Dive watches are not only an in thing this fashion season they’re also a functional piece of equipment for many divers. A good dive watch will protect you by letting you make sure you’re surfacing right and let you know how long you’ve got left at any depth. The right dive watch is a classic piece of design that can be passed on to future generations and the best luxury dive watches can go from beach to boardroom the same day.
While you look for luxury you want a quality build that can stand up to the rigors of diving too. Things like Sapphire glass, stainless construction, even an extra gasket to improve depth resistance insures your watch will surface unscathed.
The design itself shouldn’t be denied though as most watches in this category offer a slightly more rugged feel than the classic luxury watch so if you’re a thrill seeker you might want to consider a dive watch also.
The Top 3 Best Luxury Dive Watch Reviews
Longines HydroConquest – $XXXX.XX
With a classic look similar to that of the Breitling the HydroConquest has a steel bracelet with double security clasp so you’re less likely to lose it. The mechanical movement is protected by Sapphire Crystal and it also has a water resistance up to 300m.
The price is also pretty attractive as is the fact that it’s very smart casual so it really can go anywhere. The dial is easy to read and the brushed finish looks smart. There’s a date feature too and a chronograph version if you prefer.
- 300m water resistant
- Sapphire Glass
- Screw in Crown
The Lumina glow is impressive and it’s very easy to read in the dark. It has an automatic movement and the unidirectional bezel also has the same glow feature which is convenient. It has an easy to grip screw in crown to protect it from rocks and lovely faceting on it. There’s a rubber strap option available if you prefer but the stainless is much smarter looking. It’s one of the more accurate watches and it’s well constructed too, though you shouldn’t expect any less from a company that has such a long lasting reputation.
The screw in crown extends a little far and for some people it’s going to dig in which will make it uncomfortable to wear all the time. There’s also no lumina on the seconds hand which while not a deal breaker can still mean you’re guessing at best. The blue dial version is also just that little bit smarter and the clasp can be a little stiff. The insert is also a little muddled with too much going on in such a small face.
Breitling Avenger II Seawolf – $XXXX.XX
As the most expensive here this doesn’t offer the computer features but it also looks like a very smart watch. The brushed steel design surrounds a black face with an anti-reflective Sapphire glass protecting it. The fold over clasp makes it easy to take on and off but it’s light enough to wear everyday. It’s water resistant up to 3000m, more than most divers will ever need. There are hour, minuet and 1/100th of a second marks as well as two gaskets and a date display.
- 3000m water resistant
- Sapphire glass
- Unidirectional Bezel
- 1h,1m,1/100s marks
While the Tag might be considered luxury the Breitling is in another league entirely. It’s sleek, smart, and it looks like a designer watch. The design is elegant and functional since it’s easy to read. The unidirectional bezel is easy to read and engraved. It’s smart but still has the Sapphire glass to protect it while diving and an impressive depth resistance. The 1/100th second marks might not be the most useful addition but they are there while the Tag only goes to 1 minute.
The price for the Breiling is likely to be prohibitive for some even when looking for luxury and it’s still lacking in all the features that make s diving computer watch like an Osci a great diving companion so this is really more fashion than function.
Aquatimer Deep Two – $XXXX.XX
While this could be considered to be cheap among luxury watches it also has the most dive functionality. The automatic movement is housed in a stainless case and protected by Sapphire crystal. It’s water resistant to 120 and also has a depth indicator. The outer rim has a unidirectional bezel which is also marked with minutes as well as a 15 minute warning stretch marked in blue. It’s a Swiss made movement and also has a date at 3 o’clock. The watch has a convenient power reserve mode that lasts 42 hours to preserve and extend battery life. It also has a black rubber strap with a tang clasp for comfort and functionality in the water.
- 120m Water resistant
- Rubber Strap
- Sapphire Glass
- Screw in Crown
- Unidirectional Bezel
With a tang clasp it’s easy to get on and the black rubber is perfect for diving since it can’t get scratched up like steel might. The whole design is black on black ion plated which gives it a smart look that can take you from the dive to the desk without having to worry about changing out which makes it convenient and easily one of the best men’s luxury dive watches.
While this looks smart the Breitling is smarter, the rubber strap really makes a difference here so while this is alright for every day it wouldn’t be suitable for an evening event. The black face is nice but still doesn’t look as smart as the Breitling despite having more features. It’s still lacking if you’re looking for a combination that also has a dive computer function.
The Aquatimer is arguably the most functional when it comes to the best luxury dive watches but it’s also not the prettiest looking.
The Breitling has a much more appealing exterior though it’s lighter on functions if you’re looking for for a fashionable choice rather than a diver’s companion. For both watches the quality of design is impeccable and you can’t really go wrong with any of these beauties.