ACTIVE LIFESTYLES call for watches that keep pace but still look stylish. Divers especially need a practical, quality timepiece that’s rugged enough to endure extreme circumstances. Dive watches are usually built of rust-proof metals such as steel, titanium or gold and offer useful functions like unidirectional rotating bezels to measure dive times, antiglare crystals, extenders to fit the bracelet over a wet suit or Super-LumiNova hands and markers that glow, making them readable even in the murky depths.
Water resistant to 300 meters, this Breguet Marine Royale Alarm watch ($42,000) is crafted in 18k rose gold with a one-way rotating bezel, luminous markers and rubber-coated alarm on/off button. It also houses a self-winding mechanical movement. Dorfman, 24 Newbury St.; breguet.com
From Louis Vuitton, the pink-gold and blackened-steel Tambour Digital Analog Chronograph ($10,600) sports a digital-analog display; offers chronograph, second-time-zone, date, alarm and countdown features; and is water resistant to 100 meters. Copley Place; louisvuitton.com
Crafted in 18k rose gold with a rubber strap, this IWC Aquatimer Chronograph ($19,900) is water resistant to 120 meters and features a rotating bezel. Royal Jewelers, 58 Main St., Andover; iwc.com
This TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500M automatic watch ($2,550) is made of stainless steel and has an automatic helium release valve for divers spending long amounts of time underwater. It’s water resistant to 500 meters and comes equipped with a unidirectional turning bezel and safety clasp on the folding buckle. Barmakian Jewelers, 333 Washington St.; tagheuer.com
From Breitling, this Avenger Seawolf Chrono Blacksteel Limited Edition ($5,015), only 2,000 of which will be made, is water resistant and fully operational to a depth of 3,300 feet. It features a magnetic pushpiece system, a patented device that activates the controls through the metal without any mechanical contact. The SuperQuartz caliber times to within one-tenth of a second. Long’s Jewelers, 100 Summer St.; breitling.com