Top 16 Dive Watches In 2016: An Opinion – Part 3 Cartier + Rolex + IWC

Cartier's dive watch may be a tool watch - but it's a very sophisticated one at that. The Calibre de Cartier Diver is a capable dive watch whilst simultaneously looking great with more dressy appearance compared to its competitors.

What do Rolex and Apple both have in common?

Review of the Rolex GMT Master II [116710BLNR] aka ‘The Batman’ Dial, hands, cyclops date window, hour markers and Rolex markings

Despite being founded geographically 5,364 miles apart on opposing sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and separated by 71 years of time from the date they where both founded - Apple and Rolex are remarkably similar. This article will explore what exactly they have both done to become so very succesful!

Top 16 Dive Watches In 2016: An Opinion – Part 1 Audemars Piguet + Rolex

The dive watch is a type of watch that really encapsulates what it is to be a luxury watch. It's simultaneously a functional piece of specialist equipment, needing to survive the punishing environment of being dragged down deep underwater, while still telling the time: but, they are typically built to extravagant specifications, being water resistant to 10 or even 100 times deeper than people will actually dive down to in reality. Few people will ever test these dive watches to their full capabilities!

Rolex Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

Rolex held in hand - Submariner Date: Hands-On Review [116613LB]

Perhaps the most recognisable watch on the face of the planet - the Rolex Submariner is such a tremendously iconic and timeless design, from the biggest luxury watch brand in the world.

Rolex Yachtmaster II: Hands-On Review [116680]

Rolex Yachtmaster II - Held in hands - Review [116680]

The Rolex Yachtmaster II is a very peculiar watch in that it's just so spectacularly different to every other watch in the 'Oyster Perpetual' family that Rolex makes! It's like some rebellious sea-faring child of the Titan 44mm Deepsea [116660] and the more sophisticated 40mm Yacht-Master.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II: Hands-On Review [116300 Silver Index]

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II: Hands-On Review [116300 Silver Index] - Watch on its side with its crown up and time set to ten past ten

The Oyster Perpetual DateJust II is one of Rolex's most horologically simple watches, with the only added complication being a simple date function. This Iconic watch has a striking presence on the wrist but is less blingy and showy than other Rolex's; the watch commands a high level of respect without appearing overly flamboyant. The Oyster Perpetual DateJust II is one of Rolex's most horologically simple watches, with the only added complication being a simple date function. This Iconic watch has a striking presence on the wrist but is less blingy and showy than other Rolex's; the watch commands a high level of respect without appearing overly flamboyant.

Oris ProDiver Chronograph: Unboxing Review [01 774 7683 7154-Set]

Unboxing Review: Oris ProDiver Chronograph 01 774 7683 7154-Set1Oris ProDiver Chronograph sitting on supplied manual. © 2016 blog.thewatchsource.co.uk ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Theres simply no way around the fact that this watch is gigantic. The ProDiver has a huge 51mm case diameter and is nearly 2cm thick - definitely not something that will fit under a shirt cuff. This watch is so large that even the big Rolex Deepsea (ref. 116660) starts to appear small when sat next to the ProDiver. Although the ProDiver is only just water-resistant to a mere 1000m with the Deepsea enduring the far more sensible and useful depth of 3900m, I think the ProDiver would be sufficient for the 99.9% of divers.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel: Hands-On Review [116520 Black]

Hands-On Review: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel ref. 116520 (Black) - Rolex Daytona sitting on its supplied box

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel is perhaps one of the most desirable luxury watches in the world and one of the most recognisable chronograph watches along with the Omega Professional Speedmaster. This is the only Rolex watch where the supply is purposefully limited to increase its scarceness and thus maintain a high value.

Rolex GMT Master II: Unboxing Review [116710BLNR]

Review of the Rolex GMT Master II [116710BLNR] aka ‘The Batman’ Dial closeup

Throughout wristwatch history Rolex have forever been at the forefront of innovation. They are known as the first major manufacturer of a completely water-resistant divers watch thanks to a series of landmark publicity stunts to promote their brand. They put another mark into the history books with the Datejust that automatically adjusted the date by itself - an unheard of accomplishment at the time. And they are also attributed with the first watch to show two-time zones with the GMT master.