Few accessories combine elegance with sporty cool as masterfully as the dive watch. The prices may not be supremely recession-friendly, but we’re talking about a future heirloom here. Invest in one this summer, and wear it often – even if you’re spending more time in flip-flops than flippers. We present some favourites.
Rolex Oyster Submariner (pictured above)
Rolex, which invented the waterproof watch, released the first Oyster in 1926; its contemporary descendant comes in a variety of styles, though we like the bi-metal model with a blue dial best. Bonus: Rolex’s Triplock system locks as tight as a submarine hatch. $10,330
Swiss Army Dive Master
This watch is tough yet refined: The rubber strap says you’re ready to swim, but the classic silver dial is better suited for an alfresco lunch date. $525
TAG Heuer Aquaracer
This sleek, dark beauty could be Batman’s watch. The “vertical streak effect” – a subtle pinstripe pattern – even sounds like something you could use to defeat villains. ?$2000
Bulgari Diagono Professional Acqua
This simple, strong design features a black dial in a rugged 18-karat matte gold case and a vulcanized black rubber strap with gold links. A dive watch for the evening.?$15,800
Oris TT1 Professional Divers Regulator
The little swath of red on the bezel adds a hint of danger to this watch’s stout design, which also features a titanium case and a locked helium valve at two o’clock. Water resistant up to 1000 metres, it’s the toughest ticker on the list. ?$1800
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