dive watches


Bell & Ross partners with the Tara Océan Foundation to create the BR 03-92 Diver Tara, a new dive watch built to meet the needs of the crew on board the oceanography exploration schooner Tara. The ship carries out the organization’s marine biodiversity research aimed at observing and anticipating the impacts of climate change and pollution.

The new Bell & Ross BR03 Diver Tara

On board the Tara, researchers are wearing the new watch, which features a 42mm matte blue ceramic case and unidirectional rotating blue and orange ceramic bezel.

Now joining the Bell & Ross BR 03 Diver series, the new watch (a limited edition of 999 pieces) retains all the required dive specs, including the high-visibility dial, the aforementioned graduated bezel and a solid 300-meter water resistance rating.

Echoing other watches within the BR 03 Diver series, the deep blue dial displays highly visible indications even underwater thanks to its generous helping of white SuperLuminova on the applied indexes and graduated bezel. The seconds hand features an orange tint,

Inside Bell & Ross fits its Sellita-based BR-CAL 302 automatic movement, which powers the hour, minute, seconds and date displays.

At its core, Bell & Ross is a supplier for explorers and elite units, with each watch designed to meet precise specifications set by the professional world it will enter,” explains Carlos-A Rosillo, President and Co-Founder of Bell & Ross. “That’s why we felt it was important to mark this joining of forces and celebrate the first year of our partnership with a new piece, the BR 03 Diver Tara.”

Rosella adds that for every watch sold, part of the profits will be donated to the France-based Foundation. Even the strap is built for conducting research in extreme weather with its blue woven rubber lined with an ultra-resistant technical material, all held to the wrist with a steel pin buckle.

“The Tara teams on board the schooner, and even at the North Pole in the near future, will be required to dive on a regular basis,” explains Romain Troublé, general director of the Tara Ocean Foundation.

Price: $5,600. 

British watchmaker Bremont updates its Supermarine GMT dive watch collection of 40mm steel watches with a trio of models now featuring a 24-hour GMT bezel with an inner 60-minute scale, all presented with new colors and updated hand designs.

One of three updated Bremont Supermarine S302 models.

The new Supermarine S302 emphasizes its GMT mode on the bezel, and as a result we see a new model with a very cool bi-color blue and green aluminum 24-hour unidirectional rotating bezel.

A second model, a limited edition Supermarine Ocean chronometer (and boasting its chronometer rating on the dial) offers a sharp-looking grey-dial with blue SuperLuminova indexes.

A second update, the Supermarine Ocean, is a limited edition of 400.

Look for new blue SuperLumiNova coating on indexes and hands and a contrasting green hue applied to the GMT hands on the debuts. All the new S302 models are also outfitted with an automatic GMT (ETA-based) movement with 50-hour power reserve and a date display. All are also water resistant to 300 meters.

A third model in all-black livery, the S302 Jet edition, is cased in black DLC complemented by a black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel and a sandblasted black dial.

The Bremont Supermarine Jet.

Upcoming Debuts

New CEO Davide Cerrato explains that the update to the Jet edition is “just a little bit sexier,” than existing all-black Jet editions, hinting at further debuts later this year.

“In November, we will arrive with some new additions of the 500-meter Supermarine models,” he explains. “We are focusing on adventure inspiration. This revolves around the idea that nothing is impossible. And we use explorers and adventurers to back this up,” he adds. 

One of those adventurers is marine biologist Ocean Ramsey and her partner Juan Oliphant. Both will wear the new grey-dialed Supermarine Ocean (limited to 400 pieces) during their aquatic research on sharks and on turtle conservation. Bremont is donating a percentage of proceeds from all Supermarine Ocean watch sales to the ocean conservation charity Save the Turtles International.

Prices: Supermarine S302 Blue-Green: Strap: $3,750 (rubber or brown vintage leather strap) and $4,200 (bracelet),

Supermarine S302 GMT Jet: $4,250 (vintage leather or rubber),

Supermarine S302 Ocean Limited: $4,000 (rubber or brown vintage leather strap) and $4,450 (bracelet).

Ulysse Nardin adds the sparkle of aventurine to two of its nautically themed watches, adding natural glitter to a dive watch and a marine chronometer. 

The new Diver Starry Night and the Marine Torpilleur Moonphase Aventurine each now display an artisanal dial created at the watchmaker’s own extensive dial making facilities.

The new Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Moonphase Aventurine.

A limited edition of 300, the new Marine Torpilleur Moonphase Aventurine is a 42mm steel watch powered by the excellent UN-119 manufacture automatic caliber, a movement equipped with an anti-shock silicon balance spring and a DIAMonSIL escapement wheel and anchor.

On this watch, the moon phase display is especially fitting within the celestial pattern of the aventurine dial. The watch is water-resistant to fifty meters and is attached to a blue alligator strap with folding clasp. Price: $13,600. 

The Ulysse Nardin Diver Starry Night.

The new Diver Starry Night also displays an aventurine shimmer, but adds several brilliant components. Here Ulysse Nardin’s artisans superimposed two plates, one in iridescent mother-of-pearl and the other in blue aventurine glass, to compose this dial. In addition, note the row of diamonds set around the bezel and to indicate hours on the dial.

Even the hands and the 12 o’clock hour marker glow as each has been generously coated with SuperLuminova.

Inside Ulysse Nardin fits its own Caliber UN-816 that features an anchor and escapement wheel in silicon.

The polished and satin-finished 39mm steel diver’s watch is water-resistant to 300 meters and is attached to a dark blue textured rubber strap or a white alligator strap. 

Price: $14,700. 

Bulova adds a GMT function to its vintage-style Oceanographer dive watch collection and creates three models to inaugurate the new series.

The new Oceanographer GMT retains the retro look of the existing Bulova Oceanographer ‘Devil Diver’ models, but with a new GMT hand to account for a second time zone.

One of three new Bulova Oceanographer GMT watches.

Two of the debuts feature 41mm steel cases, steel bracelets and a corresponding bi-directional rotating 24-hour bezel.

The third 41mm steel-cased model (below) comes with a rubber-strap instead of bracelet and also differs with an internal 24-hour track in place of a 24-hour bezel.

You might recall that the original 1972 Oceanographer dive watch was often called the Devil Diver when Bulova inscribed “666 feet” on the dial to note its underwater depth rating according to the Imperial system, which differed from the Swiss rating system.

Bulova revived the Devil Diver monicker several years ago within its Archive series with a hot-selling vintage-styled Oceanographer model.  

Bulova calls on a workhorse Miyota 9075 automatic movement to power the GMT hand to keep track a second time zone while also displaying the local time and date indications. The movement maintains accuracy of -10/+30 seconds per day and offers a 42-hour power reserve.

Look for three models in the new collection. One combines brown and black tones with an IP-plated rose gold tone steel case and bracelet. A second steel-cased edition features a familiar red and blue GMT design often built into dive watches as well as a matching steel bracelet.

The third Bulova Oceanographer GMT model boasts a more monochrome look with a gunmetal IP-plated case and bezel set with a full luminous white dial.

Here the unidirectional bezel offers elapsed time indication rather than the 24-hour display, which instead is seen  on the dial inside the bezel. Bulova fits the watch with a matching grey silicone textured strap.

All watches in the trio offer a screw-down crown, a double-domed box sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and, of course, the 200 meters of water resistance as symbolized by the “666 feet” displayed on the dial, just below the excellent vintage descriptor “snorkel.”

Prices: $1,295 (luminous dial and rubber strap) and $1,395 (steel bracelet).

Miami-based ArmourLite Watch Company debuts the Isobrite T100 Naval Series, a trio of solid, eye-catching 300-meter dive watches.

One of three new watches in Isobrite T100 Naval Series. Pictured is the Naval Mariner.

Known for its highly shatter-resistant Armourglass crystals and luminous dials that feature Swiss-built tritium self-illuminated micro-tube watches, ArmourLite offers sports watches under its own name and under the Isobrite monicker. 

The watchmaker offers the new Isobrite T100 Naval Series in three models: a blue-dial Naval Mariner, the black-dial Naval Amphibian (above) and the all-black Naval Destroyer.

The Naval Destroyer

ArmourLite builds each 44mm watch in the series using 316L stainless steel, which frames sixteen tritium markers that glow to provide more than ample illumination for evening and underwater visibility.

Each features a high-end unidirectional sixty-click ceramic bezel, a screw-down, double-gasket crown and a solid engraved caseback.

ArmourLite fits a reliable Swiss-Made Ronda 715Li quartz movement (with a 10-year lithium battery) inside, fully protected with a 300-meter water resistance rating.

The Isobrite T100 Naval Series combines specifications rarely seen in a steel-bracelet watch priced at $595. And at $549 on a rubber strap, it’s an even stronger high-value option for weekend boaters and divers.