Five of the Best Dive Watches
Tuesday - 26 August 2014
A dive watch must be able to withstand a minimum water pressure of 10 atm (the equivalent of 100 metres in depth) but many can be worn much deeper underwater, with a range of useful features for both professional and amateur divers. However, their highly legible dials and robust cases make dive watches a popular and practical choice even on dry land.
Here are five of our favourite dive watches...
The CEO Diver features a sandblasted steel diver's bezel with a unique construction and a shine finish on the sides, numbers, push buttons and screwed crown. The watch has a 48 mm brushed steel case and a sapphire crystal. It is water resistant to 100 metres and comes with a black silicon strap.
Designed for extreme conditions, the Sinn U1 is made of high-strength seawater-resistant German submarine steel and is tested based on European diving equipment standards. The captive diver's bezel features minute ratcheting, and the crown is positioned at 4 o'clock to prevent pressure on the back of the hand. This timepiece is pressure resistant to 1,000 metres (certified by DNV GL) and features a captive diver's bezel with TEGIMENT Technology, making it especially scratch-resistant. It is powered by the SW 200-1 self-winding mechanical movement and comes with a black silicone strap.
The ProDiver Chronograph features Oris' innovative patented Rotation Safety System. Only when the outer bezel is lifted can the timer scale be released and the dive time set, ensuring the timer cannot be moved accidentally. The watch has a 51 mm titanium case with a domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. It is water resistant to 1,000 metres and equipped with an automatic helium valve. The ProDiver chronograph is powered by the Oris 774 automatic movement and comes with both a titanium bracelet and rubber strap.
The Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU is the world's first diving watch with a helium release valve incorporated into the crown. The patented Helium System allows gases to escape the watch as the wearer resurfaces from the pressure of deep water. The watch has an underwater operable chronograph with accumulated measurement up to 12 hours. It is water resistant to 600 metres and features 21 micro gas tubes on the hour, minute and second hands and dial for improved visibility in dark conditions. The 42 mm case is titanium, and it has a top ceramic luminous unidirectional rotating bezel and patented crown protection system. The watch is powered by the automatic calibre BALL RR1402-C, chronometer certified by the COSC.
The Avenger Seawolf is a professional dive watch, offering water resistance to a depth of 3,000 metres. It is equipped with a decompression valve that equals differences in pressure between the inside and outside of the watch. This limited edition version has a 45 mm black PVD case, a screw-locked crown and a unidirectional rotating bezel. It is powered by the Breitling Calibre 17 and comes with a black rubber strap.