Some polished, some brushed, some with accents of colour others in a functional mono-tone and some made with precious metals compared to the stark, cold stainless steel of its siblings. All begs one big question, are these watches tools, or jewels?
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.
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!
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!
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.
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  and the more sophisticated 40mm Yacht-Master.
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.
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.
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.
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.