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Get Ready For A Summery Splash With These Cool Aquatic Watches

From affordable to pricy, and from iconic to brand-new, these are some of the best pool-ready watches we've recently come across.

| By Robin Nooy | 6 min read |
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 42mm collection

Temperatures are rising, birds are starting to chirp in the early morning, and the sun rises earlier every day. That means only one thing; spring, and by extension summer is upon us! And while most dream of that upcoming summer holiday, we watch geeks are already thinking about the perfect watch for our leisurely or active summer break. If you’re heading for a relaxing vacation at the beach or beside a pool, these six watches with aquatic properties will certainly fit right in place, both in style and in capabilities!

Squale Master Titanium 120 ATM

Squale might not be on everyone’s radar when it comes to iconic dive watches, but the brand is up there with the very best. It once provided cases and parts for various brands, but is also very capable of building complete watches. Such as the Master Titanium 120 ATM, for instance, celebrating the 65th anniversary of the brand’s first dive watch. Despite being made in titanium, it has a compelling retro look with modern touches. Rated to 1,200 meters and fitted with a brushed ceramic bezel insert, it’s built to perform. The fully brushed grade 5 titanium bracelet can also be swapped out for a rubber strap, and the price is set at CHF 2,500.

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Quick Facts – 41.65mm x 16.15mm – grade 5 titanium case, brushed – unidirectional rotating bezel with brushed ceramic insert – screw-in crown & caseback – sapphire crystal – 1,200m water resistance – black sandwich dial – luminous base and hands – brushed metallic markers – Sellita SW200-1, automatic – 28,800vph – approx. 40h power reserve – brushed grade 5 titanium bracelet – additional black rubber strap – not limited – CHF 2,500 (incl. VAT)

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 42mm

Smaller in size, but not in stature, the new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 42 presents a more wearable take on the emblematic luxury dive watch. Available in grade 23 titanium or 18k rose gold, and with blue or black dials and sapphire bezel inserts, it still looks the business. The style is so iconic that it needs little updates, as most of the design elements have been retained. Power comes from the in-house Calibre 1315 which has three series-coupled barrels for a monstrous 120h power reserve. Presented on sailcloth, NATO or Tropic-like straps, or a titanium bracelet, it’s not limited and retails between CHF 13,500 and CHF 28,500.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 42mm collection

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Quick Facts – 42.3mm x 14.2mm – grade 23 titanium or 18k red gold case – unidirectional rotating bezel with sapphire insert – sapphire crystal front & back – 300m water-resistant – blue or black dial – applied markers & hands with Super-LumiNova – date window – Calibre 1315, in-house automatic – 28,800vph – 120h power reserve – Sailcloth, NATO, Tropic-like rubber straps or titanium bracelet – not limited – CHF 13,500  (titanium on strap) – CHF 17,800 (full titanium) – CHF 28,500 (gold)

Titoni Seascoper 600 Retro

The Seascoper 600 Retro by Titoni is not just a good-looking dive watch, but also a mighty capable one. With a classical diver’s look, featuring a stainless steel case topped with a unidirectional rotating bezel, this one comes in a handsome blue and gilt colour scheme. The bezel has a polished blue ceramic insert to match the dial. The watch achieves a water-resistance rating of 600 meters thanks to its screw-down crown and caseback. Its proprietary T10 automatic movement, COSC-certified as a chronometer, is visible through the back. The steel bracelet has a folding clasp with a diving extension, and the watch retails for EUR 2,030.

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Quick Facts – 42mm x 14.45mm – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – unidirectional rotating bezel – blue polished ceramic insert – sapphire crystal front & back – 600m water-resistance – blue dial with gilt markers & hands – Super-LumiNova inserts – outlined date window – Calibre T10, proprietary automatic – certified chronometer by COSC – 28,800vph – 72h power reserve – 3-link stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp and diving extension – EUR 2,030 or USD 2,200

Citizen Series 8 890 Mechanical

Although Citizen technically doesn’t call its Series 8 890 Mechanical a dive watch, it certainly has all the hallmarks of an admittedly very good aquatic watch. A robust stainless steel case, a rotating inner bezel manipulated through a secondary crown, and a 200m water resistance. Its textured blue dial, as well as the integrated stainless steel bracelet also gives it the appeal of a luxury sports watch. Power comes from the brand’s own Calibre 9051 automatic movement, with a power reserve of 42 hours. Part of the permanent collection, the Citizen Series 8 890 Mechanical in blue retails for EUR 995 or USD 1,595 (and that’s not a typo).

CITIZEN Series 8 890 Mechanical Dive Watch NB6060-58L

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Quick Facts – 40.5mm x 11.7mm – 46.6mm lug-to-lug – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – octagonal bezel – sapphire crystal front & back – 200m water-resistant – pull-out crown – two-tone rotating inner flange – blue textured dial – applied markers & hands with luminous inserts – framed date window – Calibre 9051, in-house automatic – 28,800vph – 42h power reserve – integrated steel bracelet with folding clasp – part of the permanent collection – EUR 995 or USD 1,595

William Wood Fire Exit Watch

Who says a watch can’t be functional and fun? William Wood certainly believes the two can go hand-in-hand, as it recently introduced its whimsical Fire Exit Watch. Based on the iconography of the emergency exit sign, William Wood has reimagined the day display with 7 unique images featuring the iconic stick figure going about his business. The humour continues on the back, with a spinning disc showing said figure running away from a fire. The watch is rated to a water resistance of 100m, comes with a unidirectional rotating bezel, and uses an automatic Sellita SW220 movement. Limited to 300 pieces, it costs GBP 1,495.

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Quick Facts – 41mm x 13.5mm – stainless steel gunmetal grey case – domed sapphire crystal – unidirectional rotating bezel – screw-down caseback – 100m water-resistant – green dial with day-date display – 3D markers & hands with Super-LumiNova – Sellita SW220, automatic – 28,800vph – 41h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, day, date – dynamic “running man” disc visible through caseback – Racing Green fire hose strap – limited to 300 pieces – GBP 1,495

Yema Superman Slim CMM.20

The Yema Superman is both an icon of the past, as well as a very good modern diving watch on its own. The watch’s modernity, in the case of the Superman Slim CMM.20 at least, comes from its in-house produced CMM.20 micro-rotor movement. This is not something you see every day in a watch, let alone a dive watch! With a 300m water-resistance rating, and a bezel-locking system similar to the original, it will look right at home at the beach or pool. The redesigned scale-style steel bracelet has a slimmer profile and an integrated wet-suit extension in the clasp. Not limited in production, this retro-modern diver is priced at EUR 2,490.

Yema Superman Slim CMM.20 micro-rotor

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Quick Facts – 39mm x 9.95mm (excl. crystal) – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – unidirectional diving bezel with locking system – sapphire crystal insert – sapphire crystal front & back – 300m water-resistant – black or blue dial – applied markers & hands with Super-LumiNova – calibre CMM.20, in-house micro-rotor automatic – 28,800vph – 70h power reserve – scale-style steel bracelet with folding clasp & diving extension – EUR 2,490

3 responses

  1. I think Blancpain came too late to the market with the 42mm. People have been asking for this for over 10 years that I know of. The watch market is not as Hot as it used to be, they will not get the sales they think they will..

  2. Smart watches, Casio , the work watches for the masses. And Rolex created a niche market of above retail prices for used watches, only in ones mind are they elite buyer’s. Nice but so unnecessary to pay for quality!

  3. Nice prices! Except for the alternative world money of Blancpain.

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