Welcome to our dedicated coverage of Dive Watches
Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Anniversary Chronograph
by Kyle Stults on February 05, 2014


Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 L.E. Chronograph on Ice

To celebrate its 25th anniversary as a Swiss watchmaker, Victorinox Swiss Army is launching a limited and numbered titanium version of its popular Dive Master 500 watch.   In a first for the Dive Master collection, the 500 pieces in this exclusive 43mm model are powered by an automatic mechanical Swiss ETA chronograph movement.   This watch will be available Summer 2014, price TBD is $3,295, fairly hefty but even so I don’t think this one will have any problem selling out.  Get one while you can!

Specs and more looks including lume shot, on the click

SIHH 2014: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver White Ceramic
by Kyle Stults on January 22, 2014

Audemars Piguet ROO Diver White Ceramic Crown view

One of two white ceramic watches Audemars Piguet is bringing this year, the AP Royal Oak Offshore (ROO) Diver is a real looker.  Recall:  in 2012, Audemars Piguet introduced the ROO Diver in forged carbon with yellow accents; in 2013 the ROO Diver debuted in black ceramic with orange accents, and included a sapphire display in a titanium caseback ring. This year the ROO Diver is in a pristine white ceramic, with blue dial accents, and a display back for its nice Cal 3120.  Price will be $23,900 and this will be a boutique exclusive.

More pics and specs, on the click

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Orange Ceramic
by Kyle Stults on January 21, 2014

First look…world premiere orange ceramic bezel…platinum case, dial and strap stitching…

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Orange Ceramic Watch

Omega has just upped the bar, unveiling the new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Orange Ceramic with a brushed and polished 43.5mm case crafted from 950-grade platinum with a bi-directional 24-hour GMT rotating bezel whose polished ring is made from orange ceramic (patent pending), a world premiere.  This stunning wristwatch has been produced in a limited edition of only eight pieces.

Lots of high-res pics and full spec breakdown, on the click!

How Does the IWC SafeDive Internal/External Bezel System Work?
by Kyle Stults on January 21, 2014

IWC Aquatimer Chronographs

Perhaps the most conspicuous technical modification on the new IWC Aquatimers is the external/internal rotating bezel aka “SafeDive”.  Naturally, many watch enthusiasts are wondering how exactly the new IWC “SafeDive” bezel works.  Allow me to explain with the help of some material and video provided by IWC, and a few pictures of my own.


IWC Aquatimer SafeDive Bezel 2014

Through the combination of the schematic above and the video below, you can get a good sense of how the SafeDrive internal/external bezel system works.  Note that the views you are seeing are from the back (the underside) of the bezel (i.e. the crown is on the left).  What appears to be a second crown on the left side of the case (again–right side in the images and video shown here) is actually a housing for the drive wheel and pinion.

For safety reasons, the internal rotating bezel can only be turned anticlockwise. This guarantees that even if the external rotating bezel is inadvertently moved, the dive time – during which the diver can return to the surface with no need for decompression stops – is not exceeded.

IWC Aquatimer Automatic on Side

photos by Perpetuelle

IWC Aquatimer SafeDive gear system

IWC Aquatimer Chronograph

Why Such a System?

The SafeDive combines the advantages of an internal rotating bezel with the ease of use of an external rotating bezel. The external rotating bezel with its SafeDive system can be moved simply and precisely in steps of one minute, even when wearing diving gloves or with cold fingers.

I hope you found this short primer helpful.  Please ask any more questions in the comment section below.