Spectacular Diver Watches of 2014: IWC Re-Engineers Aquatimer Deep Three

(Part four of a four part series on luxury diver watches)

IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Collection established the watchmaker’s focus on diver’s watches for 2014 which was introduced in its re-engineered design of the Aquatimer Deep Three revealing dual mechanical depth gauges.

IWC Aquatimer Deep Three impressive design beckons divers to explore the watery depths wearing the largest watch ever produced in the Aquatimer collection. IWC’s re-mastered design of Aquatimer Deep Three builds upon previous versions of Aquatimer Deep One and Deep Two with a re-engineered mechanical addition of two depth gauges.

IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Underwater

IWC presented the second redesign of the Aquatimer Deep Two in 2009, which spring boarded from the original design of Aquatimer Deep One watch presented in 1999. IWC engineered the Aquatimer Deep watches to specifically appeal to professional divers wanting a diving instrument that would work in conjuction as a mechanical support the event the dive computer system malfunctioned.

IWC Aquatimer Deep Three Lumiscent view

Deep Three’s developed pressure metering system functionality is impressive as it is powerful. Two mechanical depth gauges (one red, the other blue), glide along a depth scale located on the left side of the watch’s dial. A mechanical pressure metering system inside of the case, allows water to enter thru miniature holes in the cover of the pressure converter creating water pressure which acts on a spring membrane that pushes a shaft towards the interior of the watch case. A system of levers are enacted moving the gauge’s of the two indicators. The blue depth gauge indicates the current dive depth whereas the red depth gauge or maximum depth indicator indicates the overall depth achieved on a given dive up to 50 meters. (The maximum depth gauge can be reset by merely pressing a push-button next to the pressure converter.)

IWC Aquatimer Deep One

IWC Aquatimer Deep Three - caseback

Aquatimer Deep Three dial show cases with a generous 46 mm titanium case which is 16.5 mm thick. Yes, this watch is exceptionally large, however that is the whole point of this professional diving instrument. Deep Three’s dial, internal bezel and hour/minute hands have luminescent treatments making it readable in the dark. It also has an external/internal rotating bezel and houses the automatic mechanical IWC caliber 30120 movement.  It is available with a black rubber strap and an optional stainless steel bracelet.

Aquatimer Deep Three retails for $19,100 and is by far one of IWC’s most spectacular timepieces.

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Spectacular Diver Watches of 2014

This year top luxury watchmakers took the plunge and emerged from the deep with diving watches structurally designed to perform in extreme conditions as well as transform into stylish everyday wear timepieces. Cartier, Girard-Perregaux, Hublot and IWC established a theme with their brands launching the year with spectacular diver’s watches.

 

(A four part series on luxury diver’s watches)

Cartier Calibre-de-Cartier Diver - Steel

Cartier raised the bar even for its exceptional standards by adding to its already prestigious Calibre de Cartier collection a diver’s watch – the Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Watch.

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver watch incorporates the brand’s appealing style with the technical requirements of ISO 6425 producing a watch to attract professional divers and admirers of diving watches alike.

Cartier Calibre-de-Cartier Diver - Pink Gold

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver is presented in a pink gold or stainless steel 42 mm case contrasted by a matt black dial that exhibits Roman numerals and an oversized Roman numeral twelve (a brand trademark) done in Super-Luminova as is the hour/minute hands and sub-dial. It has high quality 120-notch unidirectional rotating bezel with five-minute markers which is also done in Super-Luminova.

Cartier Calibre-de-Cartier - Super-Luminova for Readability

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver houses Cartier’s in-house 1904 MC self-winding mechanism, and contains ceramic ball bearings at the center of the rotor to aide in shock resistance and durability, all of which is protected by a thick crystal and a screw-in crown assuring water-resistance up to 990 feet. It is available adorned in a black rubber strap with a stainless steel or pink gold case, as well as in pink gold or stainless steel bracelets. Prices for the rubber strap versions is $8,200, stainless steel and pink gold $10,600 or an all pink gold version $28,000.

Cartier Calibre 1904 Mechanism

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 232.30.42.21.01.001

Written by: Krystal Esquillo

Operating doubly as a high-performance professional dive watch and a high-profile timepiece connected to the James Bond legacy, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 232.30.42.21.01.001 stands in its own untouchable category.

The Omega Seamaster has played a supporting role in James Bond films since 1995. Skyfall marks the seventh time that this Spy-and-Seamaster pairing hits the silver screen. For the newest installation, Daniel Craig dons a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, which makes an ideal accomplice for a master spy with an unmistakable sense of style.

Visually, the Planet Ocean is bold, sleek and masculine. The 42mm case made of brushed stainless steel looks perfectly polished with its matching screw-and-pin bracelet. Thick hourmarkers accent the jet black dial, while the hands are prominently displayed as a set of solid, broad arrows. Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal is domed over the dial and transparently covers the case back, protecting the dial’s simple beauty and providing a window to the watch’s impressive inner workings.

The craftsmanship is commendable to say the least. The self-winding Omega 8500 caliber with Co-Axial Escapement ensures superior stability, durability and greater accuracy over time. A unidirectional rotating bezel prevents miscalculations in dive time and easily measures elapsed time. Other dive watch essentials are present, such as a screw-in crown and helium escape valve. With a water resistance of 600 meters, the watch is incredibly safe underwater, as even professional divers will rarely exceed 300 meters. The Omega Planet Ocean 600M is also a chronometer, meaning it has been thoroughly tested for precision and subsequently certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute. All these features guarantee you will be prepared for an underwater adventure, whether or not you’re a professional diver or a skilled spy like 007.

Specifications
– 42 mm case diameter
– COSC Certified chronometer
– Helium escape valve
– Solid steel case and matching bracelet
– Black dial with black unidirectional rotating bezel
– Screw-in crown
– Anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
– Transparent case back
– Omega Caliber 8500
– Water resistant to 600 meters
– 60 hours power reserve

Pros
The Omega Seamaster has been an important accessory to the James Bond films for nearly two decades. It’s hard to pass up the opportunity to own a piece of Bond movie history. With a price of $4,836 it’s actually cheaper than most luxury timepieces. It’s also not just an attractive prop; it’s a highly functional, professional quality watch. The appeal of the Planet Ocean 600M is undeniable.

Cons
Though it is an impressive creation, the Planet Ocean may be overly-developed for the average man. There really is no pressing need to own a 600 meter water-resistant watch, even though it is astounding. Another Omega watch made an appearance in Skyfall: the Seamaster Aqua Terra. This watch is created more for the everyday man, yet still retains the status of belonging to the 007 universe. It’s a good alternative and costs several hundred less than the Seamaster.

The immaculate design, incredible technology and cinematic significance of the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 232.30.42.21.01.001 undoubtedly makes it a coveted timepiece for movie buffs and watch aficionados alike.