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Breitling Avenger E73360 Very good Titanium 44mm Quartz
TOP
Breitling Avenger Chronograph Titanium
R 44 428
Free shipping
Professional dealer
465
US
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2201.50.00 Good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Somerset West
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
R 49 500
Private Seller
ZA
Oris ProDiver 01 667 7645 7284-Set Good Titanium 49mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Oris ProDiver
R 20 000
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2531.80 Good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
R 35 000
Private Seller
ZA
Breitling Avenger E73360 Good Titanium 44mm Quartz South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Avenger M1 Chrono
R 43 390
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 213.30.42.40.01.001 Good Steel Automatic South Africa, Highway Gardens
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
R 54 344
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex Sea Dweller Deepsea Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
R 251 521

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Rolex Submariner
R 169 000
Professional dealer
20
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Submariner 1680 Red Mark II
R 550 000
Professional dealer
 
ZA
Tudor Black Bay 79220B Very good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
R 42 900
Professional dealer
17
ZA
Hamilton Khaki Navy BeLOWZERO H78505331 New Titanium 46mm Automatic
TOP
Hamilton Khaki Navy Belowzero Auto Limited Edition Watch : ...
R 32 971
Professional dealer
222
ES
Tudor Black Bay 79220B Good Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Rose & Smiley full set
R 56 663
Professional dealer
14
CH
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, PRETORIA
Rolex Submariner Date
R 207 376
Professional dealer
 
ZA
Tudor Submariner 7928 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Tudor Submariner Oyster Prince Gilt Dial
R 216 666
Free shipping
Professional dealer
91
AD
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 194 999
Professional dealer
57
DE
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM00631 Very good Steel 44mm Manual winding
Panerai Luminor Marina Handaufzug Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
R 85 724

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Panerai Special Editions PAM 00225 Very good Titanium South Africa, Centurion
Panerai Luminor Submersible Slytech Chrono
R 275 000
Professional dealer
ZA
Omega Seamaster 300 166.024 Fair Steel Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Seamaster Ref 166.024, Misprinted Case-Back, 1969
R 179 999
Professional dealer
 
ZA
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2254.50.00 Good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Omega Seamaster 300M
R 39 900
Professional dealer
17
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date very rare diamond dial factory
R 339 129
Professional dealer
 
AE
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex Sea Dweller - LC 100 ( ROLEX BOUTIQUE ) - SD43 - FULL...
R 301 260
Professional dealer
151
DE
U-Boat U-1001 8038 New Steel 47mm Automatic South Africa, PRETORIA
U-Boat Classico U-1001
R 66 550
Professional dealer
 
ZA
Tudor Black Bay S&G 79733N Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay S&g Heritage - Yellow Gold & Steel
R 72 536
Free shipping
Professional dealer
91
AD
Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
R 276 956
Professional dealer
57
DE
Mühle Glashütte S.A.R. Rescue-Timer M1-41-03 Very good Steel 42.5mm Automatic
Mühle Glashütte Rescue Timer Stahl Automatik Herrenuhr...
R 25 435

Sold by Chrono24

DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW378203 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
IWC Aquatimer Calypso
R 77 000
Professional dealer
20
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner "Hulk" UNWORN 2019
R 457 144
Professional dealer
48
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Rolex Submariner Date
R 139 900
Professional dealer
17
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 like new full set
R 176 956
Professional dealer
 
AE
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner - HULK - 2017 - Full Set
R 325 753
Professional dealer
151
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, PRETORIA
Rolex Submariner Date
R 155 706
Professional dealer
 
ZA
Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days PAM 00561 Unworn Steel 44mm Manual winding
Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Pam00561 - PAM561 - (NOS) New Old...
R 92 319
Free shipping
Professional dealer
91
AD
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner
R 254 347
Professional dealer
57
DE
Breitling Superocean A17040 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Breitling Superocean Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref. A17040...
R 31 087

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM 00025 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Panerai Luminor Submersible
R 84 000
Professional dealer
20
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Two-Tone UNWORN 2020 116613LN
R 261 889
Professional dealer
48
US
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days PAM 00510 Good Steel 44mm Manual winding South Africa, Pretoria
Panerai Luminor Marina 8 Days
R 69 900
Professional dealer
17
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex 1665 Sea-Dweller
R 597 726
Free shipping
Professional dealer
27
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex SUBMARINER DATE - 41mm - NEW - SOFORT LIEFERBAR
R 259 057
Professional dealer
151
DE
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 25318000 Fair Steel 41mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster 300 Vintage James Bond
R 35 797
Professional dealer
5
ES
Panerai Luminor Due PAM 00676 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Pam00676
R 115 869
Free shipping
Professional dealer
91
AD
Tudor Black Bay 79230R New Steel 41mm Automatic
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
R 54 638
Professional dealer
57
DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea Dweller Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
R 159 202

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Rolex Sea-Dweller
R 185 000
Professional dealer
20
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Gold 116618LB NEW 2019 Blue Dial
R 635 352
Professional dealer
48
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 D-BLUE New Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue
R 279 900
Professional dealer
17
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 116610ln Ceramic Black W/ Box & Papers
R 205 327
Professional dealer
73
US
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 A1732024 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Breitling SUPEROCEAN - 46 - 100% perfect German Full Set
R 55 580
Professional dealer
151
DE
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Nuovo 2019 stikes
R 235 507
Professional dealer
17
IT
Panerai Luminor Base Logo PAM 00630 New Steel 44mm Manual winding
Panerai Luminor Base Logo
R 74 420
Free shipping
Professional dealer
91
AD
Omega Seamaster 300 233.90.41.21.03.001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster 300 Co-axial Master
R 108 333
Professional dealer
57
DE
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 2210.50.00 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph Co-Axial Stahl...
R 68 768

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
R 300 000
Professional dealer
20
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea James Cameron 116660
R 255 691
Professional dealer
48
US
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk 49941-21-631-HDBA Good Titanium 44mm South Africa, Pretoria
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk Ii Pro
R 59 900
Professional dealer
17
ZA
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126603 Very good Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex 43mm Sea Dweller 126603 Steel & 18k With Box &...
R 269 622
Professional dealer
73
US
Breitling Superocean A17340 Good Steel 41,5mm Automatic
Breitling Superocean - Box & Papers
R 33 725
Professional dealer
151
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 126610lv New Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date, New 2020, “Starbucks” Ref. 126610LV,...
R 323 540
Professional dealer
5
CH
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner No-Date with Green Sticker Ref. 14060
R 135 924
Professional dealer
 
HK
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date - Ref. 116610LN - LC100 - Service 06/2020
R 224 202
Professional dealer
5
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Stahl / Gold Automatik Oyster Perpetual...
R 281 666

Sold by Chrono24

DE

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.


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