Diving watches by Rolex, IWC, Bulgari, Ulysse Nardin and Tudor Featured

Made for underwater adventure, they're perfect for gruelling urban life as well.
by 01 July 2009

Diving watches are greatly popular these days. The reason is an obvious one: besides a rugged appeal, these watches are both practical and waterproof timekeepers. The origin of the diving watch goes back to 1926 when Hans Wilsdorf by Rolex offered the oyster-style waterproof watch. By 1953, diving watches had gone thorugh major improvements, and the 100m Submariner finally emerged, dazzling the entire watch world. Now, the Submariner series can go as far as 300m, and is considered the archetype of all diving watches.Today, many brands offer variations of the diving watch with different characteristics that appeal to the consumer. For example, Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Pro Geographic diving watch gauges the depth of the water and display timezones in different cities.

Indeed, the new generation of diving watches goes beyond just wearing them underwater. It has become the urban adventurer's appointed timekeeper.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is waterproof to 300m and has a steel self-winding movement. The case diameter is 40mm. 49-hour power reserve.

IWC Aquatimer Automatic has a self-winding movment. Stainless steel and water resistant to 100bar with 28800 vibrations per hour. 44-hour power reserve when fully wound.

Bulgari Diagono is an automatic winding diving watch with 42- hour power reserve and is water resistant up to 300 metres. The stainless steel case comes with a black rubber bracelet with stainless steel links.

Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver has a self-winding movement with the rotor visible through the exihibition stainless steel or 18-carat rose gold.

Tudor Hydronaut II diver's watch features a self-winding movement. Waterproof to a depth of 200m.