5 of the Best Special Edition Dive Watches

By Cait Bazemore March 19, 2018

‘Dive watches are one of the most popular styles of tool watches on the market. They boast incredible functionality for both professional and amateur divers alike. Here, we’ll take a look at five of the best special edition variations on some of those popular dive models.’

Dive watches are one of the most popular styles of tool watches on the market. They boast incredible functionality for both professional and amateur divers alike. Yet, today, many brands also design their dive watches with everyday wearers in mind. You may have read our previous article showcasing six of the top diving watches, which features some of the most iconic dive watch models. Here, we’ll take a look at five of the best special edition variations on some of those popular dive models.

Omega Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer

In 2017, Omega celebrated the 60th anniversary of its iconic Seamaster. To celebrate, they released a new version of the Seamaster 300. It pays homage to the original 1957 design of the reference CK2913. With the commemorative model, Omega wanted to fully embody the vintage look and feel. The Omega Seamaster 300 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Master Chronometer is nearly identical to its predecessor, from the 39mm stainless steel case to the configuration of the dial. However, it has also received some upgrades. One of the most notable is the all new advanced calibre 8806 movement, as opposed to the calibre 501 that was featured in the 1957 model. Overall, Omega took extreme attention to detail when crafting this special edition dive watch, which was only produced in a limited run of 3,557 pieces.

Vintage look and feel with an upgrade

Seiko Blue Lagoon Samurai and Turtle Limited Edition Prospex Divers

Seiko also unveiled two new special edition dive watches in 2017. The brand’s line of Prospex watches, short for Professional Specifications, have developed a reputation for being some of the best tool watches on the market. The Turtle diver has become a staple of the brand since its launch over 40 years ago. While the Samurai diver only had a short run from 2004 to 2008. Each of these limited edition variations was produced in only 6,000 pieces. The Turtle remains largely unchanged from its predecessors. On the other hand, the Samurai has received some more notable updates, namely the addition of the crown guards. If you’re looking for a more affordable dive watch that still features all the necessary bells and whistles, either of these models would be a great option.

Affordable options that don’t skimp on the details

IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition 35 Years Ocean 2000

IWC celebrated their own anniversary in 2017 – the 35th anniversary of the original Ocean 2000. To commemorate the occasion, they created the Aquatimer Automatic 2000 Edition 35 Years Ocean 2000. This model pays homage to the unique style of the existing Aquatimer Automatic 2000 with a newly reimagined, slim case design. Like the Aquatimer Automatic 2000, it features the brand’s SafeDive bezel system for time tracking, a titanium case, and a high-contrast black dial with luminous hands. However, the design is totally different. Instead of the hefty 48.4mm by 20.9mm case, it boasts an impressive 42.0mm by 14.5mm case. Plus, it provides an additional 1,700 metres of water resistance. IWC may be known more for its pilot watches than its divers. However, this special edition model, produced in just 350 pieces, certainly holds its own.

IWC stakes its place in the dive watch game

Special Forces Issue Rolex Submariner

In 2016, Rolex debuted one of their most rugged tool watches. The model was designed in collaboration with former members of the UK Special Forces. The Special Forces Issue (SFI) Submariner serves as a tribute not only to the service of the British Special Forces but also to the British military Rolex models of the past, like the iconic 1970’s Milsub. The design of the watch takes into account not one but four extreme conditions in which the watch might be used: desert, jungle, sea, and snow. Before reaching production at the London-based Project X Designs, the prototypes were tested in simulations of these conditions as well as combat. At first, this one-of-a-kind watch was only made available to former members of the UK Special Forces. Then, they decided to release a very limited run, with part of the proceeds going to charities supporting the families of ex-Special Forces members.

A rugged, one-of-a-kind tool watch

The Oris Aquis Hammerhead Limited Edition Diver

Oris welcomed French filmmaker and diver Jérome Delafosse to their ranks of ambassadors in 2015. Just two years later, they decided to take their partnership to the next level by sponsoring Delafosse and his team to track the migration of the nearly extinct Scalloped Hammerhead. In order to help fund the project, Oris created the Aquis Hammerhead Limited Edition Diver. The model is based on the brand’s second generation Aquis, which was first launched in 2011. Fitting with the inspiration for its name, the special edition version, produced in a limited run of 2,000 pieces, features a grey dial with blue accents. This watch is not only a beautiful example of a diver but also one that supports a worthy cause. A portion of the proceeds of each sale go to the Pelagios Kakunjá marine conservation organization.

A beautiful diver that supports a worthy cause

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