25 Best Dive Watches For Every Budget in 2022

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Buying a dive watch can be hard – no matter if it’s your first dive watch or if you’re just looking for yet another watch to the collection. All in all, you want to find the right one.

We’ve put our dive watch geeks to work and they’ve compiled a thorough list of the best dive watches available in 2022.

Consider it your dive watch cheat sheet.

So, what is a dive watch?

A dive watch is essentially just a watch that is waterproof enough to withstand the pressure at the depths that divers dive to.

Today a Dive Watch is mostly a stylish thing – something you wear because you like it. If you need it for real diving, you should consider a Dive Computer instead

If you have a dive computer, you can still dive in with a dive watch.  Plus, they are often quite good looking watches.

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Review Of LIV GX Diver 41mm 2
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From a young and exciting Miami-based company comes a bold but worthwhile challenge to dive watches. The GX-Diver’s 41mm watch by LIV combines some of the aesthetics of Breitling and Omega with a practical potency demonstrated by the cobalt steel model we got our hands on.

As divers, we demand functional practicality to enhance any kit we take down. The GX does this very well. A ceramic bezel with very smooth movements frames a solid sapphire crystal that’s been screwed into place to manage the pressures of depth. On this note, 300 meters is more than enough for most technical divers, let alone recreational dive profiles.

Specs & Features

  • Diameter:: 41mm
  • Weight:: 193g
  • Bezel:: Ceramic
  • Case & Strap:: Stainless Steel
  • Water Resistance:: 300m

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

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    The precision of the ETA 2824-2 movement
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    Great lume in the dark
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    Bezel alignment has no issues whatsoever

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LIV GX-Diver’s 41mm (2nd Gen)

Favorite stylish watch

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‘A robust watch with zero nonsense’ could certainly be the motto of Delma’s Cayman Automatic dive watch. This 1970s-inspired timepiece is one of a kind – apart from having a much sought-after Swiss automatic movement, it is entirely water-resistant at 500m under the water.

The watch is embedded with an exquisite stainless steel case and a mesh bracelet, both of which look classy and sophisticated on the wrist.

To keep with the concept of sports watches, Cayman incorporates a unidirectional aluminum diver bezel with silver numerals at 15, 30, 45, and a luminous speck at the 12 o’clock mark. The ring of the bezel has a scalloped shape for a great grip.

A date window along with the open case back makes it a solid competitor among other dive watches on the current-day market.

Specs & Features

  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Bezel: Black anodized aluminum, unidirectional
  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Water-Resistance: 500m
  • Crystal: Sapphire crystal with AR coating

Our Overall Review

4.3

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    The dive watch is as durable as it can get

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DELMA Cayman

Breathtaking Appearance

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Its breathtaking appearance is, perhaps, how it got its name; a sea star. It is one of the best choices you can make when buying a dive watch. The Seastar 1000 Powermatic has an impressive design and its features are top-notch. It has three sub dials on top of having a date window. Its casing is made from the 316L stainless steel.

However, its unidirectional bezel is made out of ceramic which does not only resist corrosion but also makes the watch to weigh significantly less at 180g. Yes, 180g is quite a low weight given that the Seastar uses steel straps and has a wide length at 43mm.

Specs & Features

  • Movement: Swiss automatic
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 43 mm

Our Overall Review

4.5

Reasons to buy:

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    Stylish design, can be used to dive up to 1000ft deep

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Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic

Extreme Water-resistance

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The updated model of Blue Shark by Delma is the real deal for divers willing to make a smart investment. The aesthetic of the dive watch has been upgraded, and so has the driving force behind the automatic movement. Now, the dial featuring a bright orange color that is also applied to the bezel looks neater and is available in black, orange, and blue. The unidirectional bezel was redesigned to offer divers both brushed steel and black-coated DLC-coated steel options.

Perhaps the most impressive feature of the upgrade is water-resistance which has been upped to the whopping 4000 meters. You won’t find this depth in every other dive watch, and this is exactly what gives Blue Shark III a huge competitive advantage.

The 47mm diameter fits nicely on a wrist without being ‘too large’ or ‘too small’ – it’s the sweet spot for beginners and professionals alike.

Specs & Features

  • Diameter: 47mm
  • Bezel: Brushed Steel/DLC-coated steel, unidirectional
  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel & an additional rubber strap, includes tools for changing straps.
  • Water-Resistance: 4000m
  • Helium escape valve: Yes

Our Overall Review

4.7

Reasons to buy:

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    The ETA 2824 movement provides you with a 38-hour reserve, a helium escape valve.

Reasons NOT to buy:

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DELMA Blue Shark III

Favorite classic design

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This one has a classic design. It has a great appeal with the bezel being excellently labeled for legibility. It uses a nato strap which makes its general weight lighter when compared to others that use steel and other metals. In fact, a nato strap is among the best dive watch straps in the market today. It has a casing diameter of 44mm which makes it appear quite big. The casing has been curved out of 316L stainless steel which is of high quality to ensure a long lasting dive watch. The bezel is made out of the same material as well.

The Deep Blue Nato Diver is feature rich spotting a crown for movement control and a helium escape valve to secure the watch in case of deep diving.

Specs & Features

  • Movement: Seiko NH 36 automatic
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 44 mm
  • Price: $250

Our Overall Review

4.3

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    Helium valve prevents damage, high water resistance depth suits deep diving.

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Deep Blue Nato Diver

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The brand’s greatest dive watch has what it takes to win every diver’s heart. Starting from stainless Steel buttons to moon phase and tide indicators and to atomic time, the G-Shock Frogman watch screams ‘DIVING’. Unlike other dive watches, this one has got an ISO-6425 diver’s certification, which gives peace of mind to those skeptical about the legitimacy of dive watches.

The abundance of divers-oriented features puts it in the same line with some deluxe dive computers, and, with sufficient practice, has the potential to replace the need for a dive computer completely.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Black Resin
  • Movement: Japanese Quartz
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 45mm

Our Overall Review

4.3

Reasons to buy:

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    Has plenty of unique features like an optional triple sensor and a solar battery that lasts around 10-15 years

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Casio G-Shock Frogman

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Powered by the same Japanese movement like the famed Seiko, Pantor Seahorse Dive Watch presents a highly qualitative alternative to its pricey companions that perform the same duty. With 1000m water-resistance and a Swiss-mode lume, this model is an attention-grabber that does not seize to surprise the first-time dive watch buyers.

When added the stylish design to the concoction, you have got yourself an accessory that serves multiple purposes at the same time. Not too bad for a budget watch, right?

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Japanese automatic 9015
  • Water-Resistance: 1000m
  • Diameter: 33mm
  • Details: Automatic Helium Valve at 9H; hands and dials with Swiss C3 Super LumiNova

Our Overall Review

4.1

Reasons to buy:

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    Has a simple and classy look to it; features an adjustable clasp and band

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  • check-markThe display size is quite big at 45mm, which is not everyone’s preferred option
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Pantor Seahorse Pro

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This dive watch wins at every nomination: it has a medium-sized 42mm display, is backed up by the first-rate automatic Swiss movement, and a 2-year guarantee from the manufacturer. The Ceramic bezels with non-reflective sapphire crystal display alone are able to put this watch into a luxurious category that, however, is not going to break anyone’s bank. If this is your first dive watch investment, you won’t even want to scan the high-end section – that’s how revolutionary this number is.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Automatic Swiss
  • Water-Resistance: 500m
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Details: Two-tone ceramic bezel, screw pins, Automatic Helium Escape Value

Our Overall Review

4.4

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    Pros: Combines a decent water-resistance level, stylish and practical design, and an ample set of functions

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Davosa Ternos Professional

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The most celebrated piece from the Zodiac receives praise on a daily basis for a good reason – it has got that blend of style and functionality that is unbeatable. The Sea Wolf 53 Compression Watch includes a 5-link bracelet made from stainless Steel, uni-directional topring, sunray dial, and C3 SuperLuminova hands and markers. The Swiss Technology Production is a cherry on top of the beloved dive watch, whereas the anti-reflective coating and a sapphire crystal dial are the sprinkles.

This cocktail continues to stay true to the mission of the brand as the years go by and keeps attracting the audience of all ages to jump on this Zodiac bandwagon.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Swiss Automatic
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Details: STP 1-11 automatic, Sapphire crystal dial, anti-reflective coating

Our Overall Review

4

Reasons to buy:

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    The clasp spring system enables natural expansion without the need for adjusting the strap manually

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Zodiac Super Sea

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This watch is a new version by Oris for 2018. This, however, does not mean that the Oris Divers Sixty-Five is a trial model. No. It is just another improvement that makes it better than its predecessors. In fact, similar to the Zodiac mentioned earlier, it is another classic gem that a diving enthusiast should consider at its low budget.

It has all the features of a premium divers’ watch with its only downside being a shallow depth rating of 100m which, to be honest, not many divers go beyond. We can comfortably say that it will be the best for diving enthusiasts and recreational divers.

Specs & Features

  • Movement: Oris 733 automatic
  • Water resistance: 100m
  • Diameter: 40 mm

Our Overall Review

4

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    Pros: Less Bulky, Reliable.

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Oris Divers Sixty-Five

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Doxa is also another veteran in the diving game. The Sub 6000T Pro is an advancement of the legendary model that reigned in the ‘60s and the ‘70s. It is a piece of art spotting an orange dial and a bezel with a decompression limit. Since diving began, nobody has dived below 400m.

But just in case you feel like you can break the record, the 6000T will be able to withstand the pressure up to 1800m. What about that!

Specs & Features

  • Movement: Soprod A10 automatic
  • Water resistance: 1800m
  • Diameter: 45 mm

Our Overall Review

4

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    High water resistance depth.

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Doxa Sub 6000T Professional

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This is a beautiful looking piece of a diving accessory. The Black Bay series by Tudor is an inspiration from the Submariners of between the ‘50s and the ‘70s that were Tudor-branded. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight has a unique 39mm case which one of the smallest diameters you are likely to find.

It is a nice blend of modern and vintage features. Its accuracy and is chronometer rated and has an impressive power reserve at 70 hours.

Specs & Features

  • Movement: Tudor MT5402 automatic
  • Water resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 39 mm

Our Overall Review

4

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    Pros: Smaller casing makes it less bulky.

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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight

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Equipped with the latest technologies available on the market, the Oris ProDiver has earned itself a safe spot as a robust and rugged dive watch. It basically ticks all the boxes when it comes to functionality, including a Swiss watch label, 1000m water-resistance, and a date display at 5 o’clock position. And even though 1000 meters sounds not too realistic, it is indeed reassuring to know that your watch covers the lowest of the depths.

What’s more, the titanium material sits effortlessly on your wrist regardless of its solid 49mm display size.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Titanium
  • Movement: Automatic Swiss
  • Water-Resistance: 1000m
  • Diameter: 49mm
  • Details: Luminescent hands and markers, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial

Our Overall Review

4

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    This Is built from high-end materials and has premium features

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Oris ProDiver Pointer Moon

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The Tag Heuer Aquaracers are considered to be some of the most reliable watches out there. This watch, in particular, is a primary example of the brand’s dedication to manufacturing diving accessories at moderate prices. It incorporates a uni-directional rotating bezel, 300 meters of water-resistance, and a self-winding automatic movement.

With its luminescent hand and markers, this number is a great +1 for your diving, snorkeling, or any other water sports adventure.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Brushed Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Automatic Self Winding Automatic Movement
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Details: Deployment buckle, 28.800 vibrations per hour, Ceramic Bezel

Our Overall Review

3.5

Reasons to buy:

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    A more affordable substitute for some iconic Rolex and Omega dive watches

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Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5

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Having been in the business since 1832, Longines has established itself on the market as a brand with a strong devotion to its roots, elegance and the world of sports. The brand is a member of the reputable Swatch Group and it has been building watches that resemble popular vintage watches from the midst of the 20th century. Their Legend Diver model is water-resistant, has an inner bezel and serves many purposes from water sports to fancy night-outs.

Give it a try if you are in the market for a Rolex-like watch that does the exact same trick for a fraction of the price.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Synthetic Nylon
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 42mm

Our Overall Review

3.1

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    The built-in inner bezel allows to keep track of diving minutes with the utmost accuracy

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Longines Legend

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Seiko is among the first brand names that will come to your mind when you think of watches. Their strong presence in the watch industry has earned them unparalleled reverence. Their divers’ collection is often not usually expensive. However, when you have a glance at the Prospex SBDB018 you will be left in awe. Its breathtaking design and detail will leave you mesmerized. It is a perfection of Seiko’s pioneering dive watch of 1968.

Its 44.8mm diameter creates ample room for the automatic Seiko 8L55 movement that ticks 36000 in an hour. Its large diameter will inspire a diver into a confident dive up to 200m deep.

Specs & Features

  • Movement: Seiko 8L55 automatic
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 44.8 mm

Our Overall Review

4

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    Water resistant even at great depths, reliable.

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Seiko Prospex SBDB018

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The Seamaster 300M is another top-of-class dive watch with a helium escape valve to protect it from helium damage. This wonder piece received a massive overhaul in 2018 but, nevertheless, did not entirely lose the pioneering appearance it got in 1993.

Both the dial and the bezel insert are made from ceramic which is corrosion resistant. It uses the co-axial 8800 automatic movements by Omega and is a worthy option for deep scuba divers going down up to 300m.

Specs & Features

  • Movement: Omega 880 automatic
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 42 mm

Our Overall Review

4.3

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    Ceramic bezel is lighter and cannot be corroded easily.

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Omega Seamaster 300M

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The Panerai brand is a dear for many watches but prior to the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days release, there were concerns about the brand being very large. The 42mm Submersible came as a great improvement to the earlier models that had a 44mm diameter. The 2mm difference seems to have made a major difference. The watch now fits better and looks more appealing without losing its signature appearance.

It has a power reserve that will last you 72 hours (3 days) and it is safe to dive with to depths of up to 300m.

Specs & Features

  • Movement: Panerai P.9010 automatic
  • Water resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 42 mm

Our Overall Review

4

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    A long-lasting power reserve, excellent design.

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  • check-markThick making it look bulky.
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Panerai Luminor Submersible I950 3Days

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The Pelagos remains to be an uncompromisingly elegant and versatile tool that can be used in various settings. Made from a lightweight material Titanium, this watch is feather-like on your wrist. This, however, does not take away from its essential features. From the dial, the bezel and its large titanium casing, you will find it resembling the early concepts of watch engineering. It also features a helium escape valve – a safety feature that prevents helium gas from blowing up the crystal from a watch case when the diver reaches the surface after a deep dive.

For clarity, a helium bubble will occupy a small volume at deep dives due to high pressure exerted on it. Once on the surface, the same bubble will expand due to low pressure. The helium valve provides a safe route for the helium to be expelled from the watch.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Titanium and Steel
  • Movement: Tudor MT5612 automatic
  • Water-Resistance: 500m
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Details: Unidirectional rotatable bezel, sapphire crystal dial, helium escape valve at 9 o’clock

Our Overall Review

4.4

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    Is water-resistant in deep diving up to 500m; has a helium valve for the safety of the watch.

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  • check-markIts wide diameter and thick metallic case make it look bulky.
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Tudor Pelagos

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The Seamaster 300M from Omega is another top-of-class dive watch with a helium escape valve to protect it from helium damage. This wonder piece received a massive overhaul in 2018 but, nevertheless, did not entirely lose the pioneering appearance it got in 1993. The dial and the bezel insert are made from ceramic, which is corrosion-resistant.

It uses the co-axial 8800 automatic movements by Omega and is a worthy option for deep scuba divers going down up to 300m.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Co-Axial 2500
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Details: Sea Horse Logo on the back of the case, anti-reflective sapphire crystal dial, push-button closure

Our Overall Review

4.3

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    Ceramic bezel is of good quality, which increases the watch’s longevity

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

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The roots of Breitling ‘Heritage’ watches go back to the 1950s – the times their design is inspired by. The retro-ish old school look of the Aeromarine Superocean model hints on the collection’s rich history without showing any signs of the features being outdated. Instead, the elegant and slightly conservative design combined with the date window, unidirectional bezel rotation, and three hand markers speak loud enough for it to be a sought-after watch.

This number is indeed an excellent option for anyone who is in search of a timeless classic that is suited for every occasion.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Polished Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Breitling automatic Caliber 17
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Details: Screw-down crown & case back, luminescent hands & markers, glare-proof sapphire crystal dial

Our Overall Review

5

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    Equally great in terms of functioning well and looking presentable.

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Breitling Aeromarine Superocean Heritage 42

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A robust performance paired with the sleek design is certainly what this Bremont Supermarine S500 model is all about. It has got a high level of readability in low lighting and a water-resistance that reaches 500 meters – a perfect scenario for passionate divers that also have high standards. The accuracy of this dive watch cannot be doubted due to its automatic movement that is stored inside the anti-shock and anti-magnetic crates for that additional long lastingness.

Call it a scrupulous work of manufacturers or a natural desire to win over its competitors, but you cannot argue that this dive watch is a valuable investment.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel .
  • Strap: Rubber .
  • Movement: Modified Swiss Calibre 13 ¼ BE-36AE Automatic .
  • Water-Resistance: 500m .
  • Diameter: 43mm .

Our Overall Review

4

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    Scratch-resistance, water-resistance, and a 38-hour reserve make the watch stand out.

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  • check-markOne of the most expensive dive watches we have reviewed.
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Bremont Supermarine S500

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The Delma Shell Star Black Tag is an automatic professional diver’s watch that features a helium valve and has a stainless steel coated case with a black rubber strap. With only 500 pieces ever made, this model is a limited edition piece.

Specs & Features

  • Case and Strap: Stainless steel black DLC coated with transparent mineral crystal
  • Movement: ETA 2824 / SW200, Delma custom rotor (Automatic)
  • Water resistance: 50 ATM / 500 m / 1650ft
  • Size: 44mm
  • Height: 13.8mm

Our Overall Review

4.3

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    High quality and resilient
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    It feels solid and looks like a professional’s timepiece
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    Bezel turns without protest, like a well-oiled machine
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    Water resistant to 50 ATM
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    Multifunctional and unique features

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Delma Shell Star Black Tag

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The most influential dive watch of all time had to be mentioned here. The inception of the Submariner in 1953 turned out to be a wakeup call that went to inspire many o its followers. Since the release of the first piece, the Submariner has been improved several times which has made it stand unrivaled by any other in its class. It has a fairly smaller diameter and its bezel is made from ceramic. These design features are all meant to make it less bulky and durable at the same time.

Furthermore, its automatic movement has also been well-engineered and upgraded over the years to give it the necessary accuracy.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Rolex Caliber 3135
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Details: Oysterlock Deployment Buckle with Rolex Glidelock Extension System, Stop-seconds Feature for Precise Time Setting, Cyclops Lens Date Feature.

Our Overall Review

3

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    Designed to be worn during diving and in everyday life (+plenty of features and highly qualitative elements)

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  • check-markA minority of the population is able to afford it
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Rolex Submariner

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A ‘busy’ dive watch means that its display is abundant with features a diver would appreciate having. This dive watch is not an exception – it is equipped with an analog display that is powered by the solar mechanism. The unidirectional bezel is numbered, a crown is red striped, and black dial is endowed with three chronograph subdials. What an assortment indeed! Although the side buttons are bulky, the watch has a sleek look to it – a look preferred by the majority. This look allows you to wear it to your water sports adventures and fancy evening outs alike.

It represents class and the absence of nonsense. It is essentially the real deal on the dive watch market.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Caliber V175 Solar Power Quartz
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Details: unidirectional bezel with numbers, Hardlex dial window, a push-button clasp with button

Our Overall Review

4.4

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    The solar quartz mechanism is a win-win case for nature-loving divers

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  • check-markA large number of details on the dial might be off-putting for minimalists;
  • check-markThe price is quite high, especially when taking into consideration the absence of an automatic movement
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Seiko Chronograph SSC015P1

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This recommendation of ours proudly wears the name of ‘Big Tuna’ on the basis we are about to cover. The Marinemaster is truly a one in a million type of watch that many tend to put on their Christmas wishing list. The massive 48mm case features a shroud that adds the mandatory protection needed when diving – be sure it will last you at least a few decades. It is anti-magnetic, has a 300-meter water-resistance rate (not common for Seiko watches), and has a battery life that reaches 5 years. How mindboggling is that?

You definitely get your money worth when investing in a piece like this. With a rubber strap that fits snug on your wrist, you can conquer the underwater world in no time.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Rubber
  • Movement: Seiko 7C46
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 48mm

Our Overall Review

4.1

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    The 300-meters water-resistance make it suitable for any water sport;
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    The sturdiest dive watch on the Seiko market

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Seiko Men’s Automatic SKX011J1

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This recommendation of ours proudly wears the name of ‘Big Tuna’ on the basis we are about to cover. The Marinemaster is truly a one in a million type of watch that many tend to put on their Christmas wishing list. The massive 48mm case features a shroud that adds the mandatory protection needed when diving – be sure it will last you at least a few decades. It is anti-magnetic, has a 300-meter water-resistance rate (not common for Seiko watches), and has a battery life that reaches 5 years. How mindboggling is that? You definitely get your money worth when investing in a piece like this.

With a rubber strap that fits snug on your wrist, you can conquer the underwater world in no time.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Rubber
  • Movement: Seiko 7C46
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 48mm

Our Overall Review

4.2

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    The 300-meters water-resistance make it suitable for any water sport;
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    The sturdiest dive watch on the Seiko market

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Seiko Men’s Kinetic SKA371

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A Seiko model under $250 is reminiscent of the most famed dive watch known as the Golden Tuna. And the reasons for it are as follows. The power reserve is around 10 months, which is already a good start for a watch of this price. The one-way rotating bezel is the next great thing that has happened to this watch. Then, the screw-down crown and case display the security needed for a diver who prefers going deep down the ocean. The bulkiness is absent – its rather sleek design tops it up with a feature no one can resist when looking for a lightweight dive watch that does not lack in the set of basic functionalities.

This special edition piece might just be your cup of tea if the aforementioned points are of interest to you.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Polyurethane
  • Movement: Caliber V175 Solar quartz
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 47mm

Our Overall Review

4.2

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    Affordable option with many features;
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    Lumibrite hands and markers are easily seen from afar thanks to their shine

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markDoes not have unique features or that higher-end feel when on the wrist
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Seiko PADI Solar SNE499

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What do we have here? Right, another Solar Power dive watch. Seiko is killing the eco-friendly game! This mechanism is hassle-free as you don’t need to recharge the battery. Place it under the direct sunlight and you have got yourself a watch with 6-months worth of natural functioning. There are other features in this model every diver would appreciate having – a versatile design, a function-full display, and the black and blue aesthetics. The Hardlex window is responsible for your dial to stay scratchproof and shockproof, while the unidirectional bezel is in charge of the smooth operating activity of the watch that is accompanied by the clicking sound during the rotation.

Still not convinced? Well, here’s the promising part – this watch has an ISO 6425 certification. Be certain that your new purchase will function under the water in an efficient and wasteless manner.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Caliber V175 Solar quartz
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Details: Lumibrite lume on hands and markers, three chronograph subdials, Hardlex dial window

Our Overall Review

4.3

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    The black and blue dial is attractive;
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    The chronograph features split timing windows;
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    The recharge is extra easy due to the solar power movement

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  • check-markThe dial may seem cluttered with the three subdials;
  • check-markThe date feature on the dial may be hard to see
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Seiko Prospex Analog SSC017

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A big statement watch that comes at a lavish price is an investment not everyone is willing to make. Those who do, however, can freely exhale – this model will last them a lifetime, if not longer. Let us intrigue you with the features the manufacturer supplied it with before you make a decision to purchase it or not. With a 41 power reserve, this watch does not seize to impress the most skeptical divers. At the astounding 46.5m diameter it has a lot of presence while also leaving room for features like 24 jewels and luminous markers to have their say.

The black and yellow bezel is memorable and practical at the same time – who wants to struggle under the water while trying to discern the data written on the dial? Not us. Experienced divers will surely appreciate this number and everything it has to offer.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Caoutchouc
  • Movement: Caliber 4R36
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 46.5mm

Our Overall Review

4.4

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Seiko Prospex Automatic SRP639K1

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This recommendation of ours proudly wears the name of ‘Big Tuna’ on the basis we are about to cover. The Marinemaster is truly a one in a million type of watch that many tend to put on their Christmas wishing list. The massive 48mm case features a shroud that adds the mandatory protection needed when diving – be sure it will last you at least a few decades. It is anti-magnetic, has a 300-meter water-resistance rate (not common for Seiko watches), and has a battery life that reaches 5 years. How mindboggling is that? You definitely get your money worth when investing in a piece like this.

With a rubber strap that fits snug on your wrist, you can conquer the underwater world in no time.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Rubber
  • Movement: Seiko 7C46
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 48mm

Our Overall Review

4.2

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    The 300-meters water-resistance make it suitable for any water sport;
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    The sturdiest dive watch on the Seiko market

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Seiko Prospex PADI SBDC055

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Another Solar powerhouse by Seiko made its debut a long time ago and yet is still breaking dive watches charts. It is bold, utilitarian, and eco-friendly. It checks all the boxes in one fell swoop. The red and blue pairing is eye-catching, while the multifunctional dial with a rotating bezel gives hope that it will last a long time. Supplementary elements like a triangular pointer help to measure the oxygen level underwater, whereas the 200-meter water-resistance guarantees the permanent workflow of the watch on the greatest of the depths.

You won’t make a mistake by investing in a watch of this kind as its value is completely proven by the high-caliber features it possesses.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Japanese V157 solar quartz
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 43.5mm
  • Details: Hardlex glass, 10-months power reserve, a three-fold clasp with secure lock

Our Overall Review

4.7

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    The solar quartz is a great element of the watch that has an almost infinite amount of power and is environmental-friendly;
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Seiko Prospex PADI SNE435P1

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A midrange watch of this kind has a quirky nickname ‘Turtle’ thanks to its case shaped like a cushion. The blue dial and the stainless steel case justify this accessory to be belonging to the underwater world. You and the rich waters of oceans will be matching! As for the functionalities, rest assured that this Samurai watch will serve you well. It has got a 200 meters water-resistance rate, luminescent hands and markers, and a unidirectional bezel that will help you get accurate data on the time you spent diving last Tuesday. To top it all off, it’s automatic.

This means that besides an elegant design you are also getting a highly regarded mechanism. With a 2-year warranty, there is no reason for you to worry about possible damages – put it on and enjoy your dive with a peace of mind.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Seiko 24-Jewel Automatic 4R36 (self-winding)
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 43.8mm
  • Details: screw-down offset crown, Hardlex mineral crystal, a solid etched, unidirectional diving bezel with luminous PIP at 12:00

Our Overall Review

4.9

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    The mechanism of the watch of this price is considered to be prestigious

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  • check-markThe coloring of the watch might not be everyone’s cup of tea;
  • check-markA big amount of data might seem overwhelming
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Seiko Prospex Samurai Save The Ocean SRPC93

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This recommendation of ours proudly wears the name of ‘Big Tuna’ on the basis we are about to cover. The Marinemaster is truly a one in a million type of watch that many tend to put on their Christmas wishing list. The massive 48mm case features a shroud that adds the mandatory protection needed when diving – be sure it will last you at least a few decades. It is anti-magnetic, has a 300-meter water-resistance rate (not common for Seiko watches), and has a battery life that reaches 5 years.

How mindboggling is that? You definitely get your money worth when investing in a piece like this. With a rubber strap that fits snug on your wrist, you can conquer the underwater world in no time.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Rubber
  • Movement: Seiko 7C46
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 48mm

Our Overall Review

4.3

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    The 300-meters water-resistance make it suitable for any water sport;
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    The sturdiest dive watch on the Seiko market

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Seiko Prospex SBBN033 Marinemaster

Best Solar Quartz Design

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You may be wondering why the watch’s framing of the dial has a different color. There is merely one logical answer – it is incorporated into the watch to supply divers with additional data readability when the depths of the water become low. The yellow on the SNE441 acts as a pair of glasses one needs to be able to read. The other great feature this watch has is a quartz movement powered by solar energy. You are basically killing two birds with one stone by discovering the rich underwater realm while also being mindful of the fragile ecosystem we are living in.

Having employed every essential element from the Prsopex series like a practical design, lucid numbers, and a sufficient 200m water-resistance rate, this dive watch will become your great companion on your next dive.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Silicone Rubber
  • Movement: Japanese V157 solar quartz
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 44mm

Our Overall Review

4.8

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    Looks good underwater and in formal settings;
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    The unidirectional bezel resists the pressure of all kind

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Seiko Prospex SNE441

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Perhaps the most optimal option for those avid divers with busy work schedules and frequent night outings is the SNE5371P1 watch from the Prospex collection. It encompasses a stylish camo pattern running through the strap and the bezel and a glossy black and silver case. The overall design is minimalistic, but don’t assume that it takes away from the just as lavish features. It maintains a 200-meters water-resistance rate while also having a Solar quartz movement, a crucial detail in the 21st century when the issue of climate change is burning more than ever before.

The accuracy reaching +/- 15 seconds per month, this model can win over some of the more expensive options presented by Seiko. Just note the three-dimensional bezel that supplies you with the additional security when timekeeping your diving time – that alone is worth every penny you would spend on this dive watch.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Glass and plastic
  • Strap: Leather textured silicone
  • Movement: Solar quartz with Seiko Caliber V157
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 44mm

Our Overall Review

4

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    The 10-month power reserve is a great element that enables the watch to operate for a long period of time without the need to recharge it

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Seiko Prospex SNE5371P1

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The settle black and gold colors give this SRPB55 dive watch a sleek look that every diver can make use of both underwater and at business meetings. It comes with a one-way rotating bezel, Lumibrite hands and markers, and an astonishing 41-hours of battery reserve. We believe this is not too bad for a watch under $400. The water-resistance of 200 meters is basic for the majority of the Seiko watches just like the screw-down crown and case back. With 23 jewels and 21,600 vibrations per hour, this model can easily make it to the top of your accessory list. Whether you choose to explore the rich marine world through diving or snorkeling, it will serve you well in either one of the scenarios.

And, you can push away the worries regarding its longevity thanks to the warranty the manufacturer provides. Aren’t you captivated yet?

Specs & Features

  • Case: Gun Metal Ion
  • Strap: Silicone
  • Movement: Automatic Seiko 4R35 (Self-winding)
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 44mm

Our Overall Review

4

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    It has got a great design and an automatic movement – a killer duo for the given price

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markThe size of this watch might be too big for smaller wrists
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Seiko Prospex SRPB55

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Continuing on the red and blue Seiko theme, here is another contestant that is worth your attention and consideration. It includes a combination of a stylish design and a functional mechanism, which is the ultimate duo for any proficient diver. You will be pleasantly surprised by the battery-free mechanism behind this watch that also incorporates a two-tone unidirectional bezel. A detail in the form of the scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal is another point essential to note when weighing out the pros and cons of this model.

As we finish up with the 3 o’clock window that depicts both day and time, you can already deduce the amount of value you get by purchasing this watch.

Specs & Features

  • Case & Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Movement: Japanese 7s26 automatic
  • Water-Resistance: 200m
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Details: red and blue accents on the bezel, day and date display, scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal

Our Overall Review

4.5

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    The two-tone bezel increases the level of readability underwater;
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    A fold-over locking buckle type clasp is easy to use

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Seiko SKX009K2 Stainless Steel

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This recommendation of ours proudly wears the name of ‘Big Tuna’ on the basis we are about to cover. The Marinemaster is truly a one in a million type of watch that many tend to put on their Christmas wishing list. The massive 48mm case features a shroud that adds the mandatory protection needed when diving – be sure it will last you at least a few decades. It is anti-magnetic, has a 300-meter water-resistance rate (not common for Seiko watches), and has a battery life that reaches 5 years. How mindboggling is that? You definitely get your money worth when investing in a piece like this.

With a rubber strap that fits snug on your wrist, you can conquer the underwater world in no time.

Specs & Features

  • Case: Stainless Steel
  • Strap: Rubber
  • Movement: Seiko 7C46
  • Water-Resistance: 300m
  • Diameter: 48mm

Our Overall Review

4.1

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    The 300-meters water-resistance make it suitable for any water sport;
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    The sturdiest dive watch on the Seiko market

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Seiko SPB083J1

Related Dive Watch Reviews

Whether you are planning to venture into diving either for recreation or as a professional, there is a dive watch for you.

All you need to know is the features you are looking for and your budget. There are even those watches that will serve you well both as a diving equipment and as part of your daily outfit.

Why do many divers wear a dive watch?

Partly, tradition and preference. Dive watches are still strongly associated with the sport, and many divers wear them because they like them, and because they like having a backup for their computer, even if this backup doesn’t have all the features of the computer. Some dive watches feature depth gauges, and these can actually work as a rudimentary dive computer backup, allowing you to do a complete ascent to the surface, including any deco or safety stops along the way. But many divers, and non-divers, do simply wear them because they like them.

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Why do dive watches have rotating bezel?

The bezel is marked with minutes up to 60 minutes (typically) to allow divers to quickly discern how long they’ve been down. You rotate the bezel so the zero mark is at the minute hand when you descend, and then you can read the duration of your dive at any time, without having to calculate it. And the bezel typically only rotates one way, so if it is accidentally moved, it will only shorten your dive, not extend it, possibly beyond your no-decompression limit. Always err on the side of caution.

What should I look for in a dive watch?

First and foremost, depth rating. At least 100 meters/300 feet/10 ATM. Then of course, a rotating bezel. Material is worth considering as well, stainless is good, titanium is better. Titanium is lighter and more corrosion resistant. Whether you choose a rubber strap or a metal bracelet is a matter of preference, but make sure that both are long enough to allow you to wear the watch over your wetsuit or drysuit. Most metal bracelets will have an extension function to ensure this. A depth gauge is useful, too. Also, make sure the watch face is clean enough to be easily legible.

Is Helium buildup a problem?

You may hear wild stories about an exotic feature called a helium valve. Don’t get hung up on this. A helium valve is useful for commercial divers doing very deep saturation diving, where they live in underwater habitats filled with a trimix breathing gas containing helium. The helium molecules, being extremely small, can make their way into the watch case, and then, when the diver ascends, these molecules expand (due to dropping pressure) and can damage the watch. But for recreational divers, even technical ones, this isn’t an issue, as we typically do not spend a lot of time in underwater habitats hundreds of meters below the surface.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is the best dive watch?

The answer to this really depends on a combination of your style, budget, and feature requests. It’s never easy to pick one specific best dive watch and that is why we’ve created this extensive guide for the best dive watches.

However, at this very moment, these are our own favorites:

Should I buy a dive watch?

Short answer; Yes if you like them ????

Divers’ watches are designed for the best readability underwater possible. This enhances the readability overwater, too.

Top of this, the built quality of dive watches are usually very high and will give you a watch that last for years.

Why are most dive watches automatic?

The automatic movements are popular in the diver market as they don’t require a battery – and as you can imagine a battery change on a dive watch is more complicated as they need to be 110% waterproof.

Automatic watches “wind” from the motion of your arm, so they’ll keep ticking as long as you keep them on your wrist. Also seen in this class of watches are day/date features, adding to the utility of the timepiece

What is the best dive watch at a low budget (below $1000)?

Here are 5 superb dive watches for under $1,000. Any one of these can weather the elements with you while keeping your wallet happy and still be ready for your next dive.

These are our own favorites:

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