Diving is a pursuit — more than most — that relies on gear. Which is why it’s an area full of storied suppliers that are as much a part of pioneering and evolving diving as the divers themselves. Of course, watch brands fall into this matrix — but they’re a relatively small part of the picture. Suits, breathing apparatus and all the other paraphernalia are equally as important. Which is why this watch, the Aquadive Poseidon GMT, is such a nice celebration of this heritage.
Aquadive, in case you’re not familiar, is one of those old names in dive watches. Their heyday was in the ’60s and ’70s, that’s making a bit of a splash now, thanks to their revival by the Synchron Group. And Poseidon, when he’s not busy being king under the waves, is a diving gear company dating back to 1958, which lists an innovative fully automatic rebreather, the MkVI, in its list of accomplishments. The brand’s bright yellow logo stands out on the dial. You might recognise Poseidon from their collab with Doxa last year. And while this watch can’t help you in the breathing department, it can certainly handle the timekeeping side of the equation.
Steel, 42mm and chunky in style (though, in reality, the 12mm thick watch is quite wearable), which is just what you want in a rugged diver. Additionally, there’s an ETA GMT movement inside, which is nice, and it’s fitted on an ISOfrane strap (another Synchron property), which is one of the best built professional dive straps on the market — though the style is more of an acquired taste. And if the yellow strap is more than you can handle, don’t worry, it comes with a black option, too.
Aquadive Poseidon price and availability
Aquadive Poseidon, limited to 300 pieces, $1890 USD.