Ocean-inspired Watches that are Making Waves

by Charmian Leong
17 Oct 2023

Summer may be drawing to a close, but these ocean-inspired timepieces will always be ready to join you on your next aquatic adventure.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968R-001
The chocolate bar-like pattern of the Aquanaut dial and strap has never looked more toothsome than in this dark brown reference. The 42.2mm case is crafted in 18k rose gold and houses the calibre CH 28-520 C — an in-house flyback chronograph movement. Boasting Patek Philippe’s Gyromax balance and Spiromax balance spring, as well as a column wheel drive and vertical clutch, the automatic calibre provides about 50 hours of autonomy and is water resistant to 120m.

Richard Mille RM 032 Les Voiles de Saint Barth
In 2021, free diver Arnaud Jerald broke a world record when he dove to 122m in the Bahamas — and it was a Richard Mille RM 032 that accompanied him on that dive. While that model was in titanium, a limited-edition commercial model was released a year later to commemorate the 11th edition of the Les Voiles de Saint Barth regatta. In two-tone Quartz TPT with a titanium case middle and Carbon TPT case back, the self-winding flyback chronograph is certified to keep ticking even at a depth of 300m. Limited to 120 pieces.

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Paris 2024”
With the XXXIII Summer Olympics set to begin next July, Omega has released a commemorative Seamaster in anticipation of the event. While the Seamaster collection has enjoyed multiple renditions in “Summer Blue” for its 75th anniversary this year, the “Paris 2024” features instead a Moonshine Gold bezel with a diving scale that has been laser-structured in positive relief. On the back of the 42mm stainless steel case is a caseback inlaid with a Moonshine Gold medallion and the Paris 2024 emblem.

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Franck Muller Skafander 43
Franck Muller’s sportiest watch is now available in a smaller 43mm size, down from its 2018 debut dimensions of 46mm. Notably absent is the rotating inner bezel of the original Skafander, making this version more streamlined in design and function. Water-resistant to 100m, it is still offered in titanium or blackened titanium, with a range of colorful dial accents with matching rubber straps.

Mido Ocean Star Tribute Special Edition
The Ocean Star Tribute collection combines aquatic inspiration with nods to Mido’s century-old watchmaking heritage, and this Special Edition is decked out in a breezy gradation of blue hues. Vintage elements like the 40.5mm case size, box sapphire crystal, and Milanese mesh bracelet meet modern innovations in the Calibre 80 with the Nivachron balance spring. Combined with water-resistance up to a pressure of 200m and offered with an additional blue rubber strap, this is a versatile timepiece suited for both sea sports enthusiasts and those who appreciate timeless style.