We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: no bona fide deep-sea enthusiast will venture underwater without a dive computer strapped to their wrist. After all, these miniature marvels of technology are vital to safety… a fact watchmakers seem happy to ignore. Why, one might ask, go on producing mechanical dive watches when the majority, no matter how rugged and reliable, will be exposed to little more than dish-washing or a bracing shower? Truth be told, a watch built to withstand a 30-metre plunge is water-resistant by name only, as the gaskets are not sufficiently compressed to fully seal against water infiltration. Those in the know will be more inclined to choose a mechanical gem built to resist depths of 300 metres and more.
No doubt this explains why any self-respecting watch brand will include at least one dive watch in its catalogue. There was a time when all it took was a chronograph for guys, and gals, to strike an adventure-seeking pose. Today, wading out of the water Ursula Andress-style or à la Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, to stick with James Bond, is more likely to impress. And who cares if snorkelling in the shallows is the nearest we’ll come to any kind of underwater exploit. As the poet said, no matter the flask, as long as the wine intoxicates. Or in our case, no matter if we paddle or plunge, provided we have the right watch on our wrist. A watch whose display won’t have us reaching for our glasses. A watch that lights up like a Christmas tree in the dark, that never misses a beat whatever knocks it might take, and is built to weather any storm. The kind of watch we love, and a man’s best friend when summer rolls around!