DeskDivers.com was created in 2006 to fulfil the brief for a website dedicated to those rare and desirable watches for which information was impossible to find elsewhere. This niche was identified when the team realised that they were spending a lot of time and effort researching watches that they wished to acquire, or that they had already purchased. It was considered that other people might also be attempting to locate the same information and to save duplicate effort it would be better off shared with the community. Whilst the site was originally built to help those who enjoy watch collecting and whilst its audience is still made up of many Watch Idiot Savants (WIS), it now also has a following from those who just like a good read.

Since those early days the site has become home to a number of interesting and rare dive watches.


The name DeskDivers comes from the watch collecting world where those who wear dive watches but do not actually dive became known as ‘Desk Divers’.


In a number of cases the site has helped spark wider interest in a watch, the information provided helping it become more collectable. This happened very dramatically with the Omega SMf300 and the B&M Capeland S XXL.


Omega Seamaster 120m Chronograph


Omega’s vintage Seamaster 120m Chronograph (AKA the ‘SM120c’ or ‘Big Blue’) is perhaps the most attractive watch ever made. However, even if it didn’t have those looks it would still be a worthy of its own article as its technical specification includes a number of ‘world firsts’, including being the first chronograph dive watch and one that could be activated underwater.


The DeskDivers team had long been fans of these watches, with Jon blaming his Omega addiction on this very model. Won over by its looks and quality it was only a matter of time before fingers hit the keyboard.

Anonimo Polluce


Its fair to say that the Polluce article nearly killed the DeskDivers team! The article was by far the largest that DeskDivers had undertaken. It contains a vast amount of information about the Anonimo company, the Polluce shipwreck and the Sellita SW200 movement, along with all the different variations of the watch and its accessories.


With so much information to cover it took a long time to work out the best way to tell the story without making the reader feel like they were completing a chore.


It was released in late 2009 to rapturous reviews.

Sinn EZM2


When the Sinn EZM2 article was written in 2007, it introduced a new format for the DeskDivers' articles, heralding the start of the modern approach that readers see today, moving forward the writing style and layout a

considerable amount and it’s fitting that the article was also about a very modern watch.


Sadly, many ‘old school’ watch enthusiasts dismiss electronic and quartz watches as having no soul. DeskDivers has never subscribed to that view and has been promoting these watches since its inception. Many of these timepieces were designed and built to be the best of their kind and the EZM2 was no exception to that rule. Sinn created a solid, dependable and almost ‘unbreakable’ watch and hopefully the article is a testament to their work.

Baume & Mercier Capeland S XXL


Wow, what a mouthful that name is and sadly for B&M, what a poor seller this watch was. It just goes to shows that a wonderful product does not always a great profit make.


However, in recent years that has changed with these watches selling at ever increasing prices. Market analysts pointing the finger firmly in the direction of the DeskDivers website as the protagonists of those price rises, due to the increased exposure given to the watch.


Perhaps B&M would like to ask DeskDivers to do the PR for its next decent dive watch?

Omega Seamaster f300 120m


The SMf300 was the first of the Omega models DeskDivers chose to feature. Some might see it as a strange choice. However, it personified the ethos of the DeskDivers website, as until then no one seemed to be aware of this model. Certainly no online information existed for it, somewhat rare for what is a solid and classy Omega dive watch.


This watch was also chosen as it was integral to the first meeting between the founder members. When the world has been dominated and we sit back in easy chairs, we will cite a excellent seafood lunch at Basil’s as the start of it all...

Hong Kong Shopping Guide


If there was a $/£/Euro handed out for every time someone asked on a forum ‘where should I shop when I go to XXXXX’ someone would be making a good living. Sadly it’s not DeskDivers, as they give away this information for free...


Whilst this article might seem a departure to the normal DeskDivers fare, it actually fits nicely with the others in that it also contains information that’s impossible to find elsewhere, certainly not all in one place.


This article was the initial piece for a set of Shopping Guides which include Singapore, Sydney, Paris and London.

Tudor Submariner


The Tudor 7021/0 article began as a homage to the watch that DeskDivers saw as the best Rolex Submariner clone ever made. However, it was quickly updated when one of the team bought what turned out to be fake. Whilst fakes have always proliferated the market, back then there was no knowledge to protect potential buyers from costly mistakes


The team was shocked to discover the fake at first, however the information that was uncovered provided the first comprehensive advice about fake Tudor Subs. The emails the team have received over the years from people who have saved their money by reading the article and avoiding these fake watches is thanks enough for the whole DeskDivers site.

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Highlights of the DeskDivers site appear below...

Aquadive Model 50 Time Depth


The Model 50 is probably one of the most iconic dive watches of all time, not only due to its vast girth and ‘70’s bling’ colours, but also because it was a technology tour de force, combining an electronic movement with a hydraulic depth gauge.


As usual DeskDivers scoured their sources to locate information about this long defunct company and along the way also unearthed a lesser known version of the watch branded as a Rotary


This article was released in 2011, along with a sister article where the team dissemble and attempt to restore one of these watches... scary stuff! Check back to see if they managed it, this site will have the link...