Dive watches are the Kings of the abyss. New materials and the use of modern design tools have enabled major firms in the market to manufacture watches of increasingly high performance.
Here are the 6 best dive watches of all time. (If your budget is limited, check out this list of the best inexpensive dive watches under $300 here!)
Editor’s note: We were going to include the Rolex Submariner as well, but decided to feature some of the less-obvious watch choices instead.
1. PARMIGIANI / PERSHING TOURBILLON
Powerful and elegant, the Pershing collection is an emblem of the contemporary view that Parmigiani wishes to contribute to the Haute Horlogerie. Its lines are an expression of sportsmanship that Parmigiani has developed since the beginning of its exclusive partnership with the prestigious Italian manufacturer of yacht Pershing.
The Pershing Tourbillon openwork gathers all the aesthetic and technical qualities to Parmigiani Fleurier extol. The movement, Caliber PF 511, inspired by the way Tourbillon caliber 500 movement, is made entirely in the heart of the workshops of Parmigiani Fleurier. It highlights the technicality, technology and aesthetics. It’s a perfect diving watch. In case you don’t use this watch everyday, just opt for a good looking leather or wooden watch winder to go with it, this would be a perfect combination between a high-end Tourbillon timepiece & a genuine leather or handmade wood winder.
2. IWC / PORTUGUESE YACHT CLUB CHRONOGRAPH
It has in its DNA the precision and reliability of a nautical instrument, its robust movement of own manufacturing has a very advanced caliber. The quality of its chronograph shows the quality and care that their artisan watchmakers put, this model is ideal for fans to the sport of sailing, it is waterproof and submersible in water more than 50 meters.
This watch has several complications in its mechanism as its chronograph retrograde and its supplementary reticle with a time scale of a quarter of a second, which allows stop and advance the measurement of the time with great speed, while maintaining the visibility of a second time zone on the cover.
3. CORUM / ADMIRAL’S CUP TIDES 48 SEAFENDER
Corum offers its famous Admiral’s Cup ‘Tides’ in a new version dedicated to coastal regions, where the tide rises on average every twelve hours and twenty minutes. Thanks to its exclusive module, the Admiral ‘s Cup Tides 48 provides all the necessary information about the tides with remarkable accuracy and legibility.
The highlight dodecagonal sapphire crystal and twelve nautical colored flames indicate hours, recover the original shape of the famous twelve-sided box.
4. JAEGER LECOULTRE / DEEP SEA
The current Jaeger LeCoultre Deep Sea pays tribute to the 1959 model, which was the first diving watch equipped with mechanical alarm functionality, fulfilling the function of alert the diver when it should begin the ascent to the surface. We have included this watch on our list for its history, although in reality the model that is sold today cannot be considered a ” diver”, as its tightness is limited to 100 meters.
5. PANERAI / LUMINOR
Although we do not necessarily present when talking about Panerai Luminor entire collection is suitable for diving, even though the vast majority of its models lacking bezel. Panerai ‘s history is linked to that of the Regia Marina, the Italian Navy, who chose this small atelier in Florence as official supplier of mechanical precision instruments (not only watches) in 1935.
The first Panerai watch was presented a few years later, in 1938, and used machinery Rolex. In the current collection, a model 100 %” diver” highlights the Luminor Submersible 44mm with external unidirectional bezel and guaranteed water resistance to 300 meters.
6. HUBLOT / OCEANOGRAPHIC 4000 KING
Symbol of 4,000 meters, is a clock developed to extend the limits of the rational as possible. It has taken 18 months of research, development and testing to present today the Oceanographic 4000, a watchable to dive to extreme depths.
To ensure air tightness and withstand this clock extreme pressure, synthetic sapphire crystal having a thickness of 6.5 mm. This is greater than the usual thickness, but which, however, remains relatively reasonable resistance at this level. The bottom of the box is screwed, sine qua non for achieving the marine depths. It is made of titanium grade 2, extremely resistant stainless material.