Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver, $27,900
A diving helmet serves as inspiration for the octagon shape of the iconic Royal Oak, new for 2017 in five eye-catching colors—white, navy, acid yellow, lime green, and orange. This 42mm self-winding version is water-resistant to 300 meters and features an internal rotating bezel with the dive time measurement, date window, and time.
Breitling Superocean Heritage II 46, USD4,375
On its 60th birthday, the Superocean has been redesigned with a shock- and scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, giving the watch a shiny and clean new look. The self-winding chronometer, which is water-resistant up to 200 meters and uses the original Superocean logo, features Calibre B20 movement that was co-designed with fellow watch brand Tudor; it's available in black, blue, and bronze with leather, croc, rubber, and steel mesh bracelet options.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Tribute to MIL-SPEC, USD14,100
First introduced in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms from Blancpain has some serious name recognition in the world of dive watches. The latest iteration (a 500-piece limited edition) replicates the design of the original 1950s MIL-SPEC 1 right down to the distinctive bright orange water tightness indicator on the dial, but also includes some key modern updates to its automatic movements.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”, USD11,700
With a sturdy case made entirely from a single block of blue ceramic, the Big Blue is a combination dive watch with a second time zone (so you can keep tabs on the time in faraway places). The antimagnetic watch is water-resistant to 600 meters and comes paired with an orange-edged rubber strap textured to look like woven fabric.
Bell & Ross BR O3-92 Diver, USD3,700
Bell & Ross adapts a classic watch—featuring the recognizable square shape of its iconic pilot watch—into a new diver that combines the diverse design DNA of its various collections. The self-winding stainless steel watch is antimagnetic and water-resistant to 300 meters.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel, USD3,800
Tudor’s beloved Black Bay is fresh this year with an engraved steel rotating bezel. It's waterproof to 200 meters, and the self-winding mechanical movement has a 70-hour power reserve and (for the very first time) features a date window.
MB&F Horological Machine No.7 “Aquapod”, USD97,150
MB&F is an incredibly independent watch brand known for creating unique “horological machines." Its latest, limited-edition automatic piece was inspired by jellyfish—and while it's not specifically a dive watch, it does share some similar traits, like the uni-directional bezel that circles separately around the dial, its 60-second flying tourbillon (which helps it escape the effects of gravity) at the top, a power reserve of 72 hours, and the fact that it certainly can get wet: The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters.
RADO HyperChrome Captain Cook, USD2,400
From a brand best known for its use of high-tech ceramic comes the reinvention of a piece from its 1962 HyperChrome collection. The new iteration is slightly larger than the original and features a blue ceramic bezel, a woven textile strap, and water resistance up to 200 meters.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, USD11,350
The steel Rolex Sea-Dweller, a legendary and historically significant dive watch, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. With an updated and slightly larger profile clocking in at 43mm, the self-winding mechanical watch can hit depths of 1,220 meters (4,000 feet) and features a patented helium escape valve that made the watch famous amongst professional scuba divers. The red Sea-Dweller name on the dial is an important and notable detail that should please collectors.
Panerai Luminor Submersible BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic, USD10,200
Created from an innovative metallic glass composite called BMG-Tech that's durable, fade- and scratch-resistant, and lightweight, the latest Panerai Luminor is everything a dive watch aspires to be. It features a "time of immersion" function that's super legible thanks to the Super-LumiNova against the blue dial, and the underwater "instrument" is water-resistant to 300 meters.
DOXA Sub300 Professional, USD2,490
This limited edition 50th anniversary model (only 300 of each dial color will be produced) pays homage to the brand's heritage, one made famous by Jacques Cousteau and still worn by his descendants. The 42.5mm watch is a faithful replica: It's water-resistant to 300 meters and features an automatic movement and a beads-of-rice-style stainless steel bracelet with integrated wetsuit extension.
Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle, USD9,600
A new release based on a style that debuted in 1964, this 42mm self-winding diver retains all the vintage good looks of the original, and is water-resistant to 100 meters. It also houses a 48-hour power reserve and comes paired with an exclusive sailcloth strap.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression, USD1,195
With a significant history dating back to the early 1950s, the Super Sea Wolf is faithful to the design and features of its predecessor. The 40mm automatic watch is water-resistant to 200 meters and comes paired with a blue military-style textile strap.
Seiko First Diver Recreation Limited Edition SLA017, USD3,400
Seiko’s very first dive watch, introduced in 1965, is back in a limited, 2,000-piece edition this year. Aside from its enhanced functionality, the watch is practically identical to its ancestors in every way: Water-resistant to 200 meters, the dial sports three-dimensional features and a straightforward, elegant interface.