5 Dive Watches That Should Be On Your Radar
1/5 Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda
In the 1960s, Blancpain supplied its Fifty Fathoms dive watches to a German company called Barakuda. The new Barakuda recreates the aesthetic codes of the old watches, from the rectangular hour markers to the prominent date aperture at ‘3’. The tropical-type rubber strap, known for its durability and comfort on the wrist, is also the same one that was used for the 1960s model.
These vintage features aside, everything else about the watch has been updated to modern standards. Powered by the ultra-thin automatic 1151 movement with a power reserve of 100 hours, it is water-resistant up to 300m. A scratchproof domed sapphire insert protects the unidirectional bezel. Case size is 40mm, a dimension that is reserved for limited edition Fifty Fathoms – in this case only 500 pieces will be produced.
2/5 Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition 47mm
This tribute timepiece to Mike Horn addresses the famous explorer’s concerns for the environment with a couple of unique features. First, the use of recycled titanium dubbed EcoTitanium to fashion the case, crown protector, bezel and caseback. Second, the black strap is made of a material obtained from recycled PET.
Featuring blue luminescent accents on the dial, it is limited to 19 pieces but more importantly, the watch is also your "ticket" to a unique experience among the ice floes of the Artic under the guidance of Mike who is also a Panerai ambassador. Apart from being a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, this excursion will also highlight the dangers to our ecosystem caused by human impact, an issue close to Mike’s heart.
3/5 Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
Edgy with a touch of luxe, Omega’s popular dive model now boasts a striking black-and-gold appearance. The bezel is composed of a black ceramic ring that has been laser-ablated for that grainy appearance, lending a chic contrast against the polished diving scale.
The wavy pattern of the black dial is paired with gold accents, notably the sub-dial rings crafted from 18k Sedna gold. The chronograph pushers are in black ceramic, which is a new feature in the collection. Last but not least, the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9901 boasts a rotor and balance bridge in 18k Sedna gold.
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4/5 Tudor Black Bay P01
Tudor was commissioned by the US Navy to develop a prototype dive watch that meets the American government’s set of specifications in 1967. While the prototype never made it to actual production, it stood out for its winding crown at ‘4’ and a hinged end-link system for locking the bidirectional bezel at ’12’, two features that can be found in its first commercial model, the Black Bay P01.
Housed inside the satin-brushed steel case is the COSC-certified automatic Calibre MT5612 endowed with a silicon balance spring. Bolstering the utilitarianism of the watch is a hybrid leather and rubber strap connected to the case via mobile steel attachments.
5/5 Oris Clean Ocean Limited Edition
The eye-catching aqua blue of the dial and bezel may be an obvious reference to its dive character, but the watch also sends a clear message about the need to eliminate plastic from the oceans.
Created to celebrate Oris’ new partnership with Pacific Garbage Screening, an organisation that is developing a technology to capture plastic before it enters the oceans, the Aquis diver features a medallion on the caseback made from recycled PET and it looks like an abstract watercolour painting. Limited to 2,000 pieces, the presentation box has an outer shell made of environmentally friendly algae and an inlay composed of recycled plastic.
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