Look at the wrists around a normal boardroom table, and chances are the watches fused to them are one of these: Rolex Submariner, Omega Seamaster, or Panerai anything.
All three of them were created of the murky depths, constructed like mini submarines to keep frogmen aware of their staying oxygen supply, but nowadays — such as the Range Rovers driven in the weekend by aforementioned board members — drifting Civvy Street as statement wear, their extraordinary capabilities are unchallenged, unfulfilled.
Or maybe not.
Quite aside from the fact a particular Commander Bond has been a keen advocate of those specific Rolex and Omega’s ever since Dr No, diving watches deserve their ubiquity for plenty of reasonsfor a start, they look damn cool and they’re genuinely functional, whether you are PADI Level 3 or working in your doggy paddle. It can only be all the watch you need.
What’s a Diving Watch?
As with most fundamental developments in today’s wristwatch (self-winding rotor, date window, anti-magnetism) it had been Rolex who revived the first practicable’watertight’ wristwatch: the Oyster of 1926, with case front and rear screwed down onto the case middle along with the crown calmed onto a cylindrical column protruding from the situation — like a submarine hatch. Save for the addition of tighter’O-ring’ rubber gaskets, it is a system that’s barely altered since.
A diving watch is essentially that: a watch which has the capability to hold out against the pressures of deep water. But as with anything from the area of luxury watches, it should not stop in the golden formula of water resistance, bezel ring and luminescence. You can opt for a diving watch with at least three other largely unnecessary capabilities.
Some divers have an internal timing bezel, sitting under the sapphire crystal flush with the dial. It is slimmer and classic-looking but requires its own screw-down crown to adjust and can be therefore a ideal fiddle if you’re wearing diving gloves or just have freezing-cold and wet palms.
Any diver who really needs to know their depth is also unlikely to expect a mechanical system integrated into their wristwatch — if only for how difficult it’s to read on this very small scale. And then there is that the helium escape valve. The least understood, nearly always unnecessary, but by no means most useless function located on nearly every luxury diving view.
It had been invented by (you guessed it) Rolex from the late sixties, for its beefed-up’Sea-Dweller’, also basically allows accumulated helium gas to escape the watch during decompression. It’s a fancy addition, completely unnecessary for everyday wear, but also rather cool.
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The title’Cousteau’ is synonymous with all the life aquatic, and it’s the grandson of fifties pioneer Jacques-Yves who perpetuates the family tradition today.