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January 13th, 2016

Dive Into Design: Banks Lyon’s Top Dive Watches

DIVE BanksLyon Diving Watches

With New Year recently behind us, it’s around this time that we begin to look forward and move towards finding our perfect summer holiday destination. With British sun, sea and sand a seemingly distant memory – allocated their time to shine between the months of May and August – we can’t be blamed for pursuing warmer climates from time to time.

As holiday goers, there are few things that tantalise our imaginations more than dipping our toe in the brilliant briny blue. As such, while many of our watches come with a promise of extensive water resistance, sometimes a brief dip is not enough for the more intrepid warmer-water seeker. Diving is a wonderful way to experience life beneath the waves, but not every timepiece is equipped for an inquisitive visit underwater as much as you may be!

Following on from our recent newsletter – in which we selected our Top 10 Dive Watches – in the spirit of preparing for your underwater adventure, we’ve highlighted a few of our personal favourite diver’s watches. So grab your flippers and lay out a fresh towel as we begin our journey into the depths of some of the world’s best diver timepieces.

Tissot Sea-Touch


The futuristic stainless steel Tissot Sea-Touch offers a contemporary appearance while simultaneously embracing a classic monochromatic design. At only £730.00, or £16.22 per month on 0% finance, you can dive as deep as 100m without this sophisticated chronograph letting you down.

The Tissot Sea-Touch boasts all the features that the novice diver may not even consider. With the mere touch of the glass, the wearer can access an alarm, thermometer, compass, date and divers’ logbook… from your wrist! This bold timepiece is a fantastic diving partner and even promises to draw the attention of the room when you return to land.

Calibre De Cartier 42mm Diver Watch


Available in a range of styles and designs, the 18ct pink rose gold Calibre De Cartier 42mm Diver Watch is arguably our favourite of the range. Packing a water resistance of up to 300m, not only can you reach huge watery depths on your diving adventure, you can look great doing it!

With its partly-snailed black dial, you’d be forgiven for thinking that telling the time may be difficult in the deep; however both its indicators and sword-shaped hands are coated in Super-LumiNova, alleviating visibility worries. Furthermore, its manufacture mechanical movement with automatic winding, calibre 1904-PS MC and a power reserve of 48 hours, all justify the fantastic £8,200 price – or a convenient £182.22 on 0% finance.

Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Watch


The Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial Watch embraces a little of both the previous timepieces, with its polished stainless steel masculinity and sleek and stylish sand-blasted black face design. Equally, complete with the vintage Super-LumiNova coating for visibility, this watch allows for any underwater explorer to keep in time with us landlubbers while getting lost in their own exploration, 300m beneath the surface of the sea.

While the design is one to envy, it is the exhibition caseback that unveils the real beauty of the piece, baring witness to the anti-magnetic OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8400 beneath its sapphire crystal casing.

Longines Legend Divers Watch


The final timepiece which we have selected to case from our Top 10 is the Longines Legend Divers Watch. While beneath the surface lies the fantastically reliable L633 Swiss Movement, it is the simplicity of the polished stainless steel case and elegance of the black dial which immediately capture the attention.

Complete with its silvered steel hands, it is perhaps the self winding automatic movement and internal diving flange that make this a spectacularly functional diver watch… not forgetting its 300m water resistance. At only £1,3800, or £30.67 per month on 0% finance, you could be drawing the attention of fellow divers underwater and on land, making talk of the dive secondary to the simple yet captivating design of this chronograph.

It’s never too early to prepare for your holiday, and with the lustrous style and dedication to design of each of these timepieces, you could be the proud owner who gets to sport these timepieces anywhere… literally! The world is your catwalk.


If you would like to discuss any of the above watches, or any further piece that made our Top 10 Dive Watches collection, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are eager to find the perfect timepiece to suit your individual style, so feel free to pop in store or contact us on 01524 381020 if you have any further questions.

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