When I saw the Bühlmann Decompression 01 I was immediately smitten. Who doesn’t love a big, beefy dive watch with a face that looks like a pie plate mated with an airplane cockpit?

This dive watch features a lock-down crown, a massive minutes hand, and an hours register that hides in the left corner like some kind of wild depth gauge. Why?

Because it was specifically designed for diving, desk, or otherwise.

The watch has a few clever tricks. In addition to the hours wheel, the company uses a clever “fly-no-fly” indicator to show when enough time has elapsed for you to take to the skies.

Flying after a dive can be dangerous and therefore the Bühlmann Decompression 01 helps the user to determine when it is safe to fly. The date disk has been modified to become a fly-no-fly indicator. The disk can be set to red after a dive and when the color in the small aperture at 9 o’clock turns to green the diver knows she or he is safe to fly.

The watch runs a Sellita SW261 movement and will cost about $1,794. It’s available on Watch Angels although, sadly, it’s currently sold out.

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.

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