Welcome, fellow lover of the Blue!

The last decade has seen dive watches 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 watches has gotten breathtaking over the last few years. We consider the 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 women’s wetsuits 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

SUMMARY TABLE

Name

Image

Price

Rating

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INVICTA
Mako Pro Diver Analog
BEST VALUE

dive watches under 100

4.8  /5

MOMENTUM
Torpedo Pro Dive Watch
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4.9  /5

MOMENTUM
M1 Mini Analog

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4.5  /5

TAG HEUER
Aquaracer Ladies

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4.8  /5

BEST SCUBA DIVING WATCHES FOR WOMEN

1. INVICTA Women’s Mako Pro Quartz 8942

BEST VALUE

dive watches under 100

Overall Rating

4.8  /5

Design

5.0

Functionality

4.8

Ease of Use

4.6

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The Invicta Women’s 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 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 Women’s Mako Pro Diver is one of the best blue dial watches on the ladies diving watch market.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Classic nautical design
Affordable
Waterproof automatic watch

Max Depth: 660 ft
Battery: 3 years
Women’s/Unisex: Women’s
Case Diameter: 24.5mm
Materials: Stainless steel, Japanese quartz, mineral crystal dial window

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Overall Rating

4.8  /5

Design

4.7

Functionality

4.8

Ease of Use

4.8

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Momentum is one of the top producers of dive watches for women. They stand out for a few reasons. First, Momentum watches come in a variety of colors. The M1 Splash features pink, purple or khaki accent bezels (with white dials) and matching face and bezel colors in baby blue, magenta, white or lime green diver watch options. While baby blue watches aren’t for everyone, their white dial is a classic. This is one of the best watches with rubber straps for women due to Momentum’s Natural Twist Rubber band technology, designed for smaller wrists. The M1 Splash also has a date display and lume, making it easy to read even in the dark.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Color options
Small-wrist rubber band technology
Lume display

Max Depth: 660 ft
Battery: 3-5 years
Women’s/Unisex: Women’s
Case Diameter: 38mm
Materials: Stainless steel, Japanese quartz movement, rubber band

3. CASIO G-Shock Glide Casual Digital

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Overall Rating

4.7  /5

Design

4.4

Functionality

4.8

Ease of Use

4.8

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When thinking of durable sport watches, Casio stands out. The G-Shock Glide Casual makes an excellent addition as a snorkeling watch, surfing watch or diving watch; it’s an all-around amazing automatic waterproof watch. This Casio divers watch features a lunar diagram as well as a tidal chart within an ocean wave silhouette. Casio women’s dive watches feature flatter bodies, as opposed to the high-sitting men’s versions. Lastly, this Casio dive watch review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning its shock resistance and alarm functions, making it a great choice as an everyday-wear watch.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Lunar and tidal diagrams
Easy-to-read digital display
Functionality

Max Depth: 660 ft
Battery: 2-3 years
Women’s/Unisex: Unisex
Case Diameter: 43.2mm
Materials: Resin case, digital-grey dial, quartz movement, mineral crystal dial window

4. MOMENTUM Torpedo Pro

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Overall Rating

4.9  /5

Design

4.8

Functionality

4.9

Ease of Use

4.9

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The Torpedo Pro Diver watch by Momentum is truly a watch with both rugged style and diving function. In a classic gunmetal steel with black dial, the Torpedo is a heavier, sportier looking watch for those looking to use the same watch for lifestyle and sports, above water and below. It also features a luminous face with both a date display as well as a diver-down flag accent. There are teeth which run along the bezel for easy grip while diving. Also, dive flag colors used in the hour and minute hands (white) and the second hand (red) also make the watch unique.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Rugged
Sporty style
Diver-down flag accent
Teeth along the bezel

Max Depth: 660 ft
Battery: 3-5 years
Women’s/Unisex: Women’s
Case Diameter: 44mm
Materials: Stainless steel, Japanese quartz, mineral crystal window

5. VICTORINOX Swiss Army Dive Master 500

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Overall Rating

4.9  /5

Design

4.9

Functionality

4.8

Ease of Use

4.7

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The Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 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!

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Beautiful rose gold build
Scratch resistant
Ultra-deep depth rating

Max Depth: 1,650 ft
Battery: 2 years
Women’s/Unisex: Women’s
Case Diameter: 43mm
Materials: White rubber, rose gold PVD stainless steel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, Quartz movement

6. MOMENTUM M1 Mini Analog

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Overall Rating

4.7  /5

Design

4.6

Functionality

4.7

Ease of Use

4.8

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The M1 Mini from Momentum is truly a dive watch for a woman. Small dive watches which fit thinner wrists can be hard to find. Luckily, the M1 Mini has one of the smallest, thinnest watch bands around at 31mm. The M1 Mini white dial dive watch can come with either a stainless steel band (with black, white or lime accent options) or rubber band (with white or navy accent options). This is one of the best women’s dive watches due to color and band customization, comfortable wrist fit and a luminous watch face which is easy-to-read.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Band and color customization
Small band size
Lume display

Max Depth: 660 ft
Battery: 2-3 years
Women’s/Unisex: Women’s
Case Diameter: 31mm
Materials: Stainless steel or rubber band, Japanese quartz movement

7. LUMINOX Womens 7252 Quartz

38mm dive watch

Overall Rating

4.9  /5

Design

4.9

Functionality

4.9

Ease of Use

4.8

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This divers watch for women features a rugged stainless steel design and cool black dial. The analog Luminox Women’s 7252 watch has a uni-directional bezel and luminescent hands and markings. Luminox also uses Antireflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal windows, making this one of the cool waterproof watches that you don’t need to baby—it can handle action on land or sea without window scratching. The silver and black design is also sleek enough for an easy transition between the ocean and work.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Silver and black sleek design
Anti-reflective window
Scratch-resistant window

Max Depth: 660 ft
Battery: 2 years
Women’s/Unisex: Women’s
Case Diameter: 42mm
Materials: Antireflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, quartz movement, stainless steel

8. TAG HEUER Aquaracer Ladies

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Overall Rating

4.8  /5

Design

5.0

Functionality

4.7

Ease of Use

4.6

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The Tag Heuer Aquaracer Ladies 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 antireflective 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 dive watches, it certainly stands out for its sleek design—elegant and not too flashy.

STANDOUT FEATURES:

Stunning sleek design
Scratch-resistant and anti-reflective
Depth rating

Max Depth: 984 ft
Battery: 2 years
Women’s/Unisex: Women’s
Case Diameter: 32mm
Materials: Stainless steel, quartz movement, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

BUYERS GUIDE
Best Women's 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:

  1. Unidirectional bezel
  2. Clearly distinguishable minute markings
  3. Easy-to-read 25 cm/9.8 inches from face in the dark
  4. Evidence of running in the dark (glowing tip of second hand, usually)
  5. Magnetic resistance
  6. Shock resistance
  7. Chemical resistance
  8. Solid strap/band
  9. 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):

  1. Not suitable for diving: water resistant 50m, 100m or 200m
  2. 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 women’s 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 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.

Kate Blake

Kate is a product expert, a degreed marine biologist, and a fearless traveler originally from the west coast of America. Kate has been a PADI-certified Divemaster for over 15 years, during which time she has trained hundreds of Advanced divers. She has been scuba diving in over 15 countries worldwide and specializes in cold water diving, night diving, and navigation. Her key interests include teaching English, marine conservation, sampling foreign cuisines, and cenote diving.