Because, quite often, a dive watch with heritage represents a huge business opportunity. The three most popular brands among Chrono24 users in 2019 were Rolex, Omega and the aforementioned brand that even added wings to its logo in 1952. In terms of their most-searched models, Rolex dominated the platform’s internal data analysis with the Submariner, Datejust and GMT-Master II, with the Submariner also being one of the most recognizable watches of the industry. When it comes to Omega, the various Seamaster dive watch models (including the Planet Ocean range) come right after the perhaps most popular chronograph model among astronauts, the legendary Speedmaster. Even the prestigious and often haute horlogerie-favoring Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) decided, in 2019, that it was finally time to dedicate a whole category to watches that are “linked to the world of diving, whose functions, materials and design are suited to this activity.” So far, the Breitling Superocean Automatic 48 Boutique Edition (Ref. V17369241L1S2) emerged in 2020 as the winning entry; the Seiko Prospex LX Spring Drive SNR029 had won in 2019.
Brands like Panerai, most likely the world’s first supplier of watches that were ordered exclusively to meet the needs of extensive underwater use (1936), have built most of their entire current collection on dive watches, and it is almost impossible to imagine Citizen’s rise to success without the Aqualand (1989), Oris without the Sixty-Five Diver (2015) or Seiko’s Prospex range without the hugely successful re-editions from the last three years, to just name a few. Even Blancpain, creator of the first modern diving watch (1953), would most likely be in a very different place today without having relaunched the Fifty Fathoms in 2003 and 2007, and the Bathyscaphe in 2013.
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Carrera models encasing the manufacture Calibre Heuer 02 have been available since 2018, but the series lacked a classic version with a closed dial. Now TAG Heuer has closed that gap in the line in an attractive way.
After a development period of five years, Oris launched its new in-house movement with 10-year recommended service intervals and a 10-year warranty. Calibre 400 runs five days and offers increased antimagnetic protection. It debuts in the modern Aquis Date dive watch, a timepiece that represents the essence of the brand.
Patek Philippe’s new 6301P features not only a grande sonnerie with a petite sonnerie and a minute repeater, it also comes with a patented “seconde morte” jumping subsidiary seconds.
Stop and Go
A split-seconds chronograph is a rather rare complication. Sinn offers the 910 Anniversary model at a reasonable price. We tested this retro stopwatch with contemporary features.
WHAT A YEAR!
In 2020, our extended test examined an annual calendar from Longines, a mix of elegance and superior functionality at a great price. Our test of the Annual Calendar from the Longines Master Collection took place over a period of several months.
An overview of some of the dive watch re-editions that have recently surfaced on the market, and why the industry, and the collectors’ community, simply can’t resist them
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner with no date display, which many view as the archetypal dive watch, is slightly larger and has an updated movement yet remains true to its original design. This is our first encounter with the new watch.
James Bond wears a specially designed Omega Seamaster Diver 300M in his latest cinematic adventure, No Time to Die. How well does the watch deliver in terms of both mission utility and 007 style?
Dec. 7, 2020, was both the 175th anniversary of the founding of A. Lange & Söhne and the 30th anniversary of the company’s rebirth. What achievements then and later have made this brand what it is today?
IWC launched the Portugieser Yacht Club 10 years ago into the sporty yet elegant world of sailing. For 2020, the nautical chronograph model has a classic look and a steel bracelet upgrade.