Beneath The Surface: The Best Dive Watches For Men

These dive watches combine rugged style with technical prowess.

By Tanisha Angel 04/07/2023

Look. You needn’t be planning an expedition to the Mariana Trench to covet a dive watch. In a time when suggestion of wearing a watch is all too often met with a blasé “oh, I don’t need one, I have my phone for that,” there’s a certain allure to a piece of mechanical engineering that can go where our often-inescapable everyday devices cannot.

From the Rolex Submariner to the Omega Seamaster, dive watches continue to hold appeal for land dwellers, in no small part thanks to their clean, legible dials; sturdy construction that can withstand a knock or two; and place in pop culture (hello, 007). Plus, there’s a certain sense of surety that accompanies the knowledge that, should you be unceremoniously pushed into a pool at a summer gathering, your wearables won’t be irrevocably damaged.

Whether you’re an actual diver or the closest you’ll get to oceanic exploration is a splash or two at the kiddie pool, these are the best dive watches to buy in 2023.

Rolex Submariner

Let’s not bury the lede. Often cited as the reference point for all modern dive watches, the Rolex Submariner has been a certified hit since its inception in 1953. While it’s undergone several tweaks since it was first released 70 years ago, the contemporary iteration remains (relatively) aesthetically faithful to the original; fitted with a unidirectional bezel and retaining the same clean dial layout. Housed in a 41mm stainless steel case (though the Submariner Date is also available in precious metals), it’s equipped with the calibre 3230 and boasts 300m water resistance and a 70 hour power reserve.

From $12,850;

Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms Tech Gombessa

Another seminal timepiece released in 1953, the Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms was the first to offer a unidirectional bezel with a diving scale to track time underwater. While the first modern dive watch has received several makeovers since its initial release, the Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms Tech Gombessa is one for the serious divers. Catering to the needs of contemporary divers, the Tech Gombessa is able to measure immersion times of up to three hours. The case is crafted from grade 23 titanium to ensure lightness despite its 47mm proportions, while the glossy ‘absolute’ black dial features legible luminescent monobloc orange hour indexes. Like the Rolex Submariner, the Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms Tech Gombessa is water resistant to 300m.


Panerai Submersible Quarantaquattro

For a timepiece recognisable 300 metres under, the Panerai Submersible Quarantaquattro is the way to go. With its signature cushion case and oversized crown guard, the 44mm stainless steel dive watch is unmistakably Panerai. Water resistant to 300m, it’s powered by the automatic P.900 calibre and has a power reserve of 72 hours.


Grand Seiko SLGA015 Evolution 9 Diver’s

Equipped with Grand Seiko’s signature Spring Drive technology, the Grand Seiko SLGA015 Evolution 9 Diver’s is depth resistant to 200m and boasts a generous five day power reserve. The unidirectional bezel is crafted from scratch-resistant ceramic, with the 43.8mm case composed of lightweight titanium. The deep black dial features a patterned surface, recalling the powerful currents of the oceans that surround Japan.


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

The ever-covetable, instantly recognisable sports watch takes a dive. In keeping with the heritage of the line, the octagonal bezel of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver is fitted with exposed screws (while being able to move unidirectionally) while the tapisserie dial swaps the usual understated stick indexes for blocky luminescent ones. Oversized screwed down crowns are crafted from black ceramic, complementing the 42mm stainless steel case. Presented on a blue rubber strap, its equipped with the Audemars Piguet quick-change system.

Approx. $41,800;

Breitling Superocean Automatic 42

A contemporary take on its heritage diver of the same name, the Breitling Superocean Automatic 42 places legibility at its forefront, with its dial bearing chunky luminescent indexes and squared-off hands. Water resistant to 300m, it’s available in a plethora of colours, case materials, and case sizes, including this 42mm bronze iteration (pictured) which develops a beautiful patina over time—if actually used as a dive watch.

From $6990;

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

Omega recently celebrated 75 years of the Seamaster collection, and holds the world record for undertaking the deepest dive in history (10,935m). For those after a daily diver, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M is the ideal timepiece; launched in 1993, it quickly became known as the ‘James Bond watch’ thanks to being sported by both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig throughout the illustrious franchise. Water resistant to 300m, the 42mm stainless steel case features a black or blue ceramic dial, encircled by a colour-matched unidirectional bezel.


Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date

A refined take on the humble dive watch, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date features a blue lacquered dial with a sunray-brushed centre. Oversized Arabic numerals and coffin-shaped indexes receive a luminescent coating, as do the skeletonised hands. Water resistant to 200m, the in-house movement provides a power reserve of 70 hours.


IWC Aquatimer IW328803

While best known for its pilot’s watches, IWC’s dive watches are not to be overlooked. First released in 1967, the Aquatimer line as we know it today was the result of a collaboration between IWC and Porsche Design in 1983. Water resistant to 300m with a power reserve of 120 hours, the IWC Aquatimer IW328803 retains some of the key design codes of the Porsche-era Aquatimer, while adapting it to suit contemporary tastes. Unlike most modern dive watches, the IWC Aquatimer IW328803 features a unique internal/external rotating bezel with a bevelled edge for ease of use underwater. The 42mm stainless steel case is accompanied by a matching bracelet, with IWC’s quick-change system making it easy to sub in a black rubber strap.


Baume & Mercier Riviera Azur 300m

Now in its 50th year, Baume & Mercier’s iconic sporty timepiece gets a dive-ready upgrade. The Baume & Mercier Riviera Azur 300m sees the model’s signature dodecagonal bezel able to move unidirectionally and fitted with knurled inserts for ease of grip. The translucent smokey blue sapphire dial houses sleek stick indexes, with the hands sized up to improve legibility. The wearable 42mm case is presented on a blue rubber strap or matching steel bracelet.


Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton

For those desirous of making a statement underwater, the Ulysse Nardin Diver X Skeleton is the watch to wear. Water resistant to 200m, the 44mm titanium case plays host to an openworked dial—a rarity when it comes to dive watches—with the namesake ‘X’ splashed across it it black and azure blue. The unidirectional rotating bezel is composed of carbonium (a lightweight recycled composite material) and adorned with a subtle swirled pattern.

Approx. $108,500;

Glashütte Original SeaQ Chronograph

A quintessentially Glashütte Original take on the dive watch, the SeaQ Chronograph looks anything but utilitarian. Depth resistant to 300m, the 43.2mm stainless steel case features a handcrafted intense blue dial, complemented by a colour-matched ceramic inlay in the unidirectional rotating bezel. The German manufacture’s first dive watch to feature a flyback chronograph function, the bicompax layout showcases small seconds and a 30-minute counter. Arabic numerals, applied markers, and the hour and minute hands receive a luminescent coating, allowing them to be read under all lighting conditions.


Bremont Supermarine Type 300

Laden with vintage design details, the Bremont Supermarine Type 300 responds to the desire for professional dive watches in slightly smaller case sizes. Featuring Bremont’s unique Trip-Tick (three-piece) case construction, the 40mm stainless steel timepiece doesn’t compromise on function. Its soft black metal dial is encircled by a scratch-resistant colour-matched ceramic bezel, with creamy indexes and Arabic numerals adding to the vintage aesthetic. Water resistant to 300m and with a power reserve of 38 hours, it’s presented on a stainless steel bracelet.


Carl F. Bucherer Pavrati ScubaTec

A relative newcomer to the dive watch category, the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec impresses with its 500m depth resistance and aggressively masculine aesthetic. Equipped with a helium escape value, it’s able to withstand high pressure environments, while its 44.6mm stainless steel case exudes rugged style. The ceramic bezel insert features a two-tone blue-and-black colour palette, which is reflected in the rubber strap it’s presented on (also available with a matching stainless steel bracelet).


Tag Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300

Optimal durability meets Tag Heuer’s sleek design language in the Aquaracer Professional 300. Designed to suit the needs of professional divers, the Aquaracer collection was launched in 2004 and represents the unity of technical capability and elegant style. While refined enough to pair with a suit, it’s most at home underwater; depth resistant to 300m, the 43mm stainless steel timepiece is fitted with an ergonomic stainless steel bracelet and has a 38-hour power reserve.



What is a dive watch?

Advancements in contemporary watchmaking mean many timepieces can now be used underwater. However, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) stipulates that a dive watch must have a minimum depth rating of 100 metres, a unidirectional bezel with markings at least every five minutes, and a dial visible in complete darkness (as well as an indication in darkness that the watch is running—typically achieved by a running seconds hand with a luminous tip). The ISO 6425 also specifies that dive watches must be anti-magnetic and resistant, in addition to being resistant to corrosion in seawater.

What are the deepest dive watches?

While most people will never dive further than 50 metres underwater, manufactures are continually pushing the boundaries when it comes to depth rating. Currently, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea Challenge holds the record for the highest depth rating at 11,000m. It’s followed by the Omega Planet Ocean Ultra Deep which is certified to 6000m and the Rolex Deepsea, water resistant to 3900m.


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The commemorative model borrows underpinnings from the GT3 RS and includes a 518 hp engine.

By Basem Wasef 23/10/2023

The soul of any sports car comes down to the alchemy of its tuning—how the engine, suspension, and chassis blend into a chorus of sensations. The secret sauce of the new Porsche 911 S/T, developed as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the brand’s flagship model, is more potent than most; in fact, it makes a serious case for being the most driver-focused 911 of all time.

Sharing the S/T designation with the homologation special from the 1960s, the (mostly) innocuously styled commemorative model borrows underpinnings from the more visually extroverted GT3 RS. Yet what the S/T, starting at $290,000, lacks in fender cutouts and massive spoilers it makes up for in directness: a flat-six power plant that revs to 9,000 rpm, a motorsport-derived double-wishbone suspension, and a manual gearbox. It’s a delightfully feral combination.

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The steering response is similarly transparent, as direct as an unfiltered Marlboro, and the body follows with the agility of an Olympic bobsledder. Some of that purity of feeling is the result of addition through subtraction: Power-sapping elements including a hydraulic clutch and rear-axle steering were ditched, which also enabled the battery to be downsized for even more weight savings. The final result, with its carbon-fiber body panels, thinner glass, magnesium wheels, and reduced sound deadening, is the lightest 992-series variant on record, with roughly the same mass as the esteemed 911 R from 2016.

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Gentlemanly Restraint 

Art and science collide in the the newly released BR03A watch collection by Bell & Ross.

By Belinda Aucott 02/11/2023

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From Electric Surfboards to Biodegradable Golf Balls: 8 Eco-Conscious Yacht Toys for Green and Clean Fun

Just add water and forget the eco-guilt.

By Gemma Harris 18/10/2023

Without toys, yachts would be kind of sedentary. There’s nothing wrong with an alfresco meal, sunsets on the flybridge and daily massages. But toys add zest to life on board, while creating a deeper connection with the water. These days, there are a growing number of options for eco-friendly gadgets and equipment that deliver a greener way to play. These eight toys range from do-it-yourself-propulsion (waterborne fitness bikes) to electric foiling boards, from kayaks made of 100 percent recycled plastics to non-toxic, biodegradable golf balls with fish food inside. Your on-water adrenaline rushes don’t always have to be about noise and gas fumes. They can be fun, silent, and eco-conscious.

A game of golf isn’t just for land. Guests can play their best handicap from the deck with Albus Golf’s eco-friendly golf balls. The ecological and biodegradable golf balls are 100 percent safe for marine flora and fauna, and manufactured with non-contaminating materials. The balls will biodegrade within 48 hours after hitting the ocean and release the fish food contained in their core. For a complete golfing experience, add a floating FunAir green. From $3100 (FunAir Yacht Golf) and $315 a box (golf balls).

Fliteboard Series 2.0

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The 50 Best Cocktail Bars in the World, According to a New Ranking

The World’s 50 Best organisation gave the Spanish bar Sips top honours during an awards ceremony in Singapore.

By Tori Latham 18/10/2023

If you’re looking for the best bar in the world, you better head to Barcelona.
Sips, from the industry luminaries Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez, was named the No. 1 bar on the planet in the latest World’s 50 Best Bars ranking. The organisation held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday in Singapore, the first time it hosted the gathering in Asia. Sips, which only opened two years ago, moved up to the top spot from No. 3 last year.
“Sips was destined for greatness even before it rocketed into the list at No. 37 just a few short months after opening in 2021,” William Drew, the director of content for 50 Best, said in a statement.
“The bar seamlessly translates contemporary innovation and technical precision into a playful cocktail programme, accompanied by the warmest hospitality, making it a worthy winner of The World’s Best Bar 2023 title.”
Coming in second was North America’s best bar: New York City’s Double Chicken Please. The top five was rounded out by Mexico City’s Handshake Speakeasy, Barcelona’s Paradiso (last year’s No. 1), and London’s Connaught Bar. The highest new entry was Seoul’s Zest at No. 18, while the highest climber was Oslo’s Himkok, which moved up to No. 10 from No. 43 last year.
Barcelona may be home to two of the top five bars, but London has cemented its status as the cocktail capital of the world: The English city had five bars make the list, more than any other town represented. Along with Connaught Bar in the top five, Tayēr + Elementary came in at No. 8, and Satan’s Whiskers (No. 28), A Bar With Shapes for a Name (No. 35), and Scarfes Bar (No. 41) all made the grade too.
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Check out the full list of the 50 best bars in the world below.
1. Sips, Barcelona
2. Double Chicken Please, New York
3. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
4. Paradiso, Barcelona
5. Connaught Bar, London
6. Little Red Door, Paris
7. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
8. Tayēr + Elementary, London
9. Alquímico, Cartagena
10. Himkok, Oslo
11. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires
12. Line, Athens
13. BKK Social Club, Bangkok
14. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
15. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
16. Salmon Guru, Madrid
17. Overstory, New York
18. Zest, Seoul
19. Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar, Bangkok
20. Coa, Hong Kong
21. Drink Kong, Rome
22. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
23. Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne
24. Café La Trova, Miami
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27. Katana Kitten, New York
28. Satan’s Whiskers, London
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30. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
31. Röda Huset, Stockholm
32. Sago House, Singapore
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34. Argo, Hong Kong
35. A Bar With Shapes for a Name, London
36. The SG Club, Tokyo
37. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
38. The Cambridge Public House, Paris
39. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
40. Mimi Kakushi, Dubai
41. Scarfes Bar, London
42. 1930, Milan
43. Carnaval, Lima
44. L’Antiquario, Naples
45. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
46. Locale Firenze, Florence
47. The Clumsies, Athens
48. Atlas, Singapore
49. Jewel of the South, New Orleans
50. Galaxy Bar, Dubai

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