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Before we get into which are the best dive watches for men, if you are, however, not male, try our Best Dive Watches for Women article instead. Our expert, Kate, will kindly guide your purse. Now then, gents – as the brothers of iDiveblue – Bill and I live in constant awe of nature and its ocean ecosystem. But while a view of the Turkish Blue Lagoon or the Bai Sao of Vietnam is invigorating, certain manmade items can be set aside from flawed materialism and hailed as awe-inspiring too. A watch, for example – an invention of timeless craft – certainly falls into this bracket. And a stylish modern-day dive watch is most befitting. Worn correctly, dive watches for men are not merely a piece of scuba gear. Whether it is an affordable automatic dive watch, a sleek titanium dive watch, or the best quartz dive watch on the market – these accessories make a statement. Better still they can be worn interchangeably. A top dive watch can also function as a dressy dive watch. Quality dive watches can be worn confidently with a wetsuit, a drysuit, a regular suit, and even a pair of jeans and a T-shirt. However, a watch cannot just look good; it has to get the job done underwater. Finding the correct watch requires meticulous research, and with a lot of money potentially on the line, you want to pick right. Fortunately, we have the experts, and we know where to look. So we tasked one of the most experienced divers we know – Sam – to review dozens of watches personally and see how they matched up. We are lucky; Sam is not only a world-class scuba diver but a tech boff. So he will have unearthed all the complexities behind both watch design and functionality. His results are summarized below: enjoy the best mens dive watches of 2020.

best 200m dive watch for men

Overall Rating – 4.3  /5
Design – 4.1
Functionality – 4.3
Ease of Use – 4.5
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A timeless classic from Citizen, the Promaster Diver, is an excellent option for those looking for the classic look of a rugged stainless-steel case and a thick rubber strap. The Promaster is depth rated to 200 meters, so would meet almost every diver’s needs. The watch has a 43mm bezel and a large face that is simple to read underwater. The mineral crystal glass provides ample resistance to most scratches. The watch features a Japanese quartz movement, so you will need to get your batteries changed every few years.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Very tough and durable
Durable rubber strap
Big easy to read face

Case Diameter: 43 mm

Movement: Japanese-quartz Movement

Depth rating: 200 m

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel and Rubber

seiko 200m dive watch

Overall Rating – 4.3  /5
Design – 4.2
Functionality – 4.4
Ease of Use – 4.5
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The third Seiko watch to make our list of top dive watches; the Seiko SKX007 is a classic design with a stainless steel case and strap that is the hallmark of classic dive watches throughout the years. The watch is depth rated to 200 meters and features a 42mm bezel with a case thickness of 12mm. The watch is relatively light weighing in at 5.28oz/150gm and feels at home on a reef or in the boardroom.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Sleek design
Very clear and clean watch face
Great value for money

Case Diameter: 42 mm

Movement: Automatic self-wind

Depth rating: 200 m/ 660 ft

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel

best quartz dive watch

Overall Rating – 4.2  /5
Design – 4.1
Functionality – 4.0
Ease of Use – 4.4
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As its name suggests, the Luminox EVO Navy SEAL Blackout is one of the watches used by the US NAVY SEAL. Not surprisingly for a watch made for a special forces’ unit, it is incredibly tough. Featuring a 45mm bezel, a 15mm thick case, and a 23mm wide rubber strap, the Luminox is rugged and substantial. For a watch of its size, it is best suited to men with a larger wrist and arm. The watch is not only depth rated to 200 meters but is also shock resistant, making it suitable for all kind of adventure sports where you need a rugged timepiece. The watch has a battery-powered quartz movement, so you will have to change the battery every few years.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Solid and shock resistant
Robust wrist strap
Easy to use even with gloves on

Case Diameter: 45 mm

Movement: Swiss Quartz

Depth rating: 200 m

Watch-Material: Plastic

best seiko divers watch automatic

Overall Rating – 4.6  /5
Design – 4.8
Functionality – 4.4
Ease of Use – 4.5
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This Seiko Prospex Samurai PADI Edition Stainless Steel Dive Watch is a great watch that represents excellent value for money and blends functionality with style very well. Although the watch features a 40mm bezel, the face is very clear and easy to read in most conditions. Reading the watch is made easier with Seiko’s LumiBrite hands and hour markers, which contrast nicely against the black-blue dial, to make the numbers pop out. This clarity makes tracking your dive time a breeze. The second Seiko watch on our list also features a Swiss automatic movement, so there is no need to worry about changing the battery or winding up your watch.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Smooth rotating bezel
Stunning blue face
Strong scratch resistance

Case Diameter: 44 mm

Movement: Swiss Automatic

Depth rating: 200 m

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel

seiko or citizenbest japanese dive watches

Overall Rating – 4.4  /5
Design – 4.3
Functionality – 4.6
Ease of Use – 4.4
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Seiko had a long history of making durable dive watches and was one of the first companies to offer dive watches to the mass market. The Seiko Prospex Automatic is a beast of a machine with a 47mm bezel diameter and a 22mm thick strap. With such substantial heft and size, the watch looks perfect on men with a bigger wrist and has a rugged style that feels at home on a dive boat. The watch can handle the demands of almost all divers with a depth rating of 200 meters. The Seiko Prospex Automatic does not require a battery change since it features a Japanese automatic movement.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Simple to use
Substantial and durable construction
Chunky design makes it suitable for bigger wrists

Case Diameter: 47 mm

Movement: Japanese Automatic

Depth rating:  200 m

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel and Rubber

automatic citizen diving watches

Overall Rating – 4.6  /5
Design – 4.3
Functionality – 4.7
Ease of Use – 4.7
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While a significant number of dive watches on our list only offer the ability to time your dive, the Citizen Promaster Aqualand Depth Meter goes one step further and features an inbuilt depth meter that functions down to 70m. The timepiece features a huge bezel and face at 53mm, which makes it easy to read when visibility is not ideal. Featuring three large chunky buttons that are easy to use even when wearing thick dive gloves. The watch is solar powered, so there is no need to worry about battery changes and any issue that may cause with its water resistance. Also, there is a power reserve indicator, so you will know when your watch is getting low on juice, and all you need to do is place it in the sun or wear it outdoors to recharge it.  

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Rugged and tough
Solar powered so need to worry about battery changes
Inbuilt depth meter is a great backup

Case Diameter: 53 mm

Movement: Solar powered

Depth rating: 200 m

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel

best swiss made watches under 1000 dollars

Overall Rating – 4.6  /5
Design – 4.8
Functionality – 4.4
Ease of Use – 4.6
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The Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s ‘Dive Master 500 Black Ice is a classic Swiss watch, simple, functional, and rugged. The 43mm face features a crystal sapphire glass, which gives it heavy duty scratch resistance. Whether the occasional knock on land or a dive boat the face o your watch should remain scratch free. The simple, stylish features of the watch mean it is at home when paired with dive gear, or in a more formal setting. The watch features a relatively large bezel that is easy to read on dives. Whether youjust like to dive on reefs, plunge deep using helium mixes, the Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s “Dive Master 500 Black Ice” can cope with everything you throw at it with its substantial 500m depth rating.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Large easy to read display
Great depth rating to 500 meters
Sapphire crystal glass can take some punishment

Case Diameter: 43 mm

Movement: Quartz

Depth rating: 500 m

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel Case

stainless steel mens dive watch review

Overall Rating – 4.6  /5
Design – 4.8
Functionality – 4.4
Ease of Use – 4.6
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The Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80, looks and feels like a much more expensive watch. However, it is one of the best affordable dive watches for men. The Stainless-steel case and bracelet with the green face have an excel great high-quality feel and style. The watch has a high-quality finish and comes with sapphire crystal glass that is incredibly scratch resistant. The automatic self-winding motion means you never have to worry about changing your watch’s battery. The watch features and 80-hour power reserve, so even if you don’t wear your watch for three days, it will still have plenty of power. The Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 is depth rated to 300m, which will cope with the activities o the most demanding diver. The 43mm case is the perfect size to work with both larger and thinner wrists.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Very stylish design
Impressive 300m depth rating
Very easy to read on land and underwater

Case Diameter: 43 mm

Movement: Automatic

Depth rating: 300 m

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel

OUR TOP PICK

mens watches no batteryomega seamaster dive watch review

Overall Rating – 4.7  /5
Design – 4.7
Functionality – 4.6
Ease of Use – 4.8
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With that classic, oversized, stainless steel dive watch feel, this one of a kind 300m dive watch sells incredibly well. This popularity does not go unjustified, the Omega Seamaster is quite simply one of the best automatic dive watches for men on the market. The dial color is available in blue or black, although the blue dial is easier to read underwater. The watch case is relatively slim at 13 mm which means the watch is equally at home over a wetsuit or under a shirt sleeve. Even though the watch is stainless steel, it is one of the lightest on our list weighing in at 6.24 ounces/ 175 gm. Like most high-end Swiss dive watches, the Omega Seamaster has a self-winding automatic mechanism, so you never have to worry about winding your watch or replacing the battery. If you are a movie fan, then you are in good company: the Omega Seamaster 300M was worn by both Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan when playing legendary secret agent James Bond.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Slimline design is great for smaller wrists
The blue dial is easy to read underwater
Very comfortable wrist strap

Case Diameter: 41 mm

Movement: Automatic Self Wind

Depth rating: 300 m

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel

best waterproof divers watches

Overall Rating – 4.8  /5
Design – 4.8
Functionality – 4.8
Ease of Use – 4.8
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The Breitling Super Ocean II is a stunningly beautiful timepiece that is an absolute classic. The watch features a substantial 44mm bezel and a relatively thick case at 14.2mm. This chunky feel makes the watch an ideal companion to someone who has a larger wrist. The Super Ocean II can handle anything with a mind-bending 1,000 meters/3,300 feet depth rating. The watch is available in several face colors, although the blue face is the most striking. Combine the face with luminescent hands and hour markers, and the watch is incredibly easy to read both underwater and in the dark. The Super Ocean II features a self-winding automatic chronometer movement, which means that you never have to worry about changing the battery or winding up your watch, wear it often and it will keep accurate time for years to come.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Luminescent hands & hour markers are super easy to read
Superb scratch resistance
Awesome 1,000-meter depth rating

Case Diameter: 44 mm/1 3/4″

Movement: Self Winding Automatic Chronometer Movement

Depth rating: 1,000 Meters / 3,300 Feet

Watch-Material: Stainless Steel

Watch Movement

The watch movement or caliber is essentially the power source for your watch and what makes it tick. There are three types of watch movement on the market: Quartz, Mechanical, and Automatic.

Quartz: A quartz movement causes the seconds’ hand to tick over in individual seconds. This type of movement requires a battery to operate. Quartz movements need battery changes and are generally not recommended. Changing a watch battery is not as easy as changing a dive computer battery. To replace a quartz battery, you need specialist tools and training, and you will have to take your watch to an authorized dealer to do the procedure and the following tests to ensure it remains waterproof and watertight.

Mechanical: A mechanical movement causes the seconds’ hand to sweep across the face of the watch in one continuous motion. You wind your watch up by turning the crown of the watch, this stores energy in the watch and allows it to operate. You have to keep winding the watch periodically to keep your watch powered up. Mechanical movements are old school, and you will not find modern dive watches featuring a mechanical movement. This is partly because it is complicated to ensure the watch is watertight when you have to transfer the rotation of the crown to internal mechanisms of the watch.

Automatic: An automatic movement is the king of watch movements and none more so than a Swiss automatic movement. With automatic movements, the watch stores the kinetic energy generated by the motion of your wrist when moving with the watch on. This stored energy is then used to power your watch. This is by far the best and most convenient watch movement on the market, and as long as you wear your watch every so often, it will stay powered indefinitely. Almost every modern high-end dive watch will have an automatic movement.

Bezel Diameter

The bezel diameter affects two aspects of every diving watch. First, the larger the diameter, the larger the watch face and the easier it is to read underwater. Second, the Bezel diameter affects how the watch will look on your wrist. If you are going to spend several thousand dollars on a watch, you want it to look good. For men with smaller, thinner wrists, a watch with a Bezel diameter of 41/42mm is ideal and give a chunky yet proportioned look. Men with bigger wrists can go up to 45/46mm diameter bezels while keeping the aesthetic of the watch. Needless to say, if you have thin wrists and buy a big watch, you will look like a kid wearing his Dad’s watch, on the other hand, someone with a big wrist wearing a small watch will look like they borrowed their kid’s watch. Choose a watch that fits your wrist.

Rotating Bezel

Every dive watch should have a rotating bezel, which allows divers to monitor their dive time. The bezel should only be able to rotate clockwise to avoid accidents and will have marks every 10 minutes on it. When you begin your dive, you turn the bezel to where the zero or 60 minutes mark lines up with the minutes’ hand. When you check your watch during the dive (say after 20 minutes) the minute hand will show your dive time on the bezel. The reason the bezel only rotates clockwise is so your dive time can never be accidentally reduced, which would be dangerous.

Watch Strap And Clasp

Watch straps come in a host of flavors; leather, rubber, stainless steel, and titanium are all options. While titanium and stainless steel are classy options that mean you can wear the watch with everyday attire, the watch strap’s length is restrictive, and even though many straps have an expansion mechanism that can be released, it generally is not enough to make your watch fit comfortably over a thick wetsuit or a dry suit. Traditionally, dive watches had a rubber strap which is more adjustable so that it fits on your bare wrist or a variety of suits. The only downside of a rubber strap is that it may not look nice when wearing it with more formal clothes. Leather straps are not to be recommended with dive watches since leather does not handle repeated immersion in water well.

Depth Rating  

When selecting a dive watch, it needs to be waterproof and depth rated to at least 660ft (200m). This quick quality check is an easy way to flag whether a diver should should make a Best Mens Dive Watches list such as this, or whether it is simply all looks and no functionality. That is the bare minimum required for any scuba diving watch. Some watches are marketed to be waterproof to several hundred meters or several thousand feet. While it is nice to show off a watch that is depth rated to 1,000 meters/3,300 feet, you will never actually use the watch to its maximum potential (the deepest dive ever by a human was 701 meter in a chamber on dry land).

Helium Release Valve

A lot of high-quality dive watches advertise a Helium release valve, and while it is nice to have, it is pretty much useless to 99.99% of recreational and technical divers. A helium release valve only comes into play if you are involved in deep commercial saturation diving where you spend a significant amount of time in a diving bell and chamber. Under these conditions, due to the high pressure and the small size of Helium atoms, it can penetrate the watch. As divers start their ascent in the recompression chamber, they need to vent the pressure from inside their watch case using the Helium release valve. For commercial saturation divers, a helium release valve is essential. For the rest of us mere mortals, it is just a fad.

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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