Dive watches are among the most popular and well-known watch varieties on the market today. And despite their very specific name, many dive watch owners have no plans to wear their watch diving. Instead, they are drawn to the watch for its everyday wearability, solid construction and straightforward dial design. Whether you are the most passionate of watch collectors or the most naive of watch beginners, we’ve compiled a list of the best dive watches— with designs starting at just $500.
What is a Dive Watch?
A dive watch, also known as a diver’s watch or diving watch, is a watch that’s specifically designed for underwater diving. There are a few characteristics that distinguish a dive watch, including:
- Water Resistance. Diving watches are built to withstand at least 100 meters of water resistance, but most will have a water resistance of around 200-300 meters or deeper.
- Readability. A dive watch must be legible underwater, and many contain luminosity for low or no-light conditions.
- Rotating Bezel. Dive watches come equipped with a rotating bezel to let the diver know how long they’ve been underwater. Some models may even show the diver’s depth.
- Durable Strap. Most dive watches have rubber or stainless steel straps, because these materials are the most adaptable to seawater and can withstand pressure, direct sunlight and humidity.
Top Diver’s Watches:
Tissot Seastar 1000
Created for real water sports lovers, the Tissot Seastar 1000 merges style and performance without compromising either. With its water resistance up to 30 bar (300 m/1000 ft), screw-down crown and case back, it is the ultimate diving watch.
Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba
From poolside to beachside and beyond, the Khaki Navy Scuba Watch is sure to make a splash with its wearers. Its remarkable value, eye-catching design and superior functionality appeal to modern mariners, snorkelers, surfers and beach lovers alike.
Omega Seamaster Diver
Since 1993, the Seamaster Professional Diver 300M has enjoyed a legendary following. Today’s modern collection has embraced that famous ocean heritage and updated it with OMEGA’s best innovation and design.
Tag Heuer Aquaracer
The Tag Heuer Aquaracers are widely considered to be some of the most reliable watches available today. Offered in a wide range of price points, this watch is a fantastic (and affordable) substitute for some of the more iconic dive watches out there.
No best diver list is complete without Seiko. Since releasing its first diver’s watch in 1965, Seiko has been exceeding expectations for divers with its innovative technology. The Seiko Prospex challenges every limit, with a collection of timepieces for sports lovers and adventure seekers whether in the water, in the sky or on land.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf
Zodiac’s Super Sea Wolf collection pairs sleek styling with bold accents to create a watch that exudes modern sophistication for everyday wear.
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