The partnership between makers of dive watches and scuba divers is one big reason we have technologically advanced and creatively designed diver watches. Over the years, we have seen timepieces with helium escape valves, expanded water-resistance, and upgraded seals and gaskets.
Another great thing that happened between this collaboration is the awareness of the problems concerning the world’s oceans. From working with scuba divers, some dive watch manufacturers have also partnered with marine conservation organizations to make a difference for the protection of our oceans and the marine life in it.
In fact, there are timepieces especially made to contribute to this worthy cause. If you want to know about these watches, read on below.
Every watch-lover is undoubtedly familiar with the Fifty Fathoms line from Blancpain. Aside from being an iconic watch line, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms has a watch made for a worthy cause. I’m talking about the Bathyscaphe Ocean Commitment III.
It’s a limited edition Blancpain timepiece that commits some of its proceeds to the research on the unexplored parts of the underwater world. This cause is crucial to know more about our oceans and how we can conserve them.
The BOC is a flyback chronograph that pays tribute to the original Fifty Fathoms aesthetics. But the movement (Caliber 1151) is new, and its 300m water-resistance is a significant upgrade from the original. It has a deep-blue dial featuring the logo of the Ocean Commitment Earth above the 6 o’clock position.
Oris has collaborated with Pelagios Kakunjá, a not-for-profit organization based in Mexico, in the making of the Hammerhead Limited Edition wristwatch. The earnings from the sale of this timepiece go to the conservation of the endangered hammerhead sharks.
The Oris Hammerhead Limited Edition watch features a sunburst gray watch face with baton hands (with the seconds hand in subtle blue accent), applique baton indices, and a date display at 3 o’clock.
This watch runs on SW 200-1 automatic caliber, and it has a water-resistance of up to 500m. The case back features an image of a scalloped hammerhead shark, the name of the model, and its production number.
This wristwatch boasts a 45mm stainless steel case protected by a black vulcanized rubber, which gives the watch a distinctive appearance and texture. The dial is also black with touches of yellow on the bottom sub-dial’s hand and at the tip of the seconds hand. It’s powered by Caliber 89365 flyback chronograph.
The money from the sale of this IWC Aquatimer timepiece will be used to support the research, protection, and conservation of flora and fauna living in the Galapagos Islands.
The Patravi ScubaTec Manta Trust from the Swiss watchmaker Carl F. Bucherer is a dive watch featuring a 43mm stainless steel case and a helium escape valve. It has a deep gray dial showing the silhouette image of two gliding manta rays. This beautiful timepiece is powered by CFB 1950.1 caliber with a 500m water-resistance.
The sale of this watch will support the research and conservation of the vulnerable species of Manta rays.
This limited edition DOXA SUB1200T Project AWARE II watch is unique because of its turquoise watch face highlighting the Project AWARE logo between the 6 and 9 o’clock positions. This watch has a 21mm beads-of-rice bracelet and 44.6mm stainless steel case. It’s powered by Soprod Alternance 10, an automatic with a 42-hour power reserve.
The purchase of this watch will benefit Project AWARE, an organization whose aim is to protect the oceans by research, clean-ups, and marine conservation.
Buying the dive watches mentioned above won’t only make you an owner of technically innovative and great-looking timepieces, but you’ll also contribute to the protection of the world’s oceans. So, don’t forget to add them to your watch collection.