Let’s just say, you’re in the mood for a little underwater adventure. And what submarine traipse would be complete without a bright new bit of marine-equipped wrist candy?
But often when it comes to marine horology, it’s easy to find yourself drowning in the sea of available options. So to help you make your choice, we’ve taken a moment to compile some of the finest nautical timepieces out there. And we’ve arranged them by depth of water-resistance, so whether it’s casual snorkeling or Mariana Trench diving that you’re into, we’ve got you covered.
If you haven’t found yourself a decent dive watch yet—a Submariner doesn’t come cheap—the horology buffs over at Hodinkee tipped us off to an entry-level diver that’s off the beaten path (one that begins in Russia).
The Vostok Amphibia has lived a curious existence, which began when a sturdy mechanical watch needed to be built behind the walls of Communism—without the aid of Swiss machinery. They began to trickle into the West once the policy of Glasnost relaxed trade restrictions (in fact, the watches were even handed out to US troops during Desert Storm), but still haven’t gotten much recognition outside of a cameo on the wrist of Steve Zissou.
Finding one will require a bit of legwork, but at under a hundred bucks a pop, they make for a pretty safe bet.
If you’ve been paying close attention to the wrists of menswear lately, you’ll have noticed a lot of metal-strapped diving watches peeking from under well-appointed cuffs. It’s a good look, the rugged juxtaposed with the elegant (à la Agnelli’s Italian hiking boots and bespoke suit). But nowadays the Submariner has become so ubiquitous, it’s almost as if there aren’t other wearable watches out there—which couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Our two cents: it’s time to move on and start looking for a new, dressier watch. And as luck would have it, we’ve got a few suggestions...
That rotating sawtooth bezel is real, although we wouldn’t count on it sawing through any ropes. (You can see from the rear face how they pulled off the trick.) The watch spent the last four decades with the film’s production designer, Syd Cain, and is only seeing the light of day now.