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Timeless - Classic and Cool Dive Watches

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Neil Hope & Mark 'Crowley' Russell round up some of the most desirable dive watches on the market…

1 CITIZEN h promaster professional diver dive watches

Citizen Promaster Professional Diver 

 Price £299 (bracelet) £249 (strap), Royal Marines Commando limited edition (£499) www.citizenwatch.com

The light-powered ‘Eco-Drive’ technology means that the classic-looking Promaster requires no access to the back for battery changing. The silver-tone stainless steel case with anti-reflective coated mineral glass has a matching dark blue face, polyurethane strap and one-way rotating elapsed-time bezel. Large luminous hands and hour markers plus a date window. Depth rated to 200m. The jet-black Royal Marine Commando is rated to 300m.

Coolness **** Functionality ****

The Promaster’s classic lines and solar charging make for a great-looking timepiece.

 


2 luminox scott cassel h 3059.SET dive watches

Luminox Scott Cassell 3059.SET

Price £399, www.luminox.co.uk

Designed in conjunction with undersea explorer Scott Cassell this striking timepiece is manufactured from carbon reinforced PC with a hardened mineral glass, double-gasket crown and has a rubber/silicone strap. Luminox’s ‘Night Vision Tubes’ – in ice blue and green - provide a constant source of light for 25 years on the hands, hours and also at the 60-minute mark on the one-way bezel. 200m.

Coolness **** Functionality **** 
Chunky and colourful – it screams ‘diver’ the moment you enter the room.


3 REACTOR TITANIUM LE h poseidon dive watches

Reactor Poseidon Titanium LE

Price £880, www.reactorwatch.com

This individually numbered special edition, forged from solid titanium has a 24-jewel Japanese mechanical automatic movement and 42-hour power reserve. Depth tested to 1,000m, features include dual rotating bezels, a choice of titanium bracelet or rubber strap and a patented Never Dark technology to provide optimal illumination to the hands and digits under all lighting conditions.

Coolness *** Functionality ****

The LE’s industrial appearance looks like it means business!


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Oris Aquis Hammerhead Limited Edition 

Price £2,020 www.oris.ch

Based on the Oris Aquis collection, a percentage of each Hammerhead sold will go to the non-profit Pelagios Kakunjá shark conservation program. The case is stainless steel with a unidirectional bezel and polished sapphire crystal, embossed with a hammerhead shark logo. Oris uses its own automatic-winding mechanism, powered by the movement of the wearer’s arm, for a fully-mechanical watch. Superluminova coatings over the grey face keep the display visible. Available with a stainless-steel bracelet with folding clasp and extension, the Hammerhead is rated to 500m.

www.oris.com


Coolness **** Functionality *****

Looks like a dress watch – but has all the functions for the most adventurous of divers and it helps a good cause.


5 Tissot seastar 1000 - opt automatic chronograph dive watches

Tissot SeaStar 1000 Automatic Chronograph

Price £460 www.tissot.ch

Available in four styles/colours, including an automatic model, this stainless steel case, Swiss quartz movement chronograph is water resistant to 300m. The hands and markings utilise Superluminova for easy reading at night or in poor lighting conditions and also features a ceramic unidirectional bezel and a stainless steel bracelet with an extension. The battery-powered chronograph features additional split-timing counters, and the watches of the Swiss-made collection all contain a helium valve to depressurise the casing on ascents from deep dives. 


Coolness *** Functionality ****

At home in the office or out on the dive boat.


 

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Tag Heuer Aquaracer 

Price £1,3500, www.tagheuer.co.uk

Tag Heuer’s Aquaracer collection is one of the largest collections of dive watches available on today’s market, with 104 models currently listed on their website, 50 of which are in the women’s category. The model pictured (BA0746) is available with a black face and either a black or red aluminium bezel, or blue face with blue bezel, enclosed in a steel case with sapphire crystal. This particular model is battery powered and features a steel bracelet with safety push buttons and a diving extension. Others are automatic, self-winding watches or come with a rubber strap. With a few exceptions, all are rated to 300m.

Coolness **** Functionality ****

Black and silver – the classic combination.


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Ball Engineer Master II Skindiver II

Price £2,260, www.ballwatch.com

The latest evolution of the 1962 Ball Skindiver timepiece, the Engineer Master II Skindiver II revisits the vintage design of the original, with a classic black face and stainless-steel, anti-reflective, sapphire crystal case. The simple design is intended to ensure the most important information is immediately available to the diver, with tritium-illuminated dials that require no natural light for visibility, and an automatic helium-release valve. Stainless- steel bracelet and rubber strap included as standard. Shock resistant to 5,000G and water resistant to 500m.

Coolness **** Functionality *****

Impressive appearance with functions to match.


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Bulova Precisionist Chrongraph

Price £699, www.bulova.com

US manufacturer Bulova claims to have the most precise timepieces available, with a history involving partnerships with NASA to develop a watch capable of measuring in 1/1000 of a second. The Precisionist Chronograph has a fixed bezel but an additional chronometer on the face, available in blue, silver and black, and contained in a stainless steel case with a curved sapphire crystal, luminous hands and markers. A stainless- steel bracelet and safety locking clasp complete the design, rated to 300m.

Coolness *** Functionality ****

A mean machine for those who like all the bells and whistles. 


 

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Chris Benz 1000M Shark Project Edition

Price €375 (strap) €425 (steel bracelet), www.chris-benz.com

German specialist Chris Benz makes watches for scuba diving. Some of the models may have other functions, but they can all go diving. The Deep collection features six timepieces plus the 1000M Shark Project Edition, bundled together with an interactive booklet raising awareness of the plight of sharks in our oceans. The near-indestructible dive watch is built with solid marine-grade stainless-steel casing, helium escape valve, sapphire crystal and unidirectional bezel with a black dial with luminous markings. A choice of blue or black durable rubber straps with a printed decompression chart, or a stainless steel bracelet with dive extension and lock, is available. The Shark Project edition comes with a unique logo and case engraving, all rated to a depth of 1,000m.

Coolness **** Functionality ****

Smart-looking dial with a modern design and integrated depth-meter.


 10 CHRIS WARD C60 TRID t christopher trident pro 600 dive watches

Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600

Price £710 (orange stiched webbing), £730 (rubber strap), £795 (bracelet), www.christopherward.co.uk

Re-engineered and upgraded, the Trident C60 has a 316L marine-grade stainless steel case, anti-reflective sapphire crystal and Swiss self-winding movement with 38-hour power reserve. Water resistant to 600m, features include an attractive black wave pattern design, date window and a zirconia ceramic unidirectional bezel. Hands, indices and the bezel’s marker utilise the latest development of Superluminiova for increased luminosity.


Coolness *** Functionality ****

Elegant, suitable for a wedding – even the underwater variety.


 12 OMEGA SEAMASTER DIV opt diver dive watches

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

Price £3,500, www.omegawatches.com

With its lacquered black or blue dial and matching polished ceramic diving bezel, the Diver 300M has a date window at the three o’clock position and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Powered by a self-winding co-axial escapement movement with a 48-hour power reserve, the watch is water-resistant to 300m and also benefits from a helium escape valve.


Coolness **** Functionality *****

Another classic-looking watch, courtesy of the current Bond’s timepiece manufacturer.


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Raymond Weil Tango 300

£950 (strap) £1095 (bracelet), www.raymond-weil.com

The Tango 300 family of watches from Raymond Weil comes in several different versions: a steel case with a genuine rubber strap and a black dial, oir the steel-on-steel bracelet version with blue, black or grey faces and folding clasp with a double-push security system. An additional three 'chronograph' models are also available. Luminous hands and indexes are present on the non-rotating bezel (model pictured, other models have a unidirectional rotating bezel), with quartz movement and a sapphire crystal present in the stainless-steel case, which is water resistant to 300m

Coolness **** Functionality ****

Multi-function watches in a range of stylish options


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Rolex Sea-Dweller

Price £8,350, www.rolex.com

First introduced in 1967 as a step-up from the original Submariner model, Rolex released the latest version of its Sea-Dweller in 2017. Featuring a 904L steel Oyster casing with sapphire crystal and a unidirectional rotating bezel with ceramic inserts and numerals coated in platinum, the Sea Dweller comes with a satin-finished stainless-steel bracelet with Rolex’s Guidelock extension system. The timepiece is self-winding, with a power reserve of around 70 hours, and the ‘Chromalight’ display emits a long-lasting blue glow for visibility in low light conditions. An automatic helium escape valve is an aid to the deepest and longest of dives, with the watch rated to a maximum depth of 1,220m.

Coolness ***** Functionality ****

The classic, it’s the ultimate statement.


13 BLANCPAIN FIFTY FAT opt fathoms automatique dive watches 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique

Price £10,080, www.blancpain.com

Complementing its 1930s original look, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique retains its classic appearance with a black face, luminous hands and indices with the addition of a date window between the four and five o’clock marks. The steel case is depth-rated to 300m and the self-winding mechanism has a power reserve of 120 hours.

Coolness **** Functionality ****

If it was good enough for Costeau in The Silent World...


 SBDX014G seiko marinemaster professional 1000m diver dive watches

Seiko Marinemaster Professional 1000M Diver’s

Price £2,750, www.seiko.co.uk

Celebrating 50 years since Seiko’s first diver’s watch, the titanium Marinemaster Pro 1000m follows in its predecessor’s footsteps utilising a two-layer case construction. Effectively impermeable to helium, the watch can be used safely for saturation diving. Automatic winding with a reserve of 50 hours. Lumibrite hands and markers, a ceramic outer shell to enhance shock resistance plus an extra-strength silicone strap for security.

Coolness **** Functionality ****

Uncluttered design and killer colour combo with tough looks too.

 

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