Keeping time while submerged is a tough job and, with diving becoming an increasingly popular activity, one that requires very robust professional watches. There is a kind of beauty to the professional diver's watch that comes from the pure pleasure of engineering excellence. Diving has evolved as an adventure sport attracting enthusiasts from all classes of society.
In honor of the sport, we bring you our exclusive compilation of the World's Top Luxury Diving Watches over a two part Series, in ascending order of price. For further information on how to pick a good professional diving watch, read our article on how to select a good diving watch.
Bell & Ross Hydromax
The Bell & Ross Hydromax is the Hulk of all diving watches with an astonishing water resistance of 6000 m. It has even made it to the Guinness Book of Records for being the deepest diving mechanical watch. Bell & Ross Hydromax is sleek in design which traditional watchmakers shy away from. The Hydromax has a quartz movement as opposed to a mechanical movement. It also contains revolutionary new fluid oil formulated by Bell & Ross called Hydroil. The watch case filled with transparent Hydroil which keeps the watch perfect resistant against water. Designed with a black dial with white numbers and topped up with the Hydroil in the watch enhances the legibility and makes it easy to read even at the most angles.The Hydromax comes with three kinds of straps a stainless steel bracelet, a semi-rigid shockproof rubber strap and a synthetic canvas strap with Velcro.
Price - USD 2,800.
Anonimo Carbon Diver Drass
Carbon Diver Drass as the name implies is made of carbon fibre for its dial as well as for the fixed outer bezel. This is a first for any Anonimo model. This is a good recognition of the increasing use of the high-tech material for maritime applications and other uses where it is recognised for its toughness and light weight. The watch is built keeping in mind recreational divers and sailors. It comprises the Anonimo 01.0 automatic calibre on base SELLITA SW200 with rotor manufactured upon Anonimo specifications. Its extra thick dial with indexes and hands topped with luminous coating make for superior day and night readability. Power reserve is for about 40 hours. It has a water-resistance of 300 meters. It has an Opera Kodiak leather strap and a stainless steel buckle. The Carbon Diver will have a limited series of 300 pieces only.
Price - USD 3,000.
Ermenegildo Zegna High Performance Sea Diver
For water sports enthusiasts, a stylish, yet masculine watch may be all the encouragement needed to take to the ocean with a newfound attitude and confidence. Designers at Ermenegildo Zegna have teamed up with Swiss watch manufacturer Girard-Perregaux to bring a notably modern and sporty look to their line. The watch possesses the finesse of the Italian fashion label’s reputation, yet the bold numbering and markings on the face and bezel of the watch lend an impression of durability and reliability. One of the most unique features of the 42mm steel-cased diving watch is the design of the clock hands. Instead of matching the minute and hour hand, the former is crafted as the sword silhouette while the latter assumes the snakehead shape. A pointed second hand completes the set, bearing the same red outline as seen on the numbers painting the watch face. The extravagance of the watch is not to undercut the performance and functionality of the watch; it is slated to withstand up to 30 atmospheres of pressure, which translates to a depth of 300 meters. The ETA 2824-2 is an automatic winding, 25 jewel movement
Price - USD 3,300.
Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000
Breitling has created a new champion of abyssal depths, equipped with an exclusive magnetic push piece system. Within this patented system, the chronograph controls are operated via the metal of the case. This means that the Superocean Chronograph M2000 is the first chronograph to be water-resistant and fully operational to the fabulous depth of 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) without any risk of water seeping in. The 4 mm-thick sapphire crystal guarantees exceptional sturdiness, while the original appearance of the black dial is enhanced by red, black, blue or green-ringed counters.The movement is Breitling’s Caliber 73, which has been chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It is a self-winding, "thermocompensated SuperQuartz” movement, equipped with a 1/10-second chronograph, with 60-minute and 12-hour counters and a split-seconds hand for split times, as well as a date indication. The stainless-steel case is 46mm in diameter and has a unidirectional, ratcheted, rotating bezel.
Price - USD 4,485
Sea God GMT III
Sea-God offers a vision that honors the culture and tradition of the Swiss watch industry. Technology, aesthetics, fine finishing distinguish a Sea-God product. Sea-God adopted as its logo a traditional symbol, the trident, scepter of the sea's Greek God. The Sea-God GMT III dive watch has a self winding Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement with a water resistance of 300 m. The watch is 46mm wide and made in steel with rotating bezels. The dial is very attractive with design cues from Rolex. The watch has a domed AR coated sapphire crystal, black enamel dial with applied luminescent indexes with blue hue and a custom adjustable rubber divers strap.
Price - USD 4,671.
Bremont’s professional diver, the Supermarine 500, maintains the Bremont aviation DNA by encasing the beautifully finished chronometer tested movement in an anti-magnetic Faraday cage. Also protecting the BE-36AE movement is a patented anti-shock case mount. The Supermarine's case is 45 mm in diameter providing water resistance to 500 metres and a sapphire bezel offers extraordinary luminosity in low light conditions. The case also has an automatic helium escape value for professional diving requirements. The Supermarine is powered by Bremont's BE-36AE which is a modified ETA 2836 Swiss automatic movement with a 36 hour power reserve.
Price - USD 5,000.
Azimuth Xtreme 1 Deep Diver
The Deep Diver watch is new dive sensation from Swiss watchmaker Azimuth. Created in conjunction with famed Mexican explorer, Fernando Alberto Lozano Andrade, the Deep Diver has accompanied him on many dives around Argentina. The Deep Diver case is square in shape unlike the traditional round shape diver watch. Round shapes are considered better suited for diving watches however by placing separate movement housing inside of the square case; Azimuth has been able to achieve a water-resistance of up to 2000 meters. The inner capsule is also equipped with lateral helium escape valve. The model is powered on the ETA 2826 Big Date movement. The model has been made using the highest quality materials such as high-grade titanium and an exceptional ultra-high domed sapphire crystal. It has a power up reserve of 42 hours. The sporty style is augmented by the rubber strap. The Deep Diver stays true to its name by being water resistance to 2000 metres.
Price - USD 5,100.
Breitling Avenger Sea Wolf
With the selfwinding Avenger Seawolf model, Breitling has accomplished a first-rate technical performance by producing a professional diver’s watch that is water-resistant to the fabulous depth of 3,000 meters (10,000 ft). The brand has trained the spotlight on this extreme Avenger by presenting it in a 1,000-piece limited series with a black steel case made using a highly resistant carbon-based treatment, a rubber strap and an ultra- sporty dial enlivened by yellow indications. The Helium escape valve is located at 9 o’clock, and is pretty necessary for a watch that is good down to 10,000ft. The Avenger Seawolf shares the case style of the Avenger series of watches from Breitling, being very similar to the Avenger Chronograph, but actually thicker, due to the increased water resistance.The watch measures 45.4 mm in diameter, and features the Breitling 17 Caliber automatic movement.
Price - USD 5,420.
Chanel J 12 Diver
The Chanel J12 Marine is a bona fide diving watch. Designed to withstand the stresses of a high pressure underwater environment down to 300 meters, this watch is undoubtedly one of the most rugged Chanel luxury watches ever created. Evidence of this watch's brawn is immediately apparent, even to the untrained eye; the J12 Marine sports a high-strength anti-reflective sapphire crystal that covers the entire watch face, including the outer circumference of the bezel, which is, by itself, a masterpiece of seamlessly integrated function and form. Engraved and outfitted with either a blue or black high-tech sapphire or ceramic dial with luminescent markers, the unidirectional rotating stainless steel diver's bezel was designed with ease of orientation in mind, even under the most challenging conditions. The Chanel J12 Marine's stalwart 38 or 42 millimeter wide ceramic case is available in either a stunning white lacquer or a sleek, Marine-style bead-blasted black matte finish. The screw-down steel crown, sporting a ceramic cabochon, is equipped with a crown protector to prevent damage during vigorous activity. The Chanel J12 Marine's dial is available in either black or white lacquer, and, like the bezel, it bears strongly luminescent hour markings and hands for supreme ease of reading. The J12 Marine employs mechanical Swiss automatic movement for superior accuracy and a 42-hour power reserve to reduce the need for having to adjust the time, even after an extended period of inactivity. Finally, a waterproof, vented, shock and UV-resistant matte rubber bracelet completes the Chanel J12 Marine and further establishes it as one of the most practical Chanel timepieces.
Price - USD 5,550.
Every single U-Boat timepiece is individually handcrafted in Italy by master craftsmen, dedicated to the highest level of precision engineering and finishing, where care and attention to detail span the entire process, from the very first prototype to the final assembly of the watch. This year's version of the U-Boat Classico U-1001 is now available with both a new case material and a new case size. Stainless steel has been chosen and the watch now measures 47 mm. Its '1001' moniker denotes not only its 1001 m depth rating, a tribute to Italo Fontana's passion for diving, but also its production run of 1001 pieces of each color that the watch comes in. Consisting of a black sandwich dial with either blue or orange luminescent markers, the applied U-1001 logo lies between 12 and 3 o' clock. The sword hands are luminescent and the date window lies at 4 o'clock. The watch is powered by a Automatic winding Swiss ETA calibre movement. Technically speaking, the automatic pressure release valve is placed below the crown on the left side of the case. The helium gas present in the valve is appointed to evacuate the gas and relieve the internal pressure.
Price - USD 5,595.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
The result of an evolution in watchmaking technology, the 44-mm wide external rotating bezel gives the Aquatimer Chronograph in stainless steel, water-resistant to 12 bar, an extremely striking face. And with its background lighting, it guarantees more safety during dives. This is because the Super-LumiNova luminescent coating applied to the underside is designed for maximum legibility of the elapsed dive time in all kinds of lighting conditions, including night dives. The differently coloured arc for the first quarter-hour on the rotating bezel is one of the hallmarks of the Aquatimer models. It is visible for an exceptionally long time in signal yellow, because yellow is only filtered out at considerable depth. In 2011, it was joined by a new color combination in blue and white. The color of the subdials for the minute and hour counters has been modified to tone with the color of the dial. Both models are available with a stainless-steel bracelet or a rubber strap in black or blue. Following further modification, the stainless-steel bracelets are now fitted with a double push-button safety clasp. Powered by a self-winding automatic movement.
Price - USD 5,600.
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver Extreme
The watch makes use of a new robust and highly durable material that is exclusive to Maurice Lacroix. It is based on the popular Pontos S watch of 2012, only with a few aesthetic tweaks and technical enhancements brought about by a collaboration with luxury sports car designer Henrik Fisker. The 43mm in diameter watch case has been constructed from Powerlite , an exclusive alloy composed of aluminum, magnesium, titanium, zirconium and ceramics. It is available in either black, khaki or racing blue. It has been sandblasted finished and fitted with: a Titanium case back with titanium screws, a domed Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides. It features integrated chrono-pushers and tube in titanium. The watch has a water-resistance of 200m . The hands have been diamond cut, faceted, and applied with luminescent coating (beside sec. hand). The second and minute hands have matching colors with the inner rotating timing bezel and its elapsed time-scale and controller crown system.The watch is powered by an ML112 based Valjoux 7750 caliber. Personalized with rhodium-plating and with a guarantee of quality and precision, the self-winding caliber is with: 25 jewels, 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz and a power reserve of 46 hours. It has been adjusted to 3 positions after fully winding and after 24 hours.
Price - USD 5,750.
Hermes - Clipper Sport Automatic
Hermes - Clipper Sport Automatic exudes a casual sporty look. Inspired by sailors it is a perfect fit for the outdoor man. The watch has been designed to look outdoorsy and tough without compromising on the trademark sophistication the house of Hermès is renowned for. The case is 41mm in diameter with a water-resistance of 100m. The watch is equipped with unidirectional rotating bezel with diving markup. The Clipper comes with dials in either in rhodium, grey or blue with a sun burst motif, white transfer and Luminous coating on the indicators for optimal readability in the dark. Powered by a Swiss automatic ETA caliber 2892-A2 with a power reserve of 42 hours. Beautifully crafted rubber straps in electric blue, deep pink or heritage orange colour accentuate the sporty look. It also features an exquisite "H” on the rubber strap . It will be unveiled in Basel 2013.
Price: Expected to be around USD 6,000
Vulcain X-Treme Diver
Vulcain is pursuing its exploration of the ocean depths by unveiling the DIVER X-TREME AUTOMATIC. Clearly belonging to the sporting world into which the brand is making noteworthy inroads, this complete measuring instrument intended for divers features a date display along with a more virile and functional design housing the new self-winding Cricket V-21 alarm movement. The movement is the Vulcain cricket V10 manual winding with alarm and decompression table. The history behind this watch is interesting. The fact that it is the exact reissue of the 1961 model, the first diver watch with alarm functioning underwater, which was also used by the US Navy for the deep dive of 177m for the first time. This concentrated blend of information now comes clothed in a sportier design than the original model. The 44 mm diameter of the case available in a choice of steel and titanium, steel and 18K rose gold or black titanium version.
Price - USD 6,200.
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marina Diver Titanium
A new titanium version of the highly emblematic Maxi Marine Diver. This COSC-certified chronometer is housed in a new sporty 45-mm titanium case equipped with a structured unidirectional rotating bezel in alternating titanium and pink gold. Added to this are such useful functions as a power reserve indicator and an extra-large small seconds, while the open back reveals the spectacular movement and its ruthenium-colored rotor.This watch features a power reserve indicator at 12 and an oversized small seconds register with date at 6. The MMD Ti is water-resistant to 200 meters. Each case is individually numbered. The watch runs on a self-winding UN-26 movement .
Price - USD 6,840.
Porsche Design P´6780 Diver
Porsche Design brings style and discernment to a depth of 1,000 metres with the stainless steel P’6780 Diver. The timepiece is easy to read in all lighting conditions and features an elaborate three-part case design, as the steel case cylinder that surrounds the face and automatic movement folds into a titanium bridge, which the natural rubber strap is integrated into. Case options include titanium bezel with yellow highlights on dial or black PVD detailed with blue. The timepiece is equipped with a caliber ETA 2892-Automatic movement, is waterproof to a depth of 1,000 meters, and has an impressive dial that is easy to read even in the dark. A unique and particularly elaborate feature is the three-part case design: The cylindrical stainless steel container that surrounds the watch face and the movement folds into a shot-peened titanium bridge, into which the natural rubber watchstrap is integrated.
Price - USD 7,030
Clerc Hydroscaph Steel GMT Exploration Machine
The Hydroscaph Steel reinvents the flagship collection from Clerc Genève by accentuating the key factors behind its success: its distinctive octagonal case and extreme readability even in the dark prevailing in the depths of the ocean. The world’s most sophisticated diver’s watch, the Hydroscaph Steel GMT is water-resistant to 1,000 metres and reinvents sport in deep waters. Whether brightly coloured, entirely gold-clad or all-back, its sturdiness and dynamism will appeal to all adventurers in search of space and action. This exceptional model is equipped with an automatic helium escapement valve as well as lateral reinforcements. Its exclusive self-winding C606 movement drives the hours, minutes, seconds and the power-reserve display at 6 o’clock, as well as the window-type date at 3 o’clock and the dual time-zone indication at 12 o’clock – adjustable by means of a dedicated crown at 10 o’clock. The Hydroscaph Steel GMT features several case options: in polished steel, blackened steel or two-tone steel and 18K red gold. The iconic Hydroscaph style signature, its octagonal case shape based on a perfect square combined with a perfect circle, is spectacularly highlighted in this generously sized 49.6mm model equipped with lugs that ideally adjust to all wrist sizes and shapes and even over a diving suit. The rotating bezel in steel or 18K gold according to the version pivots thanks to a retractable flap on a crown integrated into the case middle at 2 o’clock. Returning the flap to its initial position securely locks the bezel, thus avoiding any risk of accidental deregulation while diving. On the all-steel models, the dual time-zone hand as well as the power-reserve display come in bright yellow or vivid blue, lending an extremely sporty and dynamic touch.
Price: USD 8,000
CNS Diving Watch
The Anonimo Professionale CNS Diving Watch is a perfect example of a design collaboration of watch specialist Anonimo with professionals like CNS (one of the world's largest professional diver companies) who will use it. It features a specific locking system of the watch case, not heard of in the world of watch making, but very akin to the sailing system used by CNS for their equipment.The dial is thick, with the hour indexes and hands marked with Super-LumiNova coating for good day and night readability. Automatic movement powered by Caliber ANONIMO 01.0 on base ETA 2824-2, rotor manufactured to Anonimo specifications. Good crown dimensions, with an inventive locking system in protected position at the 4 o clock position. A magnified date window is also set at the same spot which finishes the look. The watch case is sand-blasted stainless steel, 45.00 mm in diameter. The strap is Kodiak processed leather with loop and tang type buckle for finish.Water resistance up to 2000M with a power reserve of 40 hours.Manufactured in a limited edition series of 50 watches.
Price – USD 8,400.
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For the price they are disappointing, my watch which I have been diving with since 1991 is a SEIKO 726 5A10. I paid over a $1000.00 in Japan for the watch but it has a dive computer in it. Great it your primary dive computer fails.
enjoy so much the article....great expectations more....
by Rene R. Mustaffa
Nice watches dude..
by Wayne Lee Williams Jr
I have never seen such a Fantastic collection of watches. Color appearance of these watches is so attractive.
by Jasson C
Everyone knows the Victorinox Dive Master 500 need mentioning as one of the best valued quality dive watch. Not a very good selection mentioned above.
Agreed with the other reviewers. Seems like the Victorinox Dive Master 500 should be included in this list since it's only $1000 and has far more water resistance than many of the watches mentioned!
There are 30 more DIVING WATCHES which are worth mentioning, in terms of branding, value, performance and price value.
These watches need mentioning, and could compete with all the above brands.
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