I know you come here to the watches, but I feel some of you stay for the swimming chat, so here's an upgrade -- and it is a sad one at that. I recently took my newfound swimming abilities to the Maldives and also endeavoured to catch my triumphant splashing from the Indian Ocean with my drone . A drone I've had since November and never used or even opened. A drone camera I took to Australia and Southern Africa but was too scared to peel the plastic cap off.
These days it can be difficult to make an argument for the existence of more dive watches. That’s the bottom line. Sometimes it’s hard to see the point and between what the big brands are offering and the constant wave of ambitious Kickstarter start-ups, it all just seems like pointless noise after a while. What I am interested in, however, is seeing smaller brands work towards overcoming new challenges in a saturated marketplace – and it doesn’t get any more crowded than the space occupied by affordable dive watches.
I'll begin this Gucci Dive 45mm "Bee Embroidery" dial reference YA136216 watch review by immediately acknowledging that this is not a timepiece for everyone. In fact, if your tastes are mostly about utilitarian "serious" tool watches and your focus is more on function versus style (nothing wrong with that), you are likely not going to have much interest for this watch.
lpina is updating one of their Swiss dive watches for Baselworld 2016, and the result looks great in all four styles, which is saying a lot in a crowded field like vintage-inspired dive watches. The Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic watch forgoes the extreme monicker as well as the triple-date display, looking cleaner and more contemporary.