All dive watches have specific features that make them, well, a dive watch: 60-minute unidirectional rotating bezels, higher-than-typical water resistance, secure screw-down crowns, dive watch clasps and fasteners, just to name a few. Some of these divers’ watches can descend even deeper, up to 3,000 or even 4,000 meters. We take a look at the Rolex Deepsea and four other “extreme” dive watches to see what sets them apart from the rest of the pack.
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
The Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea is water resistant to nearly 2.5 miles below the surface of the ocean! This deep diver has some pretty extensive pressure-absorbing elements in its custom case construction that let it go this deep: almost a 1/4 inch-thick sapphire crystal and a roughly 1/8 inch this case back made of titanium! The way you can tell this extreme deep dive watch vs. other Rolex watches, is that the Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Edition has a “D-Blue” dial that is dark blue at the top, which darkens gradually to black at the bottom of the dial.
Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000
The Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000 can go really deep. Chronographs, with their multiple entry points, don’t typically operate well deep underwater because of the multiple entry points for water to seep in. However, this Breitling has a patented magnetic push-piece system, which allows the watch to be operated safely at an extreme dept of over 1.25 miles deep underwater. The watch also contains a screw-locked crown and an almost 1/4-inch-thick sapphire crystal, keeping the watch and its innards safe from the sea.
Blancpain X Fathoms
The Blancpain X Fathoms watch pays homage to its famous relative the “Fifty Fathoms”, but adds a modern touch with a mechanical depth gauge designed into the watch. This analog watch rivals some of today’s best digital dive watches, and features the ability to measure depth up to 300 feet, record the maximum depth reached during a dive, as well as a 5-minute counter to facilitate a diver’s decompression stops. The watch is not for the meek, as it features a very large 56mm case, but the proprietary strap with 14 articulated parts will help ensure this beast is a perfect fit on your wrist.
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