Here is the Part 2 Edition of our exclusive feature on the Top Luxury Diver watches in the world. To read about how one can select a good professional diving watch, click here.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Automatic Navy SEAL
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs collection is the result of collaboration between Swiss watch manufacturer Jaeger-LeCoultre and the elite U.S. Navy SEALs. Engineered to be tough, sturdy and efficient under all conditions, the Compressor Diving Automatic SEALs is sober, yet powerful in design. A new Super-LumiNova has been used that helps to enhance the numerals, indices, and hands, as well as to accentuate the beauty of the little marking triangle on the rotatable ceramic bezel. The case is steel made and entirely matte finished with a diameter of 26.6 mm. Powered by an automatic JLC Caliber 899. It comes with a high-quality leather strap but also includes the option of a rubber one. Water resistance to depths of 300 meters with a 45-hour power reserve. Limited edition to 1,500 pieces only.
Price – USD 8,800.
Ulysse Nardin Limited Edition Hammerhead Shark
The newest addition to Ulysse Nardin’s Marine collection of luxury watches is the Limited Edition Hammerhead Shark, a bespoke watch which features engravings of the mysterious shark with the same name. The watch comes with a 45mm polished titanium or gold case and features a blue rubber strap with rose gold or titanium elements. Just as a true shark, this can resist in water up to 200 meters and it features an automatic movement with exhibition caseback. Ulysse Nardin will produce only 350 units of this limited edition watch in 18-carat gold and titanium and another 999 units of this watch in titanium and steel.The mysterious hammerhead shark is present both on the watch and also on the rubber strap and adds a stylish touch to this already beautiful timepiece. The renowned watch designer hasn't announced yet the pricing details for this limited edition watch. Operated by a self-winding UN-26 movement.
Price - USD 9,900.
Linde Werdelin Oktopus II
The Oktopus II represents a technical and ideological advancement of the original Oktopus. The brand new and innovative case construction of the Oktopus II benefits from the extensive in-house knowledge in crafting highly sophisticated dive instruments, which sets us apart from any other watch company. The combination of the Oktopus II and the Reef reflects othe company's philosophy that "time should be read analogue while performance should be measured digital". The Oktopus II Double Date features a central movement chamber within the case and four case parts assembled together with 16 screws. Eight screws seal the fixed bezel with the chamber and another eight inside the back-case. The housing containing the movement is constructed for maximum resistance against water. The four case parts at three, six, nine and twelve o’clock, are built separately from the movement chamber and are used to hold the strap as well as to carry the attachable instrument. The dial of the Oktopus II is built in two layers. The upper level is cut out in a stencil technique, inspired from the graffiti art. Bearing the Linde Werdelin logo and indexes 3,6 and 9 in superluminova, together with the big calendar wheels, the dial displays an octopus icon. An upscale 3-hand big date movement, calibre 14580, is custom-made together with Dubois Dépraz, an independent and highly regarded Swiss movement maker specialised in calendar wheels.Oktopus II – Double Date currently comes in 3 versions, Titanium Blue, Titanium Yellow, and Rose Gold, each available in 88 pieces worldwide. Water resistance is up to 300 m.
Price - USD 10,000.
Louis Vuitton Tambour Diving II Chronograph
Louis Vuitton's "Tambour Diving II Chronograph”, automatic is a very fine and unique, large, self-winding, water resistant, 18K black gold diver’s wristwatch with square button chronograph, counter, date and orange Louis Vuitton rubber strap with an 18K black gold Louis Vuitton buckle. Accompanied by a specially designed Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite canvas presentation trunk with embossed message and CD from Paul Pettavino and additional black and orange alligator straps and certificate. The case is polished, rounded and contains a unidirectional rotating bezel with diving time indicator and an orange rubber raised Louis Vuitton signature. The dial is black with large orange Superluminova indexes, outer orange numerals and indexes for the diving time indicator. Its caseback, which is transparent includes an 'Only Watch 2011' engraving and a clear view onto the LJP 8181 calibre with column wheel powering the chronograph movement. The watch is water resistant to 100m.
Price - USD 10,000.
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk Blue
Girard-Perregaux is a Swiss high-end watch manufacturer tracing its origins back to 1791. The history of the brand is marked by legendary watches that combine sharp design with innovative technology. A genuine diving instrument with assertive personality and ergonomic design, the Sea Hawk pro 1000 m is distinguished by its performances. Ready for the most extreme adventures, it is equipped with a Girard-Perregaux self-winding movement with power reserve indication. Its case entirely developed and manufactured in-house has a unidirectional rotating bezel for calculating dive times and a helium valve used for decompressing the watch after deep dives. It is also equipped with a screw-down crown and case-back. A 44 mm diameter with a unidirectional rotating bezel operates at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Water resistance up to 1000 m.
Price - USD 11,350.
Jaeger Le Coultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet
This outstanding model owes its appeal first and foremost to its noble origins, since it stems directly from the famous Memovox Deep Sea introduced in 1959, the first automatic diver’s watch equipped with an alarm and which had called upon the full inventive force of the Jaeger-LeCoultre watchmakers. This timepiece is professional in more than one respect, since it meets all the criteria laid down for diver’s watches in the ISO 6425 standard. It has a unidirectional rotating bezel, while the luminescent hands and hour-markers enable easy and error-free indication readings, even in poor visibility conditions. The 44 mm Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet watch fully complies with the requirements established by the ISO standard regarding shock resistance and anti-magnetic protection. Finally, as a reminder that this timepiece water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres) is designed to guarantee absolute reliability in an aquatic environment, its solid case-back is adorned, like the historical model, with an engraving of a frogman surrounded by bubbles. The diver’s watch is teamed with a calfskin strap complete with a varnished edge ensuring it remains fully impermeable, whatever the circumstances. Driven by mechanical automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 758 housing a balance oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Price - USD 13,000.
Bell & Ross - Pink Gold & Carbon Chronograph
The Bell & Ross Chronograph is a beautiful bi-colour timepiece.
While functionality in under water duties is a given when it comes to most luxury
sports watches this one is stands out as its prestige and sophistication is implicit
in its unique design. The Chronograph is made with solid 18K pink gold with black
PVD steel case. The case is 44mm in diameter with vacuum sealed carbon black
finish case optimum for deep sea diving. The numerals and hands have been enhanced
for better readability with a photoluminescent coat. Powered by the ETA 2894
Automatic Chronograph. The strap is of rubber with the Bell & Ross logo
engraved on the side. A stainless steel folding clasp finishes the look. The Chronograph is water resistance up to 500 meters.
Price – USD 13,600.
The British-based brand has finally found a good use for its infamous trigger-style chronograph push-piece. Capable of starting, stopping and resetting the chronograph even deep underwater Rated for impressive 600 meters of water resistance, the watch is literally stuffed with features that ensure its water tightness.The Chronofighter Prodive Professional sports a rubber winding/setting crown, which is color-keyed to the yellow rubber strap and features bayonet safety system and a special red ring that indicates that the crown is not screwed-in. The dial, while a little too "Japanese” in its design, is still quite legible with its wide hour and minute hands covered with Superluminova and the small seconds indicator styled as a turbine rotor and also featuring the same luminous substance on its blades. Crafted from stainless steel, the case of the watch is only about 45 millimeters in diameter. The Prodive is driven by a Calibre 1785. Limited edition of 200 pieces.
BLANCPAIN 50 Fathoms Calendar Moon Phase Flyback Chronograph is driven by a complex 448-part movement featuring a series of innovations developed by Blancpain. It gives users exceptional freedom to modify each indication at any time of the day or night. This watch makes it possible to perform corrections of time with a fingertip, rather than needing to resort to a pointed instrument specifically designed for this purpose. A mechanical based watch it consists of a classic flyback movement controlled by a column wheel and a vertical coupling-clutch. The 45mm-diameter stainless steel case is fitted with a unidirectional blue sapphire crystal bezel and a matching dial. Power Reserve of 40 Hours. Water resistance is up to 300 meters. It comes with a satin based sail-canvas strap.
Price - USD 23,000.
Hublot Oceanographic 4000
This incredible new 4000m diver watch is ergonomically developed to with stand extremes. Its efficiency and ease of handling is designed to push the limits of the possible. Most of the features of the Oceanographic 4000 are exceptional, in terms of design, development and manufacturing and best suited for a deep diver. The case back is screwed down, a given, for functioning at such depths. The Oceanographic 4000 is armed with a helium escape valve and screw-down crowns to complete the look. It is composed of grade 2 high quality titanium, extremely strong and stainless. To ensure the water resistance of the watch and to resist extreme pressures at 4000 m the synthetic sapphire crystal used has been thickened to 6.5. This is more than the norm, but quite reasonable considering the level of resistance. It comes with 2 "pin buckle” straps — one composed of rubber for daily wear and one with rubber and nylon mix with extra length to fit around a diving suit. Limited editions of 1,000 pieces in titanium and 500 pieces in carbon fibre are available. The Hublot Oceanographic 4000 comes in titanium and carbon fibre.
Price - USD 25,500.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
Unveiled at SIHH 2013, Audemars Piguet presents the Royal Oak Offshore Diver timepiece. A new diving timepiece is completely crafted in black ceramic and fitted on a matching vulcanized rubber strap with a titanium pin buckle. It's 42.0 mm x 13.90 mm case is made from black ceramic. It features a glare-proofed Sapphire crystal, a Titanium glare-proofed Sapphire crystal caseback, a black ceramic bezel and crowns and Titanium lug links. It has a water-resistance 300m. The watch is powered by an AP Manufacture self-winding caliber 3120. The black dial is with 'Méga Tapisserie' pattern with white gold applied hour-markers and hands with luminescent coating. It features a black inner rotational divers bezel with a diving scale and zone from 12 to 3 o'clock in orange. For superb readability even in the most extreme conditions, white gold applied markers and the hour hand are coated with bright luminescence. For the same reason, minute and second hands are marked in orange. This in-house movement beats on the frequency of 21,600 alternations per hour and provides the power-reserve of 60 hours.
Price - USD 26,000.
Linde Werdelin SpidoSpeed Black Diamond
A unique composition of black diamonds, mother of pearl, DLC
(Diamond-Like-Carbon), SpidoSpeed Black Diamond is a masculine piece with a
refined sense of style balanced by the use of precious natural materials. The
44mm case has been designed for weight reduction and this model includes a DLC
coating on each of its components including the crown and push-buttons. Along
with the stealthy black DLC finish, another feature is the addition of 48 ultra
high grade black diamonds perfectly mounted in the bezel. In all, these
diamonds weigh in at 1.58 carats and add an aspect of luxury to balance out the
ruggedness of the DLC and skeletonized treatments. The dial is Tahitian
mother of pearl and its bluish hues integrate nicely with the blued hands hands
and entirely black finish. The SpidoSpeed is powered by a custom-made
integrated chronograph movement caliber 2251, partially visible through the sapphire crystal
case-back. This bespoke movement allows the crown and pushers to be completely
aligned and to facilitate the attachment of the Linde Werdelin
instruments. The SpidoSpeed comes in a family of 7 models: Gold, Black
Diamond, Rose Gold with DLC Titanium, Black Orange, Anthracite DLC, Black DLC,
and Steel. SpidoSpeed Black Diamond is available worldwide in an exclusive numbered-series
A of 50 pieces. Water resistance up to 100 m.
Price - USD 26,750.
Hublot King Power Oceanographic 1000
The King Power Oceanographic 1000 is packed with useful features that not only help the wearer but protect the life of the watch. If you are a diver you’re probably going to want to know how water-resistant the watch is first off. The King Power Oceanographic 1000 is an incredible 1000 m water resistant, hence the 1000 in the name of the watch. It features a HUB4160 self-winding 60 central chronograph movement. The case is made out of satin finished titanium which is a durable yet lightweight material popular among diver’s watches. The bezel compliments the case and is made out of satin-finished and microblasted titanium with six Black PVD titanium screws. The standard strap is made out of black rubber which fits comfortable contours perfectly on the wearer’s wrist. The dial is simple, sporty, and easy to read. It is matte black with blue and yellow accenting. It also has luminescent rhodium plated hands. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment covers and protects the dial. Sapphire crystal is known for its strength and durability as well as its ability to prevent glare and camouflage blemishes.
Price - USD 27,000.
Harry Winston Ocean Triple Retrograde Chronograph
The Harry Winston Ocean Triple Retrograde Chronograph is
visually striking and mechanically remarkable, a perfect balance of beauty and
functionality. Most watchmakers create chronographic movements in the classic
circular dials but with Harry Winston introducing the chronograph in a
retrograde display, the watchmaker has revealed a high level of innovation in
making a classic chronograph into one that excites its wearers as the
instantaneous "flyback” of chronograph showcases a strong identity and ingenuity. The
watch, in a conventional 44mm DLC (Diamond-like Coating) high tech Zalium metal
is highly resistant to scratches and heat with an 18k rose gold version
available for those seeking something more luxurious. Decorated in 5 different
dial finishes for the Zalium case, and available in 4 different dial finishes
for the rose gold variant: diamond point, guilloche, matte, and satin brushed
surfaces, Harry Winston has truly demonstrated unparalleled excellence when it
comes to combining technological precision timekeeping with art and luxury.The
new Ocean Triple Retrograde Chronograph is powered by a self-winding mechanical
movement that can be admired through a sapphire crystal exhibition case-back.
Water resistance up to 100 m.
Price - USD 36,200.
Blancpain X Fathoms
In the context of a spectacular event taking place in the largest
aquarium in the world, the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in the Dubai
Mall, Blancpain revealed its latest diving watch. The X Fathoms revisits the
characteristics of its iconic 1953 ancestor, and combines them with a
mechanical depth gauge to create the most high-performance mechanical diving
watch ever produced. Depth measures up to 90 meters, retrograde 5-minute
counter for decompression stops, the X Fathoms concept watch abounds in world
firsts. Its movement, reference 9918B, is based on the Manufacture-made Calibre
1315, which has already proved its worth by successfully powering several
models in the Fifty Fathoms collection. Self-winding and equipped with three
barrels ensuring a five-day power reserve, it is provided with a silicon
balance-spring to withstand magnetic disturbances. Its imposing 55.65 mm case
made of satin-brushed titanium is water-resistant to 30 bar. It features a
helium decompression valve for saturation diving and the unidirectional
rotating bezel characteristic to the collection for almost 60 years.
Price - USD 40,500.
Breguet Marine 5837 Tourbillon Chronograph
The Breguet essence lies in a constant process of creation and tireless
innovation, always remaining ahead of one's time, while at the same time
observing the rules of excellence in engineering and visual harmony which
Breguet defined, and which have given birth to the modern art of watchmaking.
The latest sports watch from Breguet is the Ref. 5837, a chronograph that includes
a tourbillon. The beautiful 18K pink gold watch uses the manual-wind Breguet
caliber 554.2T movement with 25 jewels and a power reserve of 50 hours. The
watch has front and back sapphire crystals and is water resistant to 100
meters. The dial is black rhodium plated over 18K gold and is engine-turned in
a wave pattern. The very handsome watch comes with an attractive caoutchouc rubber strap with a gold clasp.
Price - USD 119,995.
Richard Mille RM 032 Diver Chrono
This newest Richard Mille creation is designed to go deep and to offer a
range of functions along the way. While exploring the depths, you have at your
disposal hours, minutes, seconds, 60-minute countdown, 12-hour totalizer and
flyback chronograph, annual calendar with oversized date, and a month
indicator. Find pricing and wallpaper inside.Available in titanium, 18K white
gold or red gold, the 50 mm x 17.80 mm RM 032 is water resistant to 300 meters
(30 atmospheres), following ISO 6425 diver’s watch norms.The power reserve is
circa 50 hours, 45h with chronograph running. The digits for the date indicator
are composed of two discs, with the digits cut out like positive stencils,
offering great visual clarity combined with style. The annual calendar allows
for the date change to be automatically calculated for months of 30 and 31
days; the only exception being the month of February. Assembled by three layers
connected with 22 screws, the bezel and system attaching it to the watchcase,
makes it stable as well as impossible to inadvertently dislocate or loosen. The
bezel rotates unidirectionaly in line with the norm ISO 6425, to avoid mistakes
when calculating diving time. For clearer visibility under murky conditions, at
12 o’clock onwards, the minute markers of the first quarter are highlighted in
red. The watch is operated by its caliber RMAC2 automatic winding movement.
Price - USD 135,000.
Parmigiani Pershing Abyss Tourbillon
The Swiss manufacturer also presents the new Parmigiani Fleurier
Pershing Tourbillon Abyss. This Pershing haute horlogerie model is housed in a
titanium case with the diameter of 45mm and the thickness of 14.2mm. Its
polished case incorporates a satin finished 18-karats rose gold unidirectional
bezel. Its case is coated with anti-reflective sapphire crystals and provides
water resistance of 100 meters (330 feet). The new Pershing Abyss
Tourbillon has a see-through sapphire case back where you can take a look on
the Parmigiani Fleurier Caliber PF510 hand-wound tourbillon movement with an
impressive one-week of power reserve. The mechanism is decorated with Côtes de
Genève” and hand-beveled bridges. The watch dial features a wave pattern
in ‘deep-sea’ blue with applique indexes and delta-shaped hands filled with a
luminous material. The 30-second tourbillon is set at the 6 o’clock position,
while the power reserve indicator is located on the opposite side, at the 12
o’clock position. Parmigiani Pershing Abyss Tourbillon is fitted with an
alligator strap in indigo blue with a folding buckle.
Price - Undisclosed.
These watches are hideous - far too-complicated and inelegant. They look like the pieces of garbage quartz watches you can get at the department store for $75
by Not Important
It seems as if this list and the part 1 are just a collection of some legitimate dive watches, but mostly just dressy "dive" watches. Unfortunately these days, some manufacturers just slap the label "dive watch" on any watch they sell with a good depth rating. In fact, i bet you that no real diver will dive with anything more expensive than 10,000 on their wrist. its a liability. in addition to that, these watches are merely used for a backup to dive computers. therefore, minimalism, spectacular lume, and excellent visibility are the most important factors when selecting a dive watch. the vast majority of these watches would be nearly illegible 200 feet under the water, not to mention over 1000 feet under. Part 1 dealt with mostly stuff below 8,000, and there was no mention of a single rolex or omega model. Also, there is no legitimate list of dive watches, luxury or otherwise, that does not include either the Rolex submariner or the Rolex deepsea. Why make a list if you leave out obvious candidates?
How about the Stowa ProDiver? Great watch for the money ($1000)
by Bruce Pachter
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