Today a divers’ watch is a classic choice on the arm of any stylish gentleman, with its distinctive mechanical features and striking dials making it an easily recognisable model. Acknowledged for its practicality and as an esteemed fashion choice, its main selling point of impressive underwater resistance often comes as an added extra, not necessarily because people are using them to dive on an everyday basis.
Originally designed with underwater diving in mind, the dive watch typically has a minimum water resistance of 100m or 330ft, which modern technology and innovation is currently improving upon year on year. Naturally, creating a timepiece with water resistance capabilities has taken a great deal of skill and craftsmanship, which has been a work in progress since the 17th Century.
We take a look at the history of the dive watch, one of the most popular sports models around.
* All dates are approx
Dive watches are a key watch style, whether you are a keen diver or simply just looking for a practical, every day wrist wear option.
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