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Diverse divers

by Michael Weare
1 February, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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No one could argue that a Rolex Submariner or Sea Dweller isn’t a great watch to take with you down to the murky depths, but they are by no means the only watches that afford superlative style, form and function when taking the plunge.

Here is a selection of top Swiss-made or sourced divers you should also seriously consider.

Cartier Santos 100 Rubberclad Bezel and Strap

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The Santos 100 is considered the most masculine wristwatch ever developed by Cartier.

You will immediately notice the Santos 100’s bigger size compared to the traditional Santos Galbee. Although the Santos 100 is a decidedly masculine watch, it is still very much Cartier with the classic white dial and black Roman numerals. The hands have been made out of luminous black steel, offering extreme readability. 39mm x 50mm steel case with sapphire crystal and water resistant to 100 metres.

Bell & Ross BR02 18k PG 300m Diver Carbon Fibre Dial

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The Bell & Ross BR-02 watch is available in many different options making the choice even more difficult if you are in the market for one of these first class divers.

One of the great features of this dive watch is the internal rotating locking bezel. The bezel locks securely when the crown at 2 o‘clock is screwed down. The dial, hands, and helium release valve have orange accents giving the BR02 an extra visual kick.

Measuring 44mm it’s water resistant to 1000 metres with an ETA 2892 automatic movement and 40 hour power reserve.

IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur Climate Action

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This is hailed as a limited edition carbon neutral watch from IWC, and only 1000 of them were made so it may not be that easy to track one down.

The limited special edition model differs from the standard model through its silvered dial and the discreet use of yellow five-minute indices and a back engraving. The dial is 44m with a calibre 80111 movement which has a 44 hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to at least 100 metres.

Mondia 500m Automatic Diver

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Mondia is a Swiss watch brand established in 1935 in Le Locle.

The brand is particularly popular in Italy. In 1970 the Mondia brand became a part of Zenith and is designed to cover the middle range market. The 500m Mondia diver is big, measuring 45mm diameter and 16mm thick. The watch has a signed screw-down crown and is powered by the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, which is the industry standard for Swiss made automatic wristwatches and a movement known for its reliability and durability. Being marketed primarily to Italians, looks are all important so the Mondia comes with a dive kit which is actually a beautiful box complete with interchangeable rubber, leather and velcro dive straps.

Kremke Subzilla Tactical Edition 1000 Metres

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Now here’s a watch brand you may never have heard of.

Kremke hails from Australia, where there’s a lot of great diving to be had. However all the components are reliably Swiss or German. The movement for the Subzilla Tactical 1000 Metres is the stalwart ETA 2842-2 and the case and bracelet are made from German surgical steel. The design brief was to design a watch that exceeded all the requirements of a professional diver followed by distinct aesthetics and style. The Subzilla Tactical’s features includes a Super-grip Unidirectional Bezel (S.U.B.) for ease when wearing gloves, whilst the engraved elapsed time scale helps professionals monitor the length of their dives.

Coated in black PVD, the dial is 44mm, and as it says in the title, it’s water resistant to 1000 metres.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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