Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M Calibre 5 Black Titanium

Under pressure:
Watches for swimmer and diver

Words: Gisbert L Brunner

From the Tag Heuer Aquaracer to the Mido Multifort Diver Two Crowns: Swim and dive with these waterproof wristwatches

Legend has it that the waterproof wristwatch was born on October 21, 1927, when British swimmer Mercedes Gleitze emerged from crossing the English Channel wearing a fully functioning Rolex Oyster

But the truth is slightly different: Gleitze failed in her attempt – her second Channel swim in a fortnight –  and was fished from the water seven miles from her goal; also, the watch was not on her wrist, but around her neck. 

The latter is crucial, because while the Rolex did indeed “defy the elements” as the newspapers trumpeted, it might not have done so with the added pressure of her arm hitting the water. Resistance to water is measured in atmospheres of pressure, or bars (one bar equals a depth of 10m), but don’t go diving 30m wearing a three-bar watch –  currents and moving limbs will render it barely splashproof.

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Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M Calibre 5 Black Titanium

Most divers’ watches are made watertight by a rubber gasket, but this will erode. Get it serviced annually. tagheuer.com

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If you want something that will take a proper beating in the water, Tag Heuer’s Aquaracer 300M Calibre 5 might be the watch for you. The latest in a series designed to withstand anything the ocean can throw at them, this version, rated at 30 bars, favours uncluttered functionality with its black titanium case and easily legible blue-on-black dial and ceramic bezel. Plus it has a cool diving-helmet engraving on the back.

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