Top 5 Diving Watches For The Summer
1 The Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M
The professional’s watch, the Omega Ploprof 1200M is a return the roots for Omega. Inspired by the Seamaster Professional 600, the new model is, at least, twice as good as the original. Nicknamed the “Ploprof” (the first letters of plongeur professionnel – the French words meaning “professional divers”) it is one of the most rugged, robust and seaworthy divers’ wristwatches ever manufactured, water resistant to an astounding 120 bar (1200 metres / 4000 feet) as its name suggests. An usual design, but the most reliable diver’s watch on the market.
2 The Panerai Luminor Submersible Carbotech
Combining the classic lines of the Luminor 1950 case with the P.9100 manufacture chronograph movement, one of Panerai’s star novelties at this year’s SIHH is its Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic 47 mm PAM00616. With its ultra-strong and impactful appearance, the watch incorporates the use of “carbotech” for the first time. A new lightweight material made of carbon-fiber composite, Carbotech is unique in that it is made by pressing together thin sheets of carbon fiber with polyether ether ketone. For a closer look at this year’s design, please click here.
3 The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Watch Ref. 15710
Hold your breath! There’s a new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver, and it looks fantastic! The new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver is anchored in safe waters. The watch is housed in the collection’s familiar 42 mm stainless steel case, featuring the brand’s iconic ‘Mega Tapisserie’ pattern on the dial, and the collection’s rubber strap. But this year the Swiss brand is letting collectors plunge deeper into the mechanics of the watch by unveiling the Calibre 3120 through a sapphire case back. For a closer look at this year’s design, please click here.
4 The New Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec
Introduced in 2014, the Patravi ScubaTec has been slightly altered to better suit the functional design of a dive watch. This year’s design is equipped with a helium valve which automatically depressurises to prevent damage to the case,which is perfect for deep sea exploration. The incorporation of lume in the hour markers, hour and minute hands and shiny pink gold batons enable the time piece to be easily read in murky sea water. For a closer look at this year’s design, please click here.
5 The Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver’s Watch
The most expensive diver’s watch ever made at $695,000 the RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph is water resistant to 30 atmospheres (300 meters) following ISO 6425 diver’s watch norms. This is acheived with a unique tripartite case design complemented by the additional integration of the lugs into the case’s torque screw system. Add in a tourbillon and versions in red and white gold, and you get one of the most complicated timepieces ever made for under water exploration.