This year has seen countless examples of new and exciting dive watches flood the already perpetually popular sub-genre. And while most new entrants into the amphibious watch market have been successes, some have done far better than others. With that in mind, we thought we’d share with you our favourite five dive watches of 2019.
LONGINES HYDROCONQUEST FULL BLACK CERAMIC
The HydroConquest range is a too-often overlooked corner of the Longines universe. But you sense that the collection has grander plans to expand with some hot additions in the last 12 months. Chief among them is the HydroConquest in black ceramic, which gives this piece an undeniably stealthy appearance. Its 43mm case makes it viable as a powerful desk diver during the week as well as a fun watch for the weekend.
Ref No: L3.7220.127.116.11 / Case size: 43mm / Case material: Black Ceramic / Movement: L888.3 / Price: $4850
RADO CAPTAIN COOK AUTOMATIC 42MM
The Captain Cook collection from Rado is one that hits particularly close to home for those who live in Terra Australis, thanks to its reference to the explorer James Cook. The Rado Captain Cook imbues the same spirit of adventure and discovery through its robust steel case and highly legible dial. Now available with a muted blue dial and bezel, the Captain Cook is the perfect companion for your next uncharted journey.
Ref No: R32505205 / Case size: 42mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: ETA C07 / Price: $2750
TUDOR BLACK BAY P01
One of the most interesting and exciting timepieces released during 2019 was the Tudor P01. While not technically a remake, the P01 was originally designed in the 1960s and proposed to the US Navy as a potential partner for their military missions. As history records, the novel design, which uses a spring-loaded end-link to clamp the rotating bezel in place, was rejected, and the plans to produce it shelved. Thankfully, this quaint curio has finally made it out of the archives for all to enjoy.
Ref No: 70150 / Case size: 42mm / Case material: Steel / Movement: MT5612 / Price: $4970
The Prospex SNR029J1 is one of those very special (non-Grand) Seiko watches that is fitted with the Spring Drive movement. As such, the typical power reserve indicator features in the bottom left-hand quadrant of the dial, and the seconds hand boasts that glorious non-stop sweep for which the calibre is known. With water resistance to 300 metres and a super-hard titanium case, this daily diver is an unrelenting beast that is as tough as its oversized exterior (44.8mm wide by 15.7mm thick) suggests.
Ref No: SNR029J1 / Case size: 44.8mm / Case material: Titanium / Movement: 5R65 / Price: $8500
The Sea-Dweller is a serious dive tool, but it’s just as comfortable on the red carpet. The bi-colour version, released this year at Baselworld, hammers home the collection’s luxury credentials. While the Rolesor (two-tone) model pictured here is incredibly current, the vintage appeal of the full-steel reference 126603, with its flash of red text on the dial, harks back to the earliest iteration from 1967 and will satisfy those who aren’t yet ready to embrace the return of yellow gold.
Ref No: 126603 / Case size: 43mm / Case material: Oyster Steel and Yellow Gold / Movement: 3235 / Price: $21,300