Diving watches come to suit all budgets, and there are certainly some beautiful timepieces around that look cool on any wrist, whether you are a diver or not. Ok, so it might not be necessary to have one that will withstand depths of over 1000 feet or uniquely feature a helium escape valve but if you can afford one, then why not? It’s like owning a Lamborghini and living in a 30 mph zone! Frustrating yes, but still fun to own right? Just knowing that your top speed is higher than your neighbors, Mercedes might be enough! So diving watches may well have started out life with a specific purpose, to provide accurate and highly illuminating timekeeping and a means of measuring water depth, but these days they are highly coveted timepieces, thanks to the popularity of marine-themed collections from the big Swiss brands like Seamaster, Aquadive and Sea Dweller. So pardon the very intentional pun but let’s dive right in and review the Best Dive Watches to suit a range of budgets.
The Best Dive Watch
We’re staying at the cost-effective end of the market with our next divers watch which comes from Casio. You won’t be deep diving in this one but it is water resistant to 100 M and so is great for general aquatic based sports like surfing, swimming, sailing, and snorkeling. We’d call this a more “recreational” watch, but there’s still plenty of functionality to write home about. It’s an analog timepiece that works on a Japanese Quartz movement set within a 43 resin case with a mineral dial window. There’s a molded resin bang with buckle closure to keep the watch firmly on your wrist, and it displays both 12/24 hours and has 3 hands for hour, minute and second. It’s elegant and stylish in an all-black design and is easy to read and simple to use durable and dependable choice. Don’t forget to check our selection of the best sports watches.
We’re continuing our review with a serious piece of timekeeping from Citizen in the shape of their Pro-Master Aqualand which is good to depths of 200 M and a depth display to 70 M. It’s completely ISO compliant and has an 8h pusher maximum depth with a 10h pusher reset. There’s also a power reserve indicator as well as autostart dive mode. It’s a very sporty and attractive, oversized style watch with a stainless steel case set against a black polyurethane strap and dial. We love the brightly contrasting color pop hands and the luminous, easy read indices. It features Citizens Eco-Drive technology and is powered by any light source so will never require a battery. It securely fastens with a buckle and has a one-way rotating elapsed time bezel. One of the brands’ product development strategies it to use technology with beauty and we certainly think they’ve achieved that with the Promaster Aqualand. Make sure you also check our guide to the best golf GPS watches.
Coming down a couple of notches price wise we’re looking next at a Seiko from their SKX009 series. It has a very similar design aesthetic to the famous SKX007 which has become pretty iconic among the diving fraternity and first coming onto the scenes in 1996. There have been plenty of technological developments and enhancements since then of course but what you are still getting is an affordable and reliable timepiece that very much still retains the classic good looks of a purist divers watch. Again, ISO compliant and suitable for depths of up to 200 M. Some of the other key features worth mentioning are that unidirectional bezel, and readability even in total darkness from the highly visible luminous “lumibrite” tipped hands. It’s also shock resistant as well as being magnetic and chemical resistant too. Overall it’s a simple yet functional, vintage-inspired design with Seiko’s ever-reliable 7s26 movement. Robust, reliable, durable and of course at an incredible price given its functionality.
This is a very distinctive looking divers watch with its bright red face by day, and it’s luminous display by night. It’s part of the Luminox Scott Cassell collection, and in case you don’t know who he is, well, he’s a counter-terrorism operative and also a master undersea diver and explorer. Basically, he’s who you wanted to be when you grew up, but instead, you became an Accountant. The point is, he needs a watch that is reliable, dependable and that won’t let him down, and this collaboration delivers just that. It’s a quartz movement in a 45 mm case that is made of Carbonox and has a hardened mineral crystal face. The strap is highly durable PU/Webbing with a secure buckle fastening, and you can use it to depths of 200 M so is an excellent choice for professional and novice divers alike. We love the orange and green detailing of the night vision and the bold and dramatic red face for daytime wear.
This is a proper multi-tasking device, at a really competitive price and also in a wide assortment of colors. Generally, with a divers watch, you’re only concern is “how low can you go” but with this Suunto you can also track how high too. It incorporates vertical movement detection and also has a built-in barometer that can detect trends in air pressure. If you are mountaineering, that kind of information can be life-saving. There’s also a convenient compass so you should (in theory of course) never get lost. There are storm alerts, preset sunset, and sunrise settings for over 400 worldwide locations and yes, for the divers among you, it can track the maximum depth you reach. So for the active adventurer out there who wants a watch to tell the time, date, have a sports chronograph and countdown timer included, then the Suunto Core computerized watch his going to seriously tick your boxes. Our guide to the best field watches offers more great watches like this.
The most budget-friendly so far on today’s round-up of the Best Dive Watches we actually really quite the look of this Invicta. It’s simple, but it is certainly very stylish with its rubberized band and secure buckle closure. It features elegant silver-tone finishing that nicely contrasts against the solid black face and white luminous hands with a magnified date window. The casing is 40mm stainless steel, and it works on a standard but reliable Japanese quartz, analog movement. Due to the fact that it is water resistant to 200 M, it makes it suitable for a whole range of water-based and marine activities, but it’s not really recommended for deep scuba diving, instead, it will stand you in better stead if you limit your aquatic movement to surface level.
Very classic in its style, presentation and construction this Stuhrling stainless steel watch has many features that you would expect to only find on a much more expensive professional divers watch. It’s made from surgical grade stainless steel with a screw down back case and adjustable bracelet that you can remove links from for a better fit plus a unidirectional ratcheting coin edge bezel that makes it look so smart. There’s also a screw down crown which is incredibly useful as it forms an even tighter, secure seal, preventing water penetrating when you are diving which enhances the level of water resistance. It’s safe to 200 M, but this additional feature gives you even greater peace of mind. Talking about resistance features, there’s a protective anti-scratch coating with the face being made from a hardened mineral crystal which has been specially designed to further withstand the rigors and pressure of underwater diving. The movement is Swiss Quartz, and there are easy to read luminous hands set on the attractive black dial and a rotating unidirectional bezel. We had to do a double take when we saw the current price! Just go and check it out. Right now! You honestly won’t be disappointed. For more great products like this check out our guide to the best Victorinox Swiss Army watches.
Things just got a little bit more interesting and we just a whole lot hotter under the collar. Of course, we couldn’t possibly do a review of the Best Dive Watches without an Omega making the cut, and it stands to reason it would be from their covetable Seamaster collection. Relatively speaking too, the price isn’t too bad. We know we’ve notched you up into the big leagues here, but it’s a seriously classic timepiece and a real contender. It oozes contemporary sophistication with that sapphire dial window, and it’s elegant and masculine stainless steel link bracelet with secure folding clasp fastener. Clearly, we love the way that it looks but how does it perform? Well first up its resistant to 300 M so no worries on that score. It operates on an automatic self-winding mechanism with crisp and visible analog display. It’s a 41 mm case with a synthetic sapphire dial window which is also scratch resistant. The bezel is unidirectional as well as rotating, and of course, you get the signature seahorse embossed on the back of the case. We’re saving up for the Omega Seamaster right now.
Before you stop reading any further though and think all the Best Dive Watches must by now have been reviewed, we’ve only gone and thrown you a curve ball! Well, an Oyster! You so knew that a Rolex was coming up. Admit it! What can we say about Rolex? If you can afford one, buy one. If you can’t then get friendly with someone, who can or make sure that you are in line for inheriting one. This is a simple, clean and perfectly proportioned timepiece from Rolex that will really stand the test of time. It’s elegant, understated and can handle almost anything you care to throw at it. It manages to be a divers watch, a sports watch, and also a divers watch all in one, and while it might technically be Rolex’s so-called “entry-level” model, it’s anything but basic. Available to purchase with either a black or a white dial, we love the black version which gives an additional sense of Professionalism to this already highly desirable watch. It features a brushed stainless steel case with a twinlock crown and is waterproof to 300 M. It’s a self-winding perpetual bi-directional rotor movement and features hours, minutes and seconds hands. The bracelet is in a 3-link Oyster style with a securely folding Oyster clasp. We think you can probably tell, we like it a lot! Be sure to also check our guide to the best tactical watches.
Last but in no uncertain terms ever likely to be least, we finish up our Best Dive Watch review today with a fantastic timepiece from Tissot. It brings together precision, craftsmanship, and attention to detail with innovation and contemporary design. All delivered in a robust and reliable sports watch which is excellent for diving enthusiasts and casual wear alike. With its 45 mm case and a stationery style bezel, it does the job of being water resistant to 330 M so is great for professional divers but also just as a handsome looking watch. This particular model comes with a stainless steel case and a durable black rubber strap. There are luminous hands on the black dial face with Arabic numerals at the 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock points. It has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face and a screw down crown. The hands and markers are luminescent, and it operates on an automatic movement with a 46-hour power reserve. It’s a seriously sporty and impressive looking watch from this well respected Swiss brand. If you like nice looking timepieces, check out our list of the best Luminox watches.