15 of the Best Dive Watches: A Watch for Every Budget
15 of the Best Dive Watches
Dive watches are incredibly popular because you can trust that they won't easily dent, scratch, or break. Dive watches are meant to withstand the elements, so they're perfect for professional divers or adventurers. There is also a growing population of "desk divers:" men who love the look of dive watches however do not require the dive watch features in their day-to-day life. No matter why you buy a dive watch (whether for practical or aesthetic reasons), you can be sure that these dive watches will satisfy.
There are a few characteristics that you'll find in the majority of dive watches, including water resistance, a unidirectional bezel, a highly legible dial with luminescent hands and indices, and a screw-down crown and case back. If you're unfamiliar with a unidirectional bezel, it's a bezel that can only rotate counter-clockwise. This helps divers to time their remaining air supply. However, if they accidentally knock the bezel by mistake, it can only move in the direction that would err on the side of safety, preventing divers from overestimating their remaining air supply.
We've compiled our favorite dive watches under 1,000 dollars, under 5,000 dollars, and under 10,000 dollars. We're here to help you find the perfect dive watch, no matter your budget. Let a comment below if you have any questions!
Dive Watches Under 1,000 Dollars
The first Seiko dive watch, the automatic 150m Diver’s, was introduced in 1965. But it was the Seiko Professional Diver 600m watch that changed the world’s standards for dive watches. Over the past fifty years, Seiko has improved, refined, and updated their dive watches.
Today, Seiko Prospex has a line of watches dedicated for professional divers. The majority of these watches are water resistant up to 200 meters (20 bar) and are suitable for scuba diving. These dive watches also feature a screw-down crown and case back, heavy-duty straps, and luminescent hands and numerals.
Seiko Prospex watches range from $375 to $795.
Another benefit of this Citizen dive watch is that you won’t have to change the battery or remember to wind the crown. This watch is powered by Citizen’s Eco-Drive movement, meaning that this watch is solar-powered. The watch will automatically charge the battery whenever it’s exposed to light (both natural and artificial light). The watches in the Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver collection come with a variety of different water resistance levels.
Citizen Promaster Diver watches range from $295 to $795.
Although you can’t go wrong with any of their dive watches, we recommend the Master 2000. The Master 2000 features a unidirectional bezel, luminescent hands and indices, a sturdy case, a helium release valve, and a 2000 meter water resistance. This watch also features a sapphire crystal case, which is a scratch-resistant dial unlike mineral dials.
Deep Blue Master 2000 watches range from $899 to $999. If this is out of your budget, we recommend checking out the NATO Diver 300m, which is priced under $300.
Now Orient has introduced the Mako II to build on the Mako legacy. The Mako II features a more robust movement, the Caliber F6922. Plus, the unidirectional bezel now is more precise with 120 clicks, and the watch is water resistant up to 200m. These changes have enhanced the Mako dive watch without losing the brand’s signature style.
Orient Mako II watches are priced at $325.
Victorinox watches may look dressier, but that doesn’t mean they can’t withstand the elements. The Victorinox Maverick Mechanical watch features a unidirectional rotating bezel, a screw-in case back, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal cover, and a sturdy stainless steel case. The watch is water resistant up to 100m.
The Victorinox Maverick Mechanical watch is priced at $895.
Dive Watches Under 5,000 Dollars
As previously mentioned, the Oris Divers Sixty-Five features a vintage-inspired bubble-curved glass, which is made of sapphire crystal. The sapphire crystal is scratch resistant, so you won’t have to worry about accidental nicks and bumps.
This Oris dive watch features 100m water resistance, luminescent hands and indices, and a screwed-in crown and case back.
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five watches range from $1,950 to $2,150.
However, Tudor takes this dive watch one step further with a 500 meter water resistance and a helium escape valve. Plus, the titanium bracelet is fitted with a steel folding clasp that includes a unique auto-adjustable spring mechanism. This mechanism will allow you to easily adjust the bracelet during the dive, and this is useful since watch bracelets naturally contract when compressed at great depths and expand during the return to the surface.
This dive watch is also a great option for left-handed people since Tudor has manufactured a left-handed version in which the crown appears on the opposite side of the case.
The Tudor Pelagos is priced at $4,400.
Unlike many of the watches on this list, the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic watch comes with a see-through case back, so you can see the inner workings of the Alpina AL-525 automatic caliber.
The Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic watches range from $1,395 to $1,495.
This Breitling dive watch features a water resistance up to 200 meters, a screwed-in case back and crown, and a unidirectional rotating bezel. When purchasing this watch, buyers have the option of a leather strap, a rubber strap, or a metal bracelet.
The Breitling Superocean Heritage watches range from $4,000 to $5,000.
The stainless steel bracelet on this TAG Heuer dive watch comes with a folding clasp with safety push-buttons and a diving extension.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300m Automatic watches range from $2,400 to $2,550.
Dive Watches Under 10,000 Dollars
Similar to other dive watches, the Omega Seamaster includes luminescent hands and indices. However, Omega takes it one step further: the applied indices, hour hand, and seconds hand are coated with Super-LumiNova that emits a blue light and the minute hand and 12 o’clock dot on the bezel are coated with Super-LumiNova that emits a green light. This will make it easier for divers to keep track of their time underwater.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m steel and titanium models range from $6,450 to $8,800.
Today there are many different dive watches available in Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms collection, but we recommend checking out the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. The Bathyscaphe features a sporty design that won’t go out of style, and worn with the right strap, this dive watch can easily be dressed up for a night out.
This dive watch features a unidirectional steel bezel, a 300 meter water resistance, a sapphire crystal dial and back, and a 120-hour power reserve. Buyers can choose between a sail-canvas strap, a NATO strap, or a metal bracelet.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe watches are price around $10,000.
This Breitling Avenger II is typically regarded as a pilots watch; however, it can also be worn as a dive watch, making it a double-duty watch. Not many dive watches include a chronograph, so this watch is perfect for men who don't want to settle between a pilots watch and a dive watch. The watch is water resistant up to 300 meters, and the titanium case and sapphire crystal cover will stand up to bumps and nicks. This dive watch features screwed-in pushpiece guards, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and a screwed-in crown and case back.
Buyers can choose between a leather strap, a steel bracelet, or a rubber dive strap.
The Breitling Avenger II watches range between $5,335 and $5,835.
Panerai is also known for their easy-to-read dials. The white hands and indices on this Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 are highly legible against the black dial. And when you’re in complete darkness, you’ll easily be able to read the time because of the applied luminescence.
This stainless steel Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic is priced at $8,700.
The black dial features large Chromalight hour markers and hands, filled with a luminescent material that emits a blue glow for up to eight hours. This blue glow makes the time visible even in the darkest environments.
At 11,350 dollars, this stainless steel Rolex Sea-Dweller comes in slightly over our 10,000 dollar budget. However, we simply couldn’t leave off the iconic Rolex Sea-Dweller. We hope you'll forgive us.
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