In the 1960s and 1970s, there was a small boom of mostly unknown but really well-made dive watches, several of which have managed to survive the decades going forward. One of these surviving brands is Aquadive, whose straightforward designs, high-depth ratings, and non-exorbitant price made it a compelling choice for many actual divers at the time. The best part? They’re still making awesome dive watches today, such as the new Aquadive 100 BLUE Edition.
Based on the iconic 1970 Bathyscape design, the timepiece offers watch fans a classic diving silhouette in a more compact size, making it perfectly wearable as an everyday watch. Yeah, this is a watch that actually makes sense for those who just want a handsome timepiece to add to their wardrobe, although it’s technical enough to survive the deep if you ever get around to diving among the sharks.
The Aquadive 100 BLUE Edition has a 42.9mm case that’s rated for a water resistance of 1,000 meters (3,333 feet), ensuring it can serve the needs of serious divers, complete with an automatic gas relief valve nestled between the lower strap horns for those times you find yourself in a helium-enriched diving bell. It has a bezel that can ratchet through 120 different positions, allowing you to time everything from actual diving situations to how long your friend takes to buy the beer, with a scratch-resistant ceramic ring on top of it ensuring it stays functional for a long time.
They’re assuming, of course, that you’re planning to wear this thing diving, so they outfitted it with a 22mm ISOfrane rubber strap (which, of course, is what you want to wear when taking this thing in salt water), although you can always replace it with a dressier one if you only plan to wear this as part of certain outfits. Yeah, a lot of us just buy watches because they look cool – no shame in that. With that said, the timepiece can be ordered with a steel mesh bracelet, in case you don’t plan on ever putting that rubber strap to good use anyway.
The Aquadive 100 BLUE Edition, naturally, comes with a blue dial and a blue bezel, with luminiscent markers, hands, and bezel ring, so the whole thing remains visible in the darkness of the deep sea. It houses a self-winding ETA 2824-2 Elabore movement, which uses 25 jewels to drive the hours, minutes, and seconds, apart from providing a quickset date function that can be adjusted to five positions for better accuracy. That Swiss-made movement, by the way, comes with a power reserve of 42 hours.
The timepiece is offered in three different CNC-machined case constructions, namely German 316L stainless steel, steel with a hardened black DLC coating, or a marine-grade bronze alloy. As you can tell, the first two are for those who might want the watch more for aesthetics, while the latter is what you’ll probably get if you plan to use this while hunting down Krakens and finding sunken treasure. Only 500 examples of each build will be made.
The Aquadive 100 BLUE Edition is available now, priced at $1,890.