Tissot Tradition 42 T063.610.16.037.00
From French Polynesia to the Red Sea, the Galapagos Islands, and the Andaman Sea, these timepieces were made to discover the world’s oceans.
Diving is one of the only sports where keeping track of the time is essential to safety. Divers always need to gauge how long they have been in the water as well as plan decompression stops when resurfacing. For this, most divers use a diving computer strapped to their wrist that gives them all the essential information for a safe dive. But occasionally, this equipment fails, and when this happens a backup can save lives. This is where a mechanical divers’ watch comes into its own.
A mechanical diver’s watch doesn’t rely on batteries, just wind it up, set the unidirectional bezel to the minute hand to track elapsed time, and all the information you need is available to you at a glance.
Not all water-resistant watches can take the extreme pressures of diving though. Even if a watch says it is water-resistant to 100 meters/10 bar, that doesn’t mean you can go down that deep with it. If you are looking to scuba dive, look for a wristwatch that has 200 meters/20 bar or more to be assured of its functionality in the water.
At WatchDreamer, we love divers’ watches and have a large selection of “real deal” timepieces for exploring the depths. Here are five of our latest arrivals that are just waiting to be taken into the water.
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600
The Rolex Sea-Dweller certainly lives up to its name with a water resistance of 4,000 feet/1,220 meters. This pre-owned 40mm model from 2007 has just been polished and is in excellent condition. It comes with a black dial with Super-LumiNova hands and indexes, the original black bezel insert, and Rolex’s famous Oyster bracelet with a folding clasp. It can’t wait to get back into the ocean!
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 44
This professional diver comes from one of Omega’s most iconic lines, seducing both divers and those who appreciate its handsome looks. This chronograph version comes in a 44mm stainless steel case with a polished black ceramic bezel, white enamel diving scale, and black ceramic pushers. The dial features a date at six o’clock and laser-engraved waves that echo its love for the ocean.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 43
This newly designed automatic Aquaracer is one of the latest releases from TAG Heuer. It comes with a water resistance of 300 meters and is fitted with a blue sunray brushed dial and matching blue unidirectional ceramic bezel with 12 facets. Housed in a 43mm stainless steel case, the Aquaracer Professional combines both brushed and polished surfaces and is slightly slimmer than previous models for improved comfort on the wrist. The steel bracelet also includes two safety push buttons on the buckle with a fine adjustment system for wear over a wetsuit.
Panerai Submersible 42
If there is one brand that has made the marine world its domain, it is Panerai, having made timepieces for Italian Navy divers. This Submersible 42 comes in a stainless-steel case with a ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel and 300-meter water resistance. It is powered by an automatic movement with a three-day power reserve and comes with a black dial with luminous hour markers and dots and a black rubber strap.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms bathyscaphe 43.6mm
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms dates back to 1953 and was a pioneering piece of equipment for those first divers who ventured beneath the sea. This modern-day version is inspired by the original in design with its unidirectional satin-brushed gray and blue ceramic bezel, blue dial, and white luminescent hands and indexes. This version comes in a satin-brushed gray ceramic case for lightness and comfort and is fitted with a sail-canvas strap.