial is given a deep green shade which is enhanced by a glorious sunray finish. This allows the tooth shaped hour markers and arrow shaped hands to be highly legible, especially since they are all coated with Super-Luminova. 

Given an internal dive scale with 15 minute numbered segments, there is a handy date aperture at 6 o’clock which allows the watches to be functional outside of your traditional dive watch needs. 

Beating within is the Calibre MT5612 inspired Breitling B20 which offers a 70 hour power reserve, COSC certification and a 28,800VpH. Mean and moody, pair this with a sharp dark toned suit for the boardroom or neutral toned polo and chinos for that luxury laid back look.

- You can buy a Breitling Heritage B20 Automatic 42 at retail for £4,450 as of May 2024. 

 

24. Grand Seiko Spring Drive SBGA463

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive watch houses the legendary Spring Drive movement which has revolutionised the horological world since its release in 1999. 

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Breitling is the official timing partner and luxury timepiece provider to the Six Nations Rugby, one of the largest sporting championships worldwide, featuring teams like England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and Italy. 

This Chronomat B01 42 Six Nations Scotland represents the tough world of rugby and the model perfectly reflects this. Capped at 150 pieces, there are models released for each country, boasting the nation's flags and colours and the casebacks showcasing the name of the teams “Six Nations” and “One of 150”. 

Crafted out of stainless steel and sized at 42mm, the timepiece is fitted with a unidirectional bezel with a ratcheted design to ensure easy grip. The model is given a rich blue dial and duo coloured white and blue hands as an ode to the Scottish team. 

Made up of three chronograph sub-dials, a date display and Scotland’s logo, the dial boasts legibility and style.

Of course, Breitling does keep some of their heritage in the timepiece with the Chronomat features like rider tabs on the 15 minute markers, a bulbous crown with a serrated edge for easy grip and a stylish rouleaux bracelet. 

Powered by the Breitling 01 movement, the edition offers a 70 hour power reserve, 200 metre water resistance and chronograph functions that measure 1/4th second chronograph, 30-minute and 12 hour totaliser. Running at 28,800VpH, this piece is more than active enough for you horophiles!

We suggest you keep this to the sporty occasions such as wearing a black sporty jacket when in the grandstand.

- You can buy a Grand Seiko SBGA463 at retail for £6,950 as of May 2024.

 

25. Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Six Nations Scotland

Sports and models are a combination akin only to Lionel Messi and football.

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Breitling is the official timing partner and luxury timepiece provider to the Six Nations Rugby, one of the largest sporting championships worldwide, featuring teams like England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France and Italy. 

This Chronomat B01 42 Six Nations Scotland represents the tough world of rugby and the model perfectly reflects this. Capped at 150 pieces, there are models released for each country, boasting the nation's flags and colours and the casebacks showcasing the name of the teams “Six Nations” and “One of 150”. 

Crafted out of stainless steel and sized at 42mm, the timepiece is fitted with a unidirectional bezel with a ratcheted design to ensure easy grip. The model is given a rich blue dial and duo coloured white and blue hands as an ode to the Scottish team. 

Made up of three chronograph sub-dials, a date display and Scotland’s logo, the dial boasts legibility and style. Of course, Breitling does keep some of their heritage in the timepiece with the Chronomat features like rider tabs on the 15 minute markers, a bulbous crown with a serrated edge for easy grip and a stylish rouleaux bracelet. 

Powered by the Breitling 01 movement, the edition offers a 70 hour power reserve, 200 metre water resistance and chronograph functions that measure 1/4th second chronograph, 30-minute and 12 hour totaliser. Running at 28,800VpH, this piece is more than active enough for you horophiles!

We suggest you keep this to the sporty occasions such as wearing a black sporty jacket when in the grandstand.

- You can buy a Breitling Chronomat B01 42mm Six Nations Scotland at retail for £7,550 as of May 2024.

 

26. Grand Seiko SBGJ275

The Grand Seiko SBGJ275 is crafted out of stainless steel and sizes at 44.2mm. 

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As a brand new timepiece, the model is released as a limited edition piece of 2000 models to celebrate 25 years of the stunning Calibre 9S mechanical movement. It features a brushed sheen as an ode to the sporty nature of the piece. 

As part of the sporty collection, it is ready for everyday action and it includes a delightful dial in a beautiful sky blue colour. So, just how good is the dial?

The dial features an organic pattern that pertains to a layered sea of clouds, visible around Mount Iwate as dawn breaks. For clarity, the pale blue colour scheme gives the impression of a sky background, while the white blotches resemble clouds. 

The rotating bezel is given a white and blue colour scheme which is perfect for the dial shade. Allowing for three time zones to be read at once, the 24 hour bezel is perfect for these models. The dial is exceptionally legible as the baton hour markers are coated with LumiBrite, promoting a high degree of visibility.

It is powered by the 9S86. As an automatic with manual winding functionality, it has a power reserve of 55 hours and an average frequency of +5 to -3 seconds per day. The sapphire caseback showcases the oscillating weight with a beautiful sky blue sheen that's achieved through anodic oxidation process.

Given the brand's lion emblem, the oscillating weight relates, like the dial, to a sea of clouds. Oh yes, need we say that this is the first Grand Seiko mechanical model with a water resistance of 200 metres with an exhibition caseback?

- You can buy a Grand Seiko SBGJ275 at retail for £7,250 as of May 2024.

 

27. Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm PAM01313

Created in 1860, Panerai have become hallmarks for the phrase “Bigger is Better”. If you want evidence of this, the average case size is 42mm plus! Originally a brand created to cater for the Italian Navy, their dive watches do promote first class legibility and accuracy. 

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The Luminor Marina is a dive model by Panerai which expands from the Luminor collection. Where this collection differs is the small seconds that's usually situated at 9 o’clock, offering an extra technical dimension to these editions. 

This particular edition follows the same design codes with the added provision of a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Crafted with a 44mm stainless steel brushed case, it adheres perfectly to the sporty dynamic of typical dive timepieces.

The bezel however is polished, allowing the user to have a glint of luxury before getting into the dark depths of a durable dive piece. Now say that after a few whisky sours when impressing that client!

The bezel negates the need for a countdown scale to measure elapsed time and a helium valve. Not to worry, as this piece can easily take you under seas. Given an ocean blue dial, the attractive sunburst finish allows light to pass across and enhance the silvery indices and hands of the dive model. 

The Luminor collection is named after their abundant luminescence which continues in this dive timepiece. The Arabic numeral, baton indices and hands are coated in luminescence to allow maximum legibility. And you know we love a clear dial. 

Featuring the classic crown guard at 3 o’clock, this Panerai is powered by the tough Calibre P.9010 movement. The movement offers a fantastic 3 day power reserve which is complemented with a rapid pulsation of 28,800VpH.

Protected by Incabloc anti-shock measures, the movement is more than capable of joining you on your travels.

Pair this blue bonanza with an equally tidy navy suit for those smart occasions. If you don’t feel the urge to get dressed up, a simple blue polo shirt will accentuate the blue leather strap harmoniously.

- You can buy a Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm at retail for £7,600 as of May 2024. 

 

28. Omega 60th Anniversary James Bond Edition

Released in 2022, this slick dive watch gives a distinct nod to the history of one of the greatest spies of all time. 

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Celebrating 60 years of James Bond, this 42mm Seamaster Diver is in stainless steel case and fitted with a blue oxalic anodized aluminium dial with laser engraved waves. This may seem really specific but it in fact relates to the Seamaster Diver 300m as worn by James Bond in 1995’s Goldeneye. 

For those of you who are ‘EagleEyed’, a little pun for you there, a commemorative 60 replaced the diving scales traditional inverted triangle. Believe me, there are a hell of a lot more Bond references incoming. Do you want those shaken or stirred?

Turning to the stainless steel caseback, there is a still image of the iconic intro to most James Bond films, with Bond casually popping a shot at the camera in a black silhouette. This is occurring below a sapphire crystal which is edited with micro-structured metallisation.

There is a moire effect which brings the gun barrel background to life through the spinning of the lollipop seconds hand. 

The dive watch carries an air of Bond elegance, as the stainless steel bracelet is brushed which adds texture to the inevitable steely look. The bracelet is also built in a mesh style which keen Bond fans will notice is similar to Bond’s titanium dive watch in No Time To Die.

You should buy an Omega if you want to blend your favourite film with iconic watchmaking and first class accuracy.

For those more focused on dive watches rather than James Bond trivia, we’ll give you something to write home about with a licence to thrill. The dive watch houses a Co-Axial escapement for precision and a silicon balance spring for excellent anti-magnetism. 

Furthermore, the dive watch has a helium escape valve due to its 300 metres water resistance. Sounds like someone has been doing their ISO 6425 homework! The helium valves allow for bubbles to escape, and not result in the crystal popping off when you emerge from your dive. It’s true!

The bezel features a classic countdown scale, allowing the bezel to offer clear legibility in terms of reading times for compression phases. The scale is similarly luminescent. 

The markers and indices are luminous allowing a clear view in all circumstances. The calibre Omega 8806 is a self winding movement and is so effective that it is a Certified Master Chronometer as approved by METAS.

Resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss, the movement has its rotors rhodium plated and its bridges finished with a Geneva wave aesthetic. 

- You can buy an Omega 60th Anniversary Bond for £7,900 at retail as of May 2024.

 

29. Rolex Submariner

When it comes to dive watches, The Rolex Submariner is arguably the granddaddy of them all. 

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Since its release in 1953, it's certainly been one of the most influential dive watches of all time, laying the brickwork for all luxury sports watches to develop.

Measuring 41mm, it reaches a solid depth of 300m water resistance which means it is suitable for scuba and saturation diving as per the ISO 6425 guidelines. 

Super stylish and is built for any occasion, it is made from Oyster Steel. Rolex patented this form of stainless steel to be highly resistant to corrosion and extremely resistant to scratches.

Oystersteel comes from the 904L stainless steel family which is an alloy used in high-technology, aerospace and chemical industries which focus on anti corrosion properties. Out in the waves or kicking back with some buddies, buy a Rolex Submariner to look great doing either.

The bezel on these iconic dive watches is unidirectional and rotatable which is key as an underwater tool and has 60 minute graduations. This means the diver can accurately monitor diving time and decompression phases without the risk of misjudging any stops. Thank god for this bezel if you’re a keen diver. 

Furthermore, the bezel is crafted from ceramic which is both highly durable and scratch proof. We do love a resilient dive watch that has stood the test of time like the Submariner. 

The zero marker is luminous to ensure legibility in all environments and the bezel edge is serrated to ensure a secure grip when turning.

The indices are simple yet effective against the black dial, enhanced further by a luminescent chromalight display which greatly improves visibility in all environments, reducing the chances of confusion when underwater or hungover from the work. The 3230 movement is built in-house by Rolex.

Launched in 2020, this self winding movement brings in a Chronergy escapement as a means to combine high energy efficiency with reliability. The calibre really is top notch and is at the forefront of movements in dive watches.

- You can buy a Rolex Submariner at retail for £8,050 as of May 2024.

 

30. Omega Seamaster Diver 300m “Summer Blue”

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300m “Summer Blue” blends the rip-roaring heat of summer, a new colourway and one of the latest dive watches in 2023 that's as timeless as a George Michael single. But here’s a careless whisper you might find of note.

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As part of the grand selection of “summer blue” timepieces from Omega, The Seamaster Ploprof brings its 1200 metres of water resistance with a refreshing layer of blue sheens that start light in the centre and graduated to darker shades on its periphery.

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Measuring 42mm, this dive watch is crafted out of stainless steel, pertaining to the materials used by classic dive watches. Don’t be misguided in thinking it’s trapped in the past however! Given a blue rubber strap, it cleverly exchanges a classic stainless steel bracelet for something that's equally durable and more tasteful. 

Given a blue ceramic bezel, it takes a leaf out of Grand Seiko’s book by using Grand Feu, or blue enamel for the dive scale that wraps itself around the enticing dial. The indices and hands on the bezel are rhodium plated which looks sublime against the blue dial face. 

The dial is similarly given a Summer Blue sheen is what Omega are calling it and is crafted out of ceramic. This results in a unique style in contrast with other dive watches on the market.

It’s PVD treated and is complimented with a gradient finish, turning from a darker hue on its periphery to a lighter shade in the middle. The classic laser engraved waves are still there and might we add they look fantastic!

The indices and hands are not only exceptionally legible but fit in with the blue colour scheme. This is due to the Super-Luminova being specifically designed with a unique blue tinge. Very clever, Omega

Craving more? If that’s not enough, these dive watches feature the Calibre Omega 8800 which has some serious firepower behind it. With more pull than the Moonswatch, it is a self winding movement, with a Certified Master Chronometer that’s approved by METAS.

Capable of dealing with up to 15,000 Gauss, the silicon balance spring secured movement is capably dealing with your computer and phone. 

Running at a steady 3.5Hz with a weekend-proof 55 hour power reserve, this timepiece is hot off the horological press for 2023 and ready for a dip in your private pool or lounging on the golden sands!

It can also be worn with a baby blue cashmere jumper or sharp silver suit if you wanted to formalise the outfit.

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 42mm Summer Blue at retail for £5,900 as of May 2024

 

31. Tudor Pelagos FXD Chrono Alinghi Red Bull Edition 

Tudor and Alinghi have been riding the waves together since 2022, when Tudor made the leap into Alinghi’s world of Yacht Racing. This is a far cry from Rolex who have been powering the Regatta influence for around 70 years.

Sponsoring and timekeepers for a series of events like The Rolex Fastnet Race, Rolex and SailGP and Rolex TP52 World Championship, the brand is a strong partner of the sport!

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As you can appreciate, Tudor likes driving forwards the boundaries of high quality dive watch making and brand partnerships. Just look at their Red Bull Formula 1 collab for evidence of this! In that respect, we fully expected the Tudor timepiece to have strong odes to Alinghi.

Strong is most definitely an understatement!

The Tudor Pelagos FXD Chrono Alinghi Red Bull Edition is crafted out of a carbon composite case, finished with a black matte aesthetic and accompanied with rugged strap bars. The Alinghi ship similarly uses a carbon fibre hull and mast.

Not enough links for you? The bi-directional bezel is crafted out of titanium and is finished in a similarly matte black carbon composite insert. This is further complemented with X1 Swiss SuperLuminova on the markers and bezel, adhering to the legibility of the piece.

Need we say that the ship has titanium hydrofoil and hull fittings too? It’s enough to get my skipper’s hat on.

The case is 43mm and enjoys 200 metres of water resistance. Given a matte blue dial with red features on the chronograph counters and second hand, this dive watch is top notch for those looking to buy a Tudor with enhanced legibility and direct links to the Alinghi team. 

Need a bit of zip in your timepiece? The movement is nothing to laugh about either. Powered by the Calibre MT5813, for under 5 grand, this is an excellent dive watch.

Providing 70 hours of power reserve it is COSC certified, ensuring you not only get the best movement performance but outstanding accuracy and longevity 

The fabric strap is perfect for the tumultuous nautical world as it is waterproof and suits the rugged timepiece better than a standard strap. We recommend you stick this on when you're parading on the deserts of Dubai or kicking back at that swim up bar while flexing your new diver.

- You can buy a Tudor Pelagos FXD Chrono at retail for £4,560 as of February 2024

 

32. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Black & Green Bronze 

Siegfried and Roy, Gilbert and Sullivan. What springs to mind? Some of the greatest double acts of all time, we present our next deadly diving duo…Bell & Ross. 

The name conjures images of square cases and the utility feel that makes most handymen quiver in their boots. Put away your tool belts for a tick. Bell & Ross are back with a hot new BR 03-92 Diver Black & Green Bronze. 

 

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Totalling 42mm of bronze, this material is reminiscent of the old ships that took to the seven seas. The material is capable of yielding a beautiful patina over time which links in with the personalisation the timepieces can offer. 

We love the overall aesthetic with its highly legible black anodized aluminium bezel insert, together with a fitted 60-minute diving scale. After all, this is an out and out dive watch. Secured with a screw down crown and solid caseback, the watches can reach 300 metres of water resistance. 

Over the top of is a highly legible sapphire crystal which allows for maximum visibility in all conditions. This allows the dark green dial face to clearly be displayed. This similarly works well with the blackened hour markers and hands which are coated in bright white luminescence. 

Don’t forget the useful date aperture located between 4.30 which is quite hard to view due to its teal backdrop. Within the hardy bronze case is a BR-CAL.302 calibre. This provides a 28,800VpH alongside a 54 hour power reserve. The divers helmet is a tasty touch on the caseback to let you know that this can battle the waves like a seasoned Viking.

- Capped at 999 pieces, you can buy a Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Black and Green bronze at retail for £4,500 as of May 2024. 

 

Best Men’s Dive Watch Under £9,000

 

33. Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro PAM01229

The Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro is a perfect dive watch for those looking to buy a Panerai to satisfy the inner professional diver.

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Built to withstand even the toughest of plunges, this has to be one of the most underrated dive watches under £9,000. Water resistant to 300m, the 44mm brushed stainless steel case, is handcrafted in Switzerland and powered by the automatic calibre P.900 which is an immensely high quality movement.

The stainless steel case combines the suitable sizing of dive watches without being obscenely large and unwearable in other social situations. The movement allows for a 3 day power reserve and an impressive 28,800 VpH.

Fitted with an Incabloc anti-shock device to secure the movement, the 171 component movement is more than capable of dealing with the trials and tribulations of everyday life. 

The unidirectional rotating bezel gives the user exceptional timekeeping for activities in the sea such as measuring the amount of oxygen left. It’s unorthodox in its dot styling, but still exceptionally legible due to a handy feature.

As is a staple of the ISO 6425 guidelines, these dive watches are coated with SuperLuminova, particularly on the hands and markers, allowing for maximum legibility while cruising the waves. 

The strap is a durable caoutchouc rubber strap in black which matches up well to the black dial and silver stainless steel case and bezel. The white indices and hands do stand out exceptionally well against the black dial, alongside the date aperture located at 3 o'clock. 

While some may not prefer the oversized stainless steel case, we think these are great dive watches due to their unique aesthetics.

If worn with the classic black strap, this particular dive watch can be worn for most occasions, with your hands in the waves, shaking hands with your boss or flaunting the newest business proposal in the office.

Alternatively, choose the dark grey strap to add some contrast while projecting the unique square dial out further. 

- You can buy a Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro at retail for £8,600 as of May 2024.

 

34. Grand Seiko SBGH255

Grand Seiko is known for its beautiful dial styles and elegance. They’ve really emerged as contenders for best dive watches with the mammoth reference SBGH255 this time around!

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Not quite the Deep Sea Challenge measuring 50mm but still you might need Hulk Hogan type wrists for this one. At 46.9mm, this dive watch is very big, especially in comparison with their own watches. However, Grand Seiko made the well-informed decision to use titanium as the core material. 

Titanium is inherently lighter than stainless steel which is perfect for the average user who may wear this everyday. Though we don’t advise it as it is a tad bulky. The caseback is screwed in, the crown is screwed in and the black bezel is uni-directional with white markers against it. 

Given a generous daubing of Super-Luminova, the bezel is exceptionally legible, even when foraging in the brine and seaweed. Oh yes, this dive watch is more than suited for the best dive watches category, as stated in ISO 6425!

The dial is made of pure iron which allows the movement to be further protected from magnetism. Its black face allows the white dots and batons to clearly stand out, especially since they are edged with gold. Don’t miss the date aperture at 4 o’clock.

Coated with Lumibrite, the face lights up like the strip on Las Vegas.

Capable of reaching an epic 600 metres of water resistance, the dive watches movement, namely the Calibre 9S85 runs at around -5/+3 seconds per day and offers an excellent power reserve of 55 hours. 600 metres of water resistance for a piece that looks as tasty as this, is for us a real winner.

Deep dive away time peeps, but make sure you keep your head above water around the 600 metre mark.

We suggest wearing this steely piece with a suave black suit or three piece number for those days where you're vying for recognition. 

- You can buy a Grand Seiko SBGH255 at retail for around £8,350 as of May 2024

 

35. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 5100 1140 O52A

The Fifty Fathoms collection is a classic in the horological universe. First released in 1953 like the Rolex Submariner, the collection prided itself on supporting the French Navy and US Navy later on down the line.

Immediately, we know we are in the presence of horological greatness. You might say Blancpain set the horological barometer when it comes to dive watches.

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This Blancpain model deviates away from the slightly bulbous 42mm case of previous watches, instead choosing to settle down with a more respectable and on trend 38mm. Crafted out of steel, the timepiece is only 10.8mm thick and delivers a not to be sniffed at 300 metres of water resistance. 

The bezel is unidirectional and satin-brushed, plus it’s complemented with a ceramic insert and Liquidmetal hour markers. This ensures complete legibility from the grey markers against the blue bezel. The dial is similarly a rich ocean blue colour with a sun ray finish.

This means that light can cascade superbly throughout the piece, changing accents from a navy to a delightful summer blue shade. 

The strap is aptly named the sail-canvas strap. How’s that for an ode to the seas! Crafted out of fabric and connected with a very refined pin buckle, this dive watch is as sharp as a pin and looks very nice on the wrist, especially with its trimmed down case diameter. 

Powered by the calibre 1150, the movement has a truly astonishing power reserve of 100 hours and a fairly steady beat of 3Hz. We’ll take the modest beat for the near 4 day power reserve. The movement itself is extraordinarily slim at 3.25mm which is incredible for dive watches.

We reckon that you could pull this off with a navy or pinstripe suit. It’s all about being confident, Timelords.

- You can buy a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe at retail for £8,900 as of May 2024

 

36. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M

The Seamaster Planet Ocean has been ticking along since its inception in 2005.

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Taking inspiration from the classic Seamaster models of 1957, the collection released the first dive watches fitted with the legendary Co-Axial escapement.

We must remember though, Omega has been deep sea diving well before this as they regularly traversed with Jacques Mayol as they made their discoveries under the waters. 

Composed of stainless steel, the Seamaster Planet Ocean comes in at a weighty 45.5mm. Paired with a rubber strap, this dive watch is not only comfortable but more than capable of dealing with your deep sea immersions from sailing round the Seychelles to mixing cocktails in The Maldives. 

The bezel is a talking point here as it features premier black ceramic, ensuring its legibility and first rate durability against knocks and scrapes. The dial is pitch black, ensuring the silvery indices and hands clearly stand out.

This is enhanced with a good dose of Super-Luminova which emits a blue tinge on the indexes on the dial, but is decidedly green on the hands and bezel. 

The movement is a strong point of interest for any budding dive watch connoisseur. Powered by the Calibre 9900, the movement is certified by METAS and runs an astonishing water resistance of 600 metres which is assisted via the helium escape valve. 

The helium valve does have value for dive watches of this nature. Why? Because helium is a massive problem and damages the watch when it undergoes pressure when returning to the surface.

The valve releases the pressure and the risk of harming the timepiece or for any air bubbles to enter. Not something you want to concern yourself with when enjoying some deep sea diving.

The movement is Master Chronometer certified, guaranteeing the longevity and the accuracy of this timepiece. Look like a smooth criminal if you wear this with a black polo shirt or chill out with a day down by the beach. We’re sure it’ll cope with the water, whatever the adventure or scuba exploration you take it on.

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean reference 215.32.46.51.01.001 for £8,300 as of May 2024

 

37. Panerai Luminor Marina Navy Seals

We know all about the associations Panerai has with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Sylvester Stallone and even Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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For a brand associated with strong men, they have a certain air of ruggedness that’s found deep with the military. After all, they did invent Radiomir, the first ever luminescent substance on a timepiece and was quickly adopted by the Italian armed forces.

They have since evolved, but not without quiet nods to their history. The Luminor Marina Navy Seals come in at 44mm and are crafted out of the brand's phenomenal Brunito steel.

Brunito relates to the stylish finishing on the steel casing that undergoes PVD coating and a burnishing by hand to attain a worn, vintage feel. 

The grey to black gradient sandwich dial boasts a highly luminescent green material on the hour markers and hands. Featuring a stylish black date wheel based at 3 o’clock inside of an iconic crown guard, there’s a running seconds function at 9 o’clock which offers a flash of yellow colour on the hand. 

Powered by the P9010 calibre, the timepiece offers 3 days power reserve and a solid frequency of 28,800VpH. Offering 300 metres of water resistance, the piece is sturdy and rugged. Therefore, we wouldn’t suggest you wear it with a suit due to its bulbous sizing, but a leather jacket is perfect for this versatile piece. 

- You can buy a Panerai Luminor Marina Navy Seals at retail for £8,500 as of May 2024

 

38. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Olympics Paris 2024

Omega have a slew of great collaborations. They put the first watch on the moon in 1969 thanks to the Speedmaster on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist, joined forces with the James Bond franchise, and now they take to one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Taking to the podium is the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Olympics Paris 2024. 

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This particular edition is sized at 42mm of steel, which follows all the classic dive watch codes of the original Seamaster. Yep, that means sharp, chamfered lugs, crown at 3 o’clock and helium escape valve at 10 o’clock. 

Omega’s work with The Olympics runs all the way back to 1932 when they became the Official Timekeeper. Covering the main events and even subsidiaries like the Youth Olympic Games and Paralympics, Omega even covers events like The Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup Sailing. 

However, there are a few deviations. For the bezel, we don’t see a tidy black ceramic bezel. Omega employs their very own Moonshine gold material to catch users' eyes and add an element of luxury to the models. 

Given a slightly grained texture, the Moonshine gold material utilises laser-engraving to provide a legible diving scale. This is furthered by the three-dimensional design that they employ from the 10 to 50 numerals. 

With a 13.7mm thickness, the Seamaster Diver can offer a 300 metre water resistance. No wonder Prince William has been sporting this number for more than three decades. That’s more of the Omega we know! Don’t get too comfortable though. The dial is an uncommon option chosen by the brand.

Given a white ceramic dial, its matte finish is promoted by the iconic wave pattern that comes in a shiny cream. For the hour markers and hands, they are designed out of Moonshine gold and given a blot of luminescence for top notch legibility.

Can you see any resemblance to the Olympics? Check out the date aperture at 6 o’clock which uses Olympics typography and the famous torch that takes up the midpoint of the second hand. Inside the timepieces is the Calibre 8800. If you want to light up the sky this year, you should look to add this to your collection.

Incorporating Master Chronometer certification which showcases the precision and longevity of the movement, there is a 55 hour power reserve and an unorthodox 25,200 VpH. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Olympics Paris 2024 at retail for £8,400 as of May 2024. 

 

Best Dive Watches Under £16,000 

 

39. Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m

The Omega Seamaster Ploprof is noted for its ability to reach 4000 feet beneath the tumultuous waves. 

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As one of Omega’s best dive watches, The Ploprof is updated with the fantastic Master Chronometer status, boasting the precision and quality of the timepiece.

At 48mm, this titanium edition is by no means an easy model to try and wear on a day to day basis. But we do like the retro inspired touches such as the monobloc case.

Grade 5 titanium is a prime material to use for an edition of this size as it’s not only exceptionally durable, but very light, allowing the size of the timepiece to not be so weighty on the wrist. Featuring the classic design of the previous watches, the model features a bulbous crown guard on the left hand side.

Featuring an electric blue ceramic bezel ring with the scale, triangle and hour markers filled with Super-Luminova for visibility. The dial is white lacquered, finding its jolts of colour present on the orange aluminium and varnished blue hands. 

The bracelet similarly follows the titanium construction, instead opting for grade 2 titanium instead of grade 5, adding to the durability and style of these dive watches. The model is powered by the Omega 8912.

Given a Co-Axial escapement, it is a Certified Master Chronometer that’s approved by METAS and capable of reaching 15,000 Gauss. 

Offering 60 hours of power reserve and a solid frequency of 3.5Hz, this is a hardy piece for the water dwelling user. Capable of reaching 1200 metres of water resistance, the timepiece is not one for long shirt sleeves or tight cuffs. Instead, opt for wide sleeve jackets or t-shirts instead. 

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m at retail for £10,160 as of May 2024

 

40. Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ushio Blue 

Grand Seiko’s relationship with the Japanese environment is perhaps the closest bond in horological history. Aside from Hans Wilsdorf and Rolex, naturally. A great example is the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ushio Blue which delivers a striking blue dial. 

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Crafted at 43.8mm of high intensity titanium, this essentially means that the material has a higher strength than pure titanium, showcasing the immense durability of the piece.

At around 13.83mm thickness, the watches are quite bulky. But that shouldn't be too much of an issue if you are just wearing this with T-shirts or short sleeved shirts while strolling along South Beach.

Given a solid caseback, the crown is screwed in which allows these dive watches to reach 200 metres of water resistance. Along the beauty of the brushed tops, the eyes are drawn into the blue bezel with a diving scale. This frames the equally royal blue dial. 

The face follows the “Ushio” title which relates to the Japanese word for “Tide”. As such, the dial is textured and is inspired by the sea which surrounds Japan.

Featuring dot and baton hour markers alongside a handy date aperture at 3 o’clock, the hands and numerals are filled with Luminova for optimal legibility. 

It is powered by the legendary Spring Drive movement that utilises both mechanical and quartz components for a lightning fast precision alongside a hardy power reserve.

In this instance, the Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ushio Blue has an accuracy of around -10/+10 seconds per month, alongside a 5 day power reserve. 

Suitable for securing big money hedge funds or shaking hands on an important overseas business win, you won’t be disappointed with this mover and shaker that’s giving Rolex a run for their money in the low five figure range.

- You can buy a Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ushio Blue at retail for £10,500 as of May 2024. 

 

41. Grand Seiko Evolution 9 SLGA015

The Evolution 9 collection is the jewel in Grand Seiko’s portfolio when it comes to dive watches.

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In 2020, the collection was released with the same charm they have retained since the brand’s inception in 1960. At 43.8mm, the titanium case is a great addition due to its awesome properties such as its inherent durability and lightness over its counterparts like steel.

It feels good and can roll with the punches. Does it look good? The timepiece is given a high contrast dial, priding itself on the classic black dial aesthetic against the highly legible dot hour markers, aside from 12, 6 and 9 o’clock which are made up of batons.

At 3 o’clock is a functional date aperture, adding another useful dimension to the model.

The hands and hour markers are coated with Lumibrite which allows for exceptional visibility, even when you reach the max water resistance of 200 metres! The combination of baton hour markers with dot indices means this is the top piece for quickly reading the dial, no matter where you find yourself. 

The model is powered by the patented Spring Drive calibre 9RA5. The Spring Drive is entirely in its own league. Generating energy just like a mechanical piece, it is given an electronic regulator to attain a fantastic level of precision.

Capable of reaching a phenomenal stat of +10 seconds per month, the movement utilises an Offset Magic Lever to make the model smaller than its Calibre 9R65 predecessor. 

Worried the model will die on you when swimming with the fishes? The power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock should keep you in check. We aren’t too concerned though. After all, it does offer an impressive five day power reserve!

It’s pretty bulky so wear this titanium beast with your finest navy shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Too cold? Go with a green cashmere jumper so the piece can slide under the cuffs with the best simplicity. 

- You can buy a Grand Seiko SLGA015 at retail for around £10,400 as of May 2024.

 

42. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Q906863J

Can a dive watch ever be stylish? We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the sensual Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date Q906863J.

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At 42mm, the model is crafted out of stainless steel which is the classic piece for dive watches. Featuring sharp lines and a double-polished satin finish, the timepiece is combined with a fantastic green rubber strap and a beautiful Clous de Paris motif. 

Featuring a glass box style crystal and fine bezel, the combination of brushing and polishing is perfect for all manner of wearers, whether or not you are wanting a sport or dressy allure. The style celebration is big on the case, but the heat of the party is really on the dial!

The Polaris Date Dial is made up of a fantastic sunray finish decoration as well as a grained design. While the dial is stupendous on its own with just this aesthetic, JLC goes one step further with 36 layers of lacquer applied to feel out the fantastic green gradient of the dial.

They then give a fantastic polish to give the dial a shine that cannot be contended with. 

While this is a really tasty dial in terms of style, we note that the dial is exceptionally legible, without negating the aesthetic. Mixing opaline, grained and sunrayed surfaces, every aspect of the dial is visible.

Undergoing a healthy dose of Super-Luminova on the white teeth hour markers and Arabic numerals at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock, a date aperture is also notable at 3 o’clock.

Following on from the design features of the original 1968 Memovox Polaris, this edition features a rotating inner bezel that is navigated through the crown at 2 o’clock, allowing the user to measure offsets or countdowns.

Powered by the brand new Calibre 899, the watches offer a great 28,800VpH and a strong power reserve of 70 hours. We particularly enjoy the sapphire caseback that allows us to see into the open worked rotor with circular graining and Côtes de Genève finishing.

Looking good has never been so easy with a 200 metre dive watch with astounding design elements. We do recommend a green suit shirt or a black suit if you want to keep things sharp. 

- You can buy a Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date at retail for £10,700 as of May 2024

 

43. Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200 Summer Blue

This Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200 has expanded past the classical Ploprof design that stems back to the Omega’s 1970s original. 

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The Seamaster Ploprof 1200 Summer Blue is crafted out of Omega’s own O-MEGASTEEL material.

The material is made through a Pressure ElectroSlag Remelting process that allows the steel to have a high level of purity and a fantastic shine, not to mention a durability of around 40-50% higher than standard steel. 

The 55 x 45mm casing is a whopping piece of diving equipment that competently reaches a great 1200 metres of water resistance. The water resistance is attained through the fantastic mono-bloc case, a screwed in crown and the iconic security pusher at 2 o’clock. 

The Omega Seamaster Ploprof Summer Blue dial is sun-brushed in a beautiful summer blue gradient finish. Did you know that the finish actually pertains to the watch's level of water resistance.

Furthermore, the bezel is crafted out of transparent sapphire crystal with a blue varnish allowing the blue diving scale to be boasted. 

The hour markers are a tapered baton shape alongside a large prominent hour hand, a slimmer minute hand and a thin seconds hand with a lume filled square in its centre.

In case you wanted to showboat your diving prowess, flip the watch over to show the laser-engraved commemorative Seamaster logo which is framed by engraved waves and a poseidon figure holding a trident with two seahorses. 

They are powered by the Omega 8912 movement, are Master Chronometer Certified and offer a 60 hour power reserve. 

We recommend either a T-shirt or a wide sleeved bomber jacket to wear with this piece.

- You can buy an Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200 Summer Blue at retail for £13,500 as of May 2024.

 

44. Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603

The Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603 comes in at 43mm and continues on the great reputation of the fantastic Sea-Dweller

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Rolex have delivered many historical milestones, including a piece resistant to 2000 metres in 1967, a fresh model that reached 4000 metres in 1978, its discontinuation in 2009 and now the very fresh edition in two tone steel and yellow gold from 2019. 

Not all dive watches have to be steel and therefore the link up with the beautiful yellow gold precious metal offers a delightful adaptation to the steely piece. The yellow Rolesor case has been in Rolex’s portfolio since the 1930’s and it boasts the durability of Oystersteel with the luxury of yellow gold. 

Featuring a fantastic 60-minute graduated bezel that’s unidirectional, wearers can measure their dive and decompression times.

Given a patented Cerachrom bezel insert, the bezel is extremely legible, not to mention very attractive with the black background and yellow gold markers that stand out clearly.

The similarly black dial face of The Sea-Dweller boasts large white hands and dot and baton indices. Edged with a yellow hue, the Chromalight display boasts legibility and visibility in all circumstances. The beautiful blue glow is patented by Rolex and offers up to eight hours of clear legibility. 

Featuring a great Oyster bracelet, its design is suave and it boasts the capability to be comfortable and robust. Fitted with an Oysterlock clasp and a glidelock function, the bracelet can be adjusted with little problem whatsoever, even to be worn over your trusty diving outfit.

Powered by the Calibre 3235, it is precise to -2/+2 seconds per day. Supported with Paraflex shock absorbers and a blue Parachrom hairspring to protect against magnetism, it has a power reserve of 70 hours and a Superlative Chronometer certification, boasting the durability and accuracy of the piece. 

We reckon you flex this piece with a navy suit or a crisp white suit to let the gold be showcased.

- You can buy a Rolex Sea-Dweller at retail for £15,950 as of May 2024.

 

45. Grand Seiko Sport Spring Drive GMT SBGE307 “Tokyo Lion”

Hold on a tick? GMT models in a diving list? We like to push the boundaries of what is acceptable as a dive watch. And this one is no different. We’re sliding in this Grand Seiko Sport Spring Drive GMT SBGE307 on a technicality of course!

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Roaring into our lineup after Watches and Wonders 2024, nothing quite compares with the aptly named “Tokyo Lion”. For the man that makes his way through life as the dominant Alpha Male, and with a penchant for devouring his corporate enemies, this is the dive watch for you.

Don’t think for a second you can disguise this under a shirt cuff. Yielding a 44.5mm diameter and a 14.3mm thickness, these are made for the gentleman who likes to make a statement Luckily, Grand Seiko opt for titanium which is inherently lighter and more durable than steel.

Don’t worry, this won’t weigh down your contract singing hand…or having you fishing for it at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

Opposing the Zaratsu finished titanium material is a glorious 24 hour scale bezel which works in conjunction with the extra red GMT hand at the centre of the dial. The Arabic hour markers are coated with Lumibrite which ensures optimal legibility in all circumstances. 

Capable of yielding 200 metres of water resistance, the Grand Seiko Sport Spring Drive GMT SBGE307 is more than fit for being worn in the sea and combating the torrential rain. The dial is simply sumptuous, especially since it’s the centrepiece for the “Tokyo Lion” aesthetic. 

Given a textured, ivory shade, it’s inspired by a lion's mane. King of the horological jungle this may be for some as Its brushed aesthetic offers an interesting dynamic in a world where a sunburst finish is classed as the maximum capability from a brand. We aren’t saying who…

Fitted with silvery, three dimensional hour markers and hands with a Lumibrite centre, there is a neat date aperture at 3 o’clock which ties in with the functional nature of this dive watch. Inside beats the heart of a, ahem, lion. Well, the Spring Drive movement which yields around a +/- 1 second per day accuracy and a 3 day power reserve. That’s one hell of a roar!

- You can buy a Grand Seiko Sport Spring Drive GMT SBGE307 “Tokyo Lion” at retail for £10,100 as of May 2024. 

 

Best Dive Watches Under £55,000

 

46. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Act 2: Tech Gombessa

Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms collection is noted as being the first representation of the modern dive watch upon its initial release in 1953. Is this the original OG just like Batman? Absolutely!

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Crafted out of grade 23 titanium, there’s no cheap imitations or plasticity when it comes to the quality of the timepiece. 

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The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Act 2 follows the heritage of the original 1953 model, but adds a few invaluable modern updates. Crafted at 47mm of titanium, the watches are incredibly light for their huge case sizes.

Unlike Panerai’s chunky Luminor 01392 with a 13.2mm case thickness or their Submersible PAM00959 which has a hardy 13mm thickness.  

With a 14.81mm thickness, they are certainly not ones to be adorning with a suit! However, it’s gargantuan size is all for good reason.

Capable of reaching 300 metres of water resistance, these dive watches are linked with a decompression valve to counter the effects of helium and secured with a large unidirectional rotating bezel which actually offers more than you may have thought…

Fitted with a three-hour scale that works in conjunction with an extra hand on the dial that completes a rotation every three hours, it’s the first timepiece to be able to measure immersions of up to three hours. In our esteemed view, this is a must-have watch for diving aficionados. 

The dial is given an absolute black shade which means 97% of light is captured so it cannot interfere with your legibility. The Arabic and baton hour markers, alongside the arrow tipped hands are filled in with bright orange lume.

The watches are powered by the 13P8 automatic movement which offers a 5 day power reserve alongside a hardy 4Hz frequency. Mean and as moody as Kanye West, pair this some grey cargo trousers and a black jumper for that relaxed fit.

You can buy a Blancpain FIfty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Act 2: Tech Gombessa at retail for £24,700 as of May 2024. 

 

47. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Dark Grey

Introduced in 2005, The Planet Ocean line was considered to be Omega’s ultimate timepiece for the water orientated community with high water resistance and a functional design. Kinda like the Michael Phelps of dive watches.

Fast forward to 2024 and they have developed the line to combine the durability of the past with minimalist tones and sweet functions. Let’s take time out to examine the Dark Grey edition of the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m. 

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Measuring 45.5mm of Silicon Nitride ceramic, the material is around two times lighter than Zirconia ceramic. In this instance, Omega combines the material with sandblasted Grade 5 titanium that's viewable on the helium escape valve and bezel which has a Silicon Nitride insert. 

The dial is similarly made out of the oh so popular grade 5 titanium with the same sandblasted effect that offers a matte grey finish. Featuring a date aperture at 3 o’clock, it sits between tapered baton hour markers and arrow pointed hands that are filled with white Super-Luminova. 

The timepiece has the ability to read two time zones that's readable through the 24 hour inner scale and the extra GMT hand. Don’t worry, this is still a definite top dive watch as noted through the 600 metre water resistance and 60 minute dive scale. 

Powered by the 8906 Ti calibre, there is a weekend-proof 60 hour power reserve, meaning you can be sipping Martini’s in Paris like James Bond and be back with it still working! This Master Chronometer is more consistent than a Rolex price increase 

- Fitted onto a grey rubber strap you can buy an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean at retail for £21,000 as of May 2024.

 

48. Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Super Bowl LVIII

Forget Victoria Beckham’s collab with Breitling. That's old news. 

And as you know, Chrono Hunter is all about delivering accuracy through the best possible prices when you buy a watch or the top prices paid when you sell a watch

Now the Chronomat was initially released in 1984 as an opposing mechanical timepiece to the Quartz revolution.

Developed from the Frecce Tricolori that had been developed one year earlier for the famous Italian air squadron, Breitling is celebrating its centenary with a very modern B01 42 Super Bowl LVIII.  

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If you could get past Taylor Swift being constantly shown on camera and focused more on the Kansas City Chiefs vs San Francisco 49ers matchup, this 2024 timepiece may be for you. Its purpose comes from Breitling’s relationship with former NFL quarterback, Boomer Esiason.

The sale of the watch will have a number of its profits sent to The Boomer Esiason Foundation. 

Crafted at 42mm of solid 18K red gold, the watches are so luxurious they wouldn’t look out of place at some of the best luxury watch events. Nevertheless, they retain their strength against the outside elements.

Fitted with a unidirectional bezel with rider tabs that feature diving indications, this too is made from red gold and offers a beautiful frame for the blue, contrasting dial. 

We wouldn’t recommend you wearing this under a suit shirt as it's around 15.1mm thick. The navy blue dial features rose gold batons and hands that have a generous line of Super-Luminova running through their centre.

In addition, there is an inner tachymetric scale, pertaining to the high speed heritage of the Chronomat. However, its 200 metre water resistance indicates this is a piece for the water-borne man who wants to make waves through his wrist wear. 

There’s triple chronograph functionality not to mention ¼ of a second, 30 minute and 12 hour subdials. Meanwhile, the Breitling 01 movement offers a 70 hour power reserve alongside a 28,800VpH. 

- Attached with a black rubber strap, you can buy a Breitling Chronomat B01 42mm Super Bowl LVIII at retail for around £18,500 as of May 2024. 

 

49. Panerai Submersible Chrono Navy Seals Experience Edition PAM01402

Panerai is famed for using oversized cases to boost maximum durability over slender refinement. But wait till you cop a load of our next entry on the best dive watches hitlist. It’s enough to daub the war paint and ham it up Rambo style. 

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Upon the release of five Navy Seal inspired timepieces in September 2023, the PAM01402 was literally the biggest eye catcher. Capped at 50 pieces, it offers the protection of a tank, and an accompanying Navy Seals experience upon purchase, wherein you’d perform various exercises and drills just like military men. 

Listen up gents. If you’d rather spend your nights drinking high end Japanese whisky instead of dressing up like GI Joe and crawling in the dirt, you can still wear this as a statement piece. Scrap the experience, you are a fashionista after all!

Crafted out of 47mm of brushed Brunito steel, these watches utilise a screw in caseback and large crown guard in order to attain the 300 metre water resistance rating. Surrounding the dial is a titanium bezel with a ceramic insert and graduated scale.

The dial itself is kept very covert with militarised, chronograph subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock against a dégradé black background. 

Given a minute track on the periphery and an inner “Time to Target” timer that allows you to count down to a desired point in time, the Submersible Chrono Navy Seals is predominantly designed for the outdoor explorer.

This is more Bear Grylls than Baden-Powell. Fitted with green dot hour markers and hands that are dosed with applied lume, these daring dive watches offer optimal legibility. 

This horological beast is powered by the P.9100/R calibre which runs at 28,8000VpH and offers a decent 3 day power reserve. While you can't view it through the solid caseback, you are offered a brilliant engraving of the USA flag and NAVY SEALS text.

If military is your thing in the flex department, this number will make you stand to attention in no time.

- You can buy a Panerai Submersible Chrono Navy Seal Experience Edition PAM01402 at retail for £53,200 as of May 2024. 

 

50. IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month IW379405

IWC are the technical geniuses of the watchmaking world. Their innovations have gone from the Pawl Winding movement system by the legendary Kurt Klaus to The Ingenieur line, inspired by Gerald Genta

However in December 2023, they decided to go for a completely different route…

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Crafted out of Ceratanium and measuring 49mm they are easily one of IWC’s largest watches to date. With a height of around 19.4mm, they are inspired by The Aquaman movie released last December.

Interestingly, IWC and the film collaborated to release the timepieces which were eventually worn by characters Black Manta and Dr. Stephen Shin. 

The IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month enjoys around 100 metres of water resistance as provided by the SafeDive System bezel which offers excellent protection.

Focusing on the fantastic red models worn by villain Black Manta, the dials have a honeycomb style background as per the Omega Speedmaster Super Racing with the lightning fast Spirate movement.

This allows for first rate legibility thanks to the red hands and hour markers standing out against the black. Offering sub counters like chronograph and perpetual calendars, these dive watches boast excellent functionality throughout. 

Therefore, the movement has to match the ability of the functions which is reflected here via the Calibre 89802 which offers a solid 68 hour power reserve and 28,800VpH within the double pawl winding system. 

- Capped at 25 pieces, you can buy an IWC Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month at retail for £51,600 as of May 2024. 

 

51. Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Yellow Gold 

Yellow gold within a Black Bay case is everything you need to dazzle the most ardent of horophiles. Especially one that simply must own the most fashionable dive watch on the market. 

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The Black Bay 58 was inspired by the Tudor novelties released in 1958 that had a water resistance of 200 metres. Vintage inspired, yet cemented in modernity? It’s a huge tick in our box.

Sized at around 39mm, the 18K yellow gold timepieces are both accessible and finished well with satin-brushing along the flanks and lugs. Launched at Watches and Wonders 2024, it is capable of yielding 200 metres of water resistance, these dive watches have a thickness of 12.7mm thick which is on the chunkier side, but perfect for the dive lovers. 

Fitted with a unidirectional bezel, crafted out of yellow gold, you wouldn’t have thought so as it’s protected by a green anodised aluminium insert with serrated bezel edge. We think King Charles would have a field day with this royal beauty!

The bezel is not the only green thing that’s going on here. The same shade as the dial, it promotes the Super-Luminova coated dot and baton hour markers, alongside the famed Snowflake hands from previous Tudor generations. 

Finished with the Calibre MT5400 which is COSC certified and a 70 hour power reserve, this is the most expensive Tudor at the time of writing. Have you got that lucky golden ticket to success?

- You can buy a Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Yellow Gold at retail for £27,610 as of May 2024. 

 

52. Rolex Deepsea 136668LB

Deep sea explorers and statement timepiece lovers often come together to wax lyrical on the joys provided by the Rolex Deepsea. 

Famed for breaking all the rules and reaching record depths with James Cameron on his solo venture down to the Mariana Trench in 2012, the line is something of a cultural flagship. 

Boy, are we ready to set sail with this latest Rolex Deepsea 136668LB! 

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Unveiled at Watches and Wonders 2024, it has a case diameter of 44mm and tips the thickness scales at a whopping 17.7mm. It is no Bulgari Octo Finissimo, the world’s slimmest watch at a mere 1.8mm thin. We are talking matchstick thin. Actually no, thinner than a credit card.

With an all yellow gold construction, the timepieces have a phenomenal dive watch heritage from every facet. Mind you, the choice of material means these pieces aren’t restricted to the boardwalk. 

Capable of a whopping 3,900 metres of water resistance, the 2024 blue and yellow gold Deepsea 136668LB utilises a helium escape valve alongside a screw-in crown to enhance the durability. And if that isn’t bright enough for you, how about the Smurf style bright blue Cerachrom bezel, accompanied with its own diving scale. 

Working in conjunction with the deep, matte blue dial, the models enjoy yellow gold rimmed baton and dot hour markers which are filled with Super-Luminova to enhance legibility. Or is it? Lets not forget that Rolex have innovated and patented their very own Chromalight material which offers unparalleled luminescence. 

Within the precious metal is the Calibre 3235. Superlative Chronometer certified and with a phenomenal -2/+2 second variation per day, the 70 hour power reserve is certainly nothing to be sniffed at.

- You can buy a Rolex Deepsea 136668LB at retail for £45,700 as of May 2024. 

 

53. TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Skipper

Ahoy, shipmates! TAG Heuer is kindly presenting us in 2024 with a Carrera Chronograph Skipper to see you maritime lovers heading from sales room to starboard. 

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Debuted at Watches and Wonders 2024, the steely Skipper in rose gold is dropping its anchor on the previous material choice for something a little more luxurious. With a case diameter of 39mm, the timepieces are inspired by the winning schooner from the 1967 America’s Cup, The Intrepid from Newport, Rhode Island. 

Keeping you up to speed as we always do, TAG Heuer were the timekeepers of the storied event and felt compelled to create a timepiece that was influenced by the successful yacht racer. Competently warding off 100 metres of water resistance, the models guarantee these stats through a screw down crown. 

Down to the depths of the dial, it’s given a rich navy blue shade to give the impression you're already surfing the waves. The circular finish entitles the Skipper to be capable of being on and off your luxury cruise. Although, we’d prefer to see you kicking back by the French Riviera in your finest linen trousers and dressiest shirt!.

With a nod to reference 7754, it is complemented by a dual sub-dial design at 3 and 9 o’clock,  relating to a 15 minute counter and a 12 hour counter respectively. The shades range from a tri-colour design of coral, green and teal at 3 o’clock to a solid teal shade at 9 o’clock. Do you know why? This was the predominant colour on that inspirational Intrepid schooner!

At 6 o’clock is a functional ¼ of a second counter and integrated date aperture which is effective in precisely telling the time when running to the departure gate or preparing for a dash to meet your latest squeeze. The navy blue dial is complete with rose gold baton hour markers and hands, alongside a prominent red seconds hand. 

Pumping out 28,800 VpH and an excellent 80 hour power reserve, the TH20-06 automatic calibre is rough and ready for the waves not to mention your everyday lifestyle. 

- You can buy a TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Skipper at retail for £18,750 as of May 2024. 

 

Conclusion

There you have it, oh precious timekeepers. Our list of the best dive watches is complete. Moving away from the impossible such as the Rolex Deepsea with its incredible depths and colossal 50mm girth to the much talked about Tudor Pelagos 39, we are sure there is one for all manner of enthusiasts and price points. 

Helium valves are on a few of the models like the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean, but for the modern user, they won’t dive far enough to warrant needing to release helium. Instead, by negating the helium valve design, the case is far more sleeker and given a well deserved revamp. 

Some dive watches have helium escape valves…others have wackier materials. Either way, this list is the go to read for you to take on the plane or private yacht. 

It's nice to see that there are diving watches out there which are still really high quality, but at a more affordable price. From the iconic Rolex Submariner, to the stunning Tudor Black Bay 58 Bronze, the dive watch world ticks on relentlessly bringing with it phenomenal innovation and design. Dive on you crazy diamonds!

 

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Further Reading: 

The Top 12 Most Popular Breitling Watches For Men

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Review

Matchtime - Breitling v Audemars Piguet 

 

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