All-round performers for diving into the sea - or the pile of work on your desk.
PHOTOGRAPHY TAN WEI TE ART DIRECTION FAZLIE HASHIM SET DESIGN ASHRUDDIN SAINI
One of our all-time favourite divers, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms has a long history dating back to 1953. This Fifty Fathoms Automatic 45mm titanium timepiece with a blue dial and sapphire-crystal bezel is accented with green lumed hour markers and hands. Water-resistant to 300m, it also has a self-winding movement with an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring and a 120-hour power reserve.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer Chronograph not only boasts the depth rating of a typical dive watch – the 300m is right there in its name – but it also has incredible magnetic resistance of up to 15,000 Gauss, thanks to Omega’s self-winding Master Chronometer Calibre 9900. The 44mm chronograph is housed in a steel case with a black ceramic bezel featuring a white enamel diving scale, and its dial is decorated with distinctive laser-engraved waves.
Since their revival in 2017, Rado’s Captain Cook dive watches – originally produced in small quantities in the 1960s – have been well received. This explains why the brand has continued to release new editions of the charming vintage-style watch. One of the latest, this 42mm bronze edition features a green sunburst dial with a matching green ceramic bezel. The self-winding timepiece has a water resistance of 300m.
Dive into history
Its deliberately aged lume is the first hint that the Longines Skin Diver Watch is based on one of the brand’s historical timepieces. Indeed, this steel automatic timepiece is an update of Longines’ first dive watch from 1959. Originally created because of the mid-century rise in recreational diving, the Skin Diver is largely faithful to the original – save for updates such as a larger version of 42mm instead of 40mm and a depth rating of 300m instead of 150m.
Saxon brand Glashütte Original has added a fifth pillar to its collections: Spezialist, inspired by the high-precision navigational instruments historically manufactured in the German town of Glashutte. One of the watches in the new range is the SeaQ Panorama Date that’s powered by an in-house automatic movement with a 100-hour power reserve. The 43.2mm steel timepiece features a blue sunburst dial (also available in black) and a deep dive-ready water resistance of 300m.
In 1968, Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Polaris Memovox, a dive watch with an internal rotating bezel and an alarm function – all the better for divers to keep track of elapsed time underwater. Paying tribute to that historical icon, the Polaris Automatic’s features include an inner rotating bezel, which can be adjusted by one of two pushers. This 41mm steel model is powered by an automatic movement and has a depth rating of 100m – way more than enough for recreational divers.
Into the blue
As the sponsor of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sailing team, Panerai recently launched four new models it made for the members, including this Submersible Luna Rossa in Carbotech (Panerai’s carbon- fibre composite). Water-resistant to 300m, the 47mm self-winding timepiece stands out with its dark grey dial created from a Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sail and red dual-time and small seconds hands.