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Offering the highest functionality, maximum robustness and a distinct design, diver’s watches rank among the most popular timepieces. For almost a century, watchmakers have pulled out all the stops to continuously improve this beloved watch category. Here is a compilation of seven brandnew diver’s timepieces that were on display at Baselworld 2018. All of them convinced professional divers and enthusiasts alike with their unique aesthetic styles and stateoftheart technical features. No wonder: because each of them was made by a true expert in the field.
Available in four versions, the 43-mm-diameter Seastar 1000 Automatic relies on a Powermatic80 calibre to amass an 80hour power reserve. The case stays watertight to 300 metres. The ceramic bezel is calibrated in individual minutes and can be rotated in only one direction (anticlockwise). The hands and indices are generously coated with SuperLumiNova to assure reliable legibility. Dials in various colours, along with rubber wristbands and steel bracelets, complete the sportily robust look.
In 2018, Blancpain has brought its signature instantchange large date complication to the legendary Fifty Fathoms. It is displayed in two windows located at “6 o’clock.” The Fifty Fathoms Grande Date is watertight to 300 metres and powered by Calibre 6918B. Equipped with three mainspring barrels, the selfwinding movement, which can be admired through a clear sapphire case back, achieves a fiveday power reserve. The use of a nonmagnetic silicium hairspring provides protection from magnetic fields. The 45mm satinfinished titanium case is fitted with the traditional Fifty Fathoms unidirectional rotating bezel. Fashioned in sapphire, the domed bezel offers extraordinary scratchresistance.
Inspired by a historic model, the DS PH200M embodies an elegant retro aesthetic. The 42.8-mm 316L stainless steel case is watertight to 200 metres and equipped with a black, unidirectionally rotatable bezel. The dial, which is likewise black, is protected by a hesalite glass crystal. A tortoise, the symbol of the Certina brand, is engraved on the back of the case, which encloses a Powermatic80 calibre with an 80hour power reserve.
The Aquaracer collection of diver’s watches has set standards both below and above the water’s surface since 2003. In 2018, TAG Heuer introduces a new ladies’ version equipped with automatic Calibre 9. The 32mm stainless steel case is watertight to 300 metres and presents the collection’s characteristic elements: a 12sided unidirectionally rotatable bezel with six polished lugs, and SuperLumiNova coating on the hands and indices. New features are the ribbed motherofpearl dial, the date window with a builtin magnifier, and the secondhand with an arrowhead at its tip.
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Released in a limited edition of 999 watches, this newcomer in the BR03-92 Diver collection recalls the beginnings of underwater exploration. The case and bezel are crafted from bronze, the metal that was formerly used for diver’s helmets. This proud history is referenced by an engraving of a diver’s helmet on the back of the quadratic case, which is watertight to 300 metres and affixed to an aged leather wristband that can be swapped for a rubber strap.
Based on the Aquis series, the Oris Clipperton Limited Edition is released in a limited series of 2,000 watches, each with a 43.5-mm stainless steel case that remains watertight to 300 metres. A map of the homonymous atoll, which is located in the Pacific Ocean’s eastern tropical zone off the west coast of Mexico, is engraved on the back of the case, which contains automatic Oris Calibre 733, which is based on a Sellita SW 2001 and provides a date display at “6 o’clock”. A black ceramic bezel surrounds the deep blue dial, which serves as a handsome background for the characteristic second hand with its “lollypop” tip.
Available in a limited end of 1,968 timepieces, The 1968 Automatic Diver’s Commemorative Limited Edition is Seiko’s tribute to the brand’s first diver’s watch, which debuted in the Prospex line in 1968. The dial and the zirconium/ceramic bezel gleam in a rich green hue. The 5, 10, 15 and 20minute markers on the bezel are painted with especially powerful Lumibrite to increase the legibility. The stainless steel case is watertight to 300 metres and protected by a superhard coating. The tough case contains hard working Calibre 8L35, a satinfinished movement that amasses a 50hour power reserve and is protected against magnetic fields up to 16,000 A/m.