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When discussing iconic dive watches, there are plenty of models that come in mind and almost anyone has his own list to exhibit. Leaving aside personal preferences for a moment, there are some models that defined the concept of dive watch (or were so radical that virtually changed the game). Quite simply, they encompassed the proper formula of technical and design elements, which made them primus inter pares in this segment of the industry. Besides the heavyweights, under the names Rolex, Omega and Seiko, there is a long list of Swiss manufactures that introduced very influential and iconic dive watches during the 1960s and 1970s. During these years, scuba diving and the desire of man to conquer the depths was booming. On this list, we have names like Blancpain, Breitling, Jaeger-le-Coultre, IWC, Zodiac, Jenny, Doxa, Certina, Aquadive, Aquastar, Favre-Leuba, Nivada… to name a few.
To test the legibility of the dial under water, the Neuchatel Lake was the most suitable place for this purpose. The research team tested several bright dial colors. Orange has proven to be the brightest and the best legible color down to a depth of 30 meters under water, so it was obvious that the first Doxa diver watch would have an orange dial, against the conservative offerings coming from the competition – almost all of them were black-dial watches. The bezel was next, since it is the only element of a dive watch that is manipulated by the diver underwater and above all, it is the safeguard of his security. Designing the perfect bezel thus was paramount.
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