Watches are sometimes thought of as status symbols, indicating a number of things to its observers. However, unlike perhaps cars, which also sometimes serve the same purpose, watches are much more subtle, and thereby more about personal pleasure above all else. You wear it because it makes you feel good. Having your timepiece noticed and complimented is an added bonus. Here are a few options that will help you stand out in a more sporty crowd.
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is the quintessential divers’ watch, the benchmark in its genre. Introduced during the pioneering era for scuba diving, it was the first watch to be water-resistant to 100 metres (330 feet). With the subtly redesigned Oyster case, distinctive dial with large luminescent hour markers, graduated rotatable Cerachrom bezel and solid link Oyster bracelet, the latest-generation Submariner Date is firmly in line with the original model launched in 1953. 116613LB; LKR1,912,100; Chatham Luxury Watches
OMEGA SEAMASTER AQUA TERRA 150M CO-AXIAL MASTER CHRONOMETER 41MM
The Seamaster Aqua Terra is a superb tribute to OMEGA’s rich maritime heritage. A distinguishable feature on the grey dial is a horizontal “teak” pattern, which is inspired by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. The structured rubber strap makes it lightweight and the ideal watch for a sporty lifestyle. The 150m water resistance allows for even recreational diving, while the chunky metal case can handle some serious wear and tear. 126.96.36.199.03.002; Rs828,000; Chatham Luxury Watches
TAG HEUER AQUARACER
The name says it all. It’s the ultimate sports watch inspired by the aquatic world. Water resistant for 200-500 metres, this watch can withstand the (water) pressure. The blue ceramic bezel perfectly depicts the big, blue ocean, while the black nylon sail cloth strap with blue stitching gives it a nautical look. The watch is ideal for scuba diving, surfing or just going for a swim. WAY211B.FC6363; Rs360,000 Colombo Jewellery Stores
LONGINES CONQUEST CLASSIC CHRONOGRAPH
This watch is the ultimate sporty watch. It is simple, effective and classic. It even looks a little smaller than it actually is, in a bid to cater to active gentlemen. The Longines Conquest Classic is equipped with a column wheel mechanism, Calibre L688.2, which was developed by ETA exclusively for the brand. The power reserve is impressive on the watch at 54 hours, but water resistance at 50 metres leaves room for improvement. L2.7188.8.131.52; Rs500,000 W. A. De Silva & Co.