Dive talkin' If you follow the politics of sport as keenly as I do (look, I lead a very sheltered life) you will know that Fifa isn't the only farce in town at the moment. The International Association of Athletics Federations has been accused of corruption and, one suspects, the International Olympic Committee will be next. Even the highest echelons of chess are riddled with shady goings-on, with players cheating with Morse code and smartphones. Is nothing sacred anymore? Take swimming, for example. Man should not be achieving the times that some of these "enhanced" swimmers regularly do. The thought that a boy could one day swim faster than a shark gives me the terrors.
Anyway, I'm going to segue, very badly, into talking about dive watches, which let's be honest, are predominantly worn by people who hardly ever go swimming, let alone diving. We begin with the Breguet Marine 5823 (right), a wonderful addition to the Marine collection and inspired by Breguet's historical links with the French navy. A 42mm platinum case watch, the 5823 doesn't immediately look like a Breguet, and it marries the old with modern elements including a black dial, black rubber strap and silicon parts in the calibre 583Q/1 movement, which contrast nicely with the classical Roman numerals on the dial and the hour and minute hands. The movement has 48 hours of power reserve and additional features include a chronograph and large date display at the six o'clock position. The watch is water resistant to 100 metres, which sounds weak given the nautical heritage, but I doubt anyone will ever take this piece for more than a quick paddle. The Breguet Marine 5823 is priced at HK$432,900.
If you insist on diving with your dive watch (what an incredible notion!) then the Tudor Pelagos (left) is worth a look. With heavy riffs on the classic dive design, notably that of the Submariner range from sister company Rolex, the Pelagos, with its snowflake hands, deep blue dial and brushed titanium case is a stunning piece. The watch features one of the company's own movements - Tudor has become a truly in-house manufacturer, finally - the MT5621, which drives an impressive 70 hours of power reserve. The movement may raise the price but it will appeal to the purists. The Pelagos is water resistant to 500 metres and features a screw-down crown and a helium escape valve at the nine o'clock position. The watch is also COSC certified. The Tudor Pelagos is priced at about HK$35,000.
Finally, we have a special-edition dive watch that's a bit of an oddity. The Eterna Super KonTiki, created in 1962, is a popular line of dive watches and a limited-edition model (right), spruced up for the modern age, has been released this year. Limited to 888 pieces, the Super KonTiki comes with three straps and a special strap change tool, as Eterna has smartly realised that guys like to mix things up - and easily. The watch is a robust and edgy piece, featuring a 45mm case made of black PVD-coated steel that accentuates the black dial. Inside is a Sellita SW200-1 movement and functions are kept simple with just time and date. Water resistance tops out at 200 metres. The Eterna Super KonTiki is priced at HK$21,700.