The dive watch category is, without doubt, one of the most popular types of watch you can think of. Even if many dive watches never get close to shipwrecks or ocean depths, these rugged, durable purpose-built watches all share this cool adventurous vibe we love… And as a good dive watch does not have to break the bank, we’ve put together a selection of five recently launched models for under EUR 1,000… So you’ll be prepared for the summer break!
Certina DS Super PH500M
An emblematic historical Certina Diver, the DS PH500m was brought back a few months ago with a cool vivid orange dial and accordion rubber strap. The model is now offered in a more versatile black dial version on NATO strap (made from #tide ocean recycled plastic). As the name suggests, the watch is water-resistant to 500m. Inside the 43mm steel case is the automatic Powermatic 80 with an amagnetic Nivachron balance spring.
Quick facts: 43mm x 14.95mm – stainless steel case, sapphire crystal – unidirectional bezel with aluminium insert – 500m water-resistant – automatic Powermatic 80 calibre, 3Hz frequency, 80h power reserve – NATO strap – EUR 870 – For more information, please visit www.certina.com.
Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver 200m NB6004
The new 46mm dive beast by Citizen comes in a lightweight titanium case treated with Citizen’s Duratect hardening technology and water-resistant to 200m. The unidirectional diving bezel features a knurled pattern and raised digits, and it is partially shrouded by the case and has trapezoidal-shaped indentations for maximum grip. The automatic movement is the calibre 9051 running at 4Hz and with 42 hours of power reserve.
Quick facts: 46mm super titanium case – unidirectional bezel – 200m water-resistant – automatic 9051 calibre, 4Hz frequency, 42h power reserve – black polyurethane strap with extension ripples and titanium pin buckle – also available on titanium bracelet with folding clasp – EUR 695 on strap – For more information, please visit www.citizenwatch.com
Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba 43mm
Presented this spring, this new version of the Khaki Scuba comes in a 43mm steel case with a unidirectional rotating bezel fitted with a ceramic insert. The crown and caseback are screw-down, and the watch is water-resistant to 300m. The automatic Hamilton H-10 calibre is basically the brand’s version of the Powermatic 80, the reliable Swatch Group movement standing out with its 80-hour power reserve. Just like for the Certina above, its Nivachron balance spring is amagnetic.
Quick facts: 43mm x 12.58mm steel case – unidirectional bezel with ceramic bezel insert – 300m water-resistant – automatic Hamilton H-10 calibre, 3Hz frequency, 80h power reserve – matte black rubber strap with double-pin buckle or three-link brushed steel bracelet with folding clasp – EUR 945 – For more information, please visit www.hamiltonwatch.com
Jacques Bianchi JB200
With his workshop next to Marseille’s port, Jacques Bianchi has known Jacques Mayol and Captain Cousteau and his second-in-command Albert Falco, and repaired most of the Rolex watches of the Comex divers. He also created his own brand and, in particular, a diver’s watch (1982) recognisable thanks to the large silhouette of a frogman on its dial. It measured 42mm and had a so-called “destro” profile. The model now resurfaces on Kickstarter in a modernised version equipped with a Seiko NH35 automatic movement and in an affordable package.
Quick facts: 42mm x 13.3mm – stainless steel case, sapphire crystal – unidirectional bezel – 200m water-resistant – automatic Seiko NH35 calibre, 3Hz frequency, 41h power reserve – tropic-like rubber strap on steel pin buckle – EUR 595 (Kickstarter launch price) – For more information, please visit www.jacquesbianchi.com
Seiko Prospex Baby Tuna “Save The Ocean Antarctica”
In the frame of the brand’s initiatives to protect the environment, Seiko has recently released “Save the Ocean Antartica” special edition watches including this Prospex Baby Tuna. The model stands out with its textured ice-blue gradient dial. The emblematic Seiko case comes in a 43mm diameter. The crown, positioned at 4 o’clock, screws down and water-resistance is rated at 200m. It features a Hardlex crystal and the movement is the automatic 4R35 calibre with 41 hours of power reserve.
Quick facts: 43.2mm x 12.6mm – stainless steel case, Hardlex crystal – unidirectional bezel – 200m water-resistant – calibre 4R35 automatic, 3Hz frequency, 41h power reserve – silicon strap with steel buckle – special, non-limited edition – EUR 570 – For more information, please visit www.seikowatches.com