Who Uses High-End Dive Watches To Actually Dive?

- Dec 19, 2017-

Who Uses High-End Dive Watches To Actually Dive?


In the watch world we have a term called "desk diver." It describes the kind of person who is an "aspirational" or perhaps real diver who nevertheless spends most of their time out of water, but wearing a dive watch. Dive-style watches are the most common type of dive watch because of their looks, legibility, and durability. All good brands like to have at least one good diver in their collection. The truth of the matter is that no matter how capable most dive watches are, few of them see anything deeper than a kitchen sink.

There is no way to give an actual percentage to the question of how many high-end dive watches get used underwater, but I'd venture to say 1% or so actually spend any significant time in the sea. When we swim or dive with high-end watches it is mainly for novelty value, since they aren't strictly necessary. Long gone are the days that you needed to heavily invest in a serious professional dive watch if you wanted to have a reliable instrument underwater. So wear your affordable diver when diving and keep your nice ones for desk duty.