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Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT PAM 00533 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai 1950 10 Days Gmt Luminor Pam00533
AU$ 15,161
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Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 00113 Very good Steel 44mm Manual winding
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Panerai Швейцарские Часы Luminor...
AU$ 4,900
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RU
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 263-33 Very good Steel 42.5mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Швейцарские Часы Maxi...
AU$ 4,238
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RU
Rolex Submariner Date 16618 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Australia, newstead
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Rolex Submariner Date
AU$ 39,000
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner "Hulk"
AU$ 34,999
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AU
Tudor Submariner 75190 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Tudor Submariner Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref. 75190 Box...
AU$ 7,424

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Omega Seamaster 2541.80 Good Steel 41mm Quartz Australia
Omega Seamaster Professional 300m
AU$ 3,150
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner Date 41mm
AU$ 22,000
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AU
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner 5513 Matte Meters First Dial - 1967
AU$ 23,800
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AU
Longines Heritage L27964520 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Australia
Longines Heritage Diver Automatic Chronograph Mens Strap
AU$ 2,786
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 116610 Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex – 116610LN – Submariner Date – Stainless Steel Black...
AU$ 17,995
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AU
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.30.40.20.03.001 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic Australia
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Axial
AU$ 8,458
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AU
Omega 22525000 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Cremorne
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Omega De Ville Prestige
AU$ 4,300
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AU
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Sea-Dweller
AU$ 25,500
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AU
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
AU$ 14,006

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Tudor Black Bay 79230N Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
AU$ 4,900
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AU
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Sea-dweller Deepsea D-blue
AU$ 26,995
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AU
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16660 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16660 ‘Triple Six’ Matte Dial – 1983
AU$ 29,500
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70
AU
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
AU$ 19,077
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner Date Black Dial Stainless Steel 41mm Mens...
AU$ 21,995
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85
AU
Omega Seamaster 300 233.30.41.21.01.001 New Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial 41 mm
AU$ 8,092
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73
AU
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph A2337024/BB81 Good Steel 44mm Automatic Australia, 2000
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph
AU$ 2,975
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Tiffany Dial Submariner Date
Price on request
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Stahl / Gold Diamanten Automatik Herrenuhr...
AU$ 17,567

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Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 A17320 Good Steel 46mm Automatic Australia
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46
AU$ 4,227
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner "The Hulk"
AU$ 33,888
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AU
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 212.92.44.50.99.001 Good Titanium 44mm Automatic Australia
Omega Seamaster ETNZ Co Axial Chronograph 44 mm LE 212.92.44.5...
AU$ 6,400
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AU
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 2210.50.00 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph
AU$ 6,121
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Tudor Black Bay 79230N Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Tudor – 79230N – Black Bay Heritage – Stainless Steel – Black...
AU$ 4,300
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AU
Breitling Superocean M17368D71C1S1 New Steel 46mm Automatic Australia
Breitling Superocean II Automatic 46 Black Steel
AU$ 5,914
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73
AU
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M WAN2110.BA0822 Good Steel Automatic Australia, Benowa
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Automatic with Calibre 5 and 300 metres....
AU$ 1,400
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AU
Tudor Pelagos 25610TNL New Titanium 42mm Automatic Australia
Tudor Pelagos Lhd
AU$ 5,000
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2225.80.00 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 300M Chronograph Automatik...
AU$ 6,423

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Tudor Hydronaut 89190 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Tudor Prince Date Tiger Hydronaut
AU$ 3,700
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AU
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex 2020 Rolex Submariner Black Dial
AU$ 17,995
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AU
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic PAM 00320 Good Steel 44mm Automatic Australia
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT PAM00320 PAM320 - 2012
AU$ 8,673
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AU
IWC Aquatimer Deep Two IW354702 New Steel 46mm Automatic
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IWC Aquatimer Deep Two (New Full Set)
AU$ 16,023
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex – 114060 – Submariner No date – Stainless Steel – Black...
AU$ 18,995
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AU
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5066F-1140-52B New Steel 45mm Automatic Australia
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Chronograph Flyback Quantieme Complete...
AU$ 32,161
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AU
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Australia, Byron Bay
Rolex Sea-Dweller
AU$ 18,900
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner "Kermit"
AU$ 23,000
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AU
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2263.80.00 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Diver Datum Stahl Herrenuhr...
AU$ 3,577

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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Green Ceramic "Hulk" 2019
AU$ 33,000
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex 2020 Submariner Hulk
AU$ 35,990
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AU
IWC Aquatimer Automatic IW329001 Fair Steel 42mm Automatic Australia
IWC Aquatimer Automatic IW329001 - 2015
AU$ 5,600
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IWC Aquatimer Deep Two IW354703 New Steel 46mm Automatic
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IWC Aquatimer Deep Two (New Full Set)
AU$ 17,727
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Steel 44mm Automatic Australia
Rolex – 116660 – Sea Dweller Deep Sea – Stainless Steel 44mm –...
AU$ 15,995
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AU
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 5000-0240-O52A New Ceramic 43.6mm Automatic Australia
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
AU$ 16,868
Free shipping
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AU
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 212.30.41.20.01.003 Fair Steel 41mm Quartz Australia, Melbourne
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
AU$ 3,000
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex "Red" Submariner Date
AU$ 39,995
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.32.42.21.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Automatik Ref...
AU$ 7,090

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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
AU$ 25,500
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner Date 41mm
AU$ 29,888
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Rolex Submariner Date 126613lb New Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
AU$ 23,837
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Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM 01312 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic (New Full Set)
AU$ 9,886
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Green Bezel Black Dial 41mm...
AU$ 27,995
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AU
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 215.92.46.51.99.001 New Titanium 45.5mm Automatic Australia
Omega Planet Ocean 600 M Co-Axial Master Chronometer
AU$ 12,416
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN Very good Gold/Steel Automatic Australia, 4810
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN
AU$ 19,000
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AU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15703ST.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Preowned Royal Oak Offshore Diver 42mm Steel...
AU$ 29,001
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IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 IW353804 Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic
IWC Aquatimer 2000 Automatik Datum Titan Herrenuhr Ref....
AU$ 5,755

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Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB New Bronze 43mm Automatic Australia
Tudor Black Bay Bucherer Bronze Blue Dial
AU$ 7,200
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 126613lb Unworn Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Submariner Date 41mm
AU$ 27,550
Professional dealer
10
AU
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 124060 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
AU$ 17,546
Professional dealer
33
US

Diving Watches: For Wet Environments

You don't have to be a diver to appreciate a diving watch's water resistance, robustness, and sporty looks. Models like the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster have been top-selling luxury watches for years.


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Top 5 Diving Watch Features

  • Water-resistant to at least 200 m (20 bar, 656 ft)
  • Unidirectional bezel with minute and five-minute markers
  • Luminous hands and indices that can be read underwater
  • Indicator that the watch is running in total darkness (e.g. luminous second hand)
  • Closed strap can withstand 40 kg (88 lbs) of weight for one minute

Water Resistant to at Least 200 m

At first, diving watches were special instruments made specifically for divers. Since their development, however, they've earned an established place in everyday life. Their functionality, technology, and water resistance are all strong arguments for buying this kind of watch. To be considered a diving watch, a watch has to meet the standards set forth by ISO 6425 or DIN 8306. Water resistance to 200 m (20 bar, 656 ft) is the minimum requirement.

To keep the water at bay, diving watches have screw-down case backs and crowns. Chronographs – a.k.a. watches with a stopwatch function – also feature screw-down push-pieces. Together with rubber O-rings, these screw-down pieces ensure that the watch is hermetically sealed.

Diving watches often feature a helium escape valve, which is required for saturation diving. This valve releases the helium that enters the watch, thus avoiding any potential damage.

An essential part of any complete, modern diving watch is a unidirectional bezel with minute and five-minute markers.

They help you to keep track of your dive time so you know when you need to resurface. Since you can only rotate the bezel counterclockwise, it's impossible to accidentally stay underwater longer than intended.

These watches have to be readable underwater and in the dark. Therefore, they feature luminous hands and indices. A common solution for making sure the wearer knows their watch is functioning in the dark is to outfit the watch with a luminous second hand. Standards for diving watches also include high levels of shock resistance as well as protection against magnetic fields and changes in temperature. Altogether, diving watches have to meet around 20 different criteria.


How much do diving watches cost?

Model Price (approx.) Water resistant to Features
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph Gold 22,800 USD 600 m (60 bar, 1,969 ft) Chronograph function, gold case
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5015-1130-52 11,300 USD 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) Date display
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 116610 9,700 USD 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) Date display
Panerai Luminor Submersible 6,200 USD 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) Date, small seconds dial
Seiko Prospex Marinemaster Spring Drive 3,700 USD 600 m (60 bar, 1,969 ft) Date, power reserve indicator, Spring Drive
Sinn U212 2,600 USD 1,000 m (100 bar, 3,281 ft) Case made of submarine steel

The Best and Most Popular Diving Watches and Their Prices

The most difficult part of buying a diving watch is choosing which one you want. Nearly every high-quality manufacturer offers this type of watch.

It is difficult to say which diving watch is the best. That said, the most famous is clearly the Rolex Submariner. It is both a status symbol and investment all in one. You can purchase the Submariner in stainless steel, white or yellow gold, or as a bicolor model. You can also choose from models with or without a date display. Depending on the edition, prices range from 7,000 to 29,200 USD. However, well-maintained vintage models from the 50s or early 60s can easily cost up to 92,300 USD.

Similar to the Submariner, Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms has enjoyed its legendary reputation for decades.

It is considered the world's first diving watch because it was not only water resistant but also developed specifically to meet the needs of divers. Here you will find an equally wide variety of timepieces. You can purchase a simple three-hand model in stainless steel starting around 4,700 USD. For a gold chronograph, however, you will need about 26,900 USD.

The Omega Seamaster and the Breitling Superocean have also been established names in the world of diving watches for around 60 years.

Both come in a number of different models with an equally diverse range of prices, spanning from about 1,200 USD for basic models to around 35,000 USD for intricate gold or platinum editions.


The Best Alternatives from Germany, Italy and Japan

Diving watches don't just come from Switzerland. Models from German manufacturer Sinn also have an excellent reputation. Professional divers are especially fond of the watches in the 'U' series, which are made of submarine steel and are relatively affordable at 2,000 to 3,400 USD.

This is also true of watches from the trusted Japanese brand Seiko. Their Prospex collection offers a wide selection of sturdy diving watches with great value for money. Some models even sell for under 600 USD. That being said, those with Seiko's unparalleled Spring Drive can cost over 3,500 USD.

The Luminor from Italian luxury watch manufacturer Panerai enjoys cult status. This company has been developing watches for underwater use since the 1930s. Their angular pillow shape and large crown protector make them hard to ignore. In the beginning, these watches were reserved exclusively for the Italian Navy. Eventually, they would become available to the general public. The only true diving watch in the Panerai family is the Luminor Submersible, as it is the only watch to feature a diving bezel. Every other timepiece in their catalog lacks this feature. Be prepared to spend between 5,800 and 7,000 USD for a Luminor.


What does water resistance mean?

Water resistance is so much more than just a luxurious extra. If moisture finds its way into a watch case, it almost always causes damage, regardless of the type of watch. Water washes away the lubrication and causes corrosion in mechanical watches. Quartz watches are just as sensitive; they require energy from a battery or solar cells which will likely stop working if they come into contact with water.

When it comes to diving watches, the depth indicated for the water resistance is often misunderstood. This number actually refers to the amount of pressure a watch can handle, which is the same pressure experienced at the indicated depth. A watch that is water resistant to 30 m (98 ft) can survive three bar of pressure. Such watches should only come into contact with splashes and light rain at most. You should even be careful while washing your hands, as the water pressure from a faucet can exceed three bar. This also applies to swimming, surfing, and rafting. These activities put a watch's water resistance to the test and should only be undertaken with watches water resistant to at least 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft).

The water resistance of a diving watch should be checked regularly. This applies especially to pre-owned watches, whose water resistance can no longer be guaranteed. Now that diving computers exist, most divers use water-resistant watches as a backup. However, it's still essential that the watch is in good condition for diving.


The History of Diving Watches

Which was the first diving watch? There are many answers to this tricky question. Rolex patented their idea for a watch with a screw-down crown and case back and sealed gaskets in 1926. When Mercedes Gleitze attempted to swim the English Channel in October 1927, she was accompanied by a Rolex Oyster. Rolex's advertising stunt worked, as the watch withstood multiple hours underwater.

The first watch that was specially developed for use underwater was the Omega Marine. Its rectangular case was made of two differently sized parts which were fit together. This design improved water resistance. In 1937, the Omega Marine became the first watch to receive an official certificate of water resistance. It was confirmed to be water resistant to 135 m (443 ft).

Diving watch technology improved in the 1950s and increased the water resistance limit to 200 m (656 ft). The Rolex Submariner and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms premiered in 1953. Their designs and looks still influence the characteristics of diving watches to this day. The original versions of both watches featured a rotatable bezel so that divers could keep track of their dive time. It's still disputed today whether the Submariner or the Fifty Fathoms should be considered the first "real" diving watch. In 1957, these two watches gained some competition when the Superocean from Breitling and the Seamaster 300 from Omega were introduced.

The demand for diving watches increased with the rise of offshore construction of things such as pipelines and offshore platforms. The military also requested water-resistant watches for their maritime forces. Later, that demand increased due to recreational diving, a sport now enjoyed by millions. Diving watches have since found a new use as solid sports watches and status symbols, which could make them desirable collector's items in the future.