Today, talking about sub clocks means pointing straight to a category of timepieces that is normally employed for even ten per cent of its potential.
What good is it to possess the best, which for him to plunge to over 1,000 meters of depth would be as easy as "drinking a glass of water", when the individual has secured his wrist into the max following a dip along with a couple of strokes, return immediately to lounge under the umbrella?
If that is their main use it is only the fault of old habits at least as much as the introduction of the so-called divers of the modern age that dates back into the center of the previous century.
The incorrigible desire to be the protagonist of the best diving watches
Three years later, in 1953, Blancpain invented the Fifty Fathoms, one of the most iconic timepieces that the category can boast, was already tied to Jacques-Yves Cousteau's wrist to challenge the depths of the well-identified abysses in "The Silent World", a famous documentary -movie additionally winner of the Oscar award.
Continuing, I feel that non-fans will remember well among the very first Rolex Submariner appear several times with Sean Connery, Agent 007 in the film Goldfinger shot of 1964. Tied to his wrist turned into a legend. It turned out to be a mythical reference 6538 no-guard, to know each other with no crown shield shoulders, imitated a bit by everyone.
These are just two of the first cases that show how - fiction or reality - for over fifty years the media - driven by the watch industry - decided that the diver watches should be the first to personify the concept of man-adventure. Perhaps it is also from that day that the brands when it came to describing their models began to use the phrase: "suitable for any occasion".
The 007 change, unfortunately also the legendary "Mr. Q "- the inventor of all the mechanisms of the most famous secret agent in the world, and obviously also the watch whose role has been played by the Omega Seamaster for many years.
But beyond their actual use in this large family whose origins would only have to deal with "hard even more than steel", today there are also versions so bejeweled to fear even when you have to wash the hands.
But a real diver's view has normally always had a whole lot to say technically talking. Let us just mention the features and constructive characteristics of those references.
I've a long standing friend who's an more info expert diver and who, during his diving in the Persian Gulf, makes 100% of his diving watch - including that valve for the escape of gaseous mixtures that are breathed at high depths.
A real wrist sub must be able to guarantee the following performances:
Fantastic visibility throughout the dip
A defense against magnetic fields superior to the standard
Resistance to salt and impact water
Accurate confirmation of the here performance of the system that reports that the dive time
An in-depth evaluation of the efficacy of its motion, either quartz or mechanical
However, the tests didn't end here: today professional diving watches must adhere to specific rules such as those described by ISO 6425.
For a common mortal use, that which we know is the greatest, the best sub could be in the end a watchable to offer features much milder and easier to manage.
I recall this in order to simply immerse the surface at maximum security, a timepiece ought to be certified to withstand a pressure of 5 ATM (approximately 50 meters), which seems to be redundant, but that is not so when it is done a banal swim in the sea. It would be better to prevent diving, particularly if ours couldn't even rely to a screw-on crown better still if protected on the sides by the classic two shoulders.
And the safety on the waterproof status of the underwater timepieces?
Precisely for those who would use them for specialist purposes the ideal is to have the ability to rely upon a device that visually signals on the dial in case the crown isn't completely screwed, and the watch is therefore in a blatant condition of non-security.
Sadly, this really is the principal reason why an abyssal super dive watch might have to be rushed to a service centre, prior to seawater entering risks compromising any mechanism forever. This function already exists, but on hardly any versions, which honestly I don't understand why.
You may have worn your diving diver's watch on your wrist in order to visit the sea and consequently, after correcting the time, have forgotten to screw the crown tightly. It is the most frequent case.
Suggestion - When you've worn the costume decide on the fly : either leave your diver somewhere safe or obligatorily create a closing but fundamental check on the tightening of the winding crown.
Now that we've seen a bit 'of problems related to the time that has to satisfy with the water, and given the necessary advice, I reveal you that - to date - are for me the best dive watches.
They are not many: I have split them into two classes. The sequence in which they appear does not represent any ranking.