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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze
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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze
NZ$ 5,042
Free shipping
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Manufaktura
RU
Omega SS Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Chrono Box,Papers,Manual
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Omega SS Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Chrono Box,Papers,Manual
NZ$ 5,183
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Austins Watches Inc.
106
US
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Rolex Sea-Dweller red dsr mark 3
NZ$ 54,855
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Stella Dial the watch company srl
24
IT
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Rolex Submariner Date
NZ$ 11,568
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VN
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Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
NZ$ 5,173
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Jewelwatch Ltd
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Rolex Submariner (No Date)
NZ$ 37,062
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Omega 1968 SEAMASTER 300 BIG TRIANGLE 165.024 w/ 1039+516 Vintage
Omega 1968 SEAMASTER 300 BIG TRIANGLE 165.024 w/ 1039+516 Vintage
NZ$ 27,437
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Stetz & Co. Watches
6
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Panerai Black Seal - Torpedo Dial - Pam292
Panerai Black Seal - Torpedo Dial - Pam292
NZ$ 13,931
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6
ES
Rolex Sea-Dweller Anniversary 50 (new2017)
Rolex Sea-Dweller Anniversary 50 (new2017)
NZ$ 20,897
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LL TRADES LIMITED
HK
Panerai PAM 90 Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio
Panerai PAM 90 Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio
NZ$ 8,157
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BuyGoodWatches
US
Rolex Submariner Date
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Rolex Submariner Date
NZ$ 17,992
Free shipping
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好百年鐘錶珠寶 Good Century Watches & Jewelry Co.Ltd
 
HK
Panerai PAM00561  Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio  White Dial
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Panerai PAM00561 Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio White Dial
NZ$ 5,700
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K&S Watch & Jewellery
14
HK
Rolex , DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER D-BLUE, REF. 116660
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Rolex , DEEPSEA SEA-DWELLER D-BLUE, REF. 116660
NZ$ 11,865
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Christie's
 
Panerai Radiomir Stainless Steel Black Manual Wind PAM00424
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Panerai Radiomir Stainless Steel Black Manual Wind PAM00424
NZ$ 6,935
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
21
HK
Rolex Submariner 18 Kt Gold
Rolex Submariner 18 Kt Gold
NZ$ 59,175
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Panerai PAM00346
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Panerai PAM00346
NZ$ 11,019
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
16
HK
Panerai Luminor Marina op6560
Panerai Luminor Marina op6560
NZ$ 6,269
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Flale' Gioielli S.R.L.
 
IT
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
NZ$ 20,027
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LL TRADES LIMITED
HK
Panerai PAM 609 Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days Acciaio
Panerai PAM 609 Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days Acciaio
NZ$ 7,712
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BuyGoodWatches
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean - 232.30.46.21.01.002 - NO...
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean - 232.30.46.21.01.002 - NO...
NZ$ 174
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Catawiki BV
 
Panerai PAM00346   Radiomir 8 Days Brown Dial (Titanium)
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Panerai PAM00346 Radiomir 8 Days Brown Dial (Titanium)
NZ$ 9,499
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K&S Watch & Jewellery
14
HK
Rolex , "RED" SUBMARINER, REF. 1680
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Rolex , "RED" SUBMARINER, REF. 1680
NZ$ 14,831
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Christie's
 
Panerai Radiomir Stainless Steel Black Manual Wind PAM00425
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Panerai Radiomir Stainless Steel Black Manual Wind PAM00425
NZ$ 6,935
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
21
HK
Jaeger-LeCoultre MASTER COMPRESSOR NAVY SEALS LIMITED
Jaeger-LeCoultre MASTER COMPRESSOR NAVY SEALS LIMITED
NZ$ 10,447
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exclusive-chrono.com
118
NL
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 S-Serial with Box (Timepiece L.A)
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 S-Serial with Box (Timepiece L.A)
NZ$ 7,564
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Timepiece LA
 
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Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic 44 PAM164 Ref. PAM00164
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic 44 PAM164 Ref. PAM00164
NZ$ 6,182
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Uhren2000 GmbH
227
DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
NZ$ 17,409
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Time Piece Trader Ltd
 
UK
Panerai PAM 425 Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days
Panerai PAM 425 Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days
NZ$ 10,011
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Rolex stainless steel Submariner
Rolex stainless steel Submariner
NZ$ 8,305
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
47
US
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph Steel Automatic - 79350
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph Steel Automatic - 79350
NZ$ 5,747
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
83
CH
Rolex , TWO-TONE SUBMARINER WITH CERAMIC BEZEL, REF. 116613
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Rolex , TWO-TONE SUBMARINER WITH CERAMIC BEZEL, REF. 116613
NZ$ 10,382
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Christie's
 
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
NZ$ 19,206
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Pave LLC
 
US
Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
NZ$ 208,913
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Rolex Green Hulk Submariner 16610 Oyster Stainless Steel 40mm...
Rolex Green Hulk Submariner 16610 Oyster Stainless Steel 40mm...
NZ$ 11,122
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Precious Timepiece and Co.
 
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Rolex submariner art. Rb639
Rolex submariner art. Rb639
NZ$ 8,620
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Stroppiana SRL
226
IT
Panerai Radiomir
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Panerai Radiomir
NZ$ 7,819
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Private Seller
 
AT
Rolex 16613 Submariner Date blue dial
Rolex 16613 Submariner Date blue dial
NZ$ 12,391
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Luxus-Watch
 
PL
Omega 23332412101001 Seamaster Spectre - James Bond Limited...
Omega 23332412101001 Seamaster Spectre - James Bond Limited...
NZ$ 15,509
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Watch Club
12
UK
Rolex “all Black Rolex - 44mm Deepsea Sea-dweller Ceramic...
Rolex “all Black Rolex - 44mm Deepsea Sea-dweller Ceramic...
NZ$ 19,279
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Watch My Diamonds
59
US
Breguet , MARINE WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, REF. 5817
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Breguet , MARINE WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, REF. 5817
NZ$ 5,932
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Christie's
 
Panerai Luminor Gmt 44 Mm
Panerai Luminor Gmt 44 Mm
NZ$ 6,395
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Orologeria Bodoni srl
IT
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
NZ$ 84,560
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 W Box and Paper
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 W Box and Paper
NZ$ 9,566
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AFTP
 
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Rolex Seadweller SCAT/GAR art. Rb1172
Rolex Seadweller SCAT/GAR art. Rb1172
NZ$ 10,187
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Stroppiana SRL
226
IT
Rolex Sea-Dweller
Rolex Sea-Dweller
NZ$ 172,402
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Pawn Shop La Casa de los Empeños s.L
34
ES
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
NZ$ 9,749
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Time Piece Trader Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000
NZ$ 22,170
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Opera Watches Zürich
 
CH
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D Blue 116660 NO ROLEX WARRANTY
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D Blue 116660 NO ROLEX WARRANTY
NZ$ 17,066
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Bonanno Gioielleria
69
IT
Rolex , TWO-TONE SUBMARINER, REF. 16613
Auction
Rolex , TWO-TONE SUBMARINER, REF. 16613
NZ$ 5,932
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Seller
Christie's
 
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Gent's Stainless Steel 44mm
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Gent's Stainless Steel 44mm
NZ$ 7,341
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Diamond Box, Inc. DBA Solitaire Bridal & Estate Jewellers
 
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Rolex Sea-Dweller  Watch  16660
Rolex Sea-Dweller Watch 16660
NZ$ 10,013
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della Rocca gioielli - Carol Exclusive
95
IT
Rolex Submariner Date VERDE VERDE
Rolex Submariner Date VERDE VERDE
NZ$ 13,061
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
63
IT
Rolex Blue Submariner 16610 Watch 40mm Oyster Stainless...
Rolex Blue Submariner 16610 Watch 40mm Oyster Stainless...
NZ$ 11,123
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Precious Timepiece and Co.
 
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Rolex Oyster Submariner Gold Steel Blue Dial 40 mm (1997)
Rolex Oyster Submariner Gold Steel Blue Dial 40 mm (1997)
NZ$ 11,493
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Kleen Edelmetalen
114
NL
Panerai PAM111
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Panerai PAM111
NZ$ 6,356
Seller
Private Seller
 
FR
Panerai Luminor 1950 44 Mm  - Pam01351
Panerai Luminor 1950 44 Mm - Pam01351
NZ$ 10,205
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
75
IT
Rolex Submariner  Ref. 14060
Rolex Submariner Ref. 14060
NZ$ 8,838
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
66
NL
IWC , TRIBUTE TO CALYPSO, DIVER CHRONOGRAPH, REF. 3782
Auction
IWC , TRIBUTE TO CALYPSO, DIVER CHRONOGRAPH, REF. 3782
NZ$ 4,449
Estimated price
Seller
Christie's
 
Rolex 116660 DBL Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA Watch
Rolex 116660 DBL Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA Watch
NZ$ 20,022
Seller
Chronostore
106
US
Rolex "Double Red" Sea-Dweller reference 1665
Rolex "Double Red" Sea-Dweller reference 1665
NZ$ 62,289
Seller
Material Good
 
US
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
NZ$ 37,930
Seller
Pave LLC
 
US

Diving Watches: Watertight at All Costs

While diving watches are painstakingly designed to be waterproof, they aren't just suitable for underwater use. Watch lovers of all kinds love them for their sturdy designs and sporty looks. You don't need to be a diver to appreciate these watches.

Features of diving watches according to ISO 6425/DIN 8306

  • At least waterproof to 100 m (10 bar) (usually: 200 m/20 bar)
  • Uni-directional bezel with minute and five-minute markers
  • Luminous hands and indices
  • Indicator that the watch is running in total darkness (e.g. luminous second hand)
  • Closed strap can withstand weight of 40 kg for one minute

Water: Watches' Greatest Enemy

At first, diving watches were special instruments made specifically for divers. Since their development, however, they've earned an established place in everyday life. Their functionality, technology, and robustness are all strong arguments for buying this kind of watch. Their water resistance is more than just a luxurious extra; water may well be the source of life, but it can mean complete destruction for watches.
If moisture finds its way into a watch case, then it almost always causes damage, regardless of the type of watch. Water washes away the lubrication and causes corrosion in mechanical watches. Quartz watches are just as sensitive; they require energy from a battery or solar cells which will likely stop working if they come into contact with water.
If a watch is going to be used underwater, then perfect waterproofing becomes both a problem and challenge. The crown, case back, and watch glass are all sensitive areas, as they create apertures in the case. Chronographs are even more delicate, as they have additional push-pieces and thus, additional apertures.
Diving watches have screw-down case backs and crowns. Chronographs, watches with a stopwatch function, also feature screw-down push-pieces. Together with rubber O-rings, these screw-down pieces ensure that the watch is hermetically sealed. Most watches have a simple pressure fit case back, which only protects against splashes of water. Otherwise, the watch seal is rather rudimentary.
A watch waterproof to just 30 m should be removed when you're washing your hands or in rain. The watch's waterproofness is deceptive: It is waterproof to 30 m, but that equates to a pressure of just 3 bar. The water pressure under a running faucet or while swimming could be greater than 3 bar. You don't need to actually dive to justify wearing a diving watch, though: Waterskiing, surfing, and rafting are all activities that require a sturdy, waterproof watch.
How do you define a diving watch? It has to follow the standards set forth by ISO 6425 or DIN 8306. These two sets of standards lay down an extensive list of test criteria which watches must meet in order to be considered a diving watch. The watches must be waterproof to at least 100 m (10 bar), although 200 m (20 bar) has become the market standard.
An essential part of any complete, modern diving watch is a uni-directional bezel with minute and five-minute markers. A diving watch isn't just used for telling time; it's also meant to keep track of your dive time. To time your dive, you align the bezel's zero marker with the minute hand right before beginning the dive. Then, with the help of the bezel's minute scale, you can see how long you've been underwater. The bezel should only rotate in a counterclockwise direction. That way, if you accidentally move the bezel while diving, you'll only shorten your dive time. If you were able to accidentally move the bezel clockwise, you would run the risk of lengthening your dive time. However, the amount of oxygen left in your tank would remain the same, and thus you could run out of air.
Safety is an incredibly important factor in the design of these watches. They have to be legible underwater and in the dark. Therefore, the watches feature luminous hands and indices. A common solution for making sure the wearer knows their watch is functioning in the dark is to outfit the watch with a luminous second hand.
Standards for diving watches also include high levels of shock resistance as well as protection against magnetic fields and temperature deviations. Altogether, diving watches have around 20 different criteria to meet.

Buying Advice

The most difficult part of buying a diving watch is choosing which one you want. Nearly every high-quality manufacturer offers this type of watch. Diving watches are available in many different price ranges and come in many different materials. If a watch strictly adheres to the standards, the design is somewhat predetermined. If you're not a fan of sporty watches with a rotatable bezel, then you should take a look elsewhere.
Fans of other brands may not like to hear it, but the most famous diving watch is Rolex's Submariner. The watch is one of the most copied watches in the world, ranging from high-quality watches with looks similar to the Submariner to crude fakes. When purchasing a pre-owned Submariner, you should be careful to ensure you aren't buying a fake. A competent watch dealer with a good reputation would never sell a fake Rolex. A new stainless steel Submariner costs around 6,000 euros, while a new gold version costs 25,000 euros.
Similar to the Submariner, Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms has had a legendary reputation for decades. However, it's not as well known outside the watch scene. Omega's Seamaster and Breitling's Superocean have also had established spots in the diving watch world for some 60 years. If you prefer a less round design, then take a look at Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak Offshore.
There are also diving watches available in lower price ranges. You can buy a new Sinn U1, for example, for around 1,800 euros. A new, automatic Longines Hydroconquest costs around 1,000 euros. Models from Japanese brands are even more affordable. Seiko and Citizen both offer a large selection of diving watches with great price/performance ratios.
Some watches place emphasis on design rather than strictly fulfilling all of the criteria laid out by the ISO 6425 or DIN 8306 standards. A perfect example of this is the Nomos Ahoi. Unlike most diving watches, it doesn't have a rotatable bezel or many other characteristics of the typical diving watch. However, the markedly simple and flat Ahoi is waterproof to 200 m (20 bar). The Panerai Luminor is another luxury diving watch, although it, like the Ahoi, doesn't have a rotatable bezel to keep track of the dive time.
When searching for a diving watch, you'll occasionally find some a with helium escape valve. Few wearers will actually require this; if you're a professional diver, for example, and regularly construct pipelines 200 m under the sea, it may be a necessary feature. For these cases, the diver requires a special breathing mixture containing helium. While breathing this gas in a diving chamber, the helium atoms can enter the watch through small openings. When the diver undergoes decompression, pressure will build up inside the watch. This could cause the watch glass to pop out. A helium escape valve prevents this from happening by equalizing the pressure. Since only professional divers require such watches, helium escape valves are usually only found on watches meant for depths of 500 m or deeper. Examples of such watches are Rolex's Sea-Dweller models, Omega's Planet Ocean and Ploprof, and Breitling's Avenger II Seawolf.
The waterproofness of a diving watch should be checked regularly. This especially applies to pre-owned watches which aren't guaranteed to still be waterproof. Now that diving computers exist, most divers use waterproof watches as a backup. However, it's still essential that the watch is in good condition for diving.

The History of Diving Watches

Which watch was the first diving watch? There are many answers to this tricky question. Rolex patented their idea for a watch with a screw-down crown and case back and sealed gaskets in 1926. When Mercedes Glietze attempted to swim the English Channel in October 1927, she had a Rolex Oyster on her wrist. Rolex's advertising stunt worked, as the watch withstood multiple hours underwater.
The first watch that was specially developed for use underwater was the Omega Marine. Its rectangular case was made of two differently sized parts which were fit together. This design improved water resistance. In 1937, the Omega Marine became the first watch to receive an official certificate of water resistance. It was confirmed to be waterproof to 135 m.
Diving watch technology improved in the 1950s and increased the water resistance limit to 200 m. In 1953, the Rolex Submariner and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms premiered. Their designs and looks still determine the characteristics of diving watches to this day. The original versions of both watches featured a rotatable bezel so that divers could keep track of their dive time. It's still disputed today whether the Submariner or the Fifty Fathoms should be considered the first "real" diving watch. In 1957, these two watches gained some competition, however, when the Superocean from Breitling and the Seamaster 300 from Omega were introduced.
The demand for diving watches increased with the rise of offshore construction of things such as pipelines and offshore platforms. The military also requested waterproof watches for their maritime forces. Later, that demand increased due to recreational diving, a sport now enjoyed by millions. Diving watches have found a new use as solid sport watches and status symbols, which could make them desirable collector's pieces in the future.

Series with Roots in the 1950s

  • Rolex Submariner, first model released in 1953
  • Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, first model released in 1953
  • Omega Seamaster 300, first model released in 1957
  • Breitling Superocean, first model released in 1957