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Among the most rugged (and most expensive) military watches, diver’s watches hold a special place in the watch world. Initially developed for professional divers by some of the biggest names in Swiss horology (Blancpain, Omega, Rolex), they were soon used by combat divers and sabotage units, immediately conferring them a tough-guy image.
Water resistance was the most critical specification and led to the development of locking crowns, helium valves, and compressor cases. Features such as timing bezels and strong illumination of the dial became essentials on a diver’s watch.