Maybe I don’t NEED that 200M+ diver…

I’ve been thinking about something that’s always beaten to death in these communities: the idea that 99.9% of today’s watch buyers don’t need more than 100M WR (or maybe even 50M depending on how you plan to use the watch).

Ultimately, I think this is true. Most of us don’t scuba dive, and those of us who do won’t go deep enough to really challenge our watches (and if we do then those watches are not at all what we’re relying on—see dive computers).

But I have to say this doesn’t make me less attracted to dive watches functionally, aesthetically, and romantically. One of my grails is a Planet Ocean 39.5mm. It’s a thick, chunky watch that has more WR than I or really anyone would ever need. Needless to say, I wouldn’t be buying it for the function (even though it’s nice to have and cool to think about).

I guess my question is this: why do YOU love dive watches, even if you don’t “need” the specs?

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Love divers for the perceived durability and functionality. I don’t even like water so I would never test the theoretical limits of the watch. They’re like this guy:

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I’m drawn to the aesthetic of them. What’s not to love? Plus when I wade into the 6’ part of the pool and order my cocktail I don’t have to worry about my watch 🤣🤣🤣.

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Amazing post!! Thanks for re-sharing

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It will never end!

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I like watches? 🤏🏻🤘🏻🤙🏻🤪

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I agree that 100m water resistance is all that anyone reasonably needs. It’s confidence-inspring enough to be wearable in any “normal” situation.

Beyond that, some enthusiasts really appreciate the specifications we are capable achieving with modern technology. It’s cool that there are watches that push the envelope.

When it comes to dive watches overall, I’d say it’s simply a style that has resonated within modern culture.

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I think with regular watches 50m 100m it's good enough for everyone. With a luxury watch like a Breitling Navitimer , Patek dress watch, A. Lange 30m and 50m means fuc* around and find out. I think for the same reason dive watches are so popular with enthusiast compare to dress watches.

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Design / Romance

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Why do I like dive watches? Because it's practical, durable and versatile

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The OMEGA Seamaster Professional 300M (if it's good for James Bond, it's more than good for me)

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Lorier Neptune S3 (a dressy dive watch that looks killer on the Bond NATO)

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The VAER D4 Solar Diver (a dive watch that can survive the apocalypse)

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Let's admit the number of people who wear a dive watch while diving is about the same number of people who need a watch to tell time: in other words a small minority of watch owners. Watches are a Veblen Luxury purchase. If you want a Dive Watch why wouldn't you want a Dive Watch with some serious water resistance? Why would you want a pilots watch that didn't have a big crown, large legible numbers and the ability to track time in multiple time zones? This is like buying a 300K sports car that tops out at 80 mph. Since we are talking about Luxury purchases just get what you love. I never buy a watch without 100m water resistance and a screw down crown. That's me