DIVE WATCHES

Dive watches are very popular watches. Here you will find dive watch updates and the best dive watch news. Dive watches are considered to be some of the best sports watches. Made specifically for diving, the best dive watches boast high water-resistance. Among the leading divers watch models are the Rolex Submariner dive watch, Omega Seamaster, 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.

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

Oris World Timer watch

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...]

Showing at WatchTime IBG 2014: Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition

Carl F Bucherer Manero Tourbillon

WatchTime and noted watch collector and expert Jeff Kingston have teamed up again for the 2014 edition of the popular “Inside Basel.Geneva” series of collector events, kicking off September 5 in Chicago. Among the core sponsoring watch brands is Carl F. Bucherer, which will showcase its Manero Tourbillon Limited Edition at the events. … [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...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Saturation Diving, Helium Valves, and “Extreme” Dive Watches

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea - submerged

In the fourth part of our series on the basics of divers' watches, Diveintowatches.com explains why some dive watches have  built-in helium-release valves and why others don’t. We also explain why each type is perfectly OK, depending on the type of diving you do. … [Read more...]

Sand Dude: Testing the Breitling Superocean

Breitling Superocean reclining

The modern Breitling Superocean is built to withstand the rigors of sea, surf and sand. See how it fares in WatchTime’s Breitling Superocean test, conducted by writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel, and originally presented in this feature from our December 2010 issue. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Long-Awaited Return of the Zodiac Sea Wolf

Zodiac Sea Wolf Re-Edition 2015 - Black Dial

Good news for fans of classic dive watches: along with the Sea Dragon and Astrographic, Zodiac is also re-launching the Sea Wolf range — not only one of the earliest dive watches, but also one of the most popular of that era. In 1964, about 10 years after its introduction, Zodiac supposedly produced an impressive number of 10,000 pieces of a model that was, reportedly, worn not only by members of the UDT/SEALs, but, thanks to its reasonable pricing, most importantly also by many scuba divers … [Read more...]

Live Photos: New Omega Watches From Baselworld 2014 Come to NYC

Omega Speedmaster Rio

Like many others who attend the Baselworld watch fair, we at WatchTime look forward to seeing the new Omega watches that are unveiled there. This year, we came by at a particularly busy moment at Omega's always-bustling booth and were only able to see the watches behind the glass walls of their vitrines. So, when Omega invited me to view the 2014 collection at a special press event in New York City, I jumped at the opportunity to get up close and personal with these Omega timepieces, including … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Basics of the Rotating Divers’ Watch Bezel

Seiko Marinemaster bezel submerged

In the third part of this series on the basics of divers' watches, DiveintoWatches.com takes on what is probably most distinctive element of a dive watch: the rotating bezel. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GMT GoodPlanet

Omega Seamaster- Planet Ocean GMT

In 2005 Omega launched its Planet Ocean collection, a second collection of dive watches, positioned above its Seamaster Professional collection (the James Bond watch) and it has been a huge success since Day One. The Seamaster Planet Ocean is available in two sizes, 42-mm and 45.5-mm, and in 2011 Omega introduced the Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 9300, which we at Monochrome Watches reviewed and photographed for you here. Two years later, in 2013, Omega introduced the long-expected … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Bracelet Extensions vs. Flexible Straps

Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 submerged

Depending on where you plan on diving, chances are that you will wear a wetsuit or, in some cases, even a dry suit. Both increase your wrist size substantially, which is why a dive watch usually features a deployment clasp with a divers' extension, or even comes with an extra strap piece that can be attached to the strap buckle when worn over a dry suit (e.g. the unique Citizen Promaster 1000, which has been previously reviewed by WatchTime). A regular clasp extension usually doesn’t add … [Read more...]

Stealth Pilots: 5 All-Black Breitling Watches

Breitling Avenger Blackbird

Black-on-black watches have been a popular category for the last several years, and Breitling has created more than its share of these "stealth" timepieces, for its popular pilots' watch collections as well as other families, like its Superocean dive watches and even the automotive-inspired Breitling for Bentley models. Here are five all-black Breitling watches, including an all-new model in the Breitling Avenger collection. … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Red Alert – Underwater with the Tissot Seastar 1000

Tissot Seastar 1000 - submerged

For this week's Dive Watch Wednesday column, let’s put aside the question of how many mechanical dive watches are actually being used for diving today. Let’s instead assume that most of them are in fact being used for this intended purpose, and focus on the aspect of functionality. … [Read more...]

Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014

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At the big watch shows, the brands tend to promote their halo products – the ones with all the bells and whistles, and the highest prices. These products also tend to grab the headlines because, let’s face it, “three-hand watch” is not as sexy as “triple titanium tourbillon.”  However in the real world, most of us will not purchase the triple tourbillon. Fortunately for those of us who don't have as much dough as Pizza Hut, several brands presented new and noteworthy watches in the … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: Collecting the World’s Smallest Dive Watches

Miniature Dive Watch Collection

There is good news for all those watch enthusiasts struggling with watch sizes beyond 42 mm... and even better news for boys-at-heart that occasionally recall their beloved Hasbro “G.I. Joe Hard Hat Diver” figure from 1968 (that's Ref. 7620, should you be wondering about it right now): Not unlike the available after-market parts and accessories for our beloved watches, there are also a lot of accessories available for those 12-inch action figures. … [Read more...]

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

Island

Temperatures in Vienna, where I reside, reached 36° Celsius this week (that's almost 97° Fahrenheit for you Americans) — and the heat wave put me 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...]

Promotion: TUDOR Heritage Black Bay

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

An open book on decades of deep-water adventures, steeped in the mysterious aura of a hidden bay that gradually reveals its secrets to those who venture there, the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay is a long-lost treasure, returning to the light of day. First presented in 2012 in an appealing version with warm colors, it was awarded the “revival” category prize by the jury of the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève the following year. The TUDOR Heritage Black Bay returns in a new version in … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Visconti Abyssus 3000M

Visconti Scuba Abyssus 3000m

The most eye-catching new dive watch released this year also seems to be the least discussed. This might be because its maker was nowhere to be found in the main exhibition hall at Baselworld 2014 and also. probably, because the brand in question happens to be better known for writing instruments than watches. … [Read more...]

Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish

Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish

Breitling watches are, of course, renowned for being go-to watches for pilots. However, the Swiss brand also produces its share of professional-grade divers' watches. The latest of which, the Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish, made its debut at Baselworld 2014 and takes the honors as this week's Watch to Watch. … [Read more...]

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

WT Spotlight Oris

WatchTime’s latest free download brings you a test of a new 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 New Edox Hydro Sub “North Pole” Limited Edition

Edox Hydro Sub North Pole LE

One of the more unusual new dive watches presented at this year’s Baselworld was Edox’s re-interpreted Hydro Sub. It is unusual mostly because of its movable, orange crown protector, which brings a very distinctive look to an otherwise very close remake of an Edox watch from 1965, but also because it will be the official timekeeper of an expedition by free diver Christian Redl to the geographic North Pole in February 2015. Redl will attempt the first-ever free dive under the North Pole’s … [Read more...]