As office dress codes continue to relax, men and women everywhere are increasingly choosing to wear sporty yet stylish dive watches over more formal dress watches. Offering an attractive blend of comfort, robustdesign, functionality, not to mention good looks, it’s not hard to see why. But finding the right dive watch for you can be tricky. There are a lot of options out there, with more coming to market as brands look to capitalise on the trend. To help get you started, we’ve pulled together four of our favourite options below.
The Spirit Of Big Bang King Gold White Diamonds is a luxury sports watch with an emphasis on the luxury. Don’t think for a minute though that it’s not as robust and practical as the other watches on this list. With a case made from highly scratch resistant King gold and a 100m water resistance rating, it can take just about any challenge you care to throw at it.
A blend of satin-finished and polished 18K King Gold, the 39mm tonneau-shaped case cuts a striking figure on the wrist. An effect that it is only amplified by the polished 18k King Gold bezel set with 50 diamonds (~1.00ct). Matching 18k King Gold hands and indexes are set against a matt white dial and filled with white Super-LumiNova® for optimal legibility. The look is chic and contemporary, without compromising on practicality. The date is shown via an aperture at 6 o’clock.
Providing the power is the HUB1710 Calibre. A self-winding movement designed and manufactured in-house by Hublot, it offers a lengthy power reserve of 50 hours. Paired with a white structured lined rubber strap and closed with a 18K King Gold 5N deployant buckle clasp, it will make the perfect addition to any summer outfit.
Sporty, fresh and perfectly styled for summer, the Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 is designed for women looking for a watch that combines versatility and performance, without compromising on looks. It is the perfect partner for adventure. Whether that adventure takes place in an urban jungle or an actual one is entirely up to you.
The design offers a very modern interpretation of the 1957 original. The clean dial – available in your choice of white or light blue – is attractive and easy to read. Prominent Arabic numerals appear at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock, while a date window at 3 o’clock offers added functionality. The numerals, along with the triangular shaped markers and central hands have all been treated with a luminous coating. This ensures high legibility even in low-light conditions. A red triangular marker on the seconds hand introduces a bold dash of contrasting colour.
Framing the minimalist dial is a unidirectional ratcheted bezel, complete with traditional dive markings. Inside is the self-winding Breitling Calibre 17. Beating at a rate of 28,800 v.p.h, it offers a power reserve of approximately 38 hours.
All of this is wrapped up in a steel case measuring 36mm. Thanks to a screw-locked crown and screwed in solid caseback, the Breitling Superocean Automatic 36 is rated waterproof to 200m/660ft.
When it comes to dive watches with a strong heritage, it’s hard to beat the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. Widely considered to be the first modern dive watch, it was developed in close collaboration with the French “Nageuers de combat”. This Elite Diving Corp. had been established by the French government in 1952 following the end of World War II and was tasked with activities such as underwater intelligence, sabotage operations, and clandestine port-attacks. As such, having a functional and reliable watch that could go with them on missions was critical
These days, the Fifty Fathoms collection continues to express Blancpain’s passion for the underwater world, capturing that same sense of adventure as the first model from 1953. The Bathyscape Caliber 1150 is a prime example of this. Presented in a very wearable brushed steel case measuring 38mm in diameter and just 10.7mm thick, it is both functional and eye-catching. It’s also rated water resistant to 300m.
The white dial adds a touch of elegance and is surrounded by a unidirectional satin-brushed steel bezel with a white ceramic insert and Liquidmetal® hour-markers. Time is displayed centrally by lume-filled, syringe-shaped hands, while a small date window appears at 4:30.
Inside is the manufacture calibre 1150, a automatic* mechanical movement comprised of 210 components. Beating at 3hz, it offers a power reserve of 100 hours* or approximately 4 days. It’s equipped with a silicon balance spring and can be admired through the sapphire caseback.
Tudor is well-known for its high quality, reasonably priced dive watches. The Black Bay 36 is no exception to this but offers a more understated option due to the absence of a rotating bezel. This gives it a certain sporty elegance that lends itself to more formal settings, whilst still remaining perfectly suited to more casual scenarios.
The 36mm steel case shows polished and satin finishes and features a steel screw-down winding crown inspired by the 1958 Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner, reference 7924 (better known as the “Big Crown”). What really draws the eye though is the lacquered blue dial, complete with Tudor’s distinctive snowflake hands. The contrast of white lume on the dark dial ensures legibility in all conditions.
The movement used is the self-winding mechanical Calibre 2824, offering a 38-hour power reserve. The Black Bay 36 is available on a steel bracelet with satin finish, a beige or brown leather strap with steel folding clasp and safety catch, or black fabric strap (a signature feature of Tudor’s Heritage line).
To learn more about any of the watches on this list please contact Watches of Switzerland today.
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