Diving deep into the world of horology, 2023 has seen the emergence of timepieces that have redefined underwater resilience. Among the frontrunners is the Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42 by Breitling, a beacon of legacy and innovative design. This wristwatch, with its remarkable black dial and mesh bracelet, captures the very essence of the deep blue, offering a perfect blend of style and functionality.
The year also witnessed the Pelagos LHD by TUDOR, a masterpiece featuring a unique date display and an astonishing 500m water resistance. Its titanium casing stands as a testament to its sturdy build and dedication to the adventurous spirit of those who dare to explore beneath the waves. Equally remarkable in its underwater prowess is Bvlgari’s Octo Roma Watch, which brings forth a fusion of Italian design and Swiss expertise, ensuring precision even in the most challenging environments.
Delving into the intricacies of these timepieces, it’s evident why they top the charts in 2023. Each watch, from the Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date with its glacier-patterned dial to the robust Rolex Yacht-Master 42 in RLX titanium, has been meticulously designed to cater to the modern man’s aquatic adventures. The resilience, artistry, and sheer mechanical brilliance of these watches ensure they reign supreme in the realm of water-resistant men’s watches this year.
Our selection of the best water resistant watches for men in 2023
Superocean Heritage B20 Automatic 42 by Breitling
Diving into heritage, this watch is a nod to the 1950s Superocean. Infusing classic design with modern flair, it boasts triangular hands and a chic unidirectional bezel. Dressed in varied hues and materials, its versatility shines. Behind its facade, the COSC-certified Breitling Manufacture Caliber B20 offers precision.
£5,400, visit Breitling
Diver 300M Co-axial Master Chronometer 42 mm by OMEGA
Celebrating its oceanic lineage since 1993, the Diver 300M seamlessly blends OMEGA’s trailblazing innovation with its rich heritage. Crafted in stainless steel, it flaunts a black ceramic bezel and dial with laser-engraved waves. Distinct skeleton hands glow with Super-LumiNova, and a date window sits at 6 o’clock. Powering this masterpiece is the OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 8800.
£5,500, visit OMEGA
Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale by Chopard
The Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale stands out with its impeccable precision and subtle grey tones. Its red accents on the dial underscore the watch’s modern design. Designed to fit snugly against the wrist, its 43 mm titanium case captures the essence of Chopard’s Gentleman Driver spirit. Powered by the in-house Chopard 01.08-C calibre, this COSC-certified chronometer guarantees precision and boasts a 60-hour reserve.
£7,990, visit Chopard
Luminor Luna Rossa by Panerai
Taking inspiration from the sea, the Luminor Luna Rossa embodies Panerai’s expertise in crafting mechanical wonders. With its P.6000 calibre and a 3-day power reserve, this watch ensures precision on your wrist. The 44mm polished steel case surrounds a luminous white dial featuring Arabic numerals, accompanied by a small seconds display at 9 o’clock. Reliable under the depths, it offers water resistance up to 100 metres.
£5,700, visit Panerai
Ronde Must de Cartier by Cartier
With a timeless elegance, the Ronde Must de Cartier watch radiates understated sophistication. The 36mm steel case, adorned with a beaded crown and synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel, houses a high autonomy quartz movement that runs efficiently for about 8 years. The sandblasted silvered dial contrasts beautifully with blued-steel sword-shaped hands. Paired with a black strap, made without animal materials, and a depth resistance of 30 metres, it’s both ethical and durable.
£2,820, visit Cartier
Yacht-Master 42 by Rolex
Introducing the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 in RLX titanium, a blend of elegance and unparalleled resilience. This lightweight yet durable model aligns perfectly with the sailing spirit, reflecting Rolex’s commitment to sporting prowess. It beautifully juxtaposes polished, high-sheen finishes against technical satin textures. The black ceramic Cerachrom insert bezel remains true to its iconic 2019 design. The titanium Oyster bracelet, complete with the Easylink comfort extension, promises a tailored fit.
£11,800, visit Rolex
Polaris Automatic by Jaeger-LeCoultre
Drenched in elegance, the Polaris Automatic stands as a testament to Jaeger-LeCoultre’s legacy of innovation. Forged in stainless steel, this timepiece bridges the gap between vintage charm and modern allure. Harking back to the iconic Memovox Polaris of 1968, it seamlessly infuses past grandeur into the contemporary Polaris lineup. Its sunburst blue dial and rotating rehaut epitomise Jaeger-LeCoultre’s commitment to excellence, echoing its rich history in the Vallee de Joux.
£10,000, visit Jaeger-LeCoultre
Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date
Delve into the mesmerising depths of Montblanc’s 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date Boutique Edition. Its unique green glacier-patterned dial, crafted using the rare gratté-boisé technique, evokes the emerald hues of iron oxide-rich glaciers. This edition is not just about aesthetics; functionality shines with its swift interchange between a steel bracelet and a green-outlined black rubber strap. Housed in a 41mm case, it offers water resistance up to 300 metres, luminescent markings, and a captivating 3D diver engraving on its case back.
£3,050, visit Montblanc
Octo Roma Watch by Bvlgari
Embracing a modern take on classic geometries, the Octo Roma Automatic in stainless steel boasts an octagonal case, seamlessly merging Roman inspirations with Italian design and Swiss precision. The anthracite Clous de Paris dial, paired with Super-LumiNova hands and markers, ensures both elegance and readability. Beyond its distinctive design, the watch features a BVL 191 calibre and is water-resistant up to 100 metres, truly an emblem of sophisticated craftsmanship.
£6,800, visit Bvlgari
Pelagos LHD by TUDOR
Showcasing advanced engineering, the Pelagos LHD boasts a 42mm titanium and steel case, paired with a matt black ceramic disc. It houses the Manufacture Calibre MT5612-LHD, ensuring a substantial 70-hour power reserve. The titanium bracelet and unique date display, alternating between red even days and black odd days, enhance its robust charm. This dive marvel is waterproof to an impressive 500m, with a complimentary blue rubber strap included.
£4,120, visit TUDOR