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Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Ref. PAM00392 PAM392
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Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Ref. PAM00392 PAM392
£5,341
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Uhren2000 GmbH
219
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£4,933
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Uhren2000 GmbH
219
DE
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Rolex 5513 SWISS ONLY Gilt Submariner - 1963
£14,995
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M&J Watches Ltd
13
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Rolex Submariner #16610 - Vintage Collectible - PATINA Dial
Rolex Submariner #16610 - Vintage Collectible - PATINA Dial
£3,768
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Rolex  submariner SERTI DAIL18ct Gold
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Rolex submariner SERTI DAIL18ct Gold
£13,995
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24
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
£3,400
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Panerai Radiomir Chronograph Steel Black Automatic 45mm Watch
£3,999
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24
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Breguet Marine Royale
£19,610
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12
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.30.44.21.03.001
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.30.44.21.03.001
£3,695
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JPA Watch Company Ltd
13
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Breguet Marine Chronograph 2015 - white gold
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Breguet Marine Chronograph 2015 - white gold
£12,450
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Tempo and Time Ltd
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Panerai Radiomir PAM 183 – 2008 – Full Set
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Panerai Radiomir PAM 183 – 2008 – Full Set
£3,450
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Oakleigh Watches
15
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Rolex Submariner Date
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Rolex Submariner Date
£5,500
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Chase Hattan
9
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Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel #16610.  M series-2007-2008...
Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel #16610. M series-2007-2008...
£5,152
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
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Omega Planet Ocean  full set
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Omega Planet Ocean full set
£2,350
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
24
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue
£12,500
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Swiss Watch Trader
 
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Rolex Deep Sea 116660
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Rolex Deep Sea 116660
£11,095
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23
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Rolex Vintage Steel Submariner, Ref: 1680 (Service Papers)
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Rolex Vintage Steel Submariner, Ref: 1680 (Service Papers)
£6,950
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Tempvs Ltd
58
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Gmt 232.30.44.22.03.001
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Gmt 232.30.44.22.03.001
£4,295
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JPA Watch Company Ltd
13
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Rolex Submariner Green bezel 'Anniversary' - 16610LV MINT
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Rolex Submariner Green bezel 'Anniversary' - 16610LV MINT
£7,000
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Tempo and Time Ltd
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
£2,139
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Swiss Time Traders
 
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 16 Automatic 500M Full Set
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 16 Automatic 500M Full Set
£1,700
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David Summerfield Ltd
14
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Rolex Two-tone Rolex Submariner Watch #16613 X series-1994 model
Rolex Two-tone Rolex Submariner Watch #16613 X series-1994 model
£5,845
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
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Rolex submariner 16610 unworn
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Rolex submariner 16610 unworn
£7,495
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
24
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 (Unworn)
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 (Unworn)
£11,250
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Swiss Watch Trader
 
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV
£8,095
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Rolex Submariner Date 'Pumpkin' Patina, Ref: 168000
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Rolex Submariner Date 'Pumpkin' Patina, Ref: 168000
£4,750
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Tempvs Ltd
58
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Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
£105,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller Stainless Steel Gents 16660 - W3509
Rolex Sea-Dweller Stainless Steel Gents 16660 - W3509
£7,995
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Xupes.com
58
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Rolex Submariner Date LV Ref 16610T (With Rolex Box)
Rolex Submariner Date LV Ref 16610T (With Rolex Box)
£6,879
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Watch Center London
396
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Stainless Steel 116600
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Stainless Steel 116600
£8,350
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ChronoEdge
66
UK
Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Ceramic Bezel V series - MINT
Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Ceramic Bezel V series - MINT
£5,730
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
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Rolex Deepsea Stainless Steel D-Blue Dial Watch 116660
Rolex Deepsea Stainless Steel D-Blue Dial Watch 116660
£10,995
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
14
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060M
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060M
£6,500
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Swiss Watch Trader
 
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Longines HydroConquest Automatic 41mm Mens Watch
Longines HydroConquest Automatic 41mm Mens Watch
£815
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
£10,300
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Private seller
 
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Rolex Vintage Steel O/P Black Dial Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
Rolex Vintage Steel O/P Black Dial Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
£90,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Rolex Submariner Date Anniversary Kermit Stainless Steel Gents...
Rolex Submariner Date Anniversary Kermit Stainless Steel Gents...
£7,395
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Xupes.com
58
UK
Rolex Submariner No Date Ref. 14060
Rolex Submariner No Date Ref. 14060
£4,435
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Watch Center London
396
UK
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial
£3,350
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ChronoEdge
66
UK
Rolex 40mm Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner NO DATE Watch #114060
Rolex 40mm Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner NO DATE Watch #114060
£5,691
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
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Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
£4,795
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Segal's Jewellers
 
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 45 Ref. 5015-1130-71
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 45 Ref. 5015-1130-71
£11,722
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Uhren2000 GmbH
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Rolex Submariner 18ct White Gold Watch with Blue Dial 116619LB
Rolex Submariner 18ct White Gold Watch with Blue Dial 116619LB
£18,995
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
14
UK
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tourbillon 8 Jours
£86,330
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
£42,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Omega Seamaster 300M Stainless Steel Gents 165.024 - COM995
Omega Seamaster 300M Stainless Steel Gents 165.024 - COM995
£7,995
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Xupes.com
58
UK
Breguet Marine Stainless Steel Ref: 5817ST (Only Papers)
Breguet Marine Stainless Steel Ref: 5817ST (Only Papers)
£6,245
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Watch Center London
396
UK
Panerai PAM 025 Titanium
Panerai PAM 025 Titanium
£4,000
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Maunder Watch Co
5
UK
Rolex 40mm Stainless Steel Submariner No Date #14060- D series
Rolex 40mm Stainless Steel Submariner No Date #14060- D series
£4,383
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic -...
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic -...
£12,537
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CONCEPT LUXURY
64
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 16613LB
Rolex Submariner Date 16613LB
£6,995
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Segal's Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Deepsea Stainless Steel D-Blue Dial Watch 116660
Rolex Deepsea Stainless Steel D-Blue Dial Watch 116660
£10,500
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Time 4 Diamonds DMCC Ltd
14
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IWC Aquatimer Deep Three
IWC Aquatimer Deep Three
£12,564
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK
Rolex 18k Y/G Rare Omani Crest Submariner Date B&P 1680
Rolex 18k Y/G Rare Omani Crest Submariner Date B&P 1680
£55,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 18k White Gold Gents 5015-1540 52 -...
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 18k White Gold Gents 5015-1540 52 -...
£19,995
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Xupes.com
58
UK
Panerai Luminor Power Reserve 44mm
Panerai Luminor Power Reserve 44mm
£3,710
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Watch Center London
396
UK
Panerai Luminor Chrono
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Panerai Luminor Chrono
£4,500
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Private seller
 
UK
Rolex 40mm Stainless Steel Submariner #16610 W/ Box and Papers
Rolex 40mm Stainless Steel Submariner #16610 W/ Box and Papers
£5,845
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
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Panerai Luminor 1950 Marina 3 Days Automatic Steel PAM00312
Panerai Luminor 1950 Marina 3 Days Automatic Steel PAM00312
£4,995
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ChronoEdge
66
UK
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
£7,150
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Humberstones Jewellers
 
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
£11,950
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Maunder Watch Co
5
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
£8,038
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WatchesofMayfair.com
204
UK

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