SUMMARY TABLE

Name

Image

Price

Rating

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CRESSI
Michaelangelo
OUR TOP PICK

CRESSI Michaelangelo

4.7  /5

CRESSI
Newton Titanium
BEST VALUE

Cressi Newton Titanium Dive Watch/Computer - Black/Grey by Cressi

4.7  /5

CRESSI
Leonardo

Cressi Leonardo, black/grey

4.6  /5

CRESSI
Goa

Cressi Goa, Black/Blue

4.5  /5

CRESSI
Giotto

Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer, Black/Blue

4.3  /5

CRESSI
Neon

4.7  /5

CRESSI
Cartesio

4.6  /5

OUR TOP PICK

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Design

4.6

Functionality

4.7

Ease of Use

4.6

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

The Cressi Michaelangelo is our top choice of the Cressi dive computer line. This wrist dive computer has a durable case, steel button, and stainless steel buckle designed to extend the life of this product. The Cressi Michaelangelo is operated with one-button making it intuitive and easy to use when planning dives. Users can store up to 50 dives per category (Nitrox, Air, or Free dive mode), and the battery is user-replaceable. This model comes in three color options so you can match the color of your diving gear.

Specifications

MODEL: Michaelangelo
BATTERY: CR2450 replaceable
MEASUREMENTS: 4” x 4” x 4”
SCREEN SIZE : 2”
BEST FOR : Recreational Divers/Free Divers
WEIGHT: 10.2 ounces

PROS

  • High contrast display
  • Extra-large numbers
  • Air, Nitrox, and Freedive Modes
  • Heavy duty case
  • Steel Button
  • Stainless steel buckle

CONS

  • Strap is rigid
  • Screen glare in the sun
BEST VALUE

Cressi Newton Titanium Dive Watch/Computer - Black/Grey by Cressi

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Design

4.7

Functionality

4.6

Ease of Use

4.7

Durability

4.6

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General Impression

The Cressi Netwon Titanium is one of the best affordable dive computers in the Cressi product line. This wristwatch style dive computer features a compact and low profile design with a four-button control setup. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal screen also features a high visibility display. The visual and auditory alarms keep divers alert underwater, and the Cressi Newton Titanium is a top choice for divers using both Air and Nitrox modes.

Specifications

MODEL: Newton Titanium
BATTERY: User-replaceable CR2
MEASUREMENTS: 2” x 2” x6”
SCREEN SIZE : 1.4”
BEST FOR : Recreational Divers/Advanced Recreational Divers
WEIGHT: 10.4 ounces

PROS

  • Four low-profile buttons
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal screen
  • Low-profile compact size
  • Air, Nitrox, and Gauge modes
  • Visual and auditory alarms
  • High visibility display

CONS

  • Water leaks into the computer after battery change
  • Too small for divers with vision issues

Cressi Leonardo, black/grey

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Design

4.5

Functionality

4.6

Ease of Use

4.5

Durability

4.6

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General Impression

The Cressi Leonardo wrist computer is a simple yet high-functioning dive computer. It is considered to be one of the best entry-level dive computers. The single button control can be used to switch between Air and Nitrox modes easily. For the conservative-conscious diver, this wristwatch style dive computer has three levels of conservatism and has easy to hear audible alarms. The large high-contrast display makes it easy to read while scuba diving. The Cressi Leonardo has fourteen color options to choose from and a long adjustable wrist strap for all size divers.

Specifications

MODEL: Leonardo
BATTERY: User-replaceable CR123A
MEASUREMENTS: 4” x 4” x 4”
SCREEN SIZE : 1.8”
BEST FOR : Entry Level/Recreational Divers
WEIGHT: 8.8 ounces

PROS

  • Long adjustable wrist strap
  • Conservative level selections
  • Air and Nitrox modes
  • Large display

CONS

  • No air integration
  • Ascent rate alarm very sensitive

Cressi Goa, Black/Blue

Overall Rating

4.5 /5

Design

4.5

Functionality

4.5

Ease of Use

4.5

Durability

4.4

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General Impression

The Cressi Goa scuba diving computer is one of the newest dive computers offered in the Cressi dive computer line. Featuring a new CPU, this dive computer is faster than its predecessors with greater functionality. This dive computer comes in five color options and is perfect for Air, Nitrox, or Freediving. The large, long-lasting battery and durable materials make the Cressi Goa last longer for divers who spend a lot of time in the water. The two-button stainless steel interface is user-friendly, and the mineral glass screen prevents scratching.

Specifications

MODEL: Goa
BATTERY: Replaceable CR123A battery
MEASUREMENTS: 4” x 4” x 4”
SCREEN SIZE : 1.4”
BEST FOR : RecreationalDivers/Free Divers
WEIGHT: 10.4 ounces

PROS

  • Long-lasting larger battery
  • Scratch-resistant mineral glass screen
  • Durable steel buttons
  • Air, Nitrox, Free dive, and gauge modes
  • New, faster CPU

CONS

  • Glitchy screen digits
  • Strap breaks easily

Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer, Black/Blue

Overall Rating

4.3 /5

Design

4.3

Functionality

4.4

Ease of Use

4.4

Durability

4.3

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General Impression

The Cressi Giotto dive computer is a stylish and functional dive computer perfect for entry-level or more advanced scuba divers. The Gitto offers eight color options and can be used in Air and Nitrox modes. The three-button controls and high visibility display makes it a user-friendly dive watch. The backlit display and visual or auditory alarms help keep divers aware of their depth and ascent times on a dive.

Specifications

MODEL: Giotto
BATTERY: Replaceable CR2
MEASUREMENTS: 2.5” x 1.8” x 1.4”
SCREEN SIZE : 1.8”
BEST FOR : Entry Level/Recreational Divers
WEIGHT: 8 ounces

PROS

  • Eight color options
  • Air or Nitrox mode
  • User-friendly three-button interface
  • 70-hour logbook
  • High-visibility display

CONS

  • Wriststrap breaks easily
  • Battery issues

Cressi Drake Titanium, mimetic

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Design

4.7

Functionality

4.6

Ease of Use

4.6

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

The Cressi Drake Titanium is designed explicitly for freedivers with a robust offering of apnea training programs and a 500-dive log memory. The high-visibility display and automatic lighting make it easy to read at the surface and underwater. The recovery time between dives is displayed in minutes and seconds, and the maximum depth and time are saved for each day. The Cressi Drake Titanium computer features a Taravana prevention program to help freedivers stay safe during multiple dives. The stainless steel and titanium case is low-profile and lightweight, but durable enough to withstand wear and tear.

Specifications

MODEL: Drake Titanium
BATTERY: Replaceable CR2430
MEASUREMENTS: 3.8” x 5.0” x 5.2”
SCREEN SIZE : 1.8”
BEST FOR : Free Divers
WEIGHT: 8 ounces

PROS

  • 500-dive logbook
  • Taravana prevention program (Freediver Safety)
  • Apnea training programs
  • High-visibility display

CONS

  • Freediving functions only
  • Alert volume too low

Overall Rating

4.7 /5

Design

4.7

Functionality

4.6

Ease of Use

4.6

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

One of Cressi’s more compact and low-profile dive watches, the Cressi Neon, can be used by scuba divers and freedivers. The stainless steel buckle and mineral glass screen make it a durable choice. The Cressi Neon can also be worn as a day-to-day wristwatch but packs a punch when it comes to functionality. Users can easily switch between Air, Nitrox, Freediving, or gauge modes, and this dive computer comes in seven color choices.

Specifications

MODEL: Neon
BATTERY: Replaceable CR2450
MEASUREMENTS: 3.8” x 5.0” x 5.2”
SCREEN SIZE : 1.8”
BEST FOR : Recreational Divers/Free Divers
WEIGHT: 8.2 ounces

PROS

  • Seven color options

  • Stainless steel buckle

  • Flat profile

  • Mineral glass screen

  • Air, Nitrox, Free dive, and gauge modes

CONS

  • Wrist strap bulky for smaller divers

  • Computer download interface not included

Overall Rating

4.6 /5

Design

4.6

Functionality

4.7

Ease of Use

4.6

Durability

4.7

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General Impression

The Cressi Cartesio is compact but features a high-visibility display with large numbers making it easy to read underwater. This sleekly designed wrist dive computer can be worn as an everyday watch or for scuba diving, swimming, snorkeling, and freediving. The case is made of durable shock-proof materials, and the mineral glass screen is scratch proof. The ascent alarms can be deactivated if necessary, and the menu is easy to navigate using the fully integrated buttons.

Specifications

MODEL: Cartesio
BATTERY: Replaceable CR2450
MEASUREMENTS: 3.8” x 5.0” x 5.2”
SCREEN SIZE : 1.8”
BEST FOR : Recreational Divers/Free Divers
WEIGHT: 8.2 ounces

PROS

  • Mineral glass screen

  • Steel buttons

  • Heavy duty case

  • Flexible rubber wristband

  • Three color options

  • Air, Nitrox, Freedive, and gauge modes

CONS

  • Confusing interface for beginners

  • Strap breaks easily

best cressi dive computer review 2020

One of the oldest diving equipment manufacturers founded in 1964, Cressi, offers high-quality products for swimming, snorkeling, freediving, scuba diving, and spearfishing. Cressi was founded in Genoa, Italy, by founders Egidio Cressi and Nanni Cressi. The founders started out in the 1930s, making masks and spearguns for themselves to improve their spearfishing experience for family and friends close to their home in Italy. Their products became so popular they decided to start a company selling these products and more.

Cressi is now a worldwide product manufacturer and one of the most well-known in the diving community. The company is still privately held, owned, and operated by the Cressi family. Antonio Cressi operates the headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Genoa, Italy, and partners with a worldwide network of dealers to provide high-quality products to the diving and swimming community.

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Cressi products are designed, researched, and field-tested to ensure the highest quality possible. Cressi has an extensive product line from bags and apparel, to scuba gear, dive computers, freediving gear, and snorkeling and swimming aids.

Divers choosing the Cressi brand are most often satisfied with the products and their customer service. Cressi even offers a starter package for new divers interested in purchasing their own BCD, regulator, and computer kit.

Cressi scuba diving computers offer a wide variety of both console and watch-style dive computers for all different types of diving. Cressi dive watches are great for divers of all skill levels. The Cressi Leonardo is an affordable, highly-rated, and reviewed dive computer for beginners and one of Cressi’s best sellers.

One of Cressi’s newest launched products, the Cressi Neon, is a lightweight and sporty dive watch that is becoming very popular since its launch in early 2019. The Cressi Neon comes in seven color options and can be used in freediving, Air, Nitrox, and gauge mode. Snorkelers and swimmers can use this dive computer in time mode without interfering with the dive log memory.

Because of its start in the freediving community, Cressi still focuses on the product of high-quality products for freediving like masks, fins, rashguards, weight belts, and wetsuits.

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1. Cressi Leonardo vs. Cressi Giotto – Which is the best entry-level Dive Computer?

The Cressi Leonardo and the Cressi Giotto are very similar dive computers. Both dive computers have various color options and offer Air or Nitrox mode. These dive computers have backlit displays and the fundamental functions needed for scuba diving.

Cressi Giotto reviews mention the ease of use due to the three-button interface which the Leonardo does not have. Cressi Leonardo reviews are abundant for beginner scuba divers who like the larger display and functionality for basic scuba diving.

The Cressi Leonardo has a stopwatch function while the Cressi Giotto does not. However, the Giotto has the ability to switch between gas-mixes during a dive. For beginners, both the Cressi Leonardo and the Cressi Giotto are some of the best entry-level dive computers.

2. Cressi Giotto vs. Leonardo – Which is the best affordable Dive Computer?

Based on the reviews of both products, some divers prefer the three-button controls as opposed to the one-button control on the Leonardo. The functions of both wrist dive computers are almost identical, but the Cressi Leonardo is marginally cheaper than the Cressi Giotto. For the budget-conscious diver that does not need the ability to switch between gas mixes during a dive, the Cressi Leonardo is the best affordable dive computer. The Cressi Leonardo dive watch also has a stopwatch function, which the Cressi Giotto does not have.

3. Which Algorithm does the Cressi use?

Cressi dive computers are based on two different algorithms depending on the dive computer you choose. Cressi uses both the Haldane and Wienke RGBM (Reduced Gradient Bubble Model) algorithms, which are known for being conservative. Many of Cressi’s dive computers have the option to choose between different levels of conservatism in the settings depending on the type of dives the user will be doing. These algorithms provide safe decompression calculations for divers doing multiple dives over multiple days.

4. Cressi Leonardo Dive Alarms – Are they adjustable?

The alarms on the Cressi Leonardo dive watch are audible and quite loud, making it easy to hear underwater. These alarms are adjustable and also can be turned off if desired. The Cressi Leonardo has an ascent rate alarm, along with a countdown timer and a deep stop alarm. The Cressi Leonardo will signal a diver to make a 3-minute safety stop for any dive deeper than 32 feet, and the deep stop alarm will alert divers when a deep stop is needed for a dive deeper than 65 feet.

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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!

Heather Wyatt

Heather is a product expert, a degreed communications and business professional, and an adventurous, entrepreneurial travel writing enthusiast originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Heather is a PADI-certified Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and holds a Silver Advanced Open Water Instructor certification from SSI, having logged more than 300 training classes over the last four years. Heather is a certified Travel Specialist and also holds a Day Captain's license qualifying her to skipper a boat up to 72 feet. She has extensive experience in specialty dive training, navigation, and booking travel accommodations. Her interests include writing, social media marketing, and serving her Virtual Assistant and Travel Clients from around the globe.

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