With the titanium backing.
With the titanium backing.
Seawolf .... case closed !
When a guy takes off his coat, he's not going to fight. When a guy takes off his wristwatch, watch out! - Al McGuire
I'm often amazed that more "hardcore" divers aren't titanium, after all it's anti-oxidant (always slightly oxidized?) nature make it a great match for anyone regularly in salt water. I don't have any watches to add to the list as the IWC's tend to be my "pick of the litter". In the affordable catagory seiko used to make a solar/Ti that I still lust after, the sbcb 009, among others (stolen photo :)
And who could forget the omega, not the best tool out there but one of the finest looking ever imo
Last edited by Cleans Up; August 16th, 2011 at 15:18. Reason: added omega
I'll be your devil's advocate...
The Seiko 6159-7010 600M diver was the best titanium diver in its day without question. The 36,000 bph 6159 movement was superb: I wore one for over twenty years without any maintenance and it still kept COSC level time. It's design was so good that it didn't need a HRV for saturation diving, and it was, in those days, hands down the most rugged mechanical watch you could wear. It was BIG, though, and tended to hit thiings alot...
The IWC line that became the ti Aquatimers can justifiably claim, at a minimum, a share of the crown as best ti divers of all time. Superlative movements, 2000M depth rating, 60ATM internal pressure rating (!), great wrist presence, incredible engineering tolerances, and unique good looks all help. Plus, the best and most innnovative bracelet ever made! Too bad IWC chose to drop them...
I have seen the Seawolf mentioned a few times. To be honest I know little about this watch other than trying it on at an AD and liking the look of it. Why do you like it?
Stowa Prodiver Black
Seiko 7549-7009 Golden Tuna 600m
I am not sure about what the greatest is but I like Titanium and have had a few pretty nice ones over the years. Seiko 600m Quartz Tuna, Breitling Avenger Seawolf, Sinn EZM1, Seiko 600m Spring Drive, Seiko Samurai, GP Seahawk II Pro, Omega Seamaster Ti, Citizen 4x4, Baume & Mercier Capeland S XXL, and maybe something that I have forgotten about. I don't know what is the greatest but my favorite is this one.
I only have the one, but I love this watch. It wears very well for a 45mm and keeps excellent time.
My CX Swiss Military
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"
DOXA - 1000T Professional 615/5000, Diver 183/199, WILSON WATCH WORKS - 2K Diver 45/50, HAMILTON - Vintage Electra, CASIO -G-Shock 6600, CASIO-Protrek 2500T
H2O - 2000m Orca Diver
WILSON WATCH WORKS - 1K Diver 45/50
My vote would be the Panerai 25
42mm wide and 12mm thick, the PD/IWC Ocean 2000 has superb ergonomics and readability without sacrificing capability. A minimalistic and elegant design with military history.
Other divers are typically quite clumsy and heavy, usually equipped with a plain bezel insert and a superfluous helium valve. All this to give an "impression" of robustness and strength.
If only someone would do a reedition.
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