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 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

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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...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Iconic Omega Watches

Omega Seamaster PloProf

This week's Fratello Friday post focuses on five iconic Omega watches. Of course, many models from this brand could be considered iconic, but for the purposes of this list, I narrowed it down to five Omega watches that I consider most important to the brand or to the world of watches in general. … [Read more...]

Watch Insider Asks: Which of These 5 Watches Would You Take to a Desert Island?

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Autumn has begun, and the chilly temperatures have put me — and, I'd guess, many of you — in mind of a desert island. Let's say one were to be stranded on such an island and only watch could come along. Which one to take? I know — not an easy decision for a watch lover. But how about if I narrow it down? … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: A Test of the Heritage Black Bay from the Tudor Watch Collection

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Download this FREE article and read our exclusive test of one of today's top Tudor watches. In the WatchTime magazine article, “Bay Watch,” WatchTime tested a Tudor watch, the Heritage Black Bay. Part of the brand’s vintage-inspired Heritage collection, it recalls the Tudor watches of nearly 50 years ago. To learn more about the Heritage Black Bay, read our free download, “WatchTime Spotlight: Tudor Watch.” The Heritage Black Bay looks like a vintage Tudor watch and reminds one … [Read more...]

Timepiece Timeline: 24 Key Moments in the History of Oris Watches

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In WatchTime's November-December 2013 issue, we profiled Oris Watch CEO Ulrich Herzog and reveal how he steered the company to an all-mechanical future during the heart of the Quartz Crisis. Here are 23 milestone moments in the history of Oris watches, from its founding in 1904 to the present day. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The New Limited-Edition Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chronograph

Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chrono LE - dial CU

Last week, Blancpain introduced its “Ocean Commitment” initiative at Cap d’Antibes in the South of France. This program will unite the manufacture's various activities to preserve and protect the world’s oceans as well as to increase public awareness through ocean exploration. … [Read more...]

Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex Sea-Dweller Sells for $183,750 at Antiquorum Auction

Cousteau Rolex Sea Dweller Auction

Antiquorum’s fall auction in New York generated an impressive $3,679,437 in sales. The top lots included a Patek Philippe minute repeater, two Patek ref. 5004s, and Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex "double-red" Sea-Dweller, ref. 1665. Let’s take a look at the top 10 sellers. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Charmex’s CX Swiss Military Watch Breaks a Scuba Diving Record

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You have probably never heard of Charmex nor of Ahmed Gabr, but there are at least two reasons why both are worth knowing. In 2005, the Swiss watch company Charmex launched a massive dive watch capable of withstanding water pressures down to 12,000 feet. It was not only the most water-resistant (serially produced) mechanical dive watch at that time, but also the only (7750-based) chronograph amongst similar "extreme" dive watches. … [Read more...]

6 New Panerai Watches Debut in Hong Kong

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Panerai has announced six new watches, two of which are part of an exciting Special Edition set. The new models, introduced at the recent Hong Kong "Watches and Wonders" fair, range from a simple automatic with a new movement to a tourbillion GMT. We have all the prices. Let’s take a look.   … [Read more...]

5 Iconic Watches from the Mind of Gérald Genta

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Throughout his career, legendary watch designer Gérald Genta (1931-2011) created some of the most iconic models in the watch world, working with brands from Omega to Audemars Piguet and IWC and eventually establishing an independent brand (now absorbed into Bulgari, one of his other clients) making watches under his own name. It is a testament to the influence of his designs that his watches became hallmarks of their respective brands and remain popular watch styles. Below, we take a look at … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The 10 Best Dive Watch Brands You Don’t Know About

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To someone who's not all that interested in dive watches, many of them may look alike. But if you are into collecting dive watches, you're always looking for another one to buy. In doing so, you have several options: you can go vintage, stick with the classics from established brands, or maybe even consider some of the many alternatives out there from start-up, re-launched, and boutique dive watch brands. … [Read more...]

Officine Panerai — Milestone Watches From the First Panerai Radiomir to the Panerai Luminor “L’Astronomo”

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Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of 25 watches from Officine Panerai! Officine Panerai has a colorful history and many interesting watch models. WatchTime’s FREE Download, WatchTime Spotlight: Panerai - Milestone Watches from the First Panerai Radiomir to the Panerai Luminor L'Astronomo, shows you the 25 most important timepieces in the history of Officine Panerai. Expand your knowledge about classics like the Panerai Luminor and Panerai Radiomir and learn how Navy … [Read more...]

Watchtoberfest: 5 Tough German Sports Watches

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Bring out the dirndls, lederhosen and giant beer mugs — Germany's Oktoberfest is underway! We at WatchTime thought it might also be a good time to showcase some robust sports watches from some smaller German watch brands that may have flown under your radar this year. Here are five recently released German sports watches. … [Read more...]

Watch Quiz: Can You Identify These Dive Watches Under Dress Shirt Cuffs?

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Some say that dive watches and dress shirts are a fashion faux pas. We disagree. We’ve squeezed eight dive watches under a dress shirt cuff, leaving just a bit exposed. Put your watchspotting skills to the test and see if you can identify them. The answers appear at the end of page 2. Good luck! … [Read more...]

5 Affordable Omega Watches for New Collectors

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Omega has produced numerous iconic timepieces over the years, including perhaps the world’s most famous chronograph, known around the world as the Omega Moonwatch. Here are five models that are in stores now at accessible prices for both new and seasoned collectors. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Private-Label Dive Watches Aren’t as New as You Think

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It seems like the dive watch category has inspired more "micro-brands" and "boutique brands" over the last few years to start a watch business than has any other watch category in the industry. Of course, while some of these recent start-ups have attempted to produce their very own ideal of “the perfect diver,” many others rely on already finished, so-called "private label" watches, which are, more or less, watches manufactured by an outside supplier and simply equipped with the brand’s … [Read more...]

Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Monaco Limited Edition

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Ulysse Nardin is a six-time sponsor of the Monaco Yacht Show, and to celebrate this year’s event, this brand that is so closely linked to the seas has created a new watch, the Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver Monaco Limited Edition. … [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...]

Highlight Watches From WatchTime’s IBG 2014 Watch Collector Events

Breguet Tourbillon QP

The sponsoring luxury watch brands for WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" series of watch collector events have really strutted their stuff this year. As noted by WatchTime's IBG event partner, watch collector and aficionado Jeff Kingston, not only did each brand have a broad selection from its collection on display at the opening event in Chicago — far broader than you'd ever find at a boutique or other retailer — but key new watch models from SIHH and Baselworld that won’t be in stores … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: My 5 Top Dive Watches from Baselworld and Beyond

Omega Seamaster 300

Every year, Diveintowatches.com tries to cope with the rather difficult task of creating something like a "best in show" list of the new dive watches presented at the Baselworld watch fair. Scroll down to compare my top five dive watches from this year's Baselworld to my final list of top five dive watches from all the new models introduced this year. … [Read more...]

Breitling Avenger II: The Breitling Avenger Collection Gets a Redesign

Breitling Avenger II Seawolf

Breitling, which has recently revamped its Colt collection as well as tweaked the look of its newest Chronomat Airborne watches, has also given a redesign to another popular line in its portfolio, the Breitling Avenger series. The Breitling Avenger II collection includes two chronographs, one divers' watch, and one GMT watch. … [Read more...]

Inside Basel.Geneva 2014 Showcase: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

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WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston are teaming up again to present the 2014 edition of the popular "Inside Basel.Geneva" live event series, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. The series also visits New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Blancpain returns this year as a core sponsor, and at the show, you will be able to try on the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph. … [Read more...]

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet

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Omega's long association with the ocean began in 1932 with the invention of its first divers' watch. In 2011, the brand partnered with the GoodPlanet Foundation, an organization founded in 2005 that promotes environmental awareness and sustainable development. The results of the partnership are evident in a new watch introduced at Baselworld, the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Swiss Military’s Doxa Dive Watch

Doxa Sub 300T EMD issued - Front

Due to the fact that the development of most early dive watches was heavily influenced, or even directly initiated, by armed services around the world, it is no surprise that a large number of these watches were in fact used and issued by them as well. It did, however, come as a surprise to us here at Diveintowatches.com that even the Swiss Armed Forces at one point issued a very small number of its own Swiss-made dive watches. … [Read more...]