Of all the subcategories that come under the umbrella of sports watches – watches designed for pilots, race car drivers, boaters, explorers, golfers, etc. – diving watches are by far the most popular.
One theory explains why these water resistant watches are virtually guaranteed to perform reliably in adverse conditions. But we favor another explanation, clearly illustrated by the seven diving watches featured below, all new for 2021. Not only are these luxury timepieces both stylish and rugged, but they deliver the perfect thrill. , whether you are an underwater explorer or just dreaming of becoming one in your next life.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020 Edition
Presented in April, 100 days before the start of the Tokyo Olympics, the Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020 edition of Omega, the official timekeeper of the games, evokes a parallel universe in which the Olympics really took place last summer (see the emblem on the back of the case). Add the fact that the 42mm stainless steel watch is fitted with a sleek blue ceramic bezel (not to mention the Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8800 caliber), and the model’s collection is virtually guaranteed. $ 5,600, watchesomega.com
Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm – Guillaume Néry Edition
Named in honor of the French freediver Guillaume Néry, Panerai ambassador, the new Luminor Marina (PAM01122) is a diving watch like no other. Housed in a 44mm titanium case produced by an advanced 3D printing process, the model features a rubberized coating on the bezel, crown and bridge lever; accented convex glass on the dial; and a recycled PET bracelet, a sign of Panerai’s commitment to sustainable development. The limited edition of 70 pieces is guaranteed for 70 years. $ 18,900, panerai.com
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 Limited Edition
The resistance piece in TAG Heuer’s recently redesigned Aquaracer Professional 300 collection of streamlined diver’s watches is this limited edition 43mm titanium, which is inspired by the Ref. 844, the watchmaker’s first diving watch released in 1978. Powered by the automatic caliber 5, the Tribute to Heuer 844 will be available in September. Of course, it’s limited to 844 pieces. $ 4,350, tagheuer.com
Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton
Ulysse Nardin blends elements from two of its defining collections, the Diver and the Executive Skeleton, in the new, aptly named Diver X Skeleton. On the one hand, the model is a sporty diver’s watch: its 44mm titanium case is mounted on a rubber strap in a shade that the brand calls “supercharged orange”. And its Manufacture UN-372 movement, waterproof to 200 meters, is designed to withstand blows. On the other hand, the technical expertise required to create its skeletonized dial (the hour markers are “secretly connected to the dial, so they seem to float,” according to the brand) is something one would expect from a watch. dressed. The combo offers the best of both worlds. $ 22,200, ulysse-nardin.com
Brémont Supermarine Type 300 S302
With a size of 40 mm, the S302, like all professional diving watches in Bremont’s Supermarine Type 300 line, is slightly smaller than its larger cohorts. It’s also more vintage, borrowing an aesthetic from its predecessor, the S301, but with the added bonus of GMT functionality, expressed by the burnt orange GMT hand and 24-hour markers visible around the model’s dial ring. The new Sahara Vintage leather strap associated with the black dial completes the model’s refined and retro look. $ 4,195, bremont.com
Tudor Black Bay Ceramic
Tudor’s new Black Bay Ceramic doesn’t have one, but of them highly appreciated certifications: the model’s manufacture caliber MT5602-1U is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and the watch comes with a Master Chronometer certification from METAS, which means it is capable of operating within a 5 second variation range each day (0 +5), unlike the slightly less stringent COSC standards (-4 +6). Technical attributes aside, the 41mm model is a stealthy study of beauty. Enclosed in elegant matte black ceramics, it carries sandblasted surfaces with sharp, beveled edges and a striking mirror-polished front. The coin comes on a hybrid leather and rubber strap (black, natch), as well as a complimentary black fabric strap with a cream band. $ 4,725, tudorwatches.com
Bell & Ross 03-92 Military Diver
True to its reputation for creating instruments for practical use, Bell & Ross has just introduced a super functional military grade diving watch, the new BR 03-92 Military Diver, entirely in light ceramic and practically scratch-resistant. The part meets the requirements defined by the international standard ISO 6425 and has all the essential qualities of a diving watch: water resistance, readability and reliability. Finally, the model’s perfectly trendy olive dial, designed to mimic the camouflaged uniforms of enlisted men who might use it, has a photoluminescent coating that makes it easier to read the time, day or night. It is available in a limited edition of 999 pieces. $ 4,500, bellross.com