Welcome, fellow lover of the Blue!
The last decade has seen womens dive watch become fashionable above water, as well as below. Watches naturally catch the eye and draw regular compliments, which – over the years – has been a good way for me to meet like-minded water lovers.
More importantly, of course, it is an essential part of a diver’s gear. Apart from gauging elapsed time and current depth, most dive watches even track lunar cycles and tidal patterns. This is pretty damn great for things like SUPing, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. The technology behind these womens dive watches has gotten breathtaking over the last few years. We consider the womens dive watches in our review certain feats of engineering.
Women’s gear is excluded from product reviews far too often. Kate has already reviewed the best womens dive watch earlier in the year, and now she’s filed through every catalog available to do the same for dive watches. Kate has dived the world and would not recommend a product she herself would not buy. She has also put together a killer buyer’s guide to talk you through the techs and specs that you should consider when finding the watch that feels right for you!
Keep diving blue,
Nate & Bill
BEST WOMENS DIVE WATCHES IN 2023
ALL THE WOMENS DIVE WATCHES THAT WE TESTED
INVICTA Women’s Mako Pro Quartz 8942
The Invicta Womens Dive Watch Mako Pro Diver is one of those classy waterproof watches that look great no matter if you’re diving, working or out to a nice dinner. This dress ladies automatic dive watch has the best Submariner homage on this list, with that classic blue face, gold accents, and two-tone band design. This analog stainless steel diving watch also features a protective anti-reflective window, making it easy to read underwater, no matter the light conditions. It is also easy on the wallet, making it the most affordable dive watch on this list. For all of these reasons, the Invicta Ladies Dive Watch Mako Pro Diver is one of the best blue dial watches on the ladies dive watch market.
MAX DEPTH: 660 ft
BATTERY: 3 years
CASE DIAMETER: 24.5mm
MATERIALS: Stainless steel, Japanese quartz, mineral crystal dial window
- Classic nautical design
- Affordable ladies dive watch
- Waterproof ladies automatic dive watch
- Incorrect time adjustment can void warranties from the manufacturer
TAG HEUER Aquaracer Ladies
The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ladies Dive Watch is one of the best women’s dive watches on the market. It comes in three main styles: black dial, navy blue dial, and mother of pearl dial with diamond accents. This is one of the most stunning gifts for scuba lovers as well as those who appreciate fine watch design. Tag Heuer dive watches use anti reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal windows perfect for any setting above water or below. The magnified date window is an added bonus. While the Aquaracer definitely isn’t one of the cheap ladies dive watches, it certainly stands out for its sleek design—elegant and not too flashy.
MAX DEPTH: 984 ft
BATTERY: 2 years
CASE DIAMETER: 32mm
MATERIALS: Stainless steel, quartz movement, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
- Stunning sleek design ladies dive watch
- Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective
- Depth rating
- Replace the battery manually
LUMINOX Women's Navy Seals Colormark
Combining style and functionality, the Luminox Ladies Dive Watch Navy Seals Colormark watch. It comes in an all-white fiberglass case with a stylish silicone band. It’s not as advanced as some other dive watches we’ve had on this list. However, if you’re looking for something that will serve you well for other outdoor activities aside from diving, then this is the right choice.
MAX DEPTH: 660 ft
BATTERY: up to 25 years
CASE DIAMETER: 44 mm
MATERIALS: Polyurethane, Mineral window, Swiss Quartz
- Always visible
- 2-year warranty
- Recurring pin issues from previous divers
CASIO Baby G
The CASIO Baby G Ladies dive watch is a true retro masterpiece. It has a sturdy G-Shock case that protects the watch in all outdoor activities and sports. It’s got up to 660 ft water-resistant, so it’s a great companion for water activities and shallower dives. The Baby G ladies dive watch also comes with multiple time zones that are pre-set so you can travel around the world with it and always be on time.
MAX DEPTH: 660 ft
BATTERY: Up to 3 years
CASE DIAMETER: 42.8 mm
MATERIALS: Mineral, Resin, Plastic, Quartz
- 29 different time zones
- City Code display ladies watch
- EL backlight and Afterglow
- Can’t see the time when stopwatch is in use
OCEANAUT Women's Aqua One
Nothing says ‘Women’ like pink, and this stunning OCEANAUT Women’s Aqua One ladies dive watch is the perfect companion for any girl. It has a stainless steel case and a scratch-resistant mineral window that ensures you can wear your watch worry-free. It’s pretty basic when it comes to features but it’s a great watch to have both in and out of water.
MAX DEPTH: 660 ft
CASE DIAMETER: 40mm
MATERIALS: Mineral, Silicone, Staineless Steel, Quartz
- Water-resistant up to 660ft
- The color might be overwhelming for some
VICTORINOX Swiss Army Women's I.N.O.X.
The Victorinox Swiss Army Master 500 Ladies Dive Watch is one of those pro diver watches which is as beautiful as it is functional. This white-faced dive watch has so many brilliant features including unique rose gold stainless steel with a white rubber band, luminescent hands on the analog face as well as three types of numeral markings (stick, 12-hour Arabic dial, and 24-hour military dial). Anyone looking for scratch resistant watches will also love this watch as it has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window. Perhaps the most standout feature of this scuba diver jewelry is that it is rated to 1,650 ft!
MAX DEPTH: 660 ft
BATTERY: 4 years
CASE DIAMETER: 37mm
MATERIALS: Stainless Steel, Nylon
- Beautiful rose gold build
- Scratch resistant
- Ultra-deep depth rating
- No backlight, just luminous hands and number indexs
BEST WOMENS DIVE WATCHES
ISO 6425 STANDARD FOR DIVING WATCHES
Do beware! Many watchmakers may label a watch as a “diver,” “diving” or even “divemaster” watch when actual fact, the watch does not reach specified international standards. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) provides the following requirements for a true diving watch:
- Unidirectional bezel
- Clearly distinguishable minute markings
- Easy-to-read 25 cm/9.8 inches from face in the dark
- Evidence of running in the dark (glowing tip of second hand, usually)
- Magnetic resistance
- Shock resistance
- Chemical resistance
- Solid strap/band
- Water resistance (see next section)
WATER RESISTANCE RATING
While sellers online may label a watch as a “diver” watch or say it can go to 100m/330 feet, often they are referring to “water resistance” not a true diver’s rating. The following is what you might see (according to ISO):
- Not suitable for diving: water resistant 50m, 100m or 200m
- Suitable for diving: explicit “diver’s 100m” where scuba diving is specifically approved, diver’s 200m, 300m or 300m+
So, as an example, the Casio Women’s Dive Series Sport Watch is listed on many websites as a “dive series” watch with a 100m/330 ft water resistance. Yet, the seller’s product information explicitly states that it is not suitable for scuba diving. This is made even more clear on Casio’s water resistance information page. The same is also true of water resistance for Citizen scuba diving watches. So, always make sure to read the fine print about each product; look up the depth any seller lists and make sure to cross-reference it with the manufacturer’s water resistance policy.
Most watches may not have a diver’s ISO rating because it is expensive to test the watches. Just be aware of what you are buying and how deep you are taking it. Otherwise, a watch taken beyond its depth rating could implode or malfunction. This is also why It is important to check a vintage dive watch or any used dive watches which you may be thinking of purchasing. If they are well worn or field tested then their seals may have been loosened, which could result in an implosion or flood.
IMPORTANT DIVING WATCH PARTS
Analog and Digital: Analog watches have a dial with hands. Digital watches have a display screen. There is even an analog digital dive watch which has both on the same dial.
Bezel: Many people ask “what’s a bezel on a watch?” The answer is simple. It’s the circular rim around the face of the watch. Make sure to look for a unidirectional rotating bezel, which can be used to mark elapsed time.
Lume: The short term for the “luminous phosphorescent glowing solution” which is applied to watch dials. This is a necessary feature for all dive watches as it allows you to read the dials even in the dark, whether due to depth (no light penetration), night diving (no light at all) or environment (caves, caverns, long swim-throughs, etc.). The best lume watch will have a brighter luminous display.
Band (Strap): The band is what fastens the watch to your wrist. Generally, bands for diving come in rubber, stainless steel and titanium.
Rubber: Rubber bands can greatly improve a ladies automatic dive watch. For instance, rubber bands are comfortable and can contract or expand due to wrist size. The best rubber band watches are durable, flexible and easy to use.
Metal: Often, higher-end watches are stainless steel or titanium, titanium being the more expensive option between the two. A titanium diver’s watch is hypoallergenic (while stainless steel may contain nickel) and lighter than stainless steel. Titanium is not as common in women’s watches as in men’s (Citizen Promaster Diver Titanium, Seiko Presage, Tudor Pelagos).
MOVEMENT: There are two types of movements: quartz and mechanical. Quartz uses a battery and is very accurate and affordable. The downside is that the batteries do need replacing over time. Mechanical movements are integrated into luxury dive watches. Essentially, the natural movements made while wearing a watch will keep the watch going.
DEPTH GAUGE: Some womens dive watches may even have a depth gauge which sits between the time numerals and the hands. A depth gauge watch usually has two attending hands, one for current depth and one for deepest depth.