July 10, 2019
Diver’s watches have experienced unprecedented hype in recent years. No wonder, because as the mother of the classic sport watch and the currently trendy Tool Watch, a diver’s watch offers norm-tested performance thanks to smart design features and state-of-the-art technology. It not only proves its outstanding athletic abilities when accompanying its wearer into watery depths, but also convinces people who enjoy sports and the great outdoors with its functionality, robustness and class. A selection of the debutantes at Baselworld 2019.
Rolex – Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller
Rolex introduced an Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller in a yellow Rolesor version, combining Oystersteel and 18 karat yellow gold. This new watch brings 18 karat yellow gold to the Sea-Dweller range for the first time. On its black dial, the name “Sea-Dweller” is inscribed in a yellow hue, echoing the colour of the 18 karat yellow gold. When the Sea-Dweller was updated in 2017, this lettering was in red, in reference to the original model. The light reflections on the case sides and lugs highlight the profile of the Sea-Dweller’s 43-mm Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 1,220 meters (4,000 feet), which features a unidirectional rotatable bezel with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black ceramic and the helium escape valve, patented by Rolex in 1967. This new version is equipped with Calibre 3235, at the forefront of watchmaking technology. Like all Rolex watches, the new Sea-Dweller bears the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
Tudor – Black Bay Bronze
Tudor, a pioneer when it comes to the use of bronze, unleashed a new version of the iconic Black Bay Bronze at Baselworld 2019. Apart from the 43-mm bronze case, it is distinguished by a slate-grey gradient dial and a unidirectional aluminium bezel. A detail not to be missed is the historic “snowflake” hand, a signature of Tudor divers’ watches for 50 years. Water-resistant to 200 meters, the newcomer is powered by manufacture Calibre MT5601, a self-winding automatic movement which is certified as a C.O.S.C. chronometer and offers a 70-hour power reserve.
Carl F. Bucherer – Patravi ScubaTec
“Palm Tree” (green), “Ocean” (light blue), “Sand” (rosé-beige ) and “Sunset” (coral): the expressive colouring of the rubber straps of the new Patravi ScubaTec models perfectly matches the summery look of the up to 200-metre water-resistant diver’s watches, whose white dials are appropriately decorated with an undulating wave pattern. As stated in the specifications for this type of timepiece, the Patravi ScubaTec has a rotatable bezel to preset the intended dive time and a dial coated with Super-LumiNova that glows light blue in the dark. The CFB 1950 automatic movement ticks inside the 36.5 mm stainless steel case.
Oris – Aquis Date
The Swiss brand’s high-performance Aquis diver’s watch has been given a cool, fresh finish with a mint-grey gradient dial and a grey tungsten bezel insert. At 39.50 mm in diameter, the Oris Aquis is at its most versatile. It’s easy to wear and slips naturally under a cuff, just as over a wetsuit, thanks to the extension system. Naturally, the Aquis Date is also a high-performance tool watch, offering the robust architecture and critical functionality professional divers need. Its stainless steel case is water-resistant to 300 meters and its automatic mechanical movement provides a sweeping central second-hand with a “lollipop” segment filled with luminescent Super-LumiNova to show that the watch is running. The hands and hour markers are also filled with the luminescent substance, making the watch highly legible underwater.
Alpina – Seastrong Diver 300
“Seastrong” is a most appropriate name for this watch from Alpina. The Swiss manufacturer’s diver’s watch has made a bold impression since the 1960s. The latest generation offers water resistance to a depth of 300 meters and takes the plunge in a slightly cushion-shaped stainless steel case coated with titanium or bronze PVD. The striking appearance is highlighted by a prominent bezel, which matches the grey, black or navy blue dial with applied Super-LumiNova. Self-winding Calibre AL-525 ensures precise timekeeping inside the case.
Sinn Spezialuhren – Arktis II
In 2019, Sinn celebrates the 20th birthday of the Arktis I by introducing the 206 Arktis II. The new watch’s 43 mm stainless steel case, water-resistant to 300 metres and protected against magnetism, is two mm larger than its predecessor’s case. Like its forebear, the Arktis II encases legendary chronograph Calibre 7750 with day/date display. It convinces connoisseurs with Sinn’s typical technologies, e.g. AR-dehumidifying technique, temperature resistance and impossible-to-lose rotatable bezel.
Seiko – Prospex Save the Ocean Automatik SRPD21K1
Seiko introduced three new models in the “Save-the-Ocean” collection at Baselworld. Each model is waterproof to 200 meters and all three pay homage to the great white shark. For example, the tip of the second-hand resembles a shark’s dorsal fin and the dials have a wavy pattern. The self-winding SRPD21K1 with day/date display at the “3” belongs to the new trio of diver’s watches and is powered by Calibre 4R36. Other features include a Hardlex crystal, a metal bracelet with built-in extension system, and the use of LumiBrite to assure perfect legibility in dark waters.
Mühle-Glashütte – Sea-Timer BlackMotion
The Sea-Timer BlackMotion is a diver’s watch that’s built to take tough treatment. Its 44 mm stainless steel case is water-resistant to 300 meters. The titanium carbide coating on the case not only ensures a deep black colour, but also enhances the case’s resistance. The sapphire crystal, which protects the luminescent black dial, is 2.5 mm thick. The window in the case back reveals self-winding Calibre SW 200-1 in the Mühle version, with patented woodpecker’s neck fine adjustment mechanism, the brand’s own rotor and characteristic decorations. A black textile wristband rounds out this watch’s expressive personality.
Victorinox – I.N.O.X. Professional Diver
This new diver’s watch fully lives up to its name. It combines a distinctive, 45 mm, sandblasted, stainless steel case that remains water-resistant to 200 meters thanks to a screw-down crown, luminescent hands and hour markings, and a unidirectionally rotatable bezel with luminescent hour markings. A Ronda quartz movement ensures accurate timekeeping beneath the instrument-style dial. The I.N.O.X. Professional Diver is available in three versions. Each comes in a shock-resistant box and is delivered with an additional extendable rubber strap.