Sporty Watches

These hard bodies prove beauty can be tough.

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BREITLING CHRONO SUPEROCEAN Breitling has been making chronographs and precision counters for industrial purposes since 1884 and introduced the first self-winding chronograph in 1969. The brand became synonymous with flying and more recently with yachting with the introduction of watches in its Aeromarine Series. The Chrono Superocean is waterproof to 500 meters and retails for $3,225 to $3,495. www.breitling.com
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ROLEX Rolex invented the first waterproof watch, the Oyster, in 1926. Today's Oyster watch series comprises nine models, including the Submariner (pictured), GMT-Master II and Yacht-Master. The watch movements use the perpetual rotor movement, invented and patented in 1931 and provide autonomy for 48 to 72 hours. The Submariner retails for $7,825. www.rolex.com
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CORUM ADMIRAL'S CUP TIDES 48 The Admiral's Cup line of watches includes chronographs and models that indicate the time and force of the tides in relation to the phases of the moon, plus an estimation of the height of the water and the force of the current. The latest in the Admiral's Cup collection is the Tides 48, which is available in titanium or 18-karat rose gold and retails for $33,000. The caseback features an engraving of the Admiral's Cup trophy. www.corum.ch
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BULGARI SCUBA CHRONO From Bulgari's Diagono Professional collection of sports watches is the Scuba Chrono developed in collaboration with a team of expert divers. The luminescent markers are clearly visible in poor lighting conditions. Available on a rubber strap in steel ($7,350), steel/gold ($8,700) and 18-karat yellow gold ($17,100), the Scuba Chrono is water-resistant to 300 meters. www.bulgari.com
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BREGUET TYPE XX AERONAVALE Breguet's Marine watches have always had a certain nautical cachet-Patrick O'Brian's Stephen Maturin carries one. Type XX (20) Aéronavalé fly-back chronograph features a seconds subdial, a 30-minute counter and a 12-hour counter. Luminous hands and numerals guarantee readability to 100 meters. The Type XX retails for $6,550. www.breguet.com
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OMEGA SEAMASTER 300M CHRONO Omega's 20-model Seamaster collection will likely contain just the watch you want to own. The Seamaster 300M Chrono Diver may be especially appealing, with its 1,000-foot water resistance and large titanium case (case options are stainless steel, titanium and titanium-gold), with chronograph functions, on a rubber strap; it retails for $3,850. www.omega.ch