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The category of diver watches is quite specific. However, brands that are working in this category have ideally drawn inspiration from many fascinating cross-sections of people, things and places. Indeed, earlier diver timepieces were not encouraged by anything. The manufacturers designed the dive timepieces with a unique purpose.
However, with their development and succeeding boom brought on by brands like Rolex in the late 1950s, dive timepieces have become a cornerstone in the modern watch-manufacturing industry for both small and big brands. Today, let’s take a closer look at some of the luxury watches that are inspired by the sea and also, explore the story behind the making of every piece.
The heritage of Jacques-Yves Cousteau is unrivalled in the world of underwater exploration. Ideally, in 2004, the brand decided to partner with the Cousteau Society. It is a non-profit organization that aims to execute the strategies that Jacques-Yves set out many decades before.
IWC designed and developed Aquatimer limited-edition models in its collection at the commencement of the partnership. However, the manufacturer continued to maintain the Aquatimer’s special editions also in its modern collections that are devoted to supporting marine preservation efforts of Cousteau. The list also includes:
However, it is known that the famous research vessel of Cousteau, known as ‘Calypso’ sank after it meets an incident in 1996 in Singapore. From the seafloor, the vessel was raised, but the progression on it has been slow-going.
Eventually, the brand will allegedly redesign the IWC Aquatimer and develop it concurrently with the unveiling of Cousteau’s vessel.
The Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller indeed has a unique connection to the deepest waters’ of the world. The watch flaunts a 44mm watch case with a distinct gradient dial that changes from vibrant blue to black while descending from 12 to 6 o’clock. Rolex crafted this aesthetic design to acknowledge James Cameron’s incredible descent into the deepest point of the ocean – the Mariana Trench.
Moreover, the green text ‘Deepsea’ on the dial of DEEPSEA is matched to Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger Submarine. Although the exploration took place two years before in 2012, the watch made its debut along with the launch of Cameron’s documentary in 2014. However, Rolex discontinued its production recently. But the Rolex Deepsea 116660 reference is yet a highly collectable and desirable watch.
Are you surprised to this name in the list? The fact is that the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is not a dive watch by any means. However, when the brand created the timepiece, the rumination of water was a more significant part of the equation. The manufacturer aimed at making a wearable and sophisticated travel watch.
Eventually, the brand also offered the watch on a rubber strap besides other bracelet options. It also features a screw-down crown and is water-resistant up to 150m. Overall, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500V is supposed to be a travel timepiece that can follow you merely into the pool, sea or accompany in any underwater exploration.
The Rolex Yacht-Master II watch is meant for the activities on the surface of the water instead of deep below. However, the watch’s distinct functionality makes it suited ideally to this list. The Yacht-Master II is referred often to as yachting timer. It is a countdown chronograph that the user can use to measure precisely the beginning of a regatta.
Moreover, the watch comes in a fascinating combination of crown position, pusher action and bezel position for setting the duration of countdown between 1 and 10minutes. The flyback functionality of the watch is capable of pre-setting time by activating its lower pusher.