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I was wondering what company was responsible for the developing the classic Dive watch as we know it today? I know the basic style and design has been around a very long time. Just wondering.
 

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I second that ;-), definitely had to be the invicta 8926. The ULTIMATE in a quality Diver!

WHAO... :rodekaart did I really second that? o|

Doxa did have the worlds first Orange faced Diver back in 1967. I am not too sure whether any of the other classics came before this one... Omega SMP? Rolex Submariner? Blancpain 50 Fathoms?
 

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I think in the mid to late 30's Panerai made divers for the Italian Military.
 

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I'm gonna say that the Russian dive watch was probably in the running. As I'm not well versed with this genre, perhaps someone better educated can chime in?

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Bill
 

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I think it depends on your definition. Omega had a water resistant watch in the 30's called the marine or something like that but it was for swimming and had no timing bezel.

Rolex had a watch with a timing bezel first but it wasn't a diver. I think Blancpain beat Rolex by maybe a year to making the first dive watch by putting a timing bezel onto a water resistant watch and marketing it for diving as the 50 fathoms.

I would say that most people credit either Rolex or Blancpain for the first true dive watch.
 

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I think that it was a combinations of factors that lead up to what we look at as the ultimate diver that we all know and love today.
 
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