Best Dive Watches Comparison Guide

It’s summer time, you are preparing yourself for a vacation with a lot of swimming and diving but at the last moment you realize that you’re missing something very important – a dive watch!

Obviously, since you are reading this, you are a person that plans ahead, and you don’t want just any diver’s watch, you want the best diving watch possible.

The interactive chart of watches below and the analysis that follows will help you decide what the best dive watch is for you.

We all have our personal preferences on what makes a good dive watch to go swimming or diving, but if you are a real watch lover you want the absolute best diver’s watch possible, and so we’re here to help.

Ultimate divers watch comparison guide and key

Included in the table are 4 columns:

– Watch pictures with watch brand and name/model (click to view more details or to purchase)

– Case – information about size, glass, backcover, band…

– Mechanism – information about movement and features

– Price – These are approximate prices. These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more.

*Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier

Dive WatchesCaseMechanismPrice
Seiko SRP307/309 Black/Orange Monster
- Stainless steel case
- 42.5 x 12.4 mm
- Mineral glass
- Scredown crown
- WR 200 m (660 feet)
- Stainless steel bracelet
- Japanese automatic
- Day
- Date
$300.00
OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph
- Stainless steel case
- 45.50 x 20 mm
- Anti reflective sapphire glass
- Helium valve
- WR 600 Meters (2000 feet)
- Stainless steel bracelet
- Swiss automatic
- Chronograph
- Date
- 24h time
$8,000.00
Timex Intelligent Quartz T2N810 Depth Gauge Thermometer
- Stainless steel case
- 46 x 19 mm
- Mineral glass
- Scredown crown
- WR 200m (660 feet)
- Rubber band
- Quartz
- Chronograph
- Depth measurement
- Temperature measurement
- Date
$200.00
Orient CEM65001B Black Mako
- Stainless steel case
- 41 x 13
- Mineral glass
- Scredown crown
- WR 200m (660 feet)
- Stainless steel bracelet
- Japanese automatic
- Day
- Date
$200.00
Orient SEL03001B0 M-Force
- Stainless steel case
- 45 x 13.3 mm
- Sapphire glass
- Scredown crown
- WR 200m (660 Feet)
- Stainless steel bracelet
- Automatic self wind
- 40 hour power reserve indicator
- Date
$400.00
Seiko SKX007/009
- Stainless steel case
- 42 x 13
- Glass: Hardlex
- Scredown crown
- WR 200m (660 feet)
- Rubber band
- Japanese automatic
- Day
- Date
$300.00
Seiko SNE107P2
- Stainless steel case
- 42 x 12
- Glass: Hardlex
- Scredown crown
- WR 200m (660 feet)
- Rubber band
- Solar / quartz
- Day
- Date
$200.00
Seiko SSC021P1
- Stainless steel case
- 44 x 14
- Glass: Hardlex
- Scredown crown
- WR 200m (660 feet)
- Rubber band
- Solar / quartz
- Chronograph
- Date
- 24h time
$300.00
Victorinox Swiss Army DiveMaster 500
- Stainless steel case
- 43 x 14
- Glass: Antireflective-sapphire crystal
- Scredown crown
- WR 500 M (1640 feet)
- Rubber band
- Quartz
- Date
- 24h time
$600.00

What is a divers watch?

Of course, there’s not precise definition what a divers watch is, but it should contains the characteristics below.

Case should be resistant to salt water and dive watches usually have it made of stainless steel or titanium. The case also should be water resistant to depth at minimum 100m.

Air reserve in dive tanks is very important so a “real” dive watch should have uni-rotating bezel for safe diving time measurement.

The most of dive watches have rubber bands but there are some with stainless steel. Band/bracelet material is not so important but it should be long enough for wearing on a dive suit’s sleeve. Metal bracelets on dive watches usually contain deployant clasp with diver’s wetsuit extension.

Readability is a must have feature because of darkness in deep water. So hours and minutes hands are large enough coated with luminous materials while dials could be in orange or light green color.

Some dive watch with great water resistant have a helium valve.

How to find a dive watch that meets your needs

Above you will find an interactive comparison chart of many of top dive watches on the market today. But before you start salivating over your next companion, lets take a look at what’s on this guide. Overall, rather than taking some guys advice on YouTube about what the best watch is, look at the options and criteria to help you make the appropriate buying decision.

So, above you will find the Ultimate Divers Watch Comparison Guide to help you find the perfect watch for you.

Best divers watch, what to chose?

The table above contains some of best watches so you are free to compare them and choose one that is right for you and you think it’s the best option.

We hope that the dive watches comparison chart help you to figure out what you need to take care when you want to buy a dive watch. Here are short reviews of some of them. I can’t tell you what the best divers watch is, you need to choose alone.

Seiko Monster

Seiko Monster is one of the most popular dive watch that comes in variety of colors and bands. In 2012 Seiko unveiled the second edition of these watches that now use 4s06 mechanism instead of 7s06 used in the first version. The mechanism itself has “hacking” feature allowing second hands to stop during time setup. Two of the most popular versions are Black Monster with black dial and Orange Monster with orange dial. Bezel is uni-directional with 60 clicks during rotation and made with high quality, although some users complain that it rotates too easily. The luminosity of hours markers and hands are the best on the market, by my opinion. Interesting fact to mention is that hour markers have shape of a sea monster.

Timex Intelligent Quartz Depth Gauge Dive Watch

If a diver stays too long in water he or she risk getting the bends so the relationship between time and depth is critical.  Timex Intelligent Quartz Depth Gauge adds not only a depth gauge i.e. functional to a respectable 60 meters but also a temperature sensor to a rugged and capable dive watch, all for the price of a decent wetsuit.

Victorinox Swiss Army DiveMaster 500

Since it was introduced, the Dive Master 500 has quietly become a favorite of dive watch enthusiasts and one of the best values around. The gunmetal steel case, engraved luminous bezel, legible dial and long, supple rubber strap have a fit and finish on par with divers two or three times more expensive. The Dive Master is available with either a self-winding, high grade mechanical movement or a precise quartz ticker (both Swiss, naturally) and a variety of dial and strap colors to match with your summer wardrobe, neoprene or otherwise.

OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph

OMEGA’s deep diver is almost equipped with more technology than a nuclear submarine. The Seamaster Planet Ocean is powered by a co-axial column wheel chronograph movement with a magnetism- and temperature-resistant silicon hairspring which is visible through the transparent caseback. The dial of this model features an intuitive elapsed time counter that reads like a standard clock face. Many features such as helium escape valve, a scratch-resistant Liquid Metal bezel, 600 meters of water resistance mean this may be the most over-engineered dive watch you can buy.

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