8 Watches to consider for your next diving trip
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Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle
Inspired by a 1964 Ulysse Nardin diver's watch, the Diver Le Locle features a vintage-style aesthetic. Presented in SIHH earlier this year, it is the first diver's watch by the brand to use the self-winding UN-320 manufacture movement. The in-house caliber integrates silicon technology, offering greater resistance to magnetic fields. The water resistance level of 100m may seem low, but that is the minimum depth rating required by ISO 6425, and common depth for recreational divers is usually around 40 metres.
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo PAM 671
The Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo is a notable representation of Panerai's tradition of creating iconic underwater watches. The bronze 47mm case is an alloy of copper and pure tin, making it highly resistant to the corrosive action of sea water. This Bronzo is slightly slimmer and lighter than its predecessor thanks to the new three-day P.9010 automatic movement, which is 1.9mm thinner than the P.9000 caliber found in the original. It is water resistant up to 300 metres. Limited to just 1,000 pieces.
Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver
Meet Bell & Ross' first square dive watch, the BR03-92 Diver. Featuring the brand's iconic shape, the timepiece has a unidirectional rotating bezel on top with a 60-minute diving scale. The crown is equipped with a guard that guarantees protection against impacts and great depths, offering optimal water resistance. You'll have the option of an ultra-resilient black synthetic fabric strap with a Velcro closure system, which will make it a breeze to adjust over a diving suit.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
Embodying the spirit of summer, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver comes in a range of fun, vibrant colours, namely acid yellow, lime green and bright orange. It is also available in dark blue and white for those who'd prefer understated hues. Like its predecessors (the chronograph versions), it boasts the Méga Tapiserrie style dial with a colour block design for better visibility underwater. It is water resistant up to 300 metres.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m
For the ladies who would like a dive watch that looks stunning both in and out of the waters, go for the TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m with a black mother-of-pearl dial. The steel unidirectional turning bezel is embedded with 35 diamonds—portraying luxe femininity that is juxtaposed by the practical black textile rubber strap. It is powered by a TAG Heuer quartz movement.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay S&G
At Baselworld earlier this year, Tudor unveiled its iconic Heritage Black Bag divers' watch in a handsome yellow gold and steel version. On top of sporting the emblematic model's aesthetic and functions, the new Heritage Black Bay S&G introduces the date function to the Black Bay family. Fitted with the Manufacture Calibre MT5612 with a 70-hour reserve, it is waterproof up to 200 metres. A fabric strap is included to accompany your adventurous endeavours.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 'Big Blue'
If you favour the bold and the beautiful, meet the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 'Big Blue'. The rich blue ceramic construction goes beyond the casing and onto the dial, with bright orange accents for better visibility. A testament of Omega's technical prowess, it is powered by the brand's Caliber 8906 automatic co-axial movement, which is resistant to 15,000 gauss of magnetism. Too vivid for the less conspicuous? Its predecessor, the 'Deep Black' version, could be your pick instead.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller
For the 50th anniversary of the Sea-Dweller, Rolex introduces a new model—it's largest non-Deep Sea model yet with a 43mm steel case. The new Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller is also the first in the range to be equipped with a Cyclops lens, which takes its place over the date function at 3 o'clock. A truly technical divers' watch, it is waterproof up to a depth of 1,220 metres. Vintage fans would appreciate the Sea-Dweller name in red on the dial—a reference to the first model from the 60s.