The world of dive watches is as intriguing as the references themselves. One might even argue that dive watches are the most popular kind of watches to ever exist. Now, this might be the dive watch enthusiast in me talking but it is, in fact, true that dive watches have successfully captured a huge market share over the course of time. Can you believe it that it has been over 70 years since the first dive watch was introduced?
Not So Popular Picks: Dives Watches
Every serious watch collector has to have at least one dive watch in their collection. Period. It is what it is. That being said, it is also a fact that majority of the dive watches bought hardly ever go beyond the shallow depths of swimming pools and the occasional beach visit. At the end of the day, these are just tool watches that get the job done, be it exploring the reaches of the oceans or act as a fancy timepiece on the wrist.
This blog will enlist three of the most uncommon as well as unheard of dive watches that you need to see right now.
De Bethune DB28GS Grand Bleu
De Bethune took its ‘dive’ in the dive watch segment with the DB28GS Grand Bleu. The watchmaker is based in Switzerland and is quite popular for its high-end complications. However, this is the first time it has taken a step towards the tool watch genre. The watch is highly unconventional even by the brand’s standards. It utilises the watchmakers’ 27th in-house manufactured movement that offers users a power reserve of up to 5 days. Another interesting fact, the watch houses an in-house manufactured balance wheel completely made of titanium as well as white gold.
As a tool watch, the timepiece offers a 44 mm titanium case that has a water resistance of up to 105 meters. On top of the case, is a uni-directional bezel that also happens to be the first one that the brand has ever created. De Bethune has also added a really cool feature called the mechanical dynamo. It offers a bluish-white tint on the bezel.
This light is emitted without the use of any battery. A pusher located at 6 o’clock can be used to activate the mechanical dynamo with the help of a gear train. The gear train is driven with the help of a twin-barrel that provides the energy for the luminescence. The dive watch is truly a spectacle to see with your own eyes.
Rado Captain Cook Automatic
Rado is yet another brand that recently took a leap of faith and jumped right on the dive watch bandwagon. The brand is usually known for its endeavours with ceramic watches. Over the years Rado has truly outdone itself by distinguishing its style with its unique design language. But the Captain Cook Automatic is something completely different. The timepiece has allowed people to view Rado from a different angle. The watch actually made an appearance in 2017 as a limited edition. That reference had a smaller case that stood at 37 mm. The new Captain Cook Automatic is much bigger at 42 mm.
The watch also has a screw-down crown that it lacked earlier. It features a water resistance of up to 200 meters as well. Every design element of the original Captain Cook has been retained and at the same time, new functionalities have been added. Features such as the arrow-shaped hour hand, broad-painted hour markers, and a faded dial are very much present.
Tudor Pelagos Dive Watch
Tudor is a very popular name among watch enthusiasts around the globe. And why wouldn’t it be? After all, it is a subsidiary of Rolex. The name ‘Tudor’ was originally registered in 1926 by Hans Wilsdorf himself under the watchmaker Veuve de Philippe Hüther. However, in 1946, Hans Wilsdorf founded a new watchmaking company altogether named Montres Tudor SA. Today, the most popular reference under Tudor’s roof is the Black Bay. It has to be. The timepiece has a massive following and is quite the topic for discussion among knowledgeable watch collectors.
However, in terms of functionality, the Tudor Pelagos surpasses the Black Bay by miles. While the Black Bay timepiece can only handle depths of up to 200 meters, the Pelagos dive watch can go as deep as 500 meters. The watch fosters a self-winding mechanical movement, a titanium cum stainless steel case, and a stylish bracelet.