What is a DIVE WATCH?
You would think that this would be an easy question to answer, but given the number of sport dive watches (with questionable water resistance ratings) on the market these days, some clarification is needed. Simply put, a dive watch is a watch designed for underwater diving that can withstand pressure on the watch at 100 meters or 330 feet.
Modern dive watches are made in accordance with the ISO 6425 standard, which sets the features that are needed to be suitable for diving, as well as tests that must be passed. Surprisingly, most dive watches are not purchased for scuba diving or even playing in the pool. Most people simply like the look and the mechanical artistry of these masters of the ocean. These watches are truly sophisticated mechanical wonders and yet most dive watch purchases are made for every day wear (usually the office). Not surprisingly, most professional scuba divers own a dive computer that can provide everything you need to calculate a dive, so the need for mechanical watch to scuba dive is a moot point. And yet, it’s the most popular selling watch with Rolex, Ulysse Nardin, Oris, Ball and many other brands! They look good. They’re tough and durable. Most are mechanical and made to last, so they tend to stay in the family for generations.