Dive Watches

We review the best dive watches and publish divers watch news. Dive watches are very popular watches with sports fans, divers and aquatic collectors. WatchTime covers the full range of divers watches from all dive watch price ranges and with divers watch photos, tech specs and other useful information. On our dive watches content section you will find dive watch updates and the best dive watch news. Made specifically for diving, the best dive watches boast high water-resistance and ultra-resistant cases, sometimes with highly illuminated dials and features specifically made for ambitious divers. Among the leading divers watch models are the Rolex Submariner dive watch, Omega Seamaster dive watch, Kobold dive watches, UTS diving watch and many other divers watches. WatchTime is your source for best dive watch news and reviews of all types of dive watches in all dive watch price ranges. Our content section covers the most popular Dive watches, new Dive watches, the best Dive watches in the world and also look at the best Dive watch reviews to help you find the perfect watch for you. Read our posts about top rated Dive watches and the best Dive watches reviews and make sure to also narrow your search down by date, for example by looking for the best Dive watch 2014 or top 10 Dive watches 2013 and popular Dive watches 2015 – or even new Dive watches rumored to be launched in 2016.

Dive Watch Wednesday: How the Rotating Bezel Landed on the Dive Watch

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In the third part of our ongoing series on the basics of the dive watch, we at Diveintowatches.com explained about how its most characteristic feature works. In this edition, we dive a little bit deeper and discover its origins. … [Read more...]


Fratello Friday: My Top 5 Favorite Divers’ Watches

Omega Seamaster Ploprof

Admittedly, I do not dive. In fact – and this has been a secret until now – it took me a lot of effort to even get my swimming diploma when I was a young boy. For my parents, this must have been hell; I hated water and didn’t want to be near it. Things have changed a bit, however. Although I am still not much of a swimmer, I do like to take a plunge in the pool when I am on holiday. And being a watch enthusiast, and a very modest collector, I like to have the right watch on my wrist when I … [Read more...]


IWC Watch Test: WatchTime Reviews the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club

IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chrono

WatchTime Spotlight on IWC Schaffhausen: Testing the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Download this FREE article and take a sail with this IWC watch. The Yacht Club was IWC’s most popular model of the late 1960s and 1970s. Today, enthusiasts of IWC Schaffhausen have a new model: The IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph, easily one of the sportiest IWC Portuguese models. WatchTime tested this most nautical of IWC watches, and you can read all the results in our free article, in which … [Read more...]


Master Makeover: Testing the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

In 2008, Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra watch was upgraded to the brand’s in-house Caliber 8500. How does the timepiece fare under WatchTime’s exacting scrutiny? Find out in this watch test feature from our April 2011 issue by writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: The Watches Inside and Outside the Bathyscaphe Trieste

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In 1952, Rolex approached Swiss physicist Auguste Piccard to provide him with a specially designed watch for his upcoming deep dive trials in the newly constructed bathyscaphe “Trieste.” Instead of the spherical design that was originally planned, Rolex was able to build a more traditionally constructed — though still quite unusual-looking — watch, consisting basically of an oversized case, a thick caseback, and a huge crystal. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider: Reviewing the Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

Of all the watches that debuted at this year's SIHH watch fair in Geneva, perhaps the one I least expected was a dive watch from Cartier. And it turns out it's one of the coolest new watches of the year. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I give you the scoop on Cartier's foray into the world of "real" sports watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Test: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy SEALs

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Navy Seals

In 2011, Jaeger-LeCoultre introduced a limited-edition version of its Master Compressor Diving watch designed with the input of United States Navy SEALs. WatchTime got hold of one and put it through our in-depth watch testing gauntlet. Scroll down to see the results of the test, originally published in our print edition, along with photos by Nik Schölzel. … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About Omega

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Omega is among the best-known luxury watch brands on the planet, and certainly the best known off the planet. From NASA to the Olympics to James Bond, not to mention names like Speedmaster, Seamaster and Constellation, the brand has achieved well-deserved rock-star status among watch enthusiasts everywhere. Here are 10 things you should know about Omega. … [Read more...]


Oris Watches: The Rebirth of the Brand and a Test of the New Oris Aquis Depth Gauge

WT Spotlight Oris

  WatchTime’s free download brings you a test of a popular Oris watch and the history of the Oris Watch Company. Take this unique opportunity to learn how the Oris Aquis Depth Gauge performed on the wrist of a real diver, But that’s not all: you will also find out the full story on how Oris CEO Ulrich Herzog presided over the spectacular rebirth of the Oris watch brand and learn about the history of Oris watches in a detailed historical timeline. Both stories are from the pages of … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: The ’70s Style of the Certina SuperPH 1000M

Certina DS-2 SuperPH - Yellow dial

Back in 2004, Certina reintroduced one of its more unusual looking dive watches, launched in the early 1970s, as a limited edition. A more modern interpretation of the original model, the reborn Certina DS-3 1000M (Ref.633.7128.42.61), featured an integrated helium release valve, a rather unusual hour hand (which made quite a few request for a modification, with an alternate set of hands) and most importantly, its 44-mm-wide, 14-mm-thick case was not quite as bulky as the original, at 18 mm … [Read more...]


TAG Heuer Watches: The True Story behind the TAG Heuer Carrera, TAG Heuer Formula 1 and others

TAG Heuer Carrera 1887 front

So you think you know everything a true connoisseur of TAG Heuer watches should know about these Swiss luxury watches? We’ll bet you don’t really know Jack! Of course, we're talking about Jack W. Heuer, scion of the TAG Heuer (originally Heuer) watch company – the man who gave us the TAG Heuer Carrera, the Formula 1 and other famous TAG Heuer watches — without whom there would never have been today’s TAG Heuer company, nor its line of popular TAG Heuer watches for diving, the TAG … [Read more...]


For Veterans’ Day: 6 “Tribute to the Military” Watches

Breitling Honor Flight Navitimer

The United States celebrates Veterans Day today, a holiday that honors America's armed forces. We decided to mark the holiday, and those men and women who've served or are currently serving in the military, by showcasing six watches made especially to honor certain branches of the armed forces and those that support them. Herewith, our six "Tribute to the Military" watches. … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 10 Affordable Watches for Men

Longines HydroConquest Chronograph

There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes "affordable watches" and "affordable luxury" when it comes to watch brands. For me, it means watches under $5,000, with mechanical movements, from trusted watch brands. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 affordable men's watches that represent the most excellent value for price. … [Read more...]


Wake-Up Time: 5 Luxury Watches With Mechanical Alarms

Glashutte Original Senator Diary

They're not as sexy as tourbillons or as impressively complicated as perpetual calendars, but mechanical alarm watches may possess one of the more useful complications for a weary traveler or an overworked executive who might need a little reminder about that big board meeting. In a way, it's curious that more watch brands haven't embraced them. Here are five worth noting. … [Read more...]


Where the Rolex Submariner, Rolex Explorer 1, Rolex Sky-Dweller and other Rolex Men’s Watches Were Born

Rolex Explorer I

Curious about Rolex men’s watches? This is a must-read! Discover the pedigrees of the Rolex Submariner, Rolex Explorer I, and Rolex Sky-Dweller, along with an exclusive WatchTime test of the Explorer I, in this FREE triple feature. Whether you’re an avid collector of Rolex watches, or a budding connoisseur looking to learn more about them, this WatchTime compilation has something for you. Did you know… … that the earliest Rolex Submariner didn’t have the now-iconic white … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-On with the Citizen Grand Touring Sport

Citizen Signature Collection Grand Touring Dive Watch 300 - Blue

The first photos of Citizen’s latest addition to its Grand Touring range surfaced in spring 2014 and immediately generated quite a lot of interest among dive watch fans all over the world – which was totally understandable. After all, the watch is a bold (one might even say "chunky") yet still somewhat elegant blue-dialed divers' watch with an orange hand and an in-house caliber, produced by a company that can be considered a driving force not only in supplying scuba divers with (quartz) … [Read more...]


Omega Watches: From the Seamaster to the Omega PloProf to the Omega Skyfall

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Omega Watches: From the Seamaster to the Omega PloProf to the Omega Skyfall Omega, James Bond and the quest to create the best dive watch ever The history of Omega watches is about more than just calibers and complications. It’s about the quest to create the best dive watch for professional and military divers as well as for James Bond. Omega has answered that challenge with its now-iconic Seamaster model, introduced in 1957. It’s about the new passion for the Omega Skyfall watch, … [Read more...]


Watch Insider’s Top 17 Ultra-Technical Timepieces

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On my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I assembled this list of 17 "techie" watches, or ultra-technical timepieces, that so far most fascinated me in the area of technical innovation and watchmaking prowess. This list of ultra-technical watches will be updated whenever we stumble upon a new extraordinary watch. Here are my top 17, with photos and very brief descriptions. Enjoy this collection of my favorite ultra-technical watches and extraordinary timepieces. Leave a comment at the end of this post if … [Read more...]


10 Things to Know About Rolex

10 Things to Know About Rolex

Rolex is the world’s most widely recognized luxury watch brand. That global recognition is the product of decades of success in a range of fields, from early timekeeping records to a string of important firsts, not to mention film appearances and associations with James Bond, Paul Newman, and other notables. Here are 10 key things you should know about Rolex. … [Read more...]


For New Collectors: 5 IWC Watches Under $10,000

5 IWC watches under $10000

IWC is a collector favorite with several iconic collections. Names like Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, and of course pilots’ watches from the “Mark” series, have earned their places in the horological hall of fame. Here are five current IWC watch models that are in stores now, priced below $10,000. … [Read more...]


Blancpain Watches: A Test and History of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

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WatchTime Spotlight:  Blancpain – A Test & History Of The Fifty Fathoms Fans of classic divers’ watches now have a unique opportunity to read our test of one of the most popular Blancpain watches, from the June 2008 issue of WatchTime magazine. But that’s not all: you are also invited to join WatchTime for a journey through the fascinating history of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. If you’re curious as to how the watch scored, and how it came to be, download WatchTime Spotlight: … [Read more...]


Watch Insider Reviews the New Longines Heritage Diver

Longines Heritage Diver Chrono

In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I take a look at the Longines Heritage Diver watches, released this summer, which are re-issued versions of Longines watches for divers produced in the 1970s. Like the original models, these new Longines dive watches have a case diameter of 43 mm and some of the same distinctive dial details. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: 4 Omega Dive Watches That Never Made It Into Production

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When it comes to museums operated by watch brands, the Omega museum in Bienne is definitely one worth a visit (and if you're not planning a trip to Switzerland, there’s a website as well: www.omegamuseum.com). It is located just across from Omega HQ, admission is free, it’s open on Saturdays as well as during the week, and — best of all — you get to see hundreds of watches, clocks, movements, and instruments displaying more than a century of the brand’s fascinating history. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Review: Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver

Citizen Promaster 1000M Professional Diver

A while back, our editors went 11 feet under water to test various divers’ watches for legibility, ease of use, and toughness in actual diving conditions. One of these watches, all of whose test results were revealed in WatchTime’s December 2012 issue, was the Citizen Promaster 1000 M Professional Diver. … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Wednesday: A Review of the Tudor Pelagos

Tudor Pelagos

If you are a regular reader of WatchTime’s Dive Watch Wednesday, you will probably remember one of our September dive watch blog posts in which we revealed our personal “Top 5 Most Wanted” list of dive watch models currently produced. The good news is, this list theoretically just got one watch shorter. The bad news? That open spot has almost immediately been filled by the next contender (hint: it starts with a “B” and ends with “athyscaphe”). But that’s a different story for … [Read more...]


The New Rolex Deepsea and 6 Other Extreme Dive Watches

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue

All divers' watches share certain characteristics that make them divers' watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers' watches, however, go the extra mile (or fathom), with cases that can descend to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters, chronographs operable at incredible depths, or high-tech depth gauge devices built into their mechanical movements. Below, we take a look at seven of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]


Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono

Blue-on-blue isn't the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. "All-black" watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 watches that are clad in black from head to toe. … [Read more...]


Naval Gazing: WatchTime Tests The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT

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The Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT, inspired by a vintage watch used by the Italian navy, features the brand’s P.9001 in-house movement. WatchTime put both wristwatch and caliber to the test in this feature originally published in the magazine's print edition. Click here for the full report, accompanied by Nik Schölzel's stunning original photos. … [Read more...]


Timepiece Timeline: The History of Seiko Through 12 Milestone Seiko Watches

Seiko 5-Sports-Speed-Timer - 1969

Those who know Seiko mainly for its lower-priced quartz watches — and even many who have recently discovered the Japanese brand's high-horology Grand Seiko timepieces — may be unaware that Seiko's history of watchmaking stretches all the way back to the late 19th century, and includes several watch-world firsts. Here are the highlights. … [Read more...]


Five Notable Cartier Watches Under $10,000

Cartier under $10000

Cartier has a long and distinguished horological history, and in recent years, the brand has assumed a leading role among manufacturers creating innovative and complicated haute horlogerie timepieces. At the same time, the brand has launched several notable timepieces at lower price points, many of which have in-house movements. Here are five models we think merit special attention. … [Read more...]