Cousteau aka ‘Le Commandant’ is celebrated regularly by IWC who support the work of the Cousteau Society with the watchmaker releasing annual special editions with striking on-trend ocean blue dials in honour of the legendary marine researcher and filmmaker. The Aquatimer Automatic Edition ‘Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau’ references the first Aquatimer from 1967 with a simple dial design and unusual internal rotating bezel, while the shape of the external bezel was inspired by the Ocean 2000 designed in collaboration with Porsche Design in 1982.
Although we associate Breitling with aviation, its impressive Superocean Héritage II B01 Chronograph 44 is a reinterpretation of a 60-year-old diver’s watch from its archives, updated with Breitling’s self-winding manufacture Calibre 01 in a stainless steel case with scratch-resistant ceramic bezel.
Eager to attract the Millennial market, manufactures are offering good value proposition for new-comers seeking the prestige of a luxury brand and mechanical movements but more accessibly priced. Young scuba enthusiasts can choose from models such as the Longines HydroConquest (starting at around R16000) first launched in 2007 as part of a new sports collection that builds on the company’s expertise in the world of sport. Watertight to 300m, this year’s bold-yet-elegant HydroConquest collection is reimagined, featuring updated unidirectionally rotatable bezel with coloured ceramic inlay to complement the grey, black or blue dial options.
Of course these are not only tools for boys and with women’s tastes in watches rapidly evolving, the industry has finally woken up. TAG Heuer’s Aquaracer for example is available this year in a new 32mm ladies’ version with automatic Calibre 9 movement and features the collection’s characteristic elements with the addition of a ribbed mother-of-pearl dial, date window with built-in magnifier, and secondhand with arrowhead tip.