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Timeless - Classic and Cool Dive Watches

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Neil Hope rounds up some of the most desirable dive watches on the market…

1 CITIZEN h promaster professional diver dive watches

Citizen Promaster Professional Diver 

 Price £189, 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.

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 £325, 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 £580, 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!


4 ORIS transp opt prodiver chronograph dive watches

Oris ProDiver Chronograph

Price £2,750, www.oris.ch

Water resistant to 1,000m, a titanium back, stainless steel screw-in security crown plus an automatic helium valve. Superluminova hands and indices with three subsidiary dials for ¼ seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours counter. Auto-winding with a 48-hour power reserve, the watch uses a patented system to prevent accidental movement of the one-way bezel. Titanium strap has a security clasp and extension.


Coolness **** Functionality *****

Looks like a dress watch – but has all the functions for the most adventurous of divers.


5 Tissot seastar 1000 - opt automatic chronograph dive watches

Tissot SeaStar 1000 Automatic Chronograph

Price £450 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 extension.


Coolness *** Functionality ****

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


6 TAG HEUR AQUA CHRONO oph aquaracer grande date chronograph dive watches

Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300m Grande Date Chronograph

Price £1,800, www.tagheuer.co.uk

Depth rated to 300m, the Aquaracer consists of a fine-brushed steel case with an oversize double-gasket screw-in crown and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The face has counters for split seconds, minutes, hours and small seconds with large luminescent hands and markers. The uni-directional bezel features six large studs for easy manipulation while wearing gloves and the bracelet has a double security clasp.

Coolness **** Functionality ****

Black and silver – the classic combination.


7 BALL NEDU opt engineer hydrocarbon dive watches

 

Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU

Price £3,310, www.ballwatch.com

The Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU (Navy Experimental Diving Unit) has a titanium case, sapphire crystal glass plus a helium release valve incorporated into the crown. The choice of blue or black dials have a total of 21 micro H3 gas tubes on the hour, minute, seconds and day/date display for bright illumination with the watch’s ceramic unidirectional bezel also luminescent. Water resistant to 600m, shock resistant to 7,500Gs and anti-magnetic to 4,800A/m.

Coolness **** Functionality *****

Impressive appearance with functions to match.


8 BULOVA h precisionist champlain diver dive watch

 

Bulova Precisionist Champlain Diver’s Watch

Price £399, www.bulova.com

With its paired stainless steel case and bracelet the quartz movement, the Bulova Precisionist has a curved mineral crystal lens and also features a screwed down crown and screw back case. Water resistant to 300m it has luminous hands and a date display and a fixed bexel.

Coolness *** Functionality ***

Understated beauty that could be worn to a wedding – even the underwater variety. 


 

9 CHRIS BENZ opt depthmeter chronograph dive watches 

Chris Benz Depthmeter Chronograph 200m

Price £324.95, www.chris-benz.com

The 200m-rated Depthmeter Chronograph features an electronic depth meter and analogue display operational to 50m combined with a maximum depth memory. A stainless steel case and screw back and screw-locked crown. The watch’s dial has luminescent hand and hour markers and a one-way bezel. Powered by a high-quality quartz movement and with a sapphire crystal lens the Depthmeter also has a stopwatch, calendar and durable rubber strap.

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 £660, 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.


 11 Rolex Submariner opt dive watches

Rolex Submariner

Price £6,400, www.rolex.com

The archetypal divers watch with a redesigned Oyster case, luminescent hour markers, a rotatable cerachrom bezel and solid link bracelet hark back to the distinguished original’s style and appearance. The Chromalight display glows for up to eight hours and the case itself is constructed from a solid block of corrosion-resistant steel and is water resistant to a depth of 300m.


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 of 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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