Watchmakers have to admit that any self-respecting diver today does not rely on mechanical watches, but dive computers. Even so, many watch brands, or almost all watch brands, have a ‘diving’ type on their product list. Before electronic devices became possible, some of them were part of a deep-sea adventure, and although things are different today, they still aspire to maintain their orthodoxy. After all, for a watch to qualify as a ‘diving watch,’ it must meet the requirements of the international standard ISO 6425 for ruggedness, precision, and reliable performance. These qualities are enough to attract a large number of buyers. Their pursuit of diving career may stop in the shallow water of the swimming pool, but they still want to look like professional divers. In a nutshell, diving watches have become a symbol of some lifestyle.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Ceramic Chronograph
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000m Diver’s Watch
The Tag Heuer 300m Dive Watch launched in 2004 with Calibre 5 movement (based on Sellita SW200). The model launched in 2015 continues the classic design with a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel
Return to reality
How to keep the endless design vitality and win the favor of underwater sports enthusiasts, the watchmaking brand takes pains to do so. Until this year’s opening in Pakistan, the prospects are gloomy, diving watches are in trouble, and watchmakers are focusing on ‘civilized’ and fashionable watch categories. Jaeger-LeCoultre, which has historically launched Deep Sea and Master Compressor, is an important supplier of diving watches. In 2015, Jaeger-LeCoultre relaunched the Geophysical Observatory; in 2016, the 85th anniversary of its advent became the protagonist; and the diving watch did not receive the slightest attention. The same goes for the IWC, the marine timepiece gives way to pilots. As for Tag Heuer, compared to the Connected or Carrera Heuer 02-T tourbillon timing, the competition is nothing new. Audemars Piguet has worked hard, but it has just added a few new coats in different colors to the Royal Oak offshore dive chronograph. Cartier, with its Calibre Diver, relies on Drive to stick to the ground this year. Even Panerai, which is synonymous with diving, has launched a number of different versions for Radiomir 1940 this year, transitioning to more suitable for daily wear.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Dive Chronograph
Cartier Caribe Diver Blue Dial
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Acciaio 3-Day Power Reserve Watch
Exquisite first, diving second
The perfect example of sports watches is also towards safety, while the more sympathetic zone is getting closer. As confirmed by Bvlgari’s new Diagono Scuba watch (the outstanding marine watch, first introduced in 1994), ‘The Diagono Scuba series is not only a diver’s watch with multiple waterproof patented technologies, but also a diving suit An elegant watch fused with contemporary Italian style. ‘It’s like James Bond striding out of the sea, taking off the diving watch with one hand and the tuxedo with the other.
Bvlgari Diagono Scuba Watch (102323)
The Omega Seamaster 600m Ocean Universe Observatory watch has all the attributes of an exquisite sports ladies’ watch, uses a patented Sedna alloy case and a chocolate dial, and is equipped with Calibre 8801. One.
Even better, Omega has recently launched the new Seahorse series Ocean Universe 600m Zhizhen Observatory. This is a sports ladies’ watch with a diameter of 39.5 mm and an 18K Sedna gold case and chocolate ceramic bezel. It is one of the first women’s watches to meet the standards set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) for observatory certification. The watch is equipped with the Calibre 8801 automatic movement, which can withstand magnetic interference of up to 15,000 Gauss, far exceeding the standard of the Swiss Official Observatory Testing Agency (COSC). A sincere design for the water elves.