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Diving Into An Adventure

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Omega Seamaster Professional Ploprof 1200M Ref. 227.60.55.21.03.001

The adventurous are no strangers to the unpredictability of Mother Nature; being prepared is imperative. One of the many facets of preparedness comes in the form of having reliable equipment. To a number of veteran divers, the diving watch lands among the most important pieces.

But contrary to popular belief, a rotating bezel and water resistance up to 100 meters does not a diving watch make. At least, not on their own. As the International Standard Organization (ISO) will tell you, an official diving watch is much, much more; and as the leading watchmakers will also tell you, there are differences between a diving watch, a good diving watch, and an extreme diving watch.

 

 

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Rolex Deepsea Ref. 126660

 

The Basics

To be considered a diving watch, a timepiece has to pass a set of standards dictated by ISO 6425.

Apart from the minimum depth of 100 meters and a time pre-selection device (like a rotating bezel), the timepiece has to be easily read in the dark from 10 inches away. This is why all diving watches available have oversized hands and hour markers, and boast of luminescent coatings. It should also have a device that can tell the wearer, at a glance, whether the watch is running or not. Most diver’s watches use a luminescent central seconds hand for this.

Seem easy enough? But wait, there’s more: the timepiece has to prove that it can withstand the environment of a dive. To do this, it is subjected to a battery of seven tests that determine the waterproofness of the watch and its ability to stay accurate even after being bruised and beaten.

 

 

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Omega Seamaster Professional Diver 300M Ref. 210.30.42.20.03.001


One of the relatively more benign tests is the one that checks a timepiece’s resistance to saltwater. For this, the watch is immersed in a saltwater solution similar to that found at sea for 24 hours. Afterwards, the case and moving parts are checked for any damage or noticeable changes.

The test for reliability under water is similar. Here the watch is immersed in 12 inches of fresh water for 50 hours. When it is taken out, it is placed on a heated surface and a drop of water is placed on the crystal and then wiped off. If condensation droplets form anywhere inside the case, it means water had somehow seeped inside and the watch cannot be called a diver.

The condensation test is also carried out before and after the check for the resistance to external forces, resistance to thermal shock, and water resistance to overpressure.

The check for water resistance to overpressure subjects the timepiece to 125 percent of its intended maximum depth. So if, for example, a timepiece is supposed to only be 10 bar, it will be given the equivalent pressure of 12.5 bar for about an hour.

The other remaining tests under ISO 6425 exposes the watch to magnetic fields, varying temperatures, and simulations of being dropped.

 

 

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IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” Ref. IW379503

 

Deeper and Deeper…

However, there are manufacturer’s out there determined to go above and beyond ISO 6425 to make sure their product is built to last. Most, if not all, of the luxury watchmakers that offer dive watches have made it almost an industry standard to have screw-in backs and crowns to safeguard against any seepage over time.

Some have even resorted to making the cases out of single blocks of metal. This effectively increases the maximum depth of a timepiece and eliminates the chance of the seepage between multiple cases components.

 

 

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Panerai Submersible BMG-TECH™ Ref. PAM00692

 

…And Deeper We Go

But of course, this is not enough for the top watchmakers. They play a constant game of up the ante, so a handful of them have also included helium valves and depth gauges in their dive watches. These types of divers were engineered to cater to people who could be called extreme divers.

Part of their job, besides extensive deep-sea diving, also requires them to undergo saturation diving which, ironically, has nothing to do with water. Saturation diving is when a person lives in a pressurized room or chamber for several weeks to help prevent decompression sickness.

In the chamber, the problem with even the good dive watches is that helium gas leaks into the case and pressure builds up, making the crystal pop out. The extreme watches mitigate the build up by the letting the gas escape through the helium valves.

The depth gauge, on the other hand, is used as its name implies: to measure the depth the diver’s reaches. Mechanical watches that have this have a built-in membrane or diaphragm called a sensor. The sensor gets distorted by water pressure, and the depth is calculated based on the distortion. The depth gauge also helps divers determine the amount of time they need to get rid of built up nitrogen when they ascend from a dive.

But let’s be honest. Even if the functionality of an extreme diver’s watch is entirely unneeded, they’re still drool-worthy and fit well into any watch collection—and can be perfect companions on any wet adventure.

This piece was originally published in the print version of Lucerne Luxe Magazine, and condensed for brevity.

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