Fine diving watches & saving our ocean

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We have a number of fine diving watches currently available at Armour Winston…

Rolex supports top sporting and cultural events all over the world, and it is certainly clear that they are strong supporters of underwater research and conservation. Their World-Underwater convention established the first Rolex scholarship in 1974 and until its sale in 1998 was the primary funding source to the Society. Today, the Society offers two Rolex Scholarships as well as a variety of internships and other educational opportunities. The importance of looking after our ocean was recently highlighted in the 2014 feature documentary Mission Blue, which told the story of legendary Oceanographer Sylvia Earle. Her campaign is to create a global network of protected  marine sanctuaries, as decades of overfishing, pollution, climate change, acidification and other human pressures threaten the fundamental nature of the ocean.


Mission Blue encourages all global citizens who care about our ocean to support the project in any way they can. Here at Armour Winston we will be donating £100 to Mission Blue for every diving watch we sell until the 27th October 2015.

rolex deepsea

Rolex 116660 Deepsea Sea-Dweller, 2013

We have a number of fine diving watches currently available at Armour Winston…

Rolex of course has a great history with pioneering watches. In the early 1950s, Rolex developed professional watches that served as tools and whose functions went far beyond simply telling the time. These watches were intended for professional activities, such as deep-sea diving, aviation, mountain climbing and scientific exploration. The Submariner was launched in 1953, and was the first divers’ watch waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. It’s rotatable bezel allows divers to read their immersion time. In the 1950’s, the Rolex Deep Sea Special was designed to withstand the most extreme conditions, and in 1960 it emerged in perfect working order after the deepest dive of 10,916 metres (37,800 feet).

In 1967 the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller met the needs of professional deep-sea divers. The case was equipped with a helium escape valve so that, during long decompression phases in hyperbaric chambers, the helium from the gas  mixtures used could be released without risking damage to the watch. Since then Rolex have continued to improve and relaunch their diving watches.

Patek Phillipe

Patek 5712R Rose gold Nautilus P.Reserve, 2014

Of course it is not only Rolex who produce exquisite diving watches, Patek Philippe created the Nautilus collection in 1976. An inspiration for its design emerged from the universal shape of a porthole found on virtually all maritime vessels. At this time, luxury sports watches were usually as thin as possible and made of gold. The Nautilus collection debuted just as steel luxury watches became popular. The first model of the collection (3700/1), was awarded for its water-resistant case (up to 120 meters).                                      

The Nautilus is Patek Philippe’s classic diver-style sport line. The last few years have seen the Nautilus line grow in size, and has since continued to gain more style through subtle changes.