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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 6536/1 Good Steel Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Red 6536-1 Extremely Rare
R 1 207 000
Professional dealer
13
ES
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15710ST.OO.A002CA.01 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Steel 42MM Diver 15710ST.OO...
R 418 825
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505
US
Breitling Superocean 44 A17367021I1S2 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean Automatic 44
R 53 621
Professional dealer
13
AE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15709TR.OO.A005CR.01 Very good Tantalum 42mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Cup
R 599 900
Professional dealer
26
ZA
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2201.50.00 Good Steel Automatic South Africa, East London
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref 2201.50.00
R 33 999
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
R 144 668

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Tudor Submariner 9411/0 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Submariner Snowflake Ref. 9411/0 Excellet Condition Just...
R 153 461
Professional dealer
152
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2531.80 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
R 21 500
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2264.50.00 Good Steel 41mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
R 35 536
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 126613lb Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Submariner Date
R 242 000
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ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex 1680 Submariner Red MK4 (NO CYCLOPS)
R 350 000
Private Seller
ZA
Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM 00372 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Panerai Luminor 1950
R 94 200
Private Seller
ZA
Breitling Avenger E73360 Good Titanium 44mm Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Avenger M1 Chrono
R 40 578
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
R 220 000
Private Seller
ZA
Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT PAM 00533 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
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Panerai 1950 10 Days Gmt Luminor Pam00533
R 165 000
Professional dealer
26
ZA
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060M Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner No Date Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
R 148 289

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Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 00024 Good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM00024, Automatic 44mm
R 65 215
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ZA
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB Unworn Bronze 43mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay Bucherer blue dial limited edition
R 70 696
Professional dealer
128
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Rolex Submariner Date 16613T Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Gold&Steel 40mm 2007
R 130 651
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ZA
U-Boat U-1001 8038 New Steel 47mm Automatic South Africa, PRETORIA
U-Boat Classico U-1001
R 66 550
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ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
R 169 000
Professional dealer
6
ZA
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2909.50.38 Good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
R 42 900
Professional dealer
21
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex 116610LN Submariner Date 40mm Stainless Steel Men's Watch
R 217 311
Professional dealer
272
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Panerai Special Editions PAM 00364 Very good Titanium 47mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950
R 148 900
Professional dealer
26
ZA
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2561.80.00 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
Omega Seamaster 300M Mid Size Edelstahl Herrenuhr Saphirglas...
R 33 451

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Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 1680 Red Meters First Dial Box &...
R 652 150
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13
ZA
Tudor Black Bay 79230R New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay « state of Qatar » new full set stickers
R 129 321
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128
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Black Dial&Bezel 40mm (2010)
R 152 999
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149
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
R 167 256
Professional dealer
167
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Silver 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Submariner 5513 feet-first y.1969 SERVICED
R 210 000
Professional dealer
6
ZA
Panerai Luminor Base Logo PAM 00000 Good Steel 44mm Manual winding South Africa, Pretoria
Panerai Luminor Base Logo
R 59 900
Professional dealer
21
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603 Unworn Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex 126603 Sea-Dweller Two Tone Black Ceramic 2020
R 275 338
Professional dealer
272
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM 00305 Very good Titanium 47mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950
R 129 900
Professional dealer
26
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph 160.T.25 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph Automati...
R 95 698

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Rolex Submariner Date 16800 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Ref.16800 Matte Pumpkin Dial Box &...
R 297 091
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13
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 126613lb New Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Oyster Steel and Yellow Gold - ref...
R 305 521
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner No-date 40mm (1982)
R 179 999
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149
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 232 779
Professional dealer
167
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Omega Seamaster 300 166.024 Fair Steel Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Seamaster Ref 166.024, Misprinted Case-Back y.1969 SERVICED
R 135 000
Professional dealer
6
ZA
Breitling Superocean A17345 Good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Breitling Superocean
R 24 900
Professional dealer
21
ZA
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 124060 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner 124060 41mm No Date Stainless Steel IN STOCK
R 201 370
Professional dealer
272
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Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic PAM 00321 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Gmt Power Reserve
R 93 000
Professional dealer
26
ZA
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2531.80.00 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
R 47 935

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2200.50.00 Good Steel Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref.22005000, Mint Condition, Box...
R 44 926
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13
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Fat Four, MK1, Y9.. Rolex...
R 534 356
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Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Bezel Steel Yellow Gold
R 149 999
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149
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Oyster Steel and Yellow Gold - ref 116613LB
R 311 551
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UK
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Two Tone Blue Dial Ref. 16613
R 173 182
Professional dealer
17
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TAG Heuer WS2110 Unworn Steel 40mmmm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
TAG Heuer 1000 Series UAE ARMED FORCES
R 54 900
Professional dealer
21
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LN Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex 116618LN Submariner Date 18K Yellow Gold Black Dial Men’s
R 608 659
Professional dealer
272
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Rolex Submariner "Kermit"
R 249 900
Professional dealer
26
ZA
Omega Seamaster PloProf 224.32.55.21.01.001 Very good Steel 48mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M Co-Axial Ref. 224.32.55.21.01.00...
R 123 459

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Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 1680 MK 1 Matte Dial
R 182 602
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13
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea "James Camron" Model: 116660
R 231 861
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167
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Sea-Dweller 40mm Black Tritium Dial 16600 (1994)
R 149 999
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149
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 232 779
Professional dealer
167
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Feet First Ref. 5513
R 260 860
Professional dealer
17
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Breitling Avenger E73360 Good Titanium 44mm Quartz South Africa, Pretoria
Breitling Chrono Avenger M1
R 44 900
Professional dealer
21
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex UNWORN 126660 Rolex Deepsea Stainless Steel James Cameron
R 260 788
Professional dealer
272
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Rolex Submariner
R 169 000
Professional dealer
26
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Lady Automatic 148.8.60 Very good Steel 36.5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Automatik Edelstahl...
R 55 177

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Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Ref.16613, Black Dial, Circa 1996
R 139 125
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13
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 116600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 40mm SD4k
R 224 615
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167
US

Diving Watches: For Wet Environments

You don't have to be a diver to appreciate a diving watch's water resistance, robustness, and sporty looks. Models like the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster have been top-selling luxury watches for years.


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Top 5 Diving Watch Features

  • Water-resistant to at least 200 m (20 bar, 656 ft)
  • Unidirectional bezel with minute and five-minute markers
  • Luminous hands and indices that can be read underwater
  • Indicator that the watch is running in total darkness (e.g. luminous second hand)
  • Closed strap can withstand 40 kg (88 lbs) of weight for one minute

Water Resistant to at Least 200 m

At first, diving watches were special instruments made specifically for divers. Since their development, however, they've earned an established place in everyday life. Their functionality, technology, and water resistance are all strong arguments for buying this kind of watch. To be considered a diving watch, a watch has to meet the standards set forth by ISO 6425 or DIN 8306. Water resistance to 200 m (20 bar, 656 ft) is the minimum requirement.

To keep the water at bay, diving watches have screw-down case backs and crowns. Chronographs – a.k.a. watches with a stopwatch function – also feature screw-down push-pieces. Together with rubber O-rings, these screw-down pieces ensure that the watch is hermetically sealed.

Diving watches often feature a helium escape valve, which is required for saturation diving. This valve releases the helium that enters the watch, thus avoiding any potential damage.

An essential part of any complete, modern diving watch is a unidirectional bezel with minute and five-minute markers.

They help you to keep track of your dive time so you know when you need to resurface. Since you can only rotate the bezel counterclockwise, it's impossible to accidentally stay underwater longer than intended.

These watches have to be readable underwater and in the dark. Therefore, they feature luminous hands and indices. A common solution for making sure the wearer knows their watch is functioning in the dark is to outfit the watch with a luminous second hand. Standards for diving watches also include high levels of shock resistance as well as protection against magnetic fields and changes in temperature. Altogether, diving watches have to meet around 20 different criteria.


How much do diving watches cost?

Model Price (approx.) Water resistant to Features
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph Gold 22,800 USD 600 m (60 bar, 1,969 ft) Chronograph function, gold case
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5015-1130-52 11,300 USD 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) Date display
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 116610 9,700 USD 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) Date display
Panerai Luminor Submersible 6,200 USD 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) Date, small seconds dial
Seiko Prospex Marinemaster Spring Drive 3,700 USD 600 m (60 bar, 1,969 ft) Date, power reserve indicator, Spring Drive
Sinn U212 2,600 USD 1,000 m (100 bar, 3,281 ft) Case made of submarine steel

The Best and Most Popular Diving Watches and Their Prices

The most difficult part of buying a diving watch is choosing which one you want. Nearly every high-quality manufacturer offers this type of watch.

It is difficult to say which diving watch is the best. That said, the most famous is clearly the Rolex Submariner. It is both a status symbol and investment all in one. You can purchase the Submariner in stainless steel, white or yellow gold, or as a bicolor model. You can also choose from models with or without a date display. Depending on the edition, prices range from 7,000 to 29,200 USD. However, well-maintained vintage models from the 50s or early 60s can easily cost up to 92,300 USD.

Similar to the Submariner, Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms has enjoyed its legendary reputation for decades.

It is considered the world's first diving watch because it was not only water resistant but also developed specifically to meet the needs of divers. Here you will find an equally wide variety of timepieces. You can purchase a simple three-hand model in stainless steel starting around 4,700 USD. For a gold chronograph, however, you will need about 26,900 USD.

The Omega Seamaster and the Breitling Superocean have also been established names in the world of diving watches for around 60 years.

Both come in a number of different models with an equally diverse range of prices, spanning from about 1,200 USD for basic models to around 35,000 USD for intricate gold or platinum editions.


The Best Alternatives from Germany, Italy and Japan

Diving watches don't just come from Switzerland. Models from German manufacturer Sinn also have an excellent reputation. Professional divers are especially fond of the watches in the 'U' series, which are made of submarine steel and are relatively affordable at 2,000 to 3,400 USD.

This is also true of watches from the trusted Japanese brand Seiko. Their Prospex collection offers a wide selection of sturdy diving watches with great value for money. Some models even sell for under 600 USD. That being said, those with Seiko's unparalleled Spring Drive can cost over 3,500 USD.

The Luminor from Italian luxury watch manufacturer Panerai enjoys cult status. This company has been developing watches for underwater use since the 1930s. Their angular pillow shape and large crown protector make them hard to ignore. In the beginning, these watches were reserved exclusively for the Italian Navy. Eventually, they would become available to the general public. The only true diving watch in the Panerai family is the Luminor Submersible, as it is the only watch to feature a diving bezel. Every other timepiece in their catalog lacks this feature. Be prepared to spend between 5,800 and 7,000 USD for a Luminor.


What does water resistance mean?

Water resistance is so much more than just a luxurious extra. If moisture finds its way into a watch case, it almost always causes damage, regardless of the type of watch. Water washes away the lubrication and causes corrosion in mechanical watches. Quartz watches are just as sensitive; they require energy from a battery or solar cells which will likely stop working if they come into contact with water.

When it comes to diving watches, the depth indicated for the water resistance is often misunderstood. This number actually refers to the amount of pressure a watch can handle, which is the same pressure experienced at the indicated depth. A watch that is water resistant to 30 m (98 ft) can survive three bar of pressure. Such watches should only come into contact with splashes and light rain at most. You should even be careful while washing your hands, as the water pressure from a faucet can exceed three bar. This also applies to swimming, surfing, and rafting. These activities put a watch's water resistance to the test and should only be undertaken with watches water resistant to at least 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft).

The water resistance of a diving watch should be checked regularly. This applies especially to pre-owned watches, whose water resistance can no longer be guaranteed. Now that diving computers exist, most divers use water-resistant watches as a backup. However, it's still essential that the watch is in good condition for diving.


The History of Diving Watches

Which was the first diving watch? There are many answers to this tricky question. Rolex patented their idea for a watch with a screw-down crown and case back and sealed gaskets in 1926. When Mercedes Gleitze attempted to swim the English Channel in October 1927, she was accompanied by a Rolex Oyster. Rolex's advertising stunt worked, as the watch withstood multiple hours underwater.

The first watch that was specially developed for use underwater was the Omega Marine. Its rectangular case was made of two differently sized parts which were fit together. This design improved water resistance. In 1937, the Omega Marine became the first watch to receive an official certificate of water resistance. It was confirmed to be water resistant to 135 m (443 ft).

Diving watch technology improved in the 1950s and increased the water resistance limit to 200 m (656 ft). The Rolex Submariner and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms premiered in 1953. Their designs and looks still influence the characteristics of diving watches to this day. The original versions of both watches featured a rotatable bezel so that divers could keep track of their dive time. It's still disputed today whether the Submariner or the Fifty Fathoms should be considered the first "real" diving watch. In 1957, these two watches gained some competition when the Superocean from Breitling and the Seamaster 300 from Omega were introduced.

The demand for diving watches increased with the rise of offshore construction of things such as pipelines and offshore platforms. The military also requested water-resistant watches for their maritime forces. Later, that demand increased due to recreational diving, a sport now enjoyed by millions. Diving watches have since found a new use as solid sports watches and status symbols, which could make them desirable collector's items in the future.