By TLex Here are the top ten highlights from 2012, as we reflect on what has been another year of fantastic dive watches . . .
TUDOR Heritage BLACK BAY A direct descendant of the watches worn on the wrists of Royal Navy sailors in Greenland. 58 years later, the Black Bay was a show stopper at Baselworld 2012!
ROLEX Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA Challenge. The world's deepest mechanical diver, ocean tested in the Marianas Trench. The DEEPSEA Challenge was designed and built in a matter of weeks! I was lucky enough to have handled two of the five watches that were produced. See OceanicTime's exclusive LIVE images . . .
LINDE WERDELIN Oktopus II - DOUBLE DATE Linde Werdelin's interpretation of an ideal timepiece for modern diving. The Oktopus II became a firm favorite among aficionados.
Girard-Perregaux SEA HAWK Whilst its design received mixed reviews, the new Sea Hawk showed that Girard-Perregaux, one of the few true Swiss Haute Horlogerie manufactures were focused on the future! The watches won't go on sale until later next year.
TUDOR Pelagos Constructed from Titanium and waterproof to a depth of 500 meters its fusion of technology and innovation along with vintage DNA made the Pelagos one of the most desirable divers this year.
PANERAI Luminor Submersible AMAGNETIC PAM 389 A design classic enhanced with an up to the minute ceramic bezel inlay. It features a soft iron Faraday cage protecting its Panerai P.9000 calibre up to 40,000 A/m.
Maurice Lacroix PONTOS S One the most talked about dive watches of 2012, supported by some very clever marketing, the Pontos S was one of this year's standout models.
UTS 4000M Engineered to be a little bigger and deeper than the UTS 3000M, it is my personal favorite of 2012. UTS have also released a GMT version.
AQUADIVE Bathyscaphe 300 DLC See OceanicTime's LIVE images of this incredible DLC treated 3000m Swiss made dive watch and stay tuned for an in-depth review coming soon!
JENNY caribbean 300 Re-EDITION Released by DOXA Watches in celebration of 50 years of Jenny watches.
That's it until 2013 folks. Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year!