Designed to function in the depths of the ocean, the diving watch is characterised by its rugged construction, luminous dials and hands, and unidirectional bezel. This device sits on top of the case, and can be used to tell the wearer how much immersion time he has left. Most diving watches owe their design cues to the 1953 Rolex Submariner, the first watch to work at a depth of 100m. A great all-rounder and a versatile choice you won’t regret.
The Best Diving Watches
The Dress Watch
The most jewellery-like of timepieces, a dress watch tends to be understated – think Roman numerals, simple face and a lack of adornments. Usually attached to a leather strap, the ideal dress watch is super-thin so it can rest unnoticed under the wearer’s cuff until he needs it. Also, as dress watches don’t perform any specific function bar telling the time, they’re also the most likely to be made from a precious metal.
The Best Dress Watches
Longines 24-Hours Single Push-Piece Chronograph
The Aviator Watch
Wristwatches took off back in 1911 when Cartier made one for pioneering pilot Alberto Santos Dumont, so it’s no surprise aviation watches are still a key sector of the market. Thanks to its bezel and slide rule, Breitling’s Navitimer, can convey large amounts of information, vital for pilots in the days before electronic navigation. Most aviation timepieces have a black face with luminous numerals and dials – a relic of the need to use them in the dark.
The Best Aviator Watches