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Dive watches are one of those styles that has been around since the 1950’s and you can expect them to live in your collection for decades to come.
Not only are they designed for the deep, but they’re also perfect companion for a backyard pool party. Their look is normally chunky and bold, having larger markers and hands make it easy to read, and their luminous material and timer allows you to read and track time in the dark depts down under. We’ve round up our best 5.
ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL SUBMARINER
There’s a veritable taxonomy devoted to this sub-species. Under Hulk, you’ll find this less common variety of the 50s icon. Faultless precision movement, and Connery’s Bond wore one – need we say more? R116 200 rolex.com 011 783 4637
The lesser known sib- ling to Rolex offer the same quality in their build and mechanical movements. This magnificent metal, ceramic and rubber strapped diver not only looks the part, it has a 500m depth rating and a helium escape valve. R62 690 tudorwatch. com 011 783 4637
BULGARI DIAGONO SCUBA
This Swiss-made, Italian designed watch gets the best of both worlds – both the accuracy and the distinctive design. Even though this watch has a depth rating of 300m, it is still relatively slim and isn’t too wide (41mm), so it works as well under cuffs and formal wear as it does underwater. R96 800 picotandmoss.co.za 0116690500
SEIKO PROSPEX SUN065P1
Only serious divers need apply here. This is a marvel of engineering, offering a kinetic movement, a hardened case, and 200m depth rating. Plenty of water performance for less price. R13 950 tregergroup.co.za 011 089 6000
CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE DIVER BN0174-03E
Bristling with tech features and sensors, this 48mm wide deep sea dweller is powered by sunlight (with an 11- month power reserve) and is both durable and reliable. Built to conquer both sea and land. R14 999 cjr.co.za 011 257 6000