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How Does A Dive Bezel Work?

Instantly recognizable at a distance, the dive watch bezel was first invented in the 1950s during the glory years of SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving and has quickly become one of the most popular features on a modern tool watch. So, how does a dive bezel work?

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Words by Sean Lorentzen

Plenty of individual designers have gone on to become famous. Design movements from neoclassicism to Art Deco are rightly well-known as well. But only one design school has gone on to become not just a household name, but a cornerstone of a century of design thinking. I’m talking, of course, about the Bauhaus. The clean, minimal approach the Bauhaus taught has found its way into the watch world in a thousand different iterations through a thousand different designers, but perhaps none have put a better personal spin on the style than Max Bill. In decades of partnership with Junghans, Bill provided the world with starkly beautiful designs with a distinct personality.

Born outside of Zurich on December 22, 1908, Bill showed an affinity for form from a very early age. By age sixteen, he was working as an apprentice silversmith in the town of Winterthur, and after two years he enrolled at the legendary Bauhaus. Full article on Worn & Wound...