Adding to a life filled with high-adrenalin adventures are the dive watches — a perfect amalgamation of sports and science. Divers depend on reliable dive watches more than they do on chance. And you need both when you are exploring the deep seas. From Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition to Panerai's Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech, technologically advanced timepieces have been providing an immersive experience, quite literally to divers around the globe.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition
Blancpain has introduced the latest version of the Bathyscaphe, and this stunning dive watch is dedicated to protecting the great hammerhead shark. The watch, limited to only 50 pieces, supports conservation efforts to protect the endangered species. The tropical green dial gives the watch a distinctive personality and brings out in the open its chromatic reflections, courtesy its sunburst finish. This vibrant colour magnifies the admirable aesthetic elements of the Bathyscaphe like its baton-type hands and geometric hour-markers coated in luminescent material. The Mokarran Protection Society — which aims to study and protect the great hammerhead shark — inspired the creation of the new and special Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition. The unidirectional rotating bezel integrates green ceramic insert matching the dial. The 43.6mm-diameter case is water-resistant up to 300 metres and is made of satin-finished black ceramic. Powered by calibre 1318, the 50 pieces are all individually numbered.
Oris x Momotaro
Swiss luxury manufacturer of mechanical watches Oris teamed up with independent Japanese company and cult brand Momotaro Jeans to design the special steel and bronze version of the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, the Oris X Momotaro. The dive watch comes in a 40mm multi-piece stainless steel case with a unidirectional bezel in bronze with 120 clicks and features a black anodised aluminium insert with a 60-minute diving scale.
The indexes and hands are coloured in gold and filled with 'Light Old Radium' Super-LumiNova. The Momotaro edition looks magnificent with its soft gradient green dial which blends beautifully with the watch's bronze and gold elements. The lively watch comes with a strap made from indigo Momotaro jeans with two painted white "battle stripes" — the denim manufacturer's famous signature. The Oris calibre 733 gives the watch a power reserve of 38 hours, and it is water resistant up to 100 metres.
Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Professional Diver's 600M
The deepest-diving Spring Drive Pro Diver from Grand Seiko, water resistant up to 600 metres, is a nifty tool for professional divers, and is a limited edition of 700 pieces globally. The Grand Seiko 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Professional Diver's 600M asks us to not settle for less, and why would you, when its helium and water-resistance mechanisms are working in unison to confront underwater challenges.
This dive watch comes in a high-intensity titanium case which is not only 40 per cent lighter than steel, but is also immune to scratches. To offer more, Grand Seiko has designed the case, crystal, and bezel for easy and safe disassembly for the maintenance professional divers seek. The timepiece is powered by a new-generation Spring Drive calibre which is slimmer, even more precise, and has a greater power reserve of up to 120 hours. Calibre 9RA5 takes Spring Drive technology to a new level of brilliance and opens a new dimension in the history of Grand Seiko.
Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech
One glance at the watch and you think it is invincible. Panerai has even engraved "Survival Instrument" on the back of the watch with the image inspired by frogman commandos of the Italian Navy and the design as a whole is really inventive. This creation is a professional underwater watch of exceptional technical performance with a solid Carbotech case measuring 47mm. The mighty Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech is equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel for the diver to calculate immersion times without a hitch. Panerai has used Super-LumiNova coating applied to the markers and the large skeleton hands, making the watch legible even in the dark of the deep oceans. The black camouflage dial of this ferocious watch has luminous hour markers and dots with date at 3 o'clock and small seconds at 9 o'clock. The dive watch — water resistant up to 300 metres — sports Panerai's P.9010 automatic movement and comes with a case back made from titanium.
Longines HydroConquest Ref. L3.781.4.06.9
As the name suggests, this timepiece was designed to meet the challenges of the diving world. The Longines HydroConquest Ref. L3.781.4.06.9 speaks of brilliance and a stunning performance. The dive watch comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides. Dressed in green, it combines technical innovation and elegance for it to be an eminent dive watch. The dive watch boasts of a polished ceramic insert in its unidirectional ratcheting bezel, and this amazing arrangement calls for a surreal display of monochromatic look. The stainless steel and ceramic case, measuring 41mm, is water resistant up to 300 metres. The familiar HydroConquest elements like Arabic numerals at 12, 9, and 6 o'clock, and an unobtrusive date window at 3 o'clock give the watch a bold appearance. It is powered by calibre L888 providing 64 hours of power reserve.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition
The new James Bond movie, No Time to Die, is all set to feature the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition by Omega. The all-new 007 Edition, exclusively designed with inputs from Daniel Craig and the producers of the blockbuster Hollywood franchise, is a 42mm timepiece which has been crafted from Grade 2 Titanium which is used for the case. Its titanium mesh bracelet with trailblazing adjustable buckle is another eclectic addition. This material is sturdy and lightweight, flawless for an undercover agent ready to take a deep dive when the bullets start flying. Super-LumiNova fills the diving scale, blackened hands and indexes of this hard-boiled timepiece. The Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 drives the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition giving the watch its highest standards of precision, chronometric performance, and magnetic resistance. The new watch is completed by a Naiad Lock caseback and is water resistant up to 300 metres.