In this week’s episode of RANT&H, Christian dives into his picks for the three best luxury dive watches! Was the “diving into his picks” line a pun? I’ll let you decide for yourself.
His first pick comes in the form of the JLC “Tribute to Deep Sea” Chronograph. I know, I know, diver’s chronographs might be a bit of an oxymoron (see the linked “Watch 101” post to learn why), but this 42 mm automatic chronograph features a 65 hour power reserve and a system to signify the chronograph actually being engaged. Is it slightly redundant given, y’know, the chronograph seconds hand? Obviously, but screw it, it’s JLC.
His second pick is a Rolex Submariner, but not the standard, steel and black bezel combination that you were expecting. No, Christian picked a whopper in the form of a 1680 yellow gold Submariner, because why the eff not? The reason is simple: it’s a true oxymoron in the world of Rolex, as it evolves past its point as a tool watch and becomes a fashion item.
His final pick is the least obvious, but arguably coolest pick on this list: the Nomos Ahoy. When I say “Nomos”, you say “Bauhaus”, right? It’s hard to separate super refined, minimalist dress watches from the Nomos name, but the brand is responsible for one of the most interesting divers of the last decade at least. It features magnificent lume, crown guards, and 200 m of water resistance, all hallmarks of a true tool diver, and yet does it in a way that forgoes everything you expect when you look at one. In that way, it stands for something truly innovative and unique, and thus worthy of a spot on this list.
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