When you pair an Olympic swimming champion with a Swiss luxury watch-manufacturer – what do you get? Dive watch sensation! Smashing Olympic records and adorned with no less than 22 gold medals, Michael Phelps reflects all the right attributes to become the Omegaâ€™s official ambassador. So what does the future hold for luxury, hi-tech wonders, dive watches?
Michael Phelps is widely known as the world’s best swimmer, so it’s clear he deserves the world’s best dive watch. And the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean fits this bill. This chronometer features a screw in crown, unidirectional rotating bezel, a helium escape valve, and a transparent back.
If you can’t trust the opinion of Micheal Phelps who can you trust? Still, there are plenty of amazing luxury diving watches out there, and to be honest many of them out-luxury the Seamaster Planet Ocean by multiple degrees. Here are a few of the best picks:
1. BlancPain Fifty Fathoms
Ok so maybe this watch isn’t the best pick for diving. It’s not even waterproof, but your coworkers at the water cooler need not know this! This diamond-studded beauty features the look of a dive watch, a tourbillon, and a minute repeater.
2. Luminor 1950 Submersible Depth Gauge
Penerai is not messing around with dive watch functionality. While the Fifty Fathoms is suitable for desk diving and sipping cocktails on the patio, this watch by Penerai is made for action.
Penerai got its start supplying watches to the commandos of the Italian Navy, but their unmatched technology and rugged construction is available to anyone who can afford it today.
This watch includes an automatic mechanical movement and a chronometer certificate. It also comes complete with an electronic depth gauge and a rigid, dependable construction.
3. Victorinox Dive Master 500
With only 900 timepieces issued worldwide, the Victorinox Dive Master 500 is in a class of its own.
The watch is intensely practical and elegantly styled with a black appearance, luminous hands, bezels, and markers, a screw in mineral crystal exhibition caseback, a scratch-resistant anti-reflection sapphire crystal face, and more.
This watch is beautiful, functional, and a solid choice.
4. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DeepSea
While it is tempting to think of Rolex as the domain of limousine riding suits, they make an outstanding watch for serious diving. This watch is the real deal. It screams quality and class, and has the inside construction to match.
According to Rolex, the watch was designed for extreme underwater exploration. To this end they packed it full of features including a titanium caseback, a hyperbaric tank, helium valve, and blue luminescence.
This watch works just as well in a limo as it does 12,000 feet below the surface of the ocean and is a solid choice for those who are looking to combine their diving and swimming with a touch of luxury.
5. Hublot Big Bang King
Rounding out the list of the top 5 diving watches is the large, effective, 48mm Hublot Big Bang King. This watch is indestructible. It is constructed with a satin-finished titanium case, a crystal sapphire face, a self-winding chronograph flyback movement, and perhaps most unique of all a durable, black rubber strap.
This watch doesn’t take itself too seriously and it manages to be luxurious but not stuffy, and sporty but not loud. A perfect compromise between functionality and beauty.
If the above and impressive collection gives you the diving bug, then don’t forget to checkout “Under the Sea: Worldâ€™s Best Diving Sites”
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