Diving boat watches, eleven top models of 2023

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The new Seiko Prospex Cave Diving is among the top boat watches in the special Sea Time 2023
The new Seiko Prospex Cave Diving is among the top boat watches in the special Sea Time 2023

Time has its own stories. Or, to put it better, stories need time to become important. And if you also throw in the sea, that’s it. This is because 2023 is a year in which factor and element are the two most important ingredients in the watchmaking recipe. Just pick up the calendar to be aware of this. But let’s go in order, chronologically that is. A full 75 years ago, Omega launched the Seamaster collection that brought a major breath of innovation to the world of diving timepieces. Five years passed and in 1953 Blancpain christened the Fifty Fathoms watch with seawater, which contributed significantly to the development of diving activities. Also in that year, but few still talk about it, Rolex launched what has become an undisputed icon in the watch industry today: the Submariner. The name itself, as well as its history speak volumes about the connection this collection has, even today, with the sixth continent. But it doesn’t end there. In 1973 it was Baume & Mercier’s turn to make headlines with the launch of the Riviera line of watches inspired by the colors and atmosphere of the French Riviera. Twenty years pass and Audemars Piguet presents the first example of the Royal Oak Offshore collection that has also gone down in history for a limited edition designed to celebrate Alinghi’s historic America’s Cup victory in 2003. In this regard, the America’s Cup proves to be an extraordinary reservoir of ideas. To the appearances of Omega alongside Emirates Team New Zealand and Panerai aboard Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team is the entry on the scene today of Tudor as well. The maison will fly over the water together with the Swiss AC75, which returns to the scene of this competition after a long hiatus. And, still on the topic of special anniversaries, 2023 also coincides with 5 years since the launch of Sea Time. The success, in terms of consensus and approval, recorded by the special confirms the goodness of an editorial formula whose goal is to bring back to the surface, from the depths of the abyss, the many sea stories that accompany these uniquely fascinating timepieces. Yes, because it is not just a matter of mechanics, of precision. What makes them unique is the ability they still have to convey boundless emotions, just like the sea.

Diving boat watches, 11 top models

These are the must-have marine chronographs and timepieces of 2023 from the new Sea Time inside Top Yacht Design magazine no. 34.


Boat Watches – Omega – Seamaster 300 Summer Blue edition

For the 75th anniversary of the Seamaster, the Biel-based company presented the Seamaster in the commemorative Summer Blue version.

Omega - Seamaster 300 Summer Blue edition
Omega – Seamaster 300 Summer Blue edition

A 41mm steel case water resistant to 300 meters and an innovative OMEGA CoAxial Master Chronometer movement complete the features of this model.

Model: Omega Seamaster 300 Summer Blue edition

Price: 8,200


Diving Boat Watches – Panerai – Luminor Quaranta Bitempo Luna Rossa

Once again, the fashion house is starring alongside Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team.

Panerai - Luminor Quaranta Bitempo Luna Rossa
Panerai – Luminor Quaranta Bitempo Luna Rossa

Setting the pace for this challenge is a new model with a 40mm steel case and GMT function. Waterproof up to 100 meters

Model: Panerai Luminor Quaranta Bitempo Luna Rossa

Price: 9,800


Boat Watches – Garmin – Fenix 7 pro

The new Fenix family connection with solar charging technology brings in extended charging range.

Garmin - Fenix 7 pro
Garmin – Fenix 7 pro

Up to 37 days in smartwatch mode and up to 139 hours with active GPS function. Available in 12 models in three case sizes: 42mm, 47mme51mm.

Model: Garmin Fenix 7 pro

Price: from 849.99


Boat Watches – Hamilton – Khaki Navy Frogman

A new 41mm steel case dresses this timepiece that has entered the history of diving watchmaking.

Hamilton - Khaki Navy Frogman
Hamilton – Khaki Navy Frogman

Offered in two dial variations, black (pictured) and dark green it mounts an H-10 self-winding movement with 80 hours of power reserve.

Model: Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman

Price: 1,295


Tudor – Pelagos Fxd Chrono

The fashion house presents the first collection dedicated to its partnership with Alinghi Red Bull Racing.

Tudor - Pelagos Fxd Chrono
Tudor – Pelagos Fxd Chrono

This chronograph sports a 43mm carbon case enclosing a matte blue dial. The bezel is made of titanium and has a carbon disc.

Model: Tudor Pelagos Fxd Chrono

Price: from 5,190


Diving Boat Watches – Doxa Watches – Sub 300T Clive Cussler

A tribute to one of the greatest novelists of our time: Clive Cussler.

Doxa Watches - Sub 300T Clive Cussler
Doxa Watches – Sub 300T Clive Cussler

This special edition of the SUB 300T features a 42.5mm aged steel case that is water resistant to 300 meters.

Model: Doxa Watches Sub 300T Clive Cussler

Price: 2,690


Boat Watches – Bulova – Oceanographer GMT

41mm steel case, two-tone anthracite gray and white matching bezel, and “lume” dial for this timepiece that entered history with the nickname Devil Diver.

Bulova - Oceanographer GMT
Bulova – Oceanographer GMT

Features also include an indication of the second time zone.

Model: Bulova Oceanographer GMT

Price: 890


Boat Watches – Seiko – Prospex Cave Diving

The sea and the deep are an extraordinary source of inspiration for the Japanese house.

Seiko - Prospex Cave Diving
Seiko – Prospex Cave Diving

New for 2023 is this version of the Prospex family with a 42.6mm steel case and a dégradé teal dial. Water resistance up to 200 meters.

Model: Seiko Prospex Cave Diving

Price: 3,000


Allemano Time – Shark

It is inspired by the famous depth gauge introduced in 1973 from which it is also named.

Allemano Time - Shark
Allemano Time – Shark

The 42mm steel case is tested to withstand up to 300 meters. It houses a Swiss Made movement inside. Black dial and cream-colored hands with vintage flavor.

Model: Allemano Time Shark

Price: 1,870


Boat Watches – Rolex – Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master

It is titanium that is the absolute star of the newest addition to the Yacht-Master 42 collection.

Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42
Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42

Its lightweight and sturdy qualities make it the ideal companion on boat trips. 42mm RLX titanium case and water resistance to 100 meters.

Model: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master

Price: 14.150


Citizen – Promaster Diver “Orca”

The extra-large case size of 46mm and a graphic featuring bubbles on the bezel and indexes whose shape is reminiscent of the spots found on killer whales.

Citizen - Promaster Diver
Citizen – Promaster Diver “Orca”

These are the hallmarks of a watch that has become a cult favorite for enthusiasts and nonenthusiasts alike.

Model: Citizen Promaster Diver “Orca”

Price: 288


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