Whether they’re worn for practical diving purposes or as a reminder of an adventurous spirit, a good dive watch certainly makes a statement. Here we have JustDiver’s comprehensive guide to the best dive watches of 2017. We keep this list updated as new watches enter the market and as styles change.
No matter whether you are looking for the best in diver bling for yourself or for that special diver in your life. It’s here in our list of 2016’s best diving watches. If your looking for a dive computer, check out our dive computer buying guide.
Best Dive Watches Under $1000
Here we list our top 3 best dive watches that come in under the $1000 mark, Scroll down the page to see our pickes for the best dive watches under $500 and also under $200. You may also wish to view the whole range of current diving watches here.
Luminox Dive Watch 8362RP
The Luminox 8362 rp encompasses the very essence of adventure. It is an extremely well built, rugged and stylish time piece that will make you the envy of any diver.
This Luminox men’s diver has a black ion-plated stainless steel casing and uni-directional rotating bezel. The Quartz movement makes the Luminox 8362.RP extremely accurate and dependable. It has a water resistance rating of 660feet (200M) and has the functions chronograph, date, hour, minute, second. It is a beautiful casual men’s dive watch, you can take it diving or wear it as an everyday time keeper.Check Price
MARATHON WW194018 JSAR
The Marathon Jsar (Jumbo Search and Rescue) is made for extreme exposure. The JSAR is handmade in La Chaux de Fonds Switzerland to strict military specifications making this the ultimate man toy for any serious diver. It is the ultimate in quality and accuracy made by the finest craftsmen with the greatest materials.Check Price
Citizen Men’s BJ2115 07E Eco Drive
Featuring Citizen’s renowned eco-drive technology the J2115-07E is fuelled by light and doesn’t require any batteries. This stylish men’s dive watch is extremely easy to read in water and features a textured bezel, a power reserve indicator with guilloche dial. It also includes chronograph timer and a date window.Check Price
Best Dive Watches Under $500
Our top three dive watch picks which come in under $500 represent outstanding value while still offering all the functionality and quality the discerning diver demands.
Victorinox Dive Master 500
Be the envy of any adventure lover with the Victorinox Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Men’s Watch. Water resistant to 500m this watch is a delight with it’s stainless steel case and bezel, anti reflective sapphire crystal glass and gunmetal coating. The luminous hands makes this exceptional easy to read both above and below the water.Check Price
Seiko SKX009 Diver’s
The Seiko SKX009 Diver’s Automatic Watch for men represents the ultimate in vale coming in at under $250. The SKX009 is powered automatically by the movement of your arm and requires no batteries. This sporty dive watch is constructed from stainless steel and has a Hardlex crystal face. This Seiko Men’s watch is perfect for SCUBA diving with it’s 200m depth rating.
Citizen Men’s BJ8050-08E Eco-Drive
The Citizen BJ8050 08E Eco Drive is definitely one of the best rated men’s dive watches available today. Citizen’s Eco Drive technology means that no batteries are required. The BJ8050-08E is made with a 48 mm stainless steel case, mineral dial window, and the precision Japanese quartz movement powers an analog display. This Eco-Drive is suitable for any SCUBA diving with a depth rating of 300m/1000ft.
Choosing the Best Dive Watch
Dive watches are no longer an essential part of your SCUBA kit. Dive computers have replaced watches as time keeps for most divers. This is mainly due to computers having a lot of additional benefits, such as monitoring our nitrogen exposure under water.
While a dive watch may not be mandatory gear, many of us diver’s like the look and feel of a good dive watch and it also serves as a reminder of our passion for the underwater world. Also, dive watches can serve a useful purpose as a back up timer and can often be more robust and reliable than an electronic timer.
No matter your reasons for wanting to own a great dive watch there are a few feature that separate the average from the best dive watches.
Standard Features of a Dive Watch
Depth Rating. A watch that is suitable for SCUBA diving will be rated as water resistant to at least 100m/300ft. This depth is far greater than what a recreational SCUBA diver will ever dive to. Watches also have ratings that far exceed the 100m depth. If a watch claims to be water resistant to any depth less than 100m, you should consider it as not suitable for SCUBA.
Ability to Track Elapsed Dive Time. Diving watches (analogue) have a unidirectional bezel that sits atop the watch face. The bezel is rotated to align with the minute hand so that you can see your elapsed dive time at a glance. Some analogue dive watches will also have a window to include a digital stop watch as an easy way to track elapsed time. This digital timer should not be confused with a dive computer function that is also monitoring your nitrogen exposure.
Other Features to Consider in a Dive Watch
Luminous Markings and Hands. Your watch must be easy to read in low light conditions. You may need to prime your watch’s luminescence with a torch before or during a dive to make sure it’s glowing and easy to read.
Flexible or Extendable Strap. If you dive in a wetsuit you should make sure that the watch band will extend over the outside of your suit. You may need to use a strap extension in which case, check that one is included at the time of purchasing your watch.
Self Wind or Automatic Function. Check what drives your watch or whether it requires batteries or not. Some dive watches are powered automatically. The Citizen Eco-Drive is powered by exposure to light (solar) while the Seiko Diver is powered y the movement of your arm. Either way you want to have an indicator on the watch so that you are aware you have ample power during your dive.
Dive Computer Watches. Computers often make the best watches as they can represent the best of both worlds. They have all the sophistication of a dive computer while still being small enough to wear as a casual wrist watch. These watches tend to be wholly digital and may not suit you if you want the style of an analogue watch to wear as an everyday item. digital and may not suit you if you want the style of an analogue watch to wear as an everyday item.