Dive watches are among the many hottest fashions out there available on the market. Nearly all manufacturers, with solely uncommon exceptions, have embraced the idea and now suggest an alternative choice to the classics which can be the Submariner or the Seamaster. There’s a very good cause behind this recognition, as dive watches, regardless that not used for the preliminary goal, are good for weekends or holidays, and are no-brainer selections relating to a sturdy sports activities watch. This yr definitely wasn’t probably the most prolific on this subject, but we’ve some fairly cool introductions. As a part of the “better of 2021” sequence and following our purchasing information on the most effective chronographs of 2021, right here’s our choice of our favorite dive watches launched this yr.
Editor’s observe: this record displays the preferences of MONOCHROME’s editorial workforce and outcomes from an inner vote. This record is, in fact, non-exhaustive and stays subjective. If there are different dive watches launched in 2021 that made an impression on you, be at liberty to share your ideas with us within the remark part.
Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms No Rad
It’s probably not a shock to see a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms in such a range. This mannequin stays in any case one of the crucial emblematic and enduring dive watches ever created. Launched in 1953, it was one of many first ones available on the market and it outlined the style. A part of the a number of editions launched over time, some deserve higher consideration, such because the classic No-Rad mannequin, a watch made for the “Kampfschwimmer”, the elite German frogman commando unit and outlined by its “no radiations” brand on the dial. This yr, the model launched a brand new version, the Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms No Rad, with a compact 40mm case and a 300m water-resistance. It’s a fashionable re-interpretation and incorporates a domed sapphire bezel with finely notched profile and a totally graduated 60-minute scale. Additionally, the dial has been revised with a extra instrumental look – painted markers, slight patina – and options, in fact, the enduring “No Radiations” brand. Below the sapphire caseback is the in-house Calibre 1151 with a 100h energy reserve. This very cool watch was launched as a restricted version of 500 items. All the main points in our evaluate right here.
Fast Information: 40.3mm polished metal case – unidirectional bezel in sapphire – 300m waterproof – matte black dial with painted markers – Calibre 1151, in-house – computerized, 3Hz, 100h energy reserve with 3 barrels – Tropic-like rubber strap – restricted to 500 items – EUR 13,180
Citizen Promaster Mechanical Diver 200m NB6004
If you consider accessible however purpose-built watches made to dive into troublesome environments, Citizen must be in your record at a sure level. And the brand new Promaster Mechanical Diver 200m that has been launched this yr is definitely a watch that must be thought-about for those who’re a severe diver. Following a practice of ultra-robust fashions began within the early Nineteen Eighties, this new watch may not be probably the most elegant, restrained or sensible every day, but it surely definitely is a watch that may take a severe plunge and carry out underwater – as attested by our resident diver-writer Derek in his subject evaluate. This chunky, 46mm diameter watch is made from proprietary Tremendous Titanium with Duratect surface-hardening know-how. It has a brutalist-looking design and a purpose-built instrument feeling that actually makes it really feel like a bit of diving gear, not like a luxurious watch. Inside is the in-house calibre 9051, an computerized motion with dependable building. And at lower than 700 euros, it does the job it has been designed for really properly.
Fast details: 46mm Tremendous titanium case – partially shrouded unidirectional bezel with trapezoidal knurling – 200m waterproof – black gradient dial with trapezoidal sample – calibre 9051, in-house – computerized, 4Hz, 42h energy reserve – black polyurethane strap with extension ripples – EUR 695
Doxa SUB 300 Carbon
The Doxa SUB 300 bears one of the crucial emblematic designs ever for a dive watch. This odd, slightly distinctive watch first manufactured within the Sixties has since develop into an icon for dive watch lovers. In fact, you’ll be able to go for the basic chrome steel model, at the very least for those who’re on the lookout for historic relevance and a extra consensual fashion. However this yr, the model introduced one thing cool, fashionable, daring and technical, with the brand new Doxa SUB 300 Carbon assortment. The principle replace right here issues the fabric, because the design and the options are mainly the identical because the metal fashions… However the brand new cast carbon materials drastically modifications the look of this 42.5mm case and the sensation on the wrist (sure, it’s actually gentle). The signature no-decompression bezel remains to be current – in fact – however now additionally made from carbon, with vibrant accents. Water-resistance stays the identical, at 300m, because of a titanium container for the motion. The dial, then again, stays true to the unique watch, with its bigger markers and arms, and it’s now out there within the 6 basic Doxa colors – Black Sharkhunter, Silver Searambler, Navy Caribbean, Yellow Divingstar and Turquoise Aquamarine. Inside is an ETA 2824 with COSC certification. And with a worth beneath 4K, it’s not a nasty choice for a carbon fibre watch. Extra particulars in our hands-on article.
Fast details: 42.5mm cast carbon case – undirectional no-decompression bezel in carbon – 300m waterproof – matte dial out there in 6 colors – Calibre ETA 2824, chronometer – computerized, 4Hz, 38h energy reserve – rubber strap with folding clasp and micro-adjustment – CHF 3,790
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925
Dive watches are, more often than not, made from metal or titanium, for apparent resistance and budgetary causes. However, as seen with the Doxa above, unique supplies can be used. And this yr, Tudor has determined to go off-the-beaten-track, with a model of the favored Black Bay Fifty-Eight made from… 925 sterling silver, a cloth that’s nearly unseen anymore in watchmaking. As slightly daring transfer from the model, leading to a watch that appears very acquainted, however largely ultra-cool. The solely brushed case has a novel brilliance and color, and the key alloy will supposedly keep away from tarnishing (to be confirmed…) It’s paired with a taupe-coloured dial and strap, leading to a gentle, barely “ghost” impact that makes for probably the greatest trying Tudor watches. Below the sapphire caseback (new to the BB58) is the well-known manufacture Calibre MT5400 with antimagnetic properties and prolonged energy reserve. A really engaging mannequin that may be extra of a desk diver than a instrument, however nonetheless has unimaginable attraction. Extra particulars in our evaluate right here.
Fast details: 39mm 925 sterling silver case – unidirectional bezel with taupe insert – 200m waterproof – matte taupe dial with utilized indexes – Calibre MT5400, manufacture – COSC-certified, computerized, 4Hz, 70h energy reserve – darkish brown grained leather-based strap or taupe-coloured cloth strap – EUR 4,050
Tudor Pelagos FXD
Sure, we all know, we now have two Tudors in the identical choice… However let’s be trustworthy, the model has been very productive this yr. The newest creation of Tudor revives a long-established partnership with the French Navy and likewise the very idea of the mil-spec watch… And only for that, the Pelagos FXD is one thing that deserves our consideration. Beginning with the model’s deep dive watch as a base, the Marine Nationale has outlined a set of specs for a watch to go well with its wants, and the result’s this; a watch with shocking bias, resembling a decreased WR however a slimmer case, a redesigned bi-directional bezel that’s geared up with a countdown insert, a no-date show, and a case with fascinating fastened lugs because it was once previously. All in all, the execution is ideal and the fashion is typical of devices. And if the watch stays questionable for some, we will applaud a few of the concepts and the return of a correct military-issued Tudor. Extra particulars in our in-depth article right here.
Fast details: 42mm titanium case – bi-directional beze with ceramic countdown bezel – 200m waterproof – matte blue dial with utilized markers – calibre MT5602, in-house – chronometer, computerized, 4Hz, 70h energy reserve – one-piece blue cloth strap and one-piece blue rubber strap – CHF 3,700