Article By: Logan Hannen
What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to take a look at three of the best luxury dive watches.
If you’re still kind of fuzzy on what makes a watch a dive watch, then lucky for you, I’ve already covered that topic in a previous article, so check that one out to get a better sense of what qualifies something as being a diver. In short, though, the primary characteristics are a minimum 100 meters of water resistance and, in most cases, some kind of unidirectional timing bezel to keep track of how long you’ve been submerged (or how long your frozen pizza has been in the oven, for the majority of us). All that being said, there are a ton of dive watch options in the luxury market, but today we’re going to take a look at three of our favorites.
#1: Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute to Deep Sea Chronograph
Jaeger-LeCoultre Tribute to Deep Sea Chronograph
Now, the JLC Tribute to Deep Sea Chronograph is a watch that, if you’re familiar with the ins and outs of water resistance, will be slightly confusing to you. Sure, Omega makes a ton of Seamaster dive watches with chronograph functions, but they all have one thing in common – screw down function pushers for the chronograph to keep water out of the case when the chronograph is not in use. By contrast, the JLC has more standard pump pushers. And yet, somehow, it achieves an ISO 6425 dive watch certification, officially giving it the go ahead to be submerged as a true dive watch with its 100 meters of water resistance. How does it do this? I have absolutely no idea. I’ve been hunting for an answer to that question and the best I can come up with is that maybe it uses the same kind of gasket technology you might see in a traditional super compressor.
#2: Rolex Submariner in Yellow Gold
Rolex Submariner Yellow Gold ref. 1680 on T&H x JR Type 1 Strap
Source: Anna Griffin
I know what you’re thinking – “Why the f** would you take a yellow gold watch in the water?!” To you I say, first, watch the expletives, this is a family show, and second, you’re not going to take a yellow gold watch in the water. That was never the point of the solid gold Submariner. The reference 1680 was the first time that Rolex had taken a tool watch from their collection and made it luxurious, and that, by definition, is a luxury dive watch. It’s a watch that can do all of the same things as it’s steel counterpart, but it sits in the zone of “why would I want to?” It was built for a business suit, not a wetsuit, and yet it wouldn’t really look too out of place with either. Mic. Drop.
#3: The Nomos Ahoi
Nomos Ahoi Atlantik
Some of you may be scratching your heads and asking what on Earth a Nomos Ahoi is and how could a Nomos possibly be a dive watch? Don’t believe me? Let’s run through these specs for a minute: what we have is a 200 meter water resistance and screw-down crown on a watch that, admittedly, lacks any kind of timing bezel, but also lacks anything else remotely considered classically part of the dive watch world. It’s still fundamentally dressy, in a way only Nomos can do, and it speaks as a testament to what the idea of Bauhaus really is – everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Now, for a professional diver, you might well need that bezel, but chances are you’re not taking your Nomos down on your next scuba expedition anyway.
All right geeks, that does it for today’s edition of “Watch 101.” Sound off in the comments on Facebook and let us know if you have any other sort of oddball luxury dive watch picks that we didn’t cover (a personal runner up of mine would have been the Breguet Marine, fyi) and remember, no matter which you choose, a luxury diver is a sure fire way to remember to keep it classy, watchfam.
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