Famous fans: Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, Sean Connery
The most classic and covetable sports watch of all time, the Rolex Submariner is a true icon. Generally considered the world’s best diving watch, it’s a symbol of success, good taste, fine craftsmanship, rugged elegance and a love of the sea. The first Submariner debuted in 1954 and was worn by Sean Connery as 007 in the first four James Bond films, forever cementing its reputation and desirability. It was also adopted by Britain’s Royal Navy. Paul Altieri calls it simply “the most beautiful watch ever made, the one all others are measured against.”
Famous fans: David Beckham, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Hanks
A version of the Submariner for serious professional divers – or just those who want something more exclusive on their wrist. An even more hardcore diving watch, the Sea-Dweller is rated to a depth of 4,000 ft. The Sea-Dweller was introduced in 1967, nearly 14 years after the Submariner, and featured a patented gas escape valve allowing it to be used on missions made possible by advances in diving technology. For men of action and those who don’t care that hardly anyone will realize it’s more expensive and exclusive than the Submariner.