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Price

Rating

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LONGINES
Hydro Conquest
OUR TOP PICK

dive watches under 1000

4.9  /5

SEIKO
SKX007K Automatic
BEST VALUE

automatic diver watch

4.9  /5

VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY
I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch

best automatic dive watches

4.8  /5

RAYMOND WEIL
Tango Quartz

diver watch for men

4.7  /5

TAG HEUER
Formula 1

best solar dive watch

4.8  /5

TOP PICK

automatic dive watch

Overall Rating

4.9  /5

Design

4.9

Durability

4.9

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General Impression

Large numerals and chunky markers make this watch very easy to read without compromising the classic style of a premium dive watch. The black dial not only makes the markers and hands sharp in contrast, but it also provides an excellent backdrop for the luminosity. The case is smaller, making it more suitable for those with smaller wrists or those who prefer a smaller timepiece.

If you’re looking for one of the best dive watches under 1000, this is our pick, arguably the best dive watch for the money.

Specifications

BRAND: Longines
MODEL: Hydro Conquest
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 15.84 ounces
MOVEMENT: Japanese Quartz
MATERIALS: Anti-reflective sapphire, stainless steel case and band
CASE DIAMETER: 39 mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 990ft

Standout Features

  • Large numerals
  • Smaller case
BEST DIVE WATCH UNDER 500 DOLLARS

best diver watch under 500

Overall Rating

4.9  /5

Design

4.8

Durability

4.9

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General Impression

This Seiko watch is made with a classic design, it’s thick, heavy and looks the part. The black and white design makes it easy to read, and it boasts good luminosity for low light conditions too. The bezel is easy to grasp and use.  The watch is powered by the wearer’s movement, left unworn it will power down. The band is rubber but can be changed for a metal band if that is preferable.

Seiko dive watches have an excellent reputation and, as inexpensive dive watches go, this one is great and our pick for the best dive watch under 500.

Specifications

BRAND: Seiko
MODEL: SKX007K
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 3.2 ounces
MOVEMENT: Japanese Automatic Movement
MATERIALS: Hardlex crystal, stainless steel case, rubber strap
CASE DIAMETER: 42mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 660 feet (200m) suitable for recreational scuba diving

Standout Features

  • Classic, timeless design.
  • Easy to read.
  • Chunky, solid, and robust.

best dive watches under 300

Overall Rating

4.9  /5

Design

4.8

Durability

4.9

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General Impression

This watch is solid, hefty, and rugged. The design draws on classic features treated to a modern interpretation. The markers and hands are chunky and feature light blue luminosity making them easy to read. The minute hand is orange, and the hour hand is white, giving you instant contrast in low light situations.

An Eco-drive powered watch never needs a battery. The technology allows the watch to power via exposure to light. It’s similar to a solar dive watch, but it doesn’t need to be in full sun and infact, it will power from artificial light too.  A fully charged battery can power the watch for six months, but it works best with regular light exposure.

Specifications

BRAND: Citizen
MODEL: Eco-Drive Promaster
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 5.76 ounces
MOVEMENT: Japanese Quartz
MATERIALS: Mineral dial, stainless steel case, and bezel, rubber band
CASE DIAMETER: 48mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 990ft

Standout Features

  • Excellent durability
  • Chunky, no-nonsense design
  • It is powered by light

swiss automatic dive watch

Overall Rating

4.8  /5

Design

4.8

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

Victorinox Swiss Army is the same brand that delivers the iconic Swiss Army knives. This design is both classic and sophisticated, easily paired a wet suit or business suit.

The dial is clean and easy to read, and the crystal is scratch-resistant and anti-reflective.  The markers and hands are treated with two colors of Super-LumiNova; the minute hand and bezel marker are blue, and the dial markers are green. This makes the watch easy to read at a glance in low light.

Specifications

BRAND: Victorinox Swiss Army
MODEL: I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 8.16 ounces
MOVEMENT: Japanese Quartz
MATERIALS: Anti-reflective sapphire, stainless steel case, bezel, and band.
CASE DIAMETER: 45mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 660 feet

Standout Features

  • Tough watch from a quality brand
  • Easy to read
  • Classic style.

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Overall Rating

4.8  /5

Design

4.7

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

The bold orange color of this Seiko design won’t suit those looking for a classic style but offers those looking for an individual twist a standout timepiece. The color epitomizes the bold sense of adventure implied by the lifestyle it embodies. The orange dial is easy to read, and the LumiBrite hands and markers make it easy to read in low light conditions. Its stainless-steel case is angular and framed with a singular direction bezel. The bracelet is stainless steel and robust.

This dive watch would be our pick for the best automatic dive watch under 1000 dollars.

Specifications

BRAND: Seiko
MODEL: SRPC07
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 1 pound
MOVEMENT: Swiss Automatic divers watch
MATERIALS: Hardlex crystal, stainless steel case, band, and bezel
CASE DIAMETER: 44mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 660 feet

Standout Features

  • Bold, fun style
  • Inexpensive automatic dive watch

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Overall Rating

4.7  /5

Design

4.6

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

The black carbon case and rubber wrist band give this Luminox watch a rugged, sporty feel. The white numerals on the bezel, white markers, and hands stand out well. The hands and markers are designed to glow for 25 years. The design might not suit more formal occasions or those looking for a more classic look.

Specifications

BRAND: Luminox
MODEL: Scott Cassell Deep Dive Watch 1551
SEX: Men’s
MOVEMENT: Japanese Quartz
MATERIALS: Sapphire, CARBONOX case, rubber band.
CASE DIAMETER: 39 mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 300m

Standout Features

  • Rugged carbon case
  • Easy to read

diver watch

Overall Rating

4.7  /5

Design

4.7

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

Chris Benz has a strong track record of creating solid divers’ watches. This watch was designed to bring awareness to the plight of sharks and features a shark motif and engraved case. The watch comes with a book highlighting shark encounters making a great purchase for shark loving divers.

The watch itself is easy to read, having a black face and white markers. The watch features luminosity too and has a turnable bezel and helium release valve.

Specifications

BRAND: Chris Benz
MODEL: Deep 1000m Shark Project Edition
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 4.59 ounces
MOVEMENT: Automatic
MATERIALS: Sapphire crystal, caoutchouc band, stainless steel case
CASE DIAMETER: 46.5mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 990 feet

Standout Features

  • Band made from natural rubber
  • Helium valve
  • Shark edition.

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Overall Rating

4.7  /5

Design

4.8

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

This Raymonw Weil Rated to 984 feet (300m), this watch can go the distance. The face features extra dials to measure seconds, minutes, and depth.  The added dials give it a technical feel; they’re set into a blue dial offset by silver-tone hands. Hands and markers are luminous for low light conditions.

Specifications

BRAND: Raymond Weil
MODEL: Tango Quartz
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 16 ounces
MOVEMENT: Japanese Quartz
MATERIALS: Synthetic sapphire, stainless steel case, bezel, and band.
CASE DIAMETER: 43mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 984 feet

Standout Features

  • Excellent depth rating
  • Extra dials for added functionality

navy diving watches

Overall Rating

4.6  /5

Design

4.5

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

Bulova pride themselves on precision and the chorography backs this up, but unfortunately, the dials can be hard to read. The face is quite busy and might be distracting for those who prefer a sleeker more minimalist look. However, the presentation brooks no-nonsense, it looks like a serious watch for someone who knows what they’re about.

Specifications

BRAND: Bulova
MODEL: Men’s 47mm Precisionist
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 9.6 ounces
MOVEMENT: Japanese Quartz
MATERIALS: Mineral, stainless steel case, and band
CASE DIAMETER: 46.5mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 990 feet

Standout Features

  • Multi dial measurement
  • Precise

professional diver watches

Overall Rating

4.8  /5

Design

4.9

Durability

4.8

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General Impression

TAG Heuer has a great reputation for producing top dive watches. This TAG Heuer watch favors the classic dive watch look. It’s stainless steel case, and band provide a sleek, serious surround to a strong, bold face. Hands and markers feature luminosity, and the bezel is unidirectional with clear markings.

A TAG Heuer for under 1000 dollars, has to be worth definite consideration when looking at the best men’s dive watches.

Specifications

BRAND: TAG Heuer
MODEL: Formula 1
SEX: Men’s
WEIGHT: 11.04 ounces
MOVEMENT: Japanese Quartz
MATERIALS: Anti-reflective sapphire, stainless steel bezel, and band
CASE DIAMETER: 41mm
WATER RESISTANT DEPTH: 660 feet

Standout Features

  • Classic dive watch with premium brand values
  • Easy to read

Is it possible to buy quality but cheap dive watches? You might think that the best dive watches will cost a fortune, but there are affordable dive watches. While the suggestions in this feature include the best dive watches under 1000 dollars, the buying guide is relevant to purchasing any diver watches.

Why buy a dive watch?

Very few divers today will dive using a dive watch and depth gauge to manage their dive profile, almost all divers will use a computer. Why then would you have a dive watch?

Back-up: Dive watches can provide a simple backup for your dive computer and provide a means of monitoring your ascent speed and safety stop in the event of failure.

Professional: Saturation divers have an obvious requirement for a diver’s watch, but other professionals do too. Dive instructors need to time skills, and many dive computers don’t have a means of timing in seconds. Course skills are taught in shallow water, and dive computers often do not fare too well in this environment, and the constant beeping can be annoying.

Ease: Regardless of the sport, if you spend a lot of time in and out of the water, having a waterproof quality timepiece makes life a lot easier.

Main Features to Consider When Buying A Dive Watch

A watch is an accessory, no different to jewelry or clothing. Keep your existing closet and personal sense of style in mind when making your decision. Ultimately, a watch’s role should be to compliment an existing closet and amplify your personal look. Some watchmakers have diving watches aimed at females, and we have a guide for the best women’s dive watches.

Cosmetics aside, there are standards, ratings, and some key features that you need to understand and consider to ensure that you are buying a timepiece fit for purpose.

ISO 6425

The ISO is the International Organisation for Standardisation, and the number 6425 governs dive watches. Note that the German DIN 8306 is the same. If a watch has this rating, you can be sure that the watch has a minimum depth rating of 300ft (100m) plus;

  • A unidirectional bezel that can be rotated to make a start time, which can be measured in at least 5-minute intervals.
  • Clear minute markings on the watch face,
  • Be luminescent enough to facilitate reading at a distance of 9.8inches (25cm) from the wearers face in total darkness,
  • Have a way of indicating it’s functioning correctly in complete darkness – the luminosity of a second hand usually achieves this,
  • Be magnetic, chemical and shock resistant,
  • Have a strap or band that has been tested using a force of 45lb,
  • Battery-powered watches will have an end of life indicator (EOL).

Gaining an ISO rating is voluntary, and it does cost the manufacturer, which means that dive watches are available without this rating.

The following are the features that you should consider when choosing a dive watch whether you are looking for the best budget dive watch or the best diving watch in your budget.

Water Resistance

The issue surrounding the term ‘water resistance’ causes a lot of confusion. It would be easy to assume that ‘water-resistant 200m’ would mean that you could dive with the watch to 200m. However, this is not the case. WR200 is suitable for skin diving or surface water sports but not scuba diving. Similarly, a watch rated to 10 bar of pressure might lead you to believe, again, that you could dive to 100m, but this is not the case.

To buy a watch suitable for scuba diving you need to look for something rated explicitly as a diving watch. Carefully read the makers descriptions before you buy.

Analogue / Digital

Analog watches have hands to tell the time, whereas digital watches display the time in figures. Some watches incorporate both. What you choose is personal preference, consider style but don’t choose style over ease of reading.

Watch Face

The face of the watch is referred to as crystal, but the materials are either acrylic glass, hardened glass, or synthetic sapphire.

Acrylic glass is resistant to breakage, but the material is easily scratched. Small scratches can be buffed out, but the material is not ideal for the rough and tumbles associated with the diving.

Hardened glass is a sound middle ground. It stands up better in terms of scratches and is not quite so brittle as sapphire. Sapphire is the most scratch-resistant.

Crown

The crown is the part used to wind and adjust. It needs to be waterproof. Traditionally the crown is at the side of the face, but it can be offset. Some find offset crowns more comfortable as they’re not felt when the wrist is flexed.

Bezel

A bezel is the part of the watch that rotates around the outer edge of the watch face. Ideally, you want a bezel that will rotate in either direction. It should have a clear marker on it that you align with your minute hand to measure elapsed time.

See in the Dark

It’s no use having a watch if you can’t read it in bad visibility or low light, so your watch must have some luminosity to enable you to read the dial in poorly lit conditions. The best diver watches glow strongly, and some even have different colors of luminosity to assist reading at a glance.

Size

Watches and their faces come in a selection of sizes. You’ll want something comfortable and, style-wise, something that fits your wrist size. Ladies might prefer smaller faces and less bulky straps if so, take a look at the best womens dive watches.

Strap / Band

The strap needs to be comfortable and robust, but it also needs to look good and suit your style. Think about how you will wear your watch too. If you like to wear if over your wetsuit it needs to be easily adjustable.

Rubber straps are softer than their metal counterparts; they’re flexible, durable, and easy to adjust.

Stainless steel or titanium straps are the usual metal options available. Titanium is more expensive, but it is lighter and hypoallergenic.

Movement

The movement of the action is how the watch keeps time. There are two options: quartz and mechanical.

Quartz watches need a battery to operate, whereas a mechanical diver watch works with the natural movement of the watch. Quartz watches are cheaper, but they do require a battery change.

Helium Release Valve

This feature is only necessary on watches rated deep enough to be used by saturation divers. The valve allows helium to be released. It’s an expensive feature and one that might not be necessary when looking for the best inexpensive dive watch.

Depth Gauge

Some watches incorporate a depth gauge. A depth gauge would provide a useful backup for your dive computer if you don’t have a depth gauge on your regulator console. Like a typical analog depth gauge, it should show both the maximum depth of the dive and your current depth.

How to use a dive watch?

If you want to be able to see the time without altering the display on your dive computer, then there’s no need to prepare your dive watch before diving. If you want to use your dive watch to monitor a dive’s elapsed time, then one of the last things you do before submerging is to set your bezel. Rotate it so that the marker lines up with the minute hand on the display.

How to use a dive watch bezel?

A watch bezel is a ring that rotates around the dial. Its purpose is to measure elapsed time. To set it you rotate the dial until the marker lines up with the minute hand. As the minute hand moves on, it ‘remembers’ your start point allowing you to calculate how much time has elapsed.

Why are bezel-less dive watches the best?

An external bezel is prone to collecting dirt, sand, and other debris. Instead, some manufacturers locate the bezel under the crystal. Crowns operate internal bezels.

What is the best watch for 1000 dollars?

In our reviews, we have selected ten watches that offer great value and features for under 1000 dollars. We have included a range of brands and styles so you can choose a cheap diver watch based on your style.

What brands are the best dive watches in the world?

There are many dive watch brands; we have featured a selection of the best dive watches in our reviews.

How does the bezel on a dive watch work?

The bezel on a dive watch allows you to measure time. You set the bezel by lining up the marker with the minute hand.

How to use dive watch bezel for decompression timing?

To use your watch bezel to measure elapsed time you first need to set it. Rotate the bezel so that the marker aligns with the minute hand. As the minute hand moves, you can read the elapsed time by reading where the minute hand points to on the bezel.

Where should I go to get a dive watch serviced?

It’s essential to use an authorized service center to service a dive watch. They are experienced and properly equipped to maintain your watch. Additionally – should your watch be under warranty – using an unauthorized service center will void that warranty.

Where can I buy dive watches?

Dive watches can be purchased a dive and sports stores, jewelers either in-store or online. Duty-free stores in airports and other locations often carry a small selection too. Ultimately, you will get the best divers watch selection online.

REACH OUT

As always, we create our content with you, fellow divers, in mind. So, how’d we do? Did you find this informative? Did it help you make a decision? Did we miss anything? We’d love to hear from you below. Thanks for reading and we hope your next dive is a great one!

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