Nowadays, diving watches are trendy, and their beautiful appearance and practical performance have captured the hearts of countless fake watch fans. Of course, many diving watches are now closely related to various sports, providing timing and technical support for multiple events or activities. Although many diving watches have different styles, the iconic features of these diving watches are the same, that is, the diving bezel. Today I will take Rolex as an example to talk with you about the role of the diving bezel.
In the 1950s, the diving watch was born. The Fifty Fathoms series launched by Blancpain in 1953 became the originator of modern diving watches. At that time, the diving bezel was Blancpain’s patented technology. The patent applied for was a “unidirectional counterclockwise rotating bezel”. Except for Blancpain, other brands could only use two-way at that time. The current brands have been replaced by one-way, but this is all after Blancpain’s patent expired.
When it comes to diving imitation watches, the first thing that comes to mind of fake watch fans is the Rolex Water Ghost series. As a professional diving fake watch, the ceramic bezel of the water ghost is superior in performance and very beautiful. Of course, in addition to ceramic materials, there are metal bezels, sapphire bezels, liquid metal bezels, etc. The major brands are doing their best in the design of diving bezels.
Although there are not many opportunities to dive into ordinary times, and it is unlikely that someone will attack with a watch not to make others laugh, it is necessary to know how to use the outer ring of the Rolex Water Ghost. As a diving watch, the Rolex Water Ghost is a timing tool for many divers, requiring its unidirectional rotating ceramic outer ring. The oxygen used for diving is limited, and divers need to get out of the water within a specified time.
Many people will ask, why must the diving bezel be designed to rotate counterclockwise in one direction? Such a design is closely related to life safety. The reverse rotation design can ensure that even if the fake watch is accidentally touched and rotated during diving operations, it will only shorten the diving time of the wearer, thereby ensuring the safety of life. Suppose the bezel can be rotated in both directions, especially in the positive direction. In that case, it may cause misunderstandings for the user, prolong the diving time, and threaten divers’ life safety.
I have said so much; how to use the diving bezel correctly? Listen to me slowly. The zero on the bezel aligns with the minute hand, and then the number on the bezel aligns with the movement of the minute hand is the time it takes to dive. Of course, diving must also consider the underwater environment, such as visibility and the time it takes to surface.
Generally, the gas cylinders used for diving can supply 50 minutes of human breathing, so the diving time should be at most 45 minutes, which requires more convenient access to diving time underwater. When entering the water, align the 0 scales on the outer ring with the watch’s minute hand. In this way, the extreme scale indicated by the minute hand is the underwater time. You only need to look where the fine hand points to know how long it has been in the water, saving you the trouble of calculating the time.
With the continuous innovation of watch technology, most common diving rings are exposed to the outside of the case; in fact, this design has certain disadvantages; there may be small sand drilling rings in diving, causing different degrees of damage to the fake watch. For this reason, the built-in diving bezel came into being. Because of this, the built-in diving watch came into being. To prevent this from happening, the Royal Oak series, for the first time, set the diving ring inside the case, which can effectively block sediment entry.
Summary: Times are advancing, and society is developing. Nowadays, science and technology are very advanced, and many rely more on more accurate electronic equipment when diving, and the function of the diving bezel is gradually disappearing. In fact, to some extent, the diving bezel has become a decoration. However, the design of the diving bezel is still retained in the basic diving fake watch. This standard diving bezel can be called a diving watch in the true sense.