Legends of the deep: we've found the 5 finest nautical watches you can buy

By Rachel Ingram | 09 Oct 2017 | Style

From innovative technical dive watches to stylish waterproof chronographs, these are the finest nautical timepieces on the planet

* From innovative technical dive watches to stylish waterproof chronographs, these are the finest nautical timepieces on the planet
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* Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II
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* Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
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* Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Blue
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* Audemars Piguet Royal Oak O shore Summer Edition 2017
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* Breitling Superocean 44 Special
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If, like us, you love to dive then you'll know just how essential the right underwater watch can be. No regular diver would dare enter the water without a reliable timepiece – but there's no reason these life-saving devices can't make a style statement at the same time. With that in mind, Tempus has surfed far and wide to find the very finest in nautical watches – from innovative technical dive watches to stylish waterproof chronographs – for every depth. Check out our gallery to discover the finest deep sea timepieces on the planet. >> 

1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

When the pistol signals the kick off of a race, there’s only one watch you want to have on your wrist at the start line, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II. Specially designed for the opening sequence of regattas, the innovative timepiece features a programmable countdown with on-the-fly synchronisation that’s strokes ahead of its competitors. The design, meanwhile, is classic and undeniably sleek. The dial has been optimised for legibility in all conditions, while the movement, a perpetual calibre 4161, comprises a programmable countdown mechanism that can be easily adjusted between races, and a mechanical memory. It’s the ultimate skipper’s accessory during the upcoming sailing season.


2. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Presented in a striking abyss blue case, the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is a jewel from the depths of the ocean. e newest addition to the Fifty Fathoms family, this timepiece pays homage to the original, which was launched over 60 years ago. It features a vintage-inspired design with all the mechanisms you’d expect from a quality dive watch – luminescent indicators, a robust Caliber 1150 with a 100-hour power reserve, and water resistance up to an impressive 300m. It’s rather beautiful, too.


3. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Blue

Hot on the heels of last year’s ‘Big Black’ is the ‘Big Blue’, the latest variation of Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean. Distinctive, powerful and built to last, the innovative watch combines the best aspects of sports and diving watches. Crafted from a single block of blue ceramic, it also features an orange GMT track and a diving scale with Liquidmetal® numerals. Clever use of Super- LumiNova coating assures users can easily read the indexes, no matter how deep they swim. As such, it’s a must-have for keen divers.


4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak O shore Summer Edition 2017

Audemars Piguet unveiled two special limited edition versions of its iconic Royal Oak O shore timepiece just in time for this year's yachting season. The 44m model for men, available to just 500 lucky owners, features a stylish 18-carat rose gold case and a “mega tapisserie” dial, while the 37mm women’s version, of which only 200 were made, boasts a silver “lady tapisserie” dial set with 32 brilliant-cut diamonds. Both powerful timepieces are water resistant – the men’s up to 100m and the ladies’ up to 50m – and feature indestructible rubber straps which are ideal for summer at sea.


5. Breitling Superocean 44 Special

Strong, steely and scratch-resistant, the Breitling Superocean 44 Special is the ultimate timepiece for extreme deep-sea missions. Usable up to depths of 1,000m (bear in mind the average scuba license allows divers to explore up to 30m only), this timepiece features a high-tech ceramic bezel, unbreakable steel casing and glare proof sapphire crystal for added readability. Beneath its tough exterior, it’s equally impressive. e watch is powered by a COSC-certi ed self-winding Breitling Caliber 17, a movement chronometer that’s as reliable as it is innovative. In short, this is a cardinal companion for an avid explorer.