Calibre de Cartier Diver

Diving watches and ISO 6425

There are diving watches, and diver’s watches. They are not equivalent terms. Diving watches in general are designed for use underwater and so have a number of specific characteristics, principally water resistance of at least 10 bar/100 metres and a unidirectional rotating bezel. On the other hand, watches that have “Diver’s” on the dial have…

Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic

Top ten diving watches under €3,000 – 2016

A diving watch offers a series of technical characteristics that make them suitable for use underwater up to their rated depth. These comprise water resistance, with each watch tested in water under pressure, a unidirectional rotating bezel on which the first fifteen minutes are marked minute by minute for increased precision at decompression stops, hour…

Oris ProDiver Chronograph

Oris ProDiver Chronograph

At 51 mm diameter, this is certainly a large watch, but after all, Oris call it a tool watch, and it was born to be underwater, strapped over a wet suit. It is a new version of the ProDiver Chronograph introduced in 2009. It has a 100 bar/1,000 metre water resistance, achieved by means of…

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze

The Tudor Heritage Black Bay is a diving watch that was introduced in 2012 and won the Revival Prize at the 2013 GPHG competition. In 2016 a new version of the Heritage Black Bay was presented, Tudor Heritage Black Bay Bronze, with a bronze case and the in-house movement first seen in 2015. The new…

Eberhard & Co. Scafograf 300

Eberhard & Co. Scafograf 300

It was back in the 1950s when Eberhard & Co. presented its Scafograf 300, the days when dive computers had not been invented – they first appeared in 1953 but they only gained widespread acceptance in the late 1980s and even later – and mechanical watches were still functional objects and not luxury items. The…

Locman Stealth 300 Metres Carbon

Italian brand Locman stakes a claim for having made the world’s first watch with a carbon fibre case, back in 2003. Whatever, there is no doubt that their Stealth diving watch is one of their best sellers. It is now available in an automatic version, Stealth 300 Metres Carbon, with all-carbon dial and case. Its…