For many people, one watch needs to be good enough to do everything, and there are plenty of timepieces out there that perfectly fit the bill of the “one watch” hypothetical. But what if you add two popular pre-requisites, namely that it be thoroughly water proof, to at least 200m depth, and that it be under $3000.
That certainly narrows the field, but they’re out there, and we have four right here. You can purchase them right now on the Time+Tide marketplace:
Longines Hydroconquest 41
A well known quantity amongst the team here at Time+Tide, the Longines Hydroconquest is a timepiece that can undoubtedly meet all the requirements of an everyday timepiece, while still possessing genuine underwater capability. For a start, the Hydroconquest’s 41mm steel case is svelte enough that it can comfortably fit under the collar of a shirt, and the overall aesthetic of the watch, including the Sunray grey dial, offers a great amount of versatility, ensuring that it can be worn in both formal and informal settings. Water resistant to 300 meters and now featuring a ceramic bezel, the Hydroconquest is powered by Longines’ Caliber L888, a self-winding movement that provides a substantial 64-hours of power reserve and beats away 25,200 vibrations per hour.
Carrying a heritage submerged in the history books of deep-water diving, the new Doxa Sub 200, unveiled at this year’s Baselworld, is a faithful homage to a timepiece the Swiss watchmaker first produced in the 1960s. With a distinct style that draws cues from the golden era of dive watches, the Sub 200 could easily be a daily watch, thanks to a well-proportioned 42mm case fashioned from 316L steel and a conforming “Beads of Rice” steel bracelet. Water resistance is rated to 200 meters and the Sub 200 is powered by one of the true workhorses of the horological industry, the ETA 2824-2, an automatic movement that benefits from 42-hours of power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80
For those wanting a daily watch that can fly under the radar, the Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80, complete with its black PVD coated 43mm case and conforming black rubber strap, offers real stealth credentials. Coupled with Tissot’s impressive Caliber 11 1/2''', a self-winding movement that features no less than 80-hours of power reserve, and you’ve got a compelling timepiece for the relatively low RRP. Other features of the Tissot Seastar include a screw-down crown and case back, water resistance to 300 meters and sapphire crystal on both the front and back of the case.
The Sub 1200T is a modern interpretation of the iconic SUB 300T Conquistador. Released in 1969, the Conquistador was the first commercially available wristwatch in the world to feature a helium escape valve. Limited to just 1200 pieces, the new 1200T features an attractive 42.5mm tonneau-shaped case finished in 316L steel, conforming “Beads of Rice” bracelet in 316L, domed sapphire crystal and the iconic orange dial colour scheme of the original Conquistador. Water-resistant is rated to 1200 meters and housed inside the submersible case is ETA’s venerable 2824-2 movement.