Swiss Dive Watches
After the trend of big-sized watches finally peaked, the market has shown a shift in interest to rather slimmed-down cases. Breitling has overtly played along, but it does so in its own uncompromising way.
With their new Carl Brashear Limited Edition dive watch, Oris pays tribute to the U.S Navy's first African-American Master Diver, the completely impressive Carl Brashear. With a classic and clean diver aesthetic rendered in bronze, this limited edition piece expands upon the success of the Oris Divers Sixty Five, which was announced at Basel last march.
Maybe the first thing you’d have noticed while walking into the sprawling Ulysse Nardin pavilion at the world’s largest luxury watch fair, Baselworld, earlier this year, was a large replica model of the Artemis Racing team’s sailing yacht. So Ulysse Nardin has partnered with the team that’s going to take a shot at the America’s Cup Trophy in 2017 – the world’s oldest international sporting trophy.
Despite IWC is heavily focusing on its pilot’s watches for 2016, the Aquatimer range, which was relaunched in 2014, will also be extended: The Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “La Cumbre Volcano", limited to 500 pieces; the Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau”; and the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 with a black-and-yellow dial were all announced shortly before Christmas and will be presented at the upcoming SIHH in Geneva.
As we await the arrival of a new year, we reflect on how much difference a year can make when comparing one watch to its predecessors.
The Rolex Submariner was launched in 1953 and immediately developed into a classic divers’ watch. It was primitively water resistant to 100 meters however that was increased to 200 meters the following year. The design followed the demands of diving as a sport: good legibility in light and darkness, a rotating bezel for general timing of a dive and a water-resistant steel bracelet.
There is no denying the fact that several features are required to make a watch impermeable enough to wear diving. In almost all dive watches, the case has a screw-in back and crown. O-rings are used to seal the crown, caseback and crystal. The case and crystal are thicker than in a non-dive watch.
It seems that more independent watch brands are offering up daring timepieces of high enough quality to rival the big guns of horology every day. However few come with a history that runs as deep in the industry as Clerc. The company's roots in watchmaking date back to 1874, and it's under the command of fourth-generation owner Gerald Clerc now, who took over in 1997.