When it comes to dive watches, many follow the same principles as the Rolex Submariner. The brand has created something that can only be seen as the ultimate archetype for the genre. But that doesn’t mean that all creativity ends there. Many brands have created diver’s that break away from these look, swimming off in uncharted waters.
Calibre de Cartier Diver
Cartier is not the first brand that comes to mind when you think about a watch and water. In fact, it is probably one of the last you think of. Cartier changed all that with the Calibre de Cartier. A unique watch, as it is one of the very few non-chronograph divers that uses a sub seconds display. Although the watch is clearly identifiable as a Cartier, it is by no means a dress watch. In fact, the watch even meets the strict technical requirements of ISO 6425, making it a real diver with the papers to proof it!
Richard Mille RM 025 Tourbillon Chronograph Diver’s Watch
While most of Richard Mille’s chronographs are created for land, the RM 025 is made especially for exploring the underwater world. You will be doing that in true Richard Mille style, as the RM 025 is fitted with a tourbillon, as well as a mono-pusher chronograph. The movement is hand wound and a equipped with a torque indicator. Being 50.7mm wide and 19.1mm thick the RM 025 is quite an impressive watch, but fortunately, features a titanium center case to keep the weight down.
MB&F HM7 Aquapod
Richard Mille is not the only one that fits its divers watch with a chronograph. MB&F recently did the same with the HM7 Aquapod. That is where all comparison stops, as the Aquapod looks more like a sea creature that can tell time than anything else. With domed sapphire crystals and the tourbillon placed in the middle of the watch, it is quite an eye-catcher. The HM7 Aquapod is however fitted with a “traditional” divers bezel; only this one seems to float around the actual watch, like one of Saturn rings, making this watch as unique as it is impressive.
Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer
Ulysse Nardin has the nautical world in its DNA, and have been making diving watches for decades. They do have, however, their particular ideas on how such a diver should look like. 18K Red gold and blue rubber might not be the most obvious choice, but Ulysse Nardin proofs that it works, and works well. Their textured bezels always add something extra to the look of the watch, without compromising its functionality. Its automatic movement is chronometer certified and comes with a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, and sub-seconds and date at six o’clock.