Dive Into the Olympic Games With These Ocean-Faring Watches

Dive Into the Olympic Games With These Ocean-Faring Watches

Arthur Elgort

As if the past 12 months hasn’t been surreal enough, last year’s Olympic Games opened in Tokyo today. The irony is that, despite the the delayed start to the Games itself, perfect timing is crucial in so many Olympic sports, where a new world record can be made at just 100th of a second. “Precision is paramount in timekeeping and athletics,” says Raynald Aeschlimann, CEO of Omega, which has been the official timekeeper of the greatest sporting event on earth at almost every Games since 1932. 

The Swiss watchmaker celebrates the better-late-than-never opening of Tokyo with a twist on the Seamaster, its classic dive watch, in a palette of white, blue and red that pays elegant tribute to this year’s Tokyo logo.

Dive watches, of course, not only require precision timing, but also a high level of water resistance and robustness, to withstand the pressure of going deep underwater. Tag Heuer boasts a legacy of ocean-faring timepieces that stretches back to 1895, when Heuer produced its first waterproof case. The brand made its first specific dive watch 40 years ago, and has now given its signature diving collection, the Aquaracer, a sleek makeover for 2021. “Every detail of its design was thoughtfully reworked to offer an even stronger look and enhanced comfort and refinement,” says Frédéric Arnault, CEO of Tag Heuer. 

So, whether you are deep diving or just taking a quick dip in the pool, you choose a dive watch for functionality – but it goes without saying that you also want rugged good looks to boot. Just bear in mind which case size suits your wrist (dive watches can come up big to contain all their bells and whistles), and make sure you remove it for your shower or bath, as humidity can play havoc even with a water-resistant watch. 

Keep reading to discover the rest of Vogue’s water-resistant favorites—like Hamilton’s Khaki Navy Scuba Quartz. Let’s dive in.

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