One of a handful of companies at the forefront of the recent surge in affordable divers watches, Deep Blue Watches has been making a name for itself since it splashed on the scene in 2007. It wasn’t love at first watch. Early efforts were panned as copycats of traditional dive watches and Deep Blue’s 1000-meter depth resistance was only begrudgingly applauded. But while Switzerland dominates the high-end market, from IWC Aquatimers and Omega Seamasters to Breitling Superoceans and TAG Heuer Aquaracers, Deep Blue has prompted all to turn their eyes to its New York City operation. We take a look at some of the stunning timepieces that Deep Blue watches have produced.  

Daynight Scuba

Let’s start with the size. This is a big one. With a 45-mm case, the Daynight Scuba is a hefty timepiece by any measure. But it doesn’t wear as large as its dimensions suggest. The deep-cut diver’s bezel does add some clunk but still keeps things within traditional lines.

At a glance, you are apt to notice striking flat tritium tubes on the dial which stand in bold contrast to the matte black surface. During the day, the tubes seem like merely vibrant markers in an almost kitsch color dollop that adds a dynamic element to the face. At night, however, these tubes glow green with an intensity that can’t be understated. It’s quite a presentation and leads you to easily understand how these tritium tubes have been at least one of the secrets to the success of Deep Blue watches.   

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Pro Sea Diver

As you might have guessed by its name, the Pro Sea Diver is built to withstand the rigors of some serious undersea exploration. But first, let’s look at the style. This is another hefty offering, with a case diameter of 46-mm. The donut-style stainless steel case is topped by a flat anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Which makes for nice visibility in underwater conditions over glare-prone domed crystals. Give the rotating bezel a spin — it clicks! A cool blue dial is nicely complemented by a bright orange minute hand. That can match the bezel should you choose orange over the black or blue bezel options. Coated with Lume Superluminous, the dial components give off a serious glow in low light.

But strength and durability put the “pro” in the Pro Sea Diver. A 24-jewel Seiko NH36 movement powers the formidable 40-hour power reserve. It’s water resistant up to 1,000 meters and has a manual helium valve for saturation diving. So this is a nice option if you’re heading out for a day of diving or just want to look as if you could.

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Fleet Admiral

The Fleet Admiral is an unusual entry in the Deep Blue repertory. It’s not really a dive watch, having a depth rating of just 100 meters (maybe we should call it a swim watch?). It does have the tritium tubes found in the brand’s dive watches. Slip a calfskin strap with a tang buckle on this timepiece and you have yourself a dressy watch. But it’s not exactly a dress watch either.  Leaning more to the sporty side with a weighty 45-mm case. But don’t call it a sports watch, because it doesn’t really fit that definition either. The inability to pigeonhole the Fleet Admiral is its strength. If you’re someone who wants to stand apart from the fray you’ll likely be drawn to this nearly undefinable watch. The contrasting categories into which the watch can fit (or not) are personified on the dial. It revels in the juxtaposition of high-gleam blue against polished silver or jet black and rose gold.   

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Juggernaut IV Swiss Automatic

The sunray wave pattern that ripples across the dial is the feature that’s most likely to catch your eye when you gaze upon a Juggernaut IV. Whether you choose a black, silver or head-turning yellow face, it’s a pretty cool design detail. Contrast those dials with striking turquoise markers and you have a showpiece on your wrist. Even more so when the lights go out and the luminous ceramic bezel and Superluminova hour markers and hands put on a glowing show. In keeping with Deep Blue’s love of bulk, this is a sturdy entry with a 44-mm width. It’s also built for some serious diving with 1,000-meter depth rating and a helium release valve at the ten o’clock position.

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Master 2000

If you’re looking to do some really deep dives, look to the Master 2000. As its name suggests, the dive watch is water resistant to a depth of 2,000 meters. Most of the watches in the line are of polished stainless steel only. But the black PVD coated Master 2000s really stand out when contrasted by Deep Blue’s signature orange-trimmed hands or luminescent blue. The watch is big and bold with a 46-mm case and 17-mm thickness., It was built tough and has a 4-mm thick sapphire crystal that can withstand the pressure of lower depths. Movement is protected against harmful magnetic fields up to 7,000 amperes per meter.

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With so many amazing dive watches found at entry level prices these days it’s a buyer’s market that seems to be exponentially growing in favor of the consumer. So while you can still shell out big bucks for a Rolex Deepsea or Tudor Heritage Black Bay, you can come close to upper-echelon quality with a fine Deep Blue.   

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