DIVE WATCHES

Looking for dive watches? WatchTime is America's no. 1 watch magazine, 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.

Dive Watch Wednesday: How to Turn Any Watch Into a Dive Watch

Brass Watch Case

If you want to take pictures under water, you can either use a regular camera in a matching, separate underwater case, or simply opt for a waterproof camera that comes with an already-sealed case. Chances are that, as a diver, you would go for the separate-case option (offering increased water resistance, versatility and a broader choice of camera options), whereas for a dive watch, you'd go the opposite route. … [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 six of these "extreme" dive watches and what sets … [Read more...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: How Swatch Helped Rescue the Dive Watch

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The quartz watch revolution (aka "quartz crisis") of the 1970s affected not only the watch industry in general, but also, of course, the dive watch category within it. Considering the number of model launches, innovations and constant improvements to such watches in the 1960s and the first half of the '70s, the '80s and early '90s were a rather dark time for dive watches by comparison. … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Tudor Heritage Black Bay

With the return of Tudor watches to the United States after a long absence, American watch fans once again have the opportunity to purchase timepieces from Rolex's lower priced "little brother" Tudor watch brand. Below, we take a look at some of the Tudor watches that U.S. watch collectors had been missing out on, along with some current Tudor watches — available in the States — that have been released at the Baselworld watch fairs in 2013 and 2014. … [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, like Johnny Cash and goth teens, are clad in black from top to bottom. … [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...]

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

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

Rolex Launches New Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Edition Dive Watch in New York

Rolex Deepsea D-Blue - front

Rolex has launched a new version of its deep-diving Rolex Deepsea watch. The new model ($12,350) features a dial that is dark blue at the top, and then darkens gradually to black at the bottom. Rolex calls the dial treatment “D-blue.” … [Read more...]

Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

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A regular reader of Watch-Insider.com, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list last year, focusing on watch brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would consider affordable prices. Here we re-present the list, with links to more info on several of the watches. … [Read more...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau

IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Cousteau

This year IWC introduced an entirely renewed Aquatimer collection. All IWC Aquatimer watches have been redesigned and now feature the same design cues, and, more importantly, functional upgrades such as the new Dive-Safe system and an externally operational internal dive-time bezel. We tried out the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition "Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau” for several weeks and ended up liking it more and more as the test period went on. … [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...]

Dive Watch Wednesday: The Challenge of Proving Your Dive Watch is “Extreme”

Caribbean 1000 dial

In 1953, the first dive watches featuring a rotating bezel appeared. They started with a depth rating of about 100 meters. It took another 10 years for makers of serially produced dive watches to reach the symbolic 1,000-meters mark. And, as we at Diveintowatches.com have discovered, achieving this milestone might have been considerably less difficult than proving it. … [Read more...]

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...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Longines Heritage Avigation GMT

Longines Heritage Avigation GMT

Longines introduces a new edition in its Heritage line, a vintage- and military-inspired watch that takes its place alongside the recently launched Heritage 1935, Heritage Diver and Conquest Heritage 1954. This collection of Longines watches is certainly the brand's most interesting, with vintage inspired designs and practical complications. The Longines Avigation GMT is no exception: it's a robust watch with an old-fashioned style and a useful display. … [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...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Vintage Watches For the Budget-Minded Aficionado

Alpina Sea-Strong Startimer

Let's say you are on a budget of $1,000 - $1,500 for a nice timepiece. If you care about things like warranty, water resistance, no maintenance for the next five years and so on, you may want to skip this week's Fratello Friday article on vintage watches. If you are living your horological life a bit more on the edge, however, I encourage you to read on. … [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

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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...]

WatchTime’s July-August Issue is On Sale Now!

WatchTime August 2014 Cover

The July-August issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring a comparative test of the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 Jack Heuer Edition and the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, more than 75 new watches from Baselworld 2014, and more. Click here for highlights from the issue... … [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...]

Monochrome Monday: Reviewing the Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture

Finding the right watch is a quest. When a watch fits one’s lifestyle, like a glove to a hand, and not by some artificial marketing association, but the fit of real-world application, then a symbiosis ensues. What watch, for example, is the right watch for the boat owner? … [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...]