Yes, it’s June and the sunny days are back. This also means that many of us will enjoy some well-deserved holidays soon, as the situation seems to improve in most areas around the globe. Summer is synonymous with this light, carefree feeling that we’ve missed for some months, and it is time to enjoy it again! Summer is also synonymous with leisure activities and nights out, meaning that you’ll need a watch that will be able to withstand sports activities together with looking stylish. This is why we’ve selected 5 of the best luxury dive watches recently introduced, so as to be sure to look good and to be fully equipped this summer (and no worries, these watches will be good in winter too!)
Note: this list is, of course, non-exhaustive. If there are more recently-launched dive watches that you think could make it to the list, feel free to share them with us in the comments.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 2021
Initially launched as the Royal Oak Offshore Scuba in 2005, the Royal Oak Offshore Diver is one of the best representations of a high-end dive watch, which will certainly make an impression when worn in the evening, with a linen shirt and loafers. But don’t be fooled by this trendy attire, this watch is equally powerful underwater. Even better, it has been drastically improved this year with some minor visual updates, fresh new colours, more refined case and dial, a new movement and interchangeable straps. Still measuring 42mm and water-resistant to 300 metres, the new ROO Diver retains its overall architecture with a redesigned dial, available in grey, blue or khaki. Sharing the same base architecture as the movement unveiled on Code 11.59, the calibre 4308 is a modern engine with a focus on precision and reliability. It beats at 4Hz and boasts 60 hours of power reserve. Finally, there’s an interchangeability system, with quick-release pushers on the back of the strap. And the watch comes with 2 rubber straps included. More details in our hands-on article here.
Quick facts: 42mm diameter x 14.1mm height – stainless steel – 300m water-resistant – Méga Tapisserie dial in khaki green, navy blue or grey – Calibre 4308, in-house, automatic, 4Hz, 60h power reserve – Interchangeable rubber strap with a stainless steel pin buckle, additional rubber strap included – ref. 15720ST – EUR 25,500
Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms No Rad
Being one of the earliest dive watches ever created, back in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms is sort of a usual suspect when talking about luxury divers. And while you have many options in the regular collection, the brand recently introduced a stunning limited edition piece, the No Rad. Standing for no radiations, the name should resonate for those who know their history. Indeed, Blancpain was a supplier to the navies of numerous armed forces worldwide, with a military Fifty Fathoms delivered to the Bundeswehr, the iconic and rare “BUND No Rad.” The second reissue of this model (the first was in 2010), this new 500-piece edition ticks many boxes. First, it is compact, at 40.3mm in diameter, and features the signature sapphire bezel with full graduation. Second, its dial is matte black, with tool-ish markers, and features the cool no radiations logo at 6 o’clock. Finally, it is powered by a high-end in-house movement with a comfortable power reserve. All in all, a very achieved vintage-inspired model. More details in our in-depth article here.
Quick facts: 40.30mm diameter x 13.23mm height – stainless steel – 300m water-resistant – Black matte dial with “No Rad” logo – Calibre 1151, in-house, automatic, 3Hz frequency, 100h power reserve – 20mm Tropic-like rubber strap with steel pin buckle – Limited to 500 pieces – ref. 5008D-1130-B64A – EUR 13,180
Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec Maldives Edition
CFB has long committed to the protection of the oceans and their marine life from extinction. As such, the brand has long used its big and bold dive watch, the Patravi ScubaTec, to create limited editions in association with Manta Trust. The latest in line is this colourful and striking Maldives Edition. Based on the same 44.6mm diameter watch with chronometer automatic movement, it now features a blue and white ceramic bezel with oversized numerals, as well as a highly legible blue dial (with a very cool colour) with a distinctive wave-like pattern and the signature applied markers and hands of the collection. Water-resistance for this hefty diver is 500 metres, and it is worn on a rubber strap with recycled PET textile insert. A good way to mix style and to support a good cause at the same time. More details in our hands-on article here.
Quick facts: 44.6mm diameter x 13.45mm height – stainless steel – blue dial engraved wave-like pattern – calibre CFB 1950.1 (ETA 2824-2 base), COSC-certified, automatic, 4Hz frequency, 42h power reserve – blue rubber and PET textile strap, folding clasp with fine adjustment – special edition – ref. 00.10632.23.53.02 – EUR 5,200
Omega Seamaster 300 Collection 2021
The Seamaster is a collection that needs no introduction anymore. One of the most long-lasting ranges of the brand (created in 1948), the name Seamaster can today refer to multiple models. In addition to the modern 300M Diver and to the technical PO 600m, Omega has also a vintage-inspired model, the Seamaster 300, modelled after an iconic 1957 watch. And this collection, first seen in 2014, has recently been revamped. If the look feels familiar, most parts are new, including a slimmer and slightly more compact case, a new bezel with an aluminium insert, a larger dial that now has a very cool sandwich construction and a cleaner look, and finally a Master Chronometer movement, the Calibre 8912. The steel bracelet has been reworked too, with a thinner design and a new clasp, and a vintage leather strap is also available. It is available in steel with a black or blue dial, and also in a rather surprising but attractive “Bronze Gold” alloy, with dark brown dial/bezel. All the details can be found in our hands-on article here.
Quick facts: 41mm diameter x 13.85mm height – stainless steel – 300m water-resistant – sandwich black of blue dial with lower plate covered in vintage Super-LumiNova – Omega calibre 8912, in-house, Master Chronometer certified, 3.5Hz, 60h power reserve – stainless steel bracelet with extendable foldover clasp with fine adjustment, or leather strap with pin buckle – ref. 220.127.116.11.01.001 or 18.104.22.168.03.001 – EUR 6,100 on strap, EUR 6,400 on steel
Tudor Black Bay Ceramic Master Chronometer
The Tudor Black Bay doesn’t need to be introduced anymore, being for close to 10 years the brand’s bestseller. This year, there’s a new edition of the BB41, which comes in a black ceramic case, with a brushed ceramic insert and clean black dial. Certainly a watch that will find its audience, as a well-priced, very well executed and visually attractive lifestyle-oriented iteration. But the most important part isn’t the looks, but what’s inside the case. Indeed, this Black Bay Ceramic is the first watch from the brand (and also the first watch that isn’t stamped with Omega’s logo) to be Master Chronometer certified, according to the requirements developed by METAS. This means that its manufacture movement isn’t only extremely precise (surpassing COSC standards) but is also highly antimagnetic. We’ve explained why this move is important for Tudor and the Rolex Group, and why it truly matters, in this in-depth article here. And the watch isn’t bad either, admittedly.
Quick facts: 41mm diameter x 14.1mm height – matte black ceramic – 200m water-resistant – matte black, domed dial – manufacture calibre MT5602-1U, Master Chronometer certified, 4Hz frequency, 70h power reserve – hybrid leather and rubber strap on folding clasp in black PVD steel, additional black fabric strap with cream stripe – ref. M79210CNU – EUR 4,440
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