Avi­a­tion- and marine-in­spired time­pieces

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El­e­gant-yet-tough time­pieces in­spired by the open sky and the deep blue sea. Tech­ni­cal com­pli­ca­tions and de­sign flour­ishes among oth­ers en­sure that th­ese watches can han­dle the tough­est en­vi­ron­ment, whether you’re div­ing in the Great Bar­rier Reef, fly­ing over Tokyo or sail­ing in Syd­ney.

Longines Avi­ga­tion Big Eye

The name given to this de­sign – a con­trac­tion of “avi­a­tion” and “nav­i­ga­tion” – refers to a nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem in­vented dur­ing the 1920s. In fact, this timepiece’s de­sign is based on a model pro­duced for the Bri­tish Army dur­ing the 1950s. The 41mm timepiece’s up­dated de­sign has the brand’s 688-cal­iber move­ment and is de­signed for ac­tive use.


Th­ese watches were crafted for peo­ple who spend a lot of time air­borne – whether they’re pi­lots, mil­i­tary or fre­quent fly­ers.

Bell & Ross Rac­ing Bird

Th­ese pair of watches is mod­eled af­ter a rac­ing craft de­signed by the brand’s in-house de­sign team. The Rac­ing Bird Chrono­graph ( left) is a 41mm vin­tagein­spired, two-reg­is­ter chrono­graph while the BRV1-92 fea­tures a 38.5mm stain­less steel case with self-wind­ing au­to­matic move­ment. Avail­able in lim­ited edi­tions of 999 pieces, both have white di­als while the nu­mer­als, bezel, chrono­graph are blue, echo­ing de­sign el­e­ments of the plane. Both though have a fun and funky look that’s ap­peal­ing.

IWC Big Pi­lot’s Watch Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Edi­tion An­toine de Saint Ex­upéry

Ex­pect big things from a watch with a name that’s in­spired by one of the most fa­mous au­thors and avi­a­tors of all time. This watch is an ex­tra­or­di­nary blend of en­gi­neer­ing and dare we say it, artistry. Sub­di­als bal­ance out the dial, while a self­wind­ing move­ment pow­ers the fea­tures. This timepiece has an in­cred­i­ble sev­en­day power re­serve, per­pet­ual cal­en­dar and moon­phase. The art part of it? Check out the ex­quis­ite de­tail­ing in the 18-karat red gold ro­tor and Côtes de Genève fin­ish. The leather strap by San­toni adds a nice fin­ish­ing touch to the whole watch.

Zenith Pi­lot Watch

Stylish and func­tional, this timepiece boasts a Swiss au­to­matic move­ment, a black dial and lu­mi­nes­cent sil­ver-tone hands, easy to read nu­meral hour mar­kets and a small sec­onds sub­dial. It looks pretty el­e­gant too, with its leather strap with cream con­trast stitch­ing and a stain­less steel case.


Whether you’re a se­ri­ous diver or just like be­ing in the wa­ter, th­ese watches are for you.

Bre­mont Water­man

Lim­ited to just 300 pieces, this is a beau­ti­ful tech­ni­cal div­ing watch that has been tested in the most ex­treme ocean en­vi­ron­ments by world-renowned free-diver, ad­ven­turer, surfer and ocean en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, Mark Healey ( left) who is a Bre­mont am­bas­sador. The me­chan­i­cal chronome­ter in­cor­po­rates a GMT hand and fea­tures deep-blue ap­plied in­dexes on the dial. The open sap­phire backed 500m wa­ter re­sis­tant case, he­lium re­lease valve, an­ti­shock vi­bra­tion mount and scratch re­sis­tant sap­phire uni-direc­tional bezel make it a watch that can be tested to ex­tremes. Part of the pro­ceeds of the sales of the Bre­mont Water­man will go to­wards char­ity and in­creas­ing awareness of the is­sues fac­ing our oceans.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Po­laris Chrono­graph

While this watch house is known for its con­nec­tion to mo­tor sports, this col­lec­tion takes its in­spi­ra­tion from the 1968 Me­movox Po­laris, a diver’s watch that in turn takes its in­spi­ra­tion from the Me­movox Deep Sea, re­leased in 1959. The mod­ern it­er­a­tion mod­ernises the 60s ver­sion with a range of time­pieces: a three-handed au­to­matic, a chrono­graph, a chrono­graph world time and two mod­els that echo their vin­tage an­ces­tors – The Po­laris Date and the Po­laris Me­movox.

Blanc­pain Ocean Com­mit­ment III

for the third time in four years, Blanc­pain re­leased 250 lim­ited edi­tion div­ing watches. The brand is com­mit­ted to do­nate €1,000 for the sale of each watch, which means that €250,000, will go to­wards sup­port­ing the brand’s Ocean Com­mit­ment pro­gramme, among other ex­ist­ing con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. Such a com­mit­ment to our marine life is fit­ting for the brand that arguably in­vented the mod­ern div­ing watch in the 1950s with the Fifty Fath­oms. The Ocean Com­mit­ment III has a 40.3mm steel case with a matte sun­burst blue dial and painted mark­ers, which have a yel­low­ish hue. Also blue is the ro­tat­ing sap­phire bezel. This timepiece has a sap­phire case­back with the cal­iber 1151, self-wind­ing move­ment with four days of power re­serve. The watch comes in a sail­cloth tex­tile strap or a ny­lon strap.

Breguet Marine Chrono­graphe 5527

This 42.3mm timepiece with a cen­tral chrono­graph hand, dis­tin­guished by a sub­tle mar­itime de­tail is com­pleted by two sub­di­als at 3 o’clock for the min­utes and at 6 o’clock for the hours. The small sec­onds is in­di­cated at 9 o’clock. This watch has sev­eral it­er­a­tions: A white gold case with a blue dial in gold, with the wave-mo­tif en­gine-turned pat­tern; rose gold with a sil­vered gold dial; and ti­ta­nium. There is also a choice be­tween a leather and rub­ber strap.

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