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What is a Luxury Dive Watch?

Dive watches, or so called ‘Divers’ are timepieces with features that are optimized for diving. A great diver must be able to withstand the harsh conditions of exploring the deep waters and helping the owner in doing so. One of the most important features on a diver is of course the water resistance (WR). Dive watches often offer a water resistance of 100m or even more. Other features a luxury dive watch often offers, is a rotating bezel. This bezel allows the owner to measure the time he or she has been under water. The dials are often fitted with luminescent markers and hands to ensure visibility in the low-light conditions.

The Fascinating History of Luxury Dive Watches

It would probably not surprise you, but Rolex has played a big role in the history of dive watches. Back in 1926 Rolex introduced the Oystercase, which is still used today. The Oystercase which was inspired by you guessed it, the Oyster, was a watchcase produced by Rolex that revolutionized the industry. This watchcase was the first watertight sealed watch case because of the screw on caseback and crown, and the robust metals it was produced with. In the 1930s, the demand for these types of watches kept rising and brands like Omega and Blancpain soon followed with the production of watches, specifically designed for underwater use. 

In the 1950’s Blancpain caused a turning point in the luxury dive watch market with the release of their Fifty Fathoms. This watch was often credited as the first modern dive watch. In the early 1980’s these watches trade in a lot of their mechanical watch movements with a Quartz one, because these could offer more accuracy and reliability. In recent years, many luxury dive watches from popular brands are still highly collectible and fashionable.

Materials and Design

Because of the heavy-duty use, dive watches often have the need for heavy duty material and durable design. The case is often made of corrosion-resistant and robust material, like stainless-steel or titanium. The crystal should be scratch resistant and needs to provide excellent clarity. Sapphire crystal is commonly used on these watches. The bezel is typically a bulky rotating bezel, usually produced from ceramic. It must be easy to rotate with uncomfortable gloves on. 

Because of the lack of visibility underwater, the dials and hands need to be luminescent. The hands, markers and bezel indices are often fitted with materials like Super-LumiNova to provide excellent visibility in these dark conditions. Dive watches come on lots of different straps or bracelets. Nowadays they often come on a rubber or silicone strap. These materials are water-resistant, don’t degrade in saltwater and offer comfortability. 

Iconic Luxury Dive Watches

There are a lot of different luxury dive watches on the market, New, or pre-owned, and often highly collectible. All the big watch brands often have one or more watches, each with their own take on a luxury dive watch.

Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner offers a wide range of features, specialised in underwater exploration. With an impressive water resistance rating of up to 300 meters this timepiece is engineered to endure the pressures of the deep sea. Its solid stainless-steel case and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal ensure both robustness and protection in demanding environments. The unidirectional rotating bezel empowers divers to accurately measure dive times and decompression stops, enhancing safety during underwater ventures. Additionally, the luminescent markers and hands guarantee exceptional legibility even in dark conditions. With its exceptional water resistance and practical attributes, the Rolex Submariner faithfully serves as a reliable companion for professional divers and enthusiasts alike.

In terms of pricing, the cost of new Rolex Submariner models can vary depending on the specific reference, utilized materials, date/no-date and market availability. The initial price for a new Rolex Submariner begins at several thousand euros and can surpass €10.000. Pre-owned Submariners can even go for double that, based on the collectability and rarity of the specific piece. A notable configuration of this watch is the 116610LV (Hulk), which sells pre-owned for upwards of €20.000.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is a remarkable timepiece dedicated to underwater exploration. With a remarkable water resistance rating of up to 300 meters, this watch is purpose-built to withstand the immense pressures of the deep sea. Its solid stainless-steel case and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal provide exceptional durability and safeguarding against the most demanding environments. The unidirectional rotating bezel empowers divers with precise measurement capabilities for dive times and decompression stops, significantly enhancing safety during underwater ventures. Moreover, the luminescent markers and hands ensure unparalleled legibility even in low-light or dark conditions. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is an extraordinary timekeeping companion, trusted by professional divers and enthusiasts alike for its exceptional water resistance and practical attributes.

When it comes to pricing, the cost of new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms models can vary based on factors such as the specific reference, materials used, and market availability. The price for a new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms typically starts at several thousand euros and can exceed €10,000, depending on the chosen configuration. In the pre-owned market, prices can go even higher, particularly for rare and collectible pieces. One notable configuration highly sought after by enthusiasts is the 5015-1130-52 (known as the "No Radiation" or "MilSpec"), which can command prices upwards of €20,000 in the pre-owned market. These prices reflect the exquisite craftsmanship, exclusivity, and desirability associated with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, making it a significant investment for passionate watch collectors.

Omega Seamaster Professional

The Omega Seamaster Professional is a timepiece tailored for underwater exploration and beyond. With an impressive water resistance rating of up to 300 meters, this watch is purposefully designed to withstand the challenging depths of the sea. Its robust stainless-steel case and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal provide both durability and protection in demanding environments. The unidirectional rotating bezel empowers divers to precisely measure dive times and decompression stops, ensuring safety during underwater expeditions. Furthermore, the luminescent markers and hands guarantee exceptional legibility even in low-light or dark conditions. The Omega Seamaster Professional is a trusted companion, serving as a reliable timekeeping instrument for professional divers and passionate enthusiasts alike.

In terms of pricing, the cost of new Omega Seamaster Professional models can vary depending on factors such as the specific reference, utilized materials, date/no-date functionality, and market availability. The initial price for a new Omega Seamaster Professional watch typically starts at several thousand euros and can exceed €10,000, depending on the chosen configuration. In the pre-owned market, prices can go even higher, particularly for models that exhibit collectability and rarity. A notable configuration sought after by watch enthusiasts is the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Diver Co-Axial Chronograph (reference 212.30.44.50.01.002), often referred to as the "James Bond" model. This iconic timepiece, associated with the fictional British spy, can command prices upwards of €5,000 in the pre-owned market. These prices reflect the exceptional craftsmanship, reliability, and desirability of the Omega Seamaster Professional, making it an enticing choice for individuals seeking a high-quality dive watch.

Choosing your Luxury Dive Watch

When you are in the market for a luxury dive watch, it is important to take your personal preferences in to account. First of all, the design of the watch has to be in your liking. Dive watches come in a range of designs, from sleek to bulky and everything in between. Consider the overall aesthetic of the watch, including the shape, dial and bracelet or strap. As with every watch you would ever buy, size and fit are a very important factor to consider. Some prefer smaller watches, some prefer bigger watches, depending on your wrist size and preference. 

Dive watches often come with functions. As mentioned before, water resistance is an important feature. If you wish to use your watch underwater, make sure it has functions like a helium escape valve, or even a dept gauge. If not, you might as well focus more on the aesthetic side of the spectrum. Almost every brand has a diver in their collection, so the market for a new or pre-owned diver is huge. Take all your preferences into account and you will find the dive watch for your liking. 

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