For almost a century, mankind has been struggling to make watches waterproof, suitable for life under water. For this, a screwed back cover, thick glass, and a helium valve were invented in due time. There is also a list of criteria that must be met by a watch going to "do" diving - the so-called set of international standards ISO 6425… Among the main requirements: the presence of a counterclockwise rotating bezel (allows you to calculate the time when you need to start surfacing) and markings with a luminescent coating, the case must withstand pressure at least at a depth of 100 m, the aggressive effects of salt water during the day and instant temperature drops, and also be protected from magnetic fields up to 4800 A / m. Observing all the technical details, watchmakers manage to make diving models a first-class accessory.
As a rule, diving watches are designed in the shades of the deep sea and have beautiful dials with luminescent markings. The depth in parentheses is the depth to which the body remains tight.
1 | Superocean 44 mm Special Blue, Breitling (1000 m)
2 | Chronograph DS Action Diver, Certina (300 m)
3 | Aquis Date, Oris (300 m)
4 | Happy Ocean, Chopard (300 m)
5 | Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver's, Grand Seiko (600m)
Anything neutral for diving watches also suits the face, especially in combination with a red gold case, like in Panerai. In Blancpain watches, a disc is clearly visible on the dark dial, which, like a litmus test, will change color when water gets inside the case (the same was on the historical models from 1957-58)
1 | BR 03-92 Diver, Bell & Ross (300 m)
2 | Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC, Blancpain (300m)
3 | The Longines Legend Diver, Longines (300 m)
4 | Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, Rolex (1220m)
5 | Aquatimer Automatic Edition 35 Years Ocean, IWC (2000 m)
6 | Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso 42 mm, Officine Panerai (100 m)
This diving season promises to be one of the most colorful: the acidic shades in which the new dials and rubber straps are made can surprise even underwater abodes.
1 | TAG Heuer Aquaracer Camouflage 300m, TAG Heuer (300m)
2 | Seamaster Planet Ocean "Big Blue", Omega (600 m)
3 | Khaki Navy Frogman, Hamilton (300 m)
4 | Diagono Scuba, Bulgari (300 m)
5 | Royal Oak Offshore Diver, Audemars Piguet (300 m)