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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm
TOP
Rolex Sea-Dweller 50th 43 mm 126600,
R 214 427
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44
CH
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller Stainless Steel Automatic Black Di
R 183 964
Free shipping
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268
US
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 00024 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Panerai Luminor Submersible
R 77 562
Verified Dealer
1425
ES
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM 00614 New Titanium 47mm Automatic
TOP
Panerai PAM00614 LUMINOR
R 155 380
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Stahl Gelbgold Keramik Blau Automatik...
R 233 738
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DE
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex サブマリーナ デイト 16613
R 160 475
Free shipping
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466
JP
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2201.50.00 Good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
R 35 000
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Submariner (No Date) "Bart Simpson"
R 399 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Bremont Supermarine S2000/BK Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic South Africa, Randburg
Bremont Supermarine S2000 / BK
R 58 561
Private Seller
ZA
Breitling Avenger E73360 Good Titanium 44mm Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Avenger M1 Chrono
R 41 044
Private Seller
ZA
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic PAM 00438 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic
R 120 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 109 186
Verified Dealer
19
ES
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
R 125 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Stahl Gelbgold Keramik Blau Automatik...
R 225 473
Verified Dealer
1268
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Rolex Submariner Date
R 230 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603 New Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller LC100 orig. Rechnung 2020
R 283 058
Verified Dealer
19
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Q2068570 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre - Deep Sea Chronograph
R 125 889
Verified Dealer
116
SE
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Good Steel 40,00mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 116610LV
R 250 885
Free shipping
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5
DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 James Cameron D-Blue 2018
R 232 142
Free shipping
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40
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
R 219 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex New Submariner Date 116610LN 2019 Edition
R 161 244
Free shipping
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8
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Rolex Sea-Dweller
R 219 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 121 318
Verified Dealer
 
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Rolex Submariner Date
R 178 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date UNGETRAGEN FULLSTICKERS aus 11/2019 LC EU
R 258 649
Verified Dealer
6
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex - Submariner Date COMEX
R 1 765 517
Verified Dealer
116
SE
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Unworn Steel 44,00mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
R 222 739
Free shipping
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5
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Rare Serif B1 Bezel Rolex Service
R 431 668
Free shipping
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40
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Sea-Dweller Mark III Double Red Ref 1665.
R 650 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603 New Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm 18k Gold & Stainless Steel 126603
R 237 468
Free shipping
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8
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref 1665 Double Red Mk4
R 591 706
Free shipping
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104
IT
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 New Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
R 218 372
Verified Dealer
 
IT
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback PAM 00580 Unworn Ceramic 44mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback
R 169 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Tiffany
R 469 094
Verified Dealer
 
CH
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex - Submariner Date
R 125 889
Verified Dealer
116
SE
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Very good Gold/Steel 40,00mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 216 269
Free shipping
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5
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN 2013 Serviced by Rolex
R 191 853
Free shipping
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40
UK
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic PAM00048 Good Steel Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Panerai LUMINOR MARINA
R 69 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller 50th Year Anniversary 126600
R 203 020
Free shipping
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8
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 16613 Steel/Gold Blu Dial - K Serial
R 158 198
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
104
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 218 372
Verified Dealer
 
IT
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Rolex Sea-Dweller
R 210 000
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 147 199
Verified Dealer
79
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good 40mm Automatic
Rolex - Submariner Date "Hulk"
R 237 961
Verified Dealer
116
SE
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Unworn Steel 40,00mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner (No Date) Ref. 114060
R 184 241
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
5
DE
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Non-Date Black Ceramic 114060
R 148 686
Free shipping
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40
UK
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 215.30.46.51.01.001 Good Steel 45.5mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph
R 59 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex New 2019 Edition Submariner Date Hulk 116610LV
R 222 809
Free shipping
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8
US
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Ref 116613LB Steel / Gold Blue Sunburds...
R 226 136
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
104
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 16610
R 99 517
Verified Dealer
51
US
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM 00616 Very good Carbon 47mm Automatic
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic
R 170 772
Free shipping
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175
US
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Green / LV / Hulk
R 201 387
Verified Dealer
692
NL
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 21230412003001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Omega - Seamaster 300
R 53 733
Verified Dealer
116
SE
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN Unworn Gold/Steel 40,00mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 116613LN
R 255 171
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
5
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Full Set UK 2002
R 143 889
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
40
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000
R 134 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Yellow Gold Automatic Black Dial 116618LN
R 428 029
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
8
US
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner (No Date) Ref 114060 New 2019
R 161 433
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
104
IT
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 Ref. 16600
R 102 595
Verified Dealer
51
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm
Rolex Submariner
R 119 467
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
6
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Deepsea NEW / UNWORN from 2019 with box and papers
R 209 475
Verified Dealer
692
NL
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060M Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex - Submariner
R 142 777
Verified Dealer
116
SE
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Unworn Steel 40,00mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 116610LN
R 209 798
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
5
DE
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.30.44.22.01.001 New Steel 43.5mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2019 Unworn
R 93 049
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
40
UK
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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.


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.