Ready, set, get out your dive watches! It’s summer, which means that you need a luxury timepiece that can easily transition from roll-up-your-sleeves meetings to summer barbecues and epic adventures. Whether you’re using your bezel to track dive times or perfectly cook steaks on the grill, what dive watch lovers all have in common is the admiration for these stunning and durable watches. There’s a perfect model out there for you – here are a few of the dive watches that I had in mind.
Two-Tone Rolex Submariner
A beloved classic, the Rolex Submariner is on the wishlist of just about every watch collector – dive enthusiast or not. This yellow gold and stainless ref. 116613 here is a beautiful example, the two-tone look being very ‘in’ after some years in the shadows. But it’s the blue bezel that really steals the show here, its bright color perfectly contrasting against the yellow gold and taking your mind right back to the sea. This is the kind of watch that’s going to look great on your wrist all summer long – whether you’re diving, grilling, or grabbing sunset drinks.
Black and Gold Panerai Submersible
What a looker! This black and gold Panerai Submersible is oh-so-handsome, perfectly oversized, and rugged with just the right amount of polish. The eye-catching unidirectional bezel with graduated scale is directly inspired by the 1950’s L’Egiziano Panerai made for the Egyption Navy; however it has been brought into the 21st century with sleek black ceramic and goldtech plots. The Panerai exclusive red gold ‘goldtech’ case clocks in at 42mm and is flanked by that famous crown guard that you’re just dying to see on a Panerai. The black alligator strap elevates the look, but this watch will go the distance if put to the test – some 100 meters.
Stainless and Sedna Gold Omega Diver 300M
Only introduced in 1993, the Diver 300M has gained an emphatic and loyal following in a relatively short time. There are many variations of this model, but right now I’m particularly drooling over the Stainless and Sedna Gold version with matching link bracelet. While being a full-spec dive watch inside and out – from the black ceramic diving scale bezel to the 300-meter (1000 feet) water resistance – this watch oozes with class. It’s the kind of piece you can transition from the office to the weekend seamlessly. Plus, that wave dial is just to die for, isn’t it?
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda
This watch gives me all the vintage, fuzzy, old-school dive watch feelings I’ve been longing for. Blancpain more-or-less invented the modern dive watch, so to see this incredibly iconic model embody a classic aesthetic just feels right. The design of the dial is derived from an early model they created for the Bundesmarine in the 1960’s, featuring those beautiful large, rectangular, red and cream hour-markers. They’ve even been coated with an “old radium” colored Super-LumiNova, whereas the pencil-shaped hands are finished white and filled with the same aged lume. The black bezel with cream-colored markers and a classic round shape keeps it true to the Fifty Fathoms collection. If you want a dive watch with vintage flare, this is your guy.
Red Bezel Tudor Black Bay
As the sister company of Rolex, Tudor has been getting a lot of attention since their re-launch in the Unites States, and the Black Bay has been Tudor’s most popular watch to date. And with this beautiful reference with a red bezel, stainless case, and matching bracelet, it’s easy to see why. The collection is based on their vintage dive watches and it has all those elements collectors admire, like the unprotected and oversized crown, chamfered lugs, and the signature Tudor “snowflake” hands. The rose gold minute indicators that frame the dial tie the vintage look together nicely, too, don’t they? Of course, it also has a screw-down steel winding crown and boasts 200m (660 feet) of water resistance, making this a force of fashion and machinery.