Dive watches tend to be among the chunkier types of timepieces, which has always made it difficult to find one small enough to be suitable for most ladies’ wrists — whether you’re choosing for yourself or as a gift for that special someone above and below the water. It gets even more complicated if you prefer a mechanical movement. While a Rolex Submariner undoubtedly looks great on a woman’s wrist as well as a man’s, some manufacturers do in fact offer smaller versions of their dive watch models. And a very few (such as Seiko, with its 34-mm-diameter SUG089) even offer watch designs exclusively in smaller sizes that that would have looked equally great at 40 mm or larger.
Our selection for this week’s Dive Watch Wednesday (in ascending order based on size):
Longines Hydroconquest: With a diameter of 29.5 mm, the smallest version of the Hydroconquest range (and the smallest on this list, as well) is water-resistant to 300 meters and powered by an ETA 2000/1 (L.595).
MarcelloC Lady Nettuno: Three different dial colors, 34-mm diameter, 300-meter water resistance, a ceramic bezel insert and either a SW200-1 or ETA 2824-2. The Lady Nettuno even comes with the obligatory loupe on the crystal.
Doxa Sub 200T: It not only looks like it came straight out of a 1970s scuba diving movie; it even comes with a new-old-stock (NOS) case from that time. The 35-mm watch is powered by an ETA 2671 and is available with three different dial colors, orange being (of course) the most obvious choice, given the brand’s heritage.
Oris Aquis Date: Don’t worry, the 300-meter water-resistant Aquis Date remains a rather affordable option despite the diamonds used on the model shown in the compilation above. Of course, you can always opt for different dials (e.g. the beautiful blue version introduced during Baselworld 2015; see below). The diameter is 36 mm, the movement (Caliber 733) is based on a SW200-1, and the bezel inlay is made of ceramic.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300: Omega’s iconic Seamaster dive watch is also available in either black or blue with a diameter of 36.25 mm. The 300-meter water-resistant model is powered by Omega Caliber 2500, featuring the brand’s co-axial escapement; the bezel inlay is made of ceramic, and there’s also a helium-release valve at 10 o’clock.
Sinn U200 (EZM 8): With a diameter of 37 mm and an impressive water resistance of 2,000 meters, the smaller representative of the popular U-series certainly did not abandon the company’s commitment to performance. The U200 is powered by an ETA 2824-2 and is available with different strap and bezel options.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600: There are more than a dozen versions of the Planet Ocean with a diameter of 37.5 mm. They all offer 600 meters of water resistance; a ceramic bezel inlay (except for the ones with diamonds); a helium-release valve; a COSC-certified 8520 or 8521 movement with co-axial escapement; and even a transparent caseback.
Blancpain Bathyscaphe: Powered by Blancpain’s in-house Caliber 1150, the 38-mm version of the Bathyscaphe offers about 100 hours of power reserve, 300-meter water resistance and a bezel inlay made of ceramic.
Chanel J12: Chanel’s popular J12 is available with a smaller case diameter of 38 mm (the 33-mm version is only available with a quartz movement). It comes with 200 meters of water resistance, a ceramic case available in several different colors and, most likely, an ETA 2892 movement.