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Underwater Wednesday: High-end divers

by Michael Weare
19 June, 2013
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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

IWC Aquatimer Deep Two

Underwater Wednesday

Underwater Wednesday dons fins, a mask and snorkel every week and explores the most popular genre for men, the divers watch. There are hundreds upon hundreds of diver’s watches of all prices and levels of performance and over the past few weeks we have already featured a great many. But some distinguish themselves by being simply superlative.

So let’s suppose nothing but the best will do for you. Here are four diver’s watches I cast iron guarantee you have been proven to be more than fit for purpose. They are the choice of top professionals associated with diving and other marine sports. We will feature more in the weeks to come, but first, feast your eyes on these deep sea supremos.

Breitling Aeromarine Superocean Heritage

 

Breitling Superocean Heritage

In 1957, having already established its mastery of the skies, Breitling set off to conquer the maritime depths by launching the Superocean, a diver’s watch featuring a monohull case and armoured glass guaranteeing water resistance to 200 metres (660 feet) and representing an exceptional technical feat at that time. Designed to equip professional and military divers, and particularly special troops, the Superocean soon gained a following among enthusiasts of leisure diving, an increasingly popular activity.

Over the years, Breitling has enriched this legendary line by developing ever more efficient models in simple and chronograph versions, boasting water resistance to depths of 500, 1,500 and even 2,000 metres. The successive generations of Superocean models have distinguished themselves by their magnificent technical qualities as well as their peerless functionality and readability. 46mm and water resistant to 200 metres, a simply beautiful diver.

IWC Aquatimer Deep Two

IWC Aquatimer Deep Two

With its mechanical depth gauge, the Aquatimer Deep Two offers maximum safety and security. Water-resistant to 12 bar, the watch contains a complete backup system that permits the diver to measure and plan vital parameters such as dive depth and time in the event of a dive computer failure. Two indicators show current depth and the maximum depth reached in the course of the dive (down to 50 metres) on a white scale.

The blue indicator moves to show the actual dive depth, while the red one remains static at the maximum depth attained during the dive. The pressure metering system is located on the left-hand side of the case. The Aquatimer Deep Two has an enormous 46-millimetre stainless-steel case that houses a 30110-calibre automatic movement with central seconds, date display and 42-hour power reserve. The steel back is decorated with an elaborate relief engraving of a diving helmet. The further improved stainless-steel bracelet now also features a double push-button safety clasp.

Hublot Oceanographic 4000

Hublot Oceanographic 4000 Diver

This deep sea stunner from Hublot was specially developed for pushing the limits of what is rational and possible. It took18 months of research, development and testing to produce. The Oceanographic 4000 can be worn on dives to depths of an ear popping 4,000 metres, under extreme pressure – an exceptional technical achievement.

Almost all the features of the Oceanographic 4000 are exceptional, in terms of design, development and manufacturing. To be described as a diver’s watch, resistant to the pressure exerted at the record depth of 4,000 metres, the watch had to meet the exacting specifications of the international standards of Swiss watchmaking (NIHS). The watch is made from King Gold – 18 carat gold with 5% platinum.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Chronograph Flyback Quantième Complet

 

Blancpain created the Fifty Fathoms in 1953, a diving watch designed for the frogmen of the French army. Worn by Jacques Cousteau himself, this timepiece took on iconic status. Today, Blancpain produces it as a family of watches water-resistant to a depth of as much as 1,000 m. This collection is the expression of Blancpain’s special relationship with the world of the sea. It is unflinchingly sporty, and combines watch making expertise and innovative materials in its subtle but tough construction.

The exceptional performance of these models makes them capable of standing up to any situation, even the most extreme. Sophisticated instruments serving active people, these fearless watches are also timeless icons, made in the image of the legendary Fifty Fathoms. This particular model is the Fifty Fathoms Chronograph Flyback Quantieme Complet. It runs on a complex 448-part movement.  It has been fitted with a host of Blancpain movement innovations. The moon phase complete calendar mechanism is based on the calibre F185 movement with ‘risk-free’ setting of any indication regardless of the time of day or night.

How to show off your high-end diver

Cigarette 42′ Huntress

 

Cigarette 42 Huntress

If you wear a top end diver, you need to show it off a little on the open waves. And few things apart from a multi-million dollar ocean going yacht do it better than a high powered cigarette boat. The Cigarette Huntress 42′ has a propulsion unit that is simply incredible – it consists of five Mercury Racing Verado 350SCi engines, each of them delivering 350 HP (263 kW).

The top speed reached by the boat is equally astounding – 125 km/h (78 mph), given the fact that it measures 42 feet in length and weighs around 8,600 kg (18,900 lbs). The Huntress is a true embodiment of everything that means revolution in terms of sailing. The boat is able to handle all sorts of water conditions, from rough to mirror-like surfaces, thanks to its strong and compact structure. And the cigarette shape ensures agility, speed and easy handling.

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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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