Nowadays, many watches from many brand names can be worn and read underwater, but for a watch to be a true diver’s watch, it must fall in line with the International Organization for Standardization. A dive watch must meet the following criteria: A minimum depth rating of 100meters; a unidirectional bezel; a dial visible in total darkness; an anti-magnetic and shock resistant design and must also be resistant to corrosion caused by seawater.
Take a look at our reviews of some of the best dive watches currently on the market.
Best Dive Watches
Here are our reviews of the best dive watches.
Considering its price, this IOS-rated dive watch is hard to beat. Complete with reliable movement, a proper bezel and rated to handle depths of 200 meters, this watch is both fashionable and highly functional.
- Stainless-steel casing
- Luminous hands and markers
- Resin wrist strap
Many affordable dive watches tend to rely on a bulky design in order to remain water-resistant. The Sea Wolf has managed to overcome this design fallacy with this stylish, high-functioning model.
- Depth rated at 200 meters
- Swiss-automatic movement
- Durable rubber wrist strap
Smaller than the other watches on this list, this dive watch features an of-the-era 100-meter depth rating, which is more than enough for recreational diving.
- Domed crystal casing
- Classic dive watch design
- Highly stylish
This vintage designed divers watch has been a favourite with watch enthusiasts for over 20 years. Its upgraded movements combined with an 80-hour power reserve can handle depths up to 300 meters.
- Sapphire crystal casing protects against scratching
- Automatic movement
Inspired by the Tudor-branded Submarines from the 1950’s to the 70’s, this stylish watch couples a vintage-inspired 39mm case encircling classical gilt printing combining style with practicality.
- Water-resistant up to 200 meters
- Luminescent hands and markers
Dive Watches Buyer’s Guide
These watches are no joke. They are designed for serious divers and high functioning even in great depths. There are many styles and designs available and this can leave even serious divers feeling a little uncertain about which watch is best for them.
Take a look at our buyer’s guide for a breakdown of the important terminology surrounding these watches.
A bezel is a unidirectional ring surrounding the watch dial that features markings at least every 5 minutes. This feature allows the diver to accurately track time underwater ensuring time and oxygen levels are correlated.
This refers to a soft rubber or synthetic ring, lining the inside of the watch to ensure a watertight seal, protecting the gears and clockwork.
Helium escape valve
This feature is only necessary for saturation divers. This valve allows traces of helium to escape upon surfacing.
This term refers to the luminescent material applied that makes the hands and marking light up, allowing the watch to be read in the dark. Look for a watch that features photo- luminescent paints.