For the modern watch enthusiast, a dive watch is one of those collection standards that you’re going to consider and potentially purchase at one point in time. Almost everyone has fallen down the rabbit hole of researching specs, designs, and brands to make sure they’re making the best purchase possible. But this level of research is both relatable and very understandable.

A solid dive watch provides its wearer with clear utility, durability, and in many cases enough versatility to wear it every single day. It’s part of the reason collectors are constantly drawn towards these timepieces and it’s a very good reason to pour as much time researching potential options as possible.

My personal journey with dive watches began with the Seiko Sumo. Now I didn’t realize it back then but that watch would become very special to me and forever shape the standard through which I viewed all dive watches. However, it wasn’t an easy purchasing decision for me to make. I and many collectors struggled with seeing past all the watch marketing and collector biases to really feel confident in which dive watch was the best for us.

I don’t want anyone else to deal with that ever again. That’s why I did my best to compile as much relevant information here as I possibly could to help you feel confident in your personal purchasing decision. Below you’ll find my top picks for the best dive watches available today. Some of the choices below you’ll recognize and others you’ll most likely only see here. However this list is ever-growing and if there are any timepieces you’d like to me look at for future considering please just let me know in the comments below.

Invicta Pro Diver (8926OB)

Price Range:$50 – $100
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:40mm x 48mm x 14mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Seiko NH35 (Mechanical Movement)

When I was researching 40mm dive watches that didn’t break the bank, the Invicta Pro Diver kept rising to the surface of my choices. I only originally hesitated because Invicta is a brand that’s quite polemic and dividing in the watch community. In my personal interactions with individuals throughout the watch community, the general consensus is that Invicta is looked down upon because their most popular models are Rolex Submariner homages.

But after making the decision for myself to ignore my own bias and test the watch out, I wish I had purchased an Invicta Pro Diver much sooner. I purchased mine from Amazon which is still the best option for you to get the best deal possible (especially during Prime Day if you can time it out that way). For the price, the 40mm case sat very comfortably on my wrist (as you can see in the photo above) and the detailing and finish work along the case sides, lugs, and bezel were very acceptable to me.

While the bracelet may not be the most high quality, you are getting an NH35 automatic movement in this watch for under $100. When taking into consideration the fact that most other dive watches in this same price range will more often than not feature inferior automatic movements, the Pro Diver truly stands out to me as one of your top dive watch options when you’re on a budget.

Check out our full Invicta Pro Diver review for more hands-on insights.

Casio MDV106 “Duro”

Price Range:$75
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:44.2mm x 48.5mm x 12.1mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Casio 2784 (Quartz Movement)

Coming in with a hefty 44mm case, the MDV106 (also referred to as the “Duro”) is one of the most affordable 200m dive watches out there at only $75. But in addition to that, its other claim to fame is that it’s the watch usually worn by Bill Gates.

But the fact that this is the watch that Bill Gates wears shouldn’t really sway your opinion here. What is the most important aspect to keep in mind here is that the Casio Duro offers a fantastic wearing experience. While the case dimensions may wear large to some, I found that while diving with the watch and wearing it on a recent island vacation, the large size was quite welcome since it balanced out very well with the subtle aesthetics.

I also found the unidirectional bezel, screw-down crown, and reliable quartz movement to be very high quality for the price of the watch. What didn’t necessarily impress me was the lume on the hands and the markers. When compared to other divers on this list (like those from Seiko and Orient), the lume left much to be desired. But this is a small concession to make given the value you get for the functionality of the design.

The Duro was originally only available with a black dial, but now there is a blue dial, two tone case, and even a Pepsi bezel option. Be sure to check the Casio Website for the most up to date pricing.

Vosok Amphibia (420 Case)

Price Range:$75 – $150
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:39mm x 46mm x 15mm
Lug Width:18mm
Movement:Vostok 2416 (Mechanical Movement)

Whether or not they will admit it, I’ve noticed that the Vostok Amphibia tends to be many watch collector’s guilty pleasure. Vostok is a legacy Soviet Union brand that survived the fall of communism and continues to operate today. I’ve extensively researched both Vostok and the Amphibia dive watch and it is my opinion that it is the most unsung horological accomplishment in recent watchmaking history. The Vostok Amphibia was the first dive watch that the Soviets could self-sufficiently manufacture that could withstand ocean depths up to 200. I have a research piece on the site that covers the full history of both Vostok and the Amphibia.

The result today is an incredibly affordable dive watch with an in-house movement, classic acrylic dome, intriguing bi-directional friction bezel, and a unique design platform that’s very memorable. What I noticed is that while wearing the watch on my wrist it didn’t feel as high quality and robust as other affordable divers (like the Invicta Pro Diver or the Mako II), however that is a tradeoff for owning something with unique horological providence that you will not see on many people’s wrists. When considering where to purchase a Vostok Amphibia, there a variety of options out there.

Want more info on this iconic dive watch? Read our full review!

Redwood Tactical V2 Stealth

Price Range:$109 – $209
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:40mm x 48mm x 11.2mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Epson VS17 (Solar Quartz Movement)

If you want to take a rugged affordable dive watch and make it even better—just make it solar! We’re suckers for solar quartz dive watches at TBWS. The Redwood Tactical V2 Stealth was one we took for a test drive recently and it’s a tough deal to beat. It’s a modern, practical package that’s vintage-inspired and well under the $250 mark.

One of the watch’s most charming features is its lightweight case. It’s also so incredibly low-profile, which aids in long-term wearing comfort. The solar movement is a care-free Epson VS17 and I love that the watch’s design calls back to those early prototype US Navy divers we got from Blancpain and Bulova. Be sure to explore the Redwood Watches site for the most up to date pricing.

Be sure to read our full review of the Redwood Tactical V2 Stealth if you’d like to learn more.

Orient Mako II (FAA02002D9)

Price Range:$160 – $200
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:41.5mm x 47mm x 13mm
Lug Width:22mm
Movement:Orient Caliber F6922 (Mechanical Movement)

In my research I have found that Orient Watches is always one of those brands that’s often misunderstood. So take it from me, under the cloak of misunderstanding can often live the most rarest of finds and Orient Watches is one of those finds. Take the Mako II, probably the single-best all around automatic diver you can purchase right now for under $200.

With the Japanese Mako II you get an in-house movement that features both self-winding and manually winding options while also hacking. Hacking refers to the ability to stop the seconds hand from ticking when the crown is pulled out, allowing the watch to synchronize to a time source with ease.

When I compare it to other affordable dive watches in this price range, the Mako II really sets itself apart because not only does it feature 200m of water resistance, but I also found it incredibly comfortable on the wrist at 41.5mm in diameter and 13mm thick. The case finishing and detailing along the edges, caseback, and lugs was also incredible. This is a very large improvement on the original previous generation Mako, which historically had some quality control issues and not as high quality of a movement.

Ultimately the reason it’s included in our list of best dive watches is that simply for under $200, few other timepieces can offer the same wearing experience, affordability, and reliability of the Mako II. That’s also the MSRP, you can find it through online retailers for a much more affordable price. I would encourage you to check out Amazon for the best price since it will always be well under MSRP.

Read the full Orient Mako II review for more insights and photos.

Orient Ray II (FA002004B9)

Price Range:$160 – $200
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:41.5mm x 47mm x 13mm
Lug Width:22mm
Movement:Orient Caliber F6922 (Mechanical Movement)

Now, what’s interesting is that if you don’t like the look of the Orient Mako II, I would highly encourage you to check out the Orient Ray II. Essentially, these two watches are the same except for some stylistic differences. Check out the photo we’ve taken and shared above. You’ll note that the dial markers, bezel font, and bracelet on the Ray II are different than the Mako II. The dial markers are simple lume cylinders. The bezel font is wider and bolder than the Mako II. The bracelet on the Ray II is more stylized and features some polished and intricate center link detailing.

When compared against the aesthetics of the Mako II, I explain to people that the Ray II is more of a “dressy” dive watch that would fit into more professional environments. However, it does so with the same technical specs, craftsmanship, and comfortable wearing experience as it’s more sporty counterpart. We’ve decided to include it on this list of our favorite divers because of its versality without compromising on functionality or affordability. Much like the Mako II, you’ll find the best pricing for the Orient Ray II on Amazon.

For a detailed breakdown of what makes the Orient Ray Special, feel free to explore our full review.

Citizen Promaster Diver (BN0151-09L)

Price Range:$200 – $300
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:43mm x 48mm x 11.5mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Citizen E168 (Eco-Drive Solar Quartz)

Over the years of personally interacting with this timepiece, the Citizen Promaster Diver Eco-Drive is our immediate recommendation for anyone who asks us for a truly affordable, no-fuss, go-anywhere-do-anything (GADA) dive watch. That’s because when we compared this to other similar timepieces, the unique design, legendary build quality, reliable functionally, and solar-powered movement of this specific Promaster Diver elevated it far beyond anything else.

The largest deciding factor in it being included in our list today though is Citizen’s Eco-Drive solar-powered technology. While we’ve personally experienced loss of accuracy with other automatic movements or the inconvenience of having to swap out batteries with quartz timepieces, the Promoaster Diver circumvents both of these drawbacks by being solar-powered.

In our opinion, Solar quartz is the true essence of sustainability, self-reliability, and functionality. Plus, this Promaster Diver just looks awesome – so all those other features are just a plus. While pricing on the Promaster Diver Eco-Drives has slightly increased over the years, they’re still incredibly affordable on Amazon, which is where we would suggest you look for the best price.

Explore more photos, stats, and insights on our Citizen Promaster Diver review!

Orient Kamasu (RA-AA0003R19B)

Price Range:$200 – $330
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:41.5 mm x 47mm x 12.8mm
Lug Width:22mm
Movement:Orient Caliber F6922 (Mechanical)

With the success of the Mako II and Ray II release in 2016, Orient began to experiment with other affordable dive watch options that expanded on their current catalog. As a life-long lover of all things Orient watches, I was incredibly excited to learn about the introduction of the Orient Kamasu in 2019.

In comparison, I found that the Orient Kamasu differentiates itself from the Mako II and the Ray II with some stylistic nuances in the form different markers and hands, which feature more a more dynamic combination of lines and angles to create a more aggressive design. However, while we had the dive watch on our wrist, it also presented a slightly nicer wearing experience because it is technically .02mm thinner than the Mako II and Ray II, which may not seem significant but you’d be surprised how often small measurements can impact the comfort and wearability of a timepiece.

While the Kamasu features the same F6922 automatic movement as the Mako II and the Ray II, it’s being offered at a higher price due to its unique design but also from the fact that it features a flat sapphire crystal, which is of higher quality and more scratch resistant than the other model’s acrylic crystal. Much like the Mako II and Ray II, I would point you to Amazon or possibly even Jomashop for the best price available online.

Check out our Orient Kamasu Review for more details!

Scurfa Diver One

Price Range:$230 – $300
Water Resistance:500m
Case Dimensions:40mm x 47mm x 14mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Ronda 713SM (Quartz Movement)

I’ve tested and worn a lot of dive watches over the course of my watch collecting journey. In all this time I’m still unsure how Scurfa Watches is able to generate any profit when I compare them to other watch brands. They pack their dive watches with so many premium features and functionalities while putting out a build quality with top notch fit and finish. Specifically, the Scurfa Diver One stands out amongst their top offerings.

It features an incredible 500m of water resistance when most other comparable divers only offer 200m, which increases the reliability and functionality of the Diver One exponentially. Plus, the fact that the brand is able to offer this high of a water resistance while keeping the Diver One at a very comfortable 40mm in diameter certainly was a game changer for me when I first put it on my wrist.

I personally prefer the titanium version of the Diver One because it enhances the wearability of the timepiece since titanium is so much lighter when compared to traditional stainless steel. At the end of the day, for under $300 I would suggest you give the Scurfa Diver One a try. I honestly wish I had discovered the brand much sooner. As such, there’s no way we could do a list of the best dive watches and not include the Diver One. Stock on these tends to run out quickly. So the best thing for you to do if you’re interested in a Diver One is to explore the Scurfa Website and check it for updates.

Read our Scurfa Diver One Review for more insights and photos!

Dan Henry 1970

Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:40mm x 45.7mm x 14.8
Lug Width:22mm
Movement:Seiko NH35 (Mechanical Movement)

Dan Henry is a collector who turned his passion for iconic vintage watches into a microbrand. In our time researching microbrands and dive watches, we’ve noticed that what separates Dan Henry from many other watchmakers is that their goal is to offer riffs on iconic vintage watch designs and tropes at affordable prices so everyone in the watch community can enjoy them. No other Dan Henry release made as big a splash as the now famous Dan Henry 1970 compressor automatic dive watch.

While we’ve reviewed and tested many different timepieces over the years, what really stands out to us about the Dan Henry 1970 is that while it is technically a dive watch, its function is secondary to its design. There is no other interior bezel, compressor-style dive watch on this list for under $300. The compressor design is an iconic vintage watch style which features 2 crowns. One crown operates the hands of the watch and the other operates the interior rotating dive bezel, which functions the same as an exterior-mounted bezel, but is more reliable and secure from bezel play and bumps.

At 40mm in diameter we found the design and overall comfort of the timepiece to be very unique and attractive. This design and wearability on top of the fact that the Dan Henry 1970 makes use of the incredibly reliable automatic NH35 movement while also being under $300 means it was a no-brainer to include it on this list.

Read our Dan Henry 1970 review to learn more about what makes this watch special.

Citizen Ecozilla (BJ8050-08E)

Price Range:$325 – $450
Water Resistance:300m
Case Dimensions:48mm x 48mm x 18mm
Lug Width:24mm
Movement:Citizen B873 (Eco-Drive Solar Quartz)

My wrist is 6.75 inches in diameter, which generally means that my sweet spot for case sizes is anywhere from 38mm – 42mm. But what if you have a larger wrist diameter than 7 inches? That’s where the Citizen Ecozilla comes into play. While I found the wearing experience of the Ecozilla too large for me, I’m including here on our list of best dive watches simply because it is an ideal choice for someone with larger wrists who wants an affordable dive watch with some strong wrist presence.

Wearing experience aside, the bezel design and even the action on the Ecozilla is quite unique. The nature of how we had to grip the bezel to turn it meant that it was actually quite fun to operate. It’s also incredibly legible, which is a personal trade-off since the legibility is enhanced by its larger size.

But if you’re looking for a dive watch with a no-nonsense design, high functionality, clean aesthetics, and an ideal fit for larger wrists, the Citizen Ecozilla is for you. Plus, it’s powered by Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, which means you get all the incredible benefits of a solar powered watch. Pricing for these has gone up over the years and while Amazon used to be the best deal, you can actually get great pricing directly from the Citizen Watches website.

Seiko Prospex (SNE573)

Price Range:$329 – $495
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:38mm x 46mm x 11mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Seiko V147 (Solar Quartz Movement)

My time and history with Seiko made me believe that their dive watches would only ever be available in sizes ranging from 42mm to 45mm, which is right about the maximum of what I’m comfortable wearing. Then in 2021 Seiko released a series of Prospex divers that were solar-powered and (to my happy surprise) 38mm in diameter. I knew I had to have some first-hand insight into these.

When compared to other diver from Seiko, the wearing experience is very tasteful and unusually diminutive. I say that because generally Seiko divers derive their function and comfort from their size and how well those case dimensions conform to your wrist. At 38mm, this Seiko SNE573 solar diver tends to sit on top of your wrist, which isn’t necessarily bad but it’s a different wearing experience from other Seiko divers.

One note on overall legibility that we also noticed while wearing the watch. Dive watches generally have to balance how much space their dials are taking up in relation to their bezels. That is to say you need your bezel and dial proportionate to each other so both are legible. With the SNE573, we noticed that at certain angles, the actual amount of readable space on the dial can be a bit small. We did find it easy to adjust to this after a few minutes of wearing the watch, but if dial legibility is crucial for you, then this may not be the timepiece for you.

The true benefit though of being 38mm, is that we found the SNE573 to be an excellent everyday watch option that was versatile enough to be worn in an office or on a dive excursion. So, if you need a smaller diver that has fantastic “everyday” watch possibilities and you aren’t too worried about the dial being too small, it would absolutely be worth checking out Amazon, Jomashop, or even the official Seiko website if they are running a sale.

Seiko Ana-Digi Tuna “The Arnie” (SNJ025)

Price Range:$340 – $525
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:49.5mm x 49.5mm x 14.3mm
Lug Width:22mm
Movement:Seiko H851 (Ana-Digi Solar Quartz)

First gaining notoriety after fans noticed Arnold Schwarzenegger wearing it in the 1987 film, Predator, this Ana-Digi Tuna earned the nickname “The Arnie.” Ana-Digi refers to the hybrid time readout that the dial features with both a traditional analog layout as well as a digital screen at 12 o’clock. In 2019 “The Arnie” was released under the reference SNJ025, which allowed a whole new community of watch enthusiasts to enjoy and appreciate this unique timepiece including me.

In my time reviewing dive watches, it’s often very easy to see brands over-design or lose focus on the impetus of their dive watch design. Functionality is key and while the SNJ025 may not look like it in comparison to other dive watches on this list, it may be the most dependable watch you could take with you underwater.

Why do I say that? The Ana-Digi layout of the dial is more than just two options for reading the time. The digital display also functions as a chronograph, which in conjunction with timing dives on your bezel, adds an extra layer of hyper-accurate time duration tracking. Plus, the digital readout features a surprisingly bright backlit illumination which is a very nice companion to the lume on the traditional hour, minute, and seconds hands. I also found the incredible reliability of the solar quartz movement to be a tipping point. The SNJ025 is Seiko’s answer to those who are looking for a double-redundant, over-engineered piece of diving equipment.

While the case size is large, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll most likely be wearing this over a wetsuit, which means that you’ll want this watch to wear on the larger side. However, we do recommend spending time understanding the controls and different modes of the watch before attempting to use it. We find that understanding all the different button and push combinations between them can be a bit difficult unless you take the time to focus and read the instruction manual.

Certainly one of the more nuanced and unique Seiko offering, it’s worth considering if you’re in the market for an affordable dive watch with 200m of water resistance for under $500 that you actually plan on diving with.

Zelos Swordfish

Price Range:$350 – $1599
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:42mm x 48mm x 13mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Seiko NH35 (Mechanical Movement)

Some microbrands reinvent themselves with every release while some know exactly what their design language is while constantly working to perfect it. In my time reviewing and handling microbrands, few fall so well into that latter category than Zelos. Now, while the Singapore-based watchmaker offers a large variety of timepieces, I was left with a long-lasting impression after having the opportunity to spend some hands-on time with the Zelos Swordfish dive watch.

I was surprised by how sturdy and solid the overall construction felt. It would be easy for Zelos to design the Swordfish as a 42mm dive watch that only looked beautiful, but it’s also incredibly functional and highly reliable, which not all aesthetically-driven microbrand watches can claim.

What sets the Zelos Swordfish diver apart from other timepieces on this list is that this is the only sandwich dial watch that we’re featuring. A sandwich dial features a two-piece construction where the bottom layer features a large amount of lume which shines through the perforated hour markers of the top layer with incredible brightness. It’s an extra step for the construction of the timepiece, but that’s what make the Zelos Swordfish special.

This timepiece also comes in a variety of different finishes and colors and Zelos has already released multiple generations of this watch, which is why prices can vary model to model. They also sell out very quickly so if this is a watch you’re interested in, get in the know about new releases sooner rather than later by checking out the official Zelos Watches website.

Seiko Prospex Samurai (SRPB53)

Price Range:$380 – $500
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:43.8mm x 47mm x 13mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Seiko 4R35 (Mechanical)

In 2017 when the Seiko Samurai was re-released within the Prospex collection, the watch community immediately fell in love with the elongated spear seconds hand, industrial-designed knurling on the crown, and the sharp, aggressive angles of the case. That also included me – I immediately purchased this watch and was incredibly happy with my decision.

What’s often hard to see from product photos on the brand’s website is how well balanced the sharp angles of the case are while expressing Seiko’s design vision and ensuring the robust reliability of the timepiece. Now while I did find the Seiko Samurai to wear slightly larger on the wrist, that was not due to the 43.8mm diameter case. Rather, the largeness of the watch on my wrist was the result of how the lugs didn’t quite curve downward enough. As such, it tended to sit a bit high on my wrist. This wearing experience and design are in contrast to the Seiko Sumo and the Seiko Turtle which feature very organic and smooth case lines, which creates a very wrist-hugging wearing experience.

That said, sometimes you want a dive watch that wears large because a large wearing diver can be quite beneficial to the function of the watch, especially when worn over a wetsuit. In the time I’ve worn the Samurai in the ocean, it’s been a very reliable dive watch that featured very unique aesthetics.

Want to learn more about the Seiko Samurai? We have a full hands-on review available.

Seiko Prospex Turtle (SBDY015 or SRPE93)

Price Range:$380 – $600
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:44.3mm x 48mm x 14mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Seiko 4R36 (Mechanical)

In contrast to the Seiko Samurai, the Seiko Turtle offers a very low wearing experience on the wrist. Its asymmetrical case shape and almost lugless design hugs your wrist and creates a level of comfort that’s hard to beat. But what this watch also offers is a touchstone to an iconic period in Seiko’s history with dive watches. The original Turtle was released in the 1970s and this modern re-issue is extremely faithful to the original in terms of design and feeling on the wrist.

While wearing the Turtle, you’ll get a sense that you’re wearing a vintage dive watch whose main purpose is to take a beating and keep on functioning. Truthfully, every Seiko Turtle we’ve seen over the years wears its age very well because these are tool watches. That’s also why the iconic Seiko Turtle features 200m of water resistance as well as the ever-reliable Seiko 4R36 automatic movement, which differs slightly from the 4R35 because it includes both a day and date display on the dial.

While sites like Amazon and Jomashop can be good options for finding the best price, we’ve noticed that Long Island Watches tends to have the most consistent deals.

For more info, be sure to read the full review.

Steinhart Ocean 39

Price Range:$380 – $600
Water Resistance:300m
Case Dimensions:39mm x 47mm x 13mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW 200 (Mechanical)

German based brand Steinhart watches is often misunderstood in the watch community. But I realize that it’s easy to see why. Steinhart isn’t technically a microbrand because they sell quite a lot of watches and they comfortably ship all around the world. Plus, they’re designs are for the most part homages inspired by classic Tudor or Rolex designs. But what I find to be the true essence of Steinhart’s magic is that none of those nuances matter. In my opinion, the only things that matter are the watches themselves. Steinhart offers some of the highest-quality, most reliable, and best bang for your buck timepieces with Swiss movements and German-based quality control.

Case in point: the Steinhart Ocean 39. Assembled in Germany from Swiss parts, the Ocean 39 is quite possibly one of the best options for someone in the market for a dive watch under 40mm that perfectly sits under the radar. I’ve come to see this Steinhart piece as a “quiet tool watch.”

It’s designed to not stand out in any way other than being incredibly well-engineered. You’ll find yourself just running your fingers across the edges and bevels of the case in appreciation of their craftsmanship, just like we did. But it’s the type of appreciation that’s very personal. Most people who see the watch on your wrist wouldn’t notice it or give it any other thought. But those in the know, would absolutely understand what you were wearing.

We highly encourage anyone interested in Steinhart to explore their official website. It’s also the only place to get the best deals and prices on their watches. For more insights on this fascinating brand, be sure to check out our full review on the Steinhart Ocean 39 GMT.

Gavox Avidiver

Price Range:$530 – $800
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:43mm x 50.8mm x 12.8mm
Lug Width:22mm
Movement:Miyota 9015 (Mechanical Movement)

In my opinion, the Gavox Avidiver is one of the most underrated microbrand dive watches available today. From my personal experience, the Avidiver was able to show me what independently owned microbrands were capable of and truly what separated good brands from bad ones

Michael Happé is the owner and operator of Gavox watches. Based in Belgium, Happé decided to start his own brand out of the love he had for his own collection but also as an artistic avenue to express his appreciation for what he was passionate about most in his life. As such, not everyone realizes that all Gavox watches feature some type of individual significance to his background, his love of horology, or his home country. For me, no other brand is able to inject that much enthusiasm into their watch releases.

That’s where the Avidiver come in. The watch was designed as an intersection between all things nautical and aviation, two things that Happé is very passionate about. That’s why you’ll notice the Avidiver has both a dive watch bezel and a pilot’s GMT. The aesthetics of the timepiece also encapsulate this coalesce of watersports and aviation by featuring a sturdy dive watch case but with classic pilot watch hands.

Be sure to check out our full Gavox Avidiver review for more insight. You’re also going to find the best prices on Gavox releases directly from the brand’s official website.

Bulova Devil Diver (96B350)

Price Range:$550 – $1060
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:44mm x 45.9mm x 14.6mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Miyota 821D (Mechanical Movement)

So why is it called the Devil Diver? In the 1970s Bulova released the Oceanographer which at the time featured dial text boasting a water resistance of “666 feet.” After that it didn’t take long for owners of the watch to coin the nickname. Recently Bulova has begun to reach into its past and pull re-issues and re-imagined designs from the archives, the Bulova Oceanographer “Devil Diver” was one of them.

What’s interesting and not often talked about with the Bulova Devil Diver series is that the case diameter of 44mm is actually quite close the lug to lug measurement of of 45.9. The reason that’s important is watches which feature near-square dimensions always wear larger than their specs would indicate. That’s exactly what we experienced with the Bulova Devil Diver as well. On its own 44mm is quite large, but the square shape in conjunction with the 14.6mm thickness means this watch is better suited for larger wrist.

But that’s actually why we’ve included it here on our list. The list of classic vintage reissue dive watches for larger wrists isn’t as long as it should be. Most other large case dimension dive watches will feature modern or somewhat vintage reinterpreted designs. In the case of the Bulova Devil Diver, the reissue is near identical in style to the original, which makes it worthy of consideration. The official Bulova website is actually a great place to pick these up since they consistently have the best prices online.

Baltic Aquascaphe

Price Range:$560 – $625
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:39mm x 47mm x 12mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Miyota 9039 (Mechanical Movement)

Most microbrands don’t do vintage-inspired dive watches without them feeling like homages to other recognizable designs. That’s what makes French-based Baltic Watches different. I have consistently been impressed with their ability to bring together vintage aesthetics and modern watch design to create something that looks familiar but is all-together unique.

That’s exactly what they’ve achieved with the the Aquascaphe dive watch. During our time with the watch we were captivated by how well it captures the romanticism of vintage dive watches without feeling contrived or to over the top. Plus, at 39mm in diameter, a beautiful double-dome sapphire crystal, and a vintage-inspired beads of rice bracelet, this is for anyone that loves indulging in horological nostalgia while also supporting a boutique microbrand.

Our hands-on reivew features more unique photos and commentary on this timepiece. Plus as with most microbrands, the best place to purchase the watch and stay up to date on tis availability is the official Baltic Watches website.

Nodus Sector Deep

Price Range:$599
Water Resistance:500m
Case Dimensions:42mm x 47mm x 13.6mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Seiko NH35 (Mechanical Movement)

Part of the growing Sector series from Nodus, the Sector Deep is the brand’s most capable dive watch. In terms of its looks, it continues several of the hallmark design choices that make Nodus pieces stand out in a crowded market of watch brands. The destro crown orientation makes the Sector Deep even more interesting, while building in some added comfort.

One of the most attractive features is the dual-function rotating bezel, which hangs slightly over the width of the case for an easy grip. The ability to track two time zones on a dive watch is always a plus and the elapsed time scale isn’t hindered here at all.

Check out our full review of the Nodus Sector Deep for more details and photos. Also be sure to explore the Nodus Watches site for availability and the best pricing on their releases.

Seiko Prospex Sumo (SBDC081)

Price Range:$600 – $1000
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:45mm x 52.6mm x 12.9mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Seiko 6R35 (Mechanical Movement)

This one is special for me. The Seiko Sumo was my first dive watch and I’ll always recommend it to anyone who wants the reliability of a large Seiko diver but with an aesthetically beautiful and comfortable design that doesn’t feel like a rugged tool watch. I spent months researching the different Seiko dive watch options before finally deciding to go with the Sumo and doing so was one of the best decisions I ever made for my collection.

Its initial release in 2007 was unique simply because unlike many other Seiko dive watches the Sumo wasn’t based on a vintage design – it was a unique take on a 45mm dive watch. While a 45mm case diameter may seem large, the actual ergonomics and design of the case ensure that it sits very snug on your wrist. This is one of the most comfortable watches that I own.

Most notable about the wearing experience of the Seiko Sumo is the 20mm stainless steel bracelet. A 45mm watch on a 20mm bracelet shouldn’t work, but the unique design of the case contours to your hand effortlessly and allows the 20mm bracelet to be just right. The big complaint is that while the wearing experience is strong, visually seeing a 20mm strap on a watch this large makes the visual proportions look off. As a happy Sumo owner for many years I can tell you that this was not an issue for me at all.

The third and current generation of the Seiko Sumo was released in 2019 and the main differences in comparison to the 2nd generation are an upgraded movement (from the 6R15 to the 6R35), new color options, and a higher quality ceramic bezel (as opposed to the previous generations aluminum bezel). When on the wrist the new colors and ceramic bezel evoke a more dressy or luxe diver, which acts as a very nice foil against other more tool dive watches like the Seiko Turtle.

Feel free to check out our full run-down and insights on the Seiko Sumo. Also, pricing on these Seiko Sumo models is a bit difficult to chart. However, we noticed consistently that the best pricing for these has been on Gnomon Watches.

Nodus Avalon

Price Range:$625 – $700
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:43.5mm x 48mm x 12.75mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Miyota 9015 (Mechanical Movement)

Nodus Watches caught our attention when they hit the microbrand scene in 2017. That was around the same time that we started this website so we were able to get to know the team behind Nodus and grow alongside them. What we really appreciated about their growth over the years is how well they balance design composition, contemporary aesthetics, and fresh takes on classic watchmaking style tropes. Of all the Nodus dive watches we’ve reviewed and owned, the Nodus Avalon has always been a favorite.

When compared to other microbrand dive watches, where others strive to go small, the Avalon went big. At 43.5mm in diameter, the Avalon is one of the larger watches in its category. But what I enjoyed most is that the size gave it a very nice visual appeal but it wasn’t bulky. In fact, it hugged my wrist and created a very comfortable wearing experience.

The crown at 4 o’clock also ensures that while the watch is on the larger size, the crown shouldn’t dig into your wrist. The dive watch has a very forward-focused design presentation which is great for legibility and ease of using the bezel. For anyone whose looking for something with a bit more modern design appeal that also has strong wrist presence without feeling top heavy, the Nodus Avalon would be a great choice.

The newest generation of the Avalon also features bronze cases and new dial colors and textures, expanding upon some of the design characteristics of the previous generation. You can see what’s currently in stock at the Nodus Watches website. Learn what else we have to say about the Nodus Avalon in our hands-on review.

Raven Trekker

Price Range:$650 – $750
Water Resistance:300m
Case Dimensions:39mm x 47.5mm x 13mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Miyota 9015 (Mechanical Movement)

Based in Kansas, Raven Watches is the creation of Steve Laughlin who set out to create a microbrand that reflected his love of adventure, travel, and exploring the outdoors. He succeeded. Among the many successful dive watches that Raven has put out, the Trekker stands as a particularly noteworthy highlight.

For years we’ve been able to enjoy having an early generation Trekker in the collection and our time with the watch has shown us that it’s one of those timepieces that’s designed to be evocative of classic dive watch aesthetics but with just a bit of personality and a lot of functionality.

The two main elements that set the Trekker apart from many other watches is that in its size class of 39mm in diameter, it’s still able to achieve a depth rating of 300m. That’s generally very difficult to do under 40mm where 200m water resistance would be typical. What this amounts to though is a timepiece that’s more durable and reliable than most other 39mm divers. We found that it did not look out of place at all either in professional work settings or on some pretty rigorous hikes.

As we move through 2024 the Trekker will be getting an update with a new generation. There will be some dial differences, color changes, and new bracelet options. So be sure to check out the Raven Watches site pretty often to catch these new releases when they become available.

Halios Fairwind

Price Range:$750 – $775
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:39mm x 48mm x 12.4mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Sellita SW200 (Mechanical Movement)

Halios is one of those microbrands that figures out what makes their releases special and then they just do their best to now screw that up. Pioneered by longtime horology enthusiasts Jason Lim, Halios’ roots go back to 2009, but it wasn’t until a few years later when they started making headlines with the Seaforth.

Since then there have been several key releases in the brand’s timeline. One of the more milestone iterations to make a splash on the dive watch scene is the Fairwind. We enjoyed a sneak peak of a prototype of the watch before it was officially released and we were immediately impressed. When it was finally available in regular production, we made sure to acquire the timepiece to see how it really stacked up.

At 39mm in diameter and 12.4mm thick, the Fairwind is incredibly wearable. On the case itself we noticed a very refined application of polished and matte surfaces, especially in relation to to certain angles of the case beveling and the bezel. Between these aesthetic choices and the 200m of water resistance, the Fairwind balances toughness and refinement with ease.

What we found quite unique about the Fairwind when compared to other dive watches is that the bezel is bi-directional. This means that while traditional dive bezels feature a click mechanism which allows them to only turn in one direction, the Fairwind’s dive bezel can turn in both directions. Some dive watch purist may see this as an issue, but the bezel doesn’t have any unnecessary play and when it’s turned and set it place, it holds its position quite firmly. This is often pretty difficult to achieve but it does also make the practicality of the bezel very prospective. If you’re timing something on the fly with your bezel, it’s often easier to have the option of turning the bezel both ways as opposed to only being able to turn it one way.

You can read more in our full Halios Fairwind review. Plus, we suggest staying on top of pricing and availability updates directly from the Halios website.

CWC 1983 Royal Diver Reissue (RN300-83 QM60)

Price:$860 – $1100
Water Resistance:300m
Case Dimensions:41mm x 47mm x 11mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Swiss Ronda (Quartz Movement)

I and the rest of the team here are obsessed with authentic, military dive watches. For all the brands and watches we’ve seen, very few come close to the authentic military status of CWC and their 1983 Royal Diver Reissue. Not everyone may know that CWC (Cabot Watch Company) was originally formed in the 1970s to fulfill British MOD contracts to supply armed forces with watches. While the early partnership served to be fruitful, CWC began to expand and also provide incredibly reliable quartz divers in the 1980s.

In 2019 CWC released this 1983 Royal Diver Reissue which directly continues that lineage of those original quartz divers from the 1980s. Staying true to the design is something that CWC specializes in and that’s something we noticed when we first had the watch on wrist. The asymmetrical case specifications of the 1983 Royal Diver Reissue match the original MOD-spec requirements that were shared as part of the original military contract. In essence, you’re wearing nearly the exact same watch that Royal Navy Divers were issues in the 1980s. That’s what sets the 1983 Royal Diver Reissue apart from most other timepieces in its category.

We will always recommend this CWC diver to anyone who is passionate about military history and who wants to wear something with providence on their wrist. But all the aesthetics and history aside, the amazing fit and finish, SuperLuminova hands/markers, and ever-reliable ETA 955.122 quartz movement means this will also always be a reliable tool watch on your wrist.

Get the full history and rundown on our CWC 1983 Royal Diver Reissue review. Also, the official CWC website remains to this day the best place to purchase this or any of their watch releases.

Certina DS Action Diver 38mm (C032.807.11.041.00)

Price Range:$900 – $1000
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:38mm x 46mm x 12.20mm
Lug Width:19mm
Movement:Powermatic 80 (Mechanical Movement)

Here in the United States, we don’t see too many models from Swiss legacy brand Certina, which is a shame. Quality, fit and finish, as well as brand history are highly valued by Certina and it’s apparent in their timepieces.

The DS Action line features many iconic designs from the brand, but its the DS Action Diver 38mm that’s made its way on our list of best dive watches. With respected sentiment towards classic design but featuring bold hands for strong legibility, our impression is that the DS Action Diver 38mm represents exactly what most people want in a dive watch. But the 38mm with the 19mm lug width gives the watch a presence that’s also slightly high design and subtly modern with its presentation.

What’s most important to take note of here is that typically 38mm on a dive watch can often impact its legibility since the bezel takes up so much visual room. We found that the watch very expertly avoids this common pitfall by having the hands be slightly over-sized, which actually serves to balance its legibility against its size.

I’d suggest the DS Action Diver 38mm to anyone interested in a quintessential dive watch that could potentially serve as their “one watch” collection with the right combo of watch straps. Given how the availability of Certina outside of Europe is quite sparse, we suggest looking for official retailers on Amazon who will ship to the United States.

Tornek-Rayville TR-660

Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:40mm x 48.5mm x 14.7mm
Lug Width:20mm
Movement:Seiko NE15 (Automatic Movement)

One the most enduring dive watch designs ever, the Tornek-Rayville TR-660 continues the story of some of the earliest US Navy prototype watches. From the same minds running the MkII brand, the TR-660 makes for one of the coolest mil-spec watches you can snag for under $1,000 today.

The dimensions are just slightly increased from the original prototype TR-900 and you can buy it with an acrylic or aluminum dive bezel. Considering the fact that those remaining originals basically belong in a museum at this point, the TR-660 is your absolute best bet if you’ve always loved this style of rugged military dive watch. As such, your best option for purchasing this (or any other Tornek-Rayville piece) would be to visit their official website.

Mido Ocean Star 200 Titanium (M026.430.44.061.00)

Price Range:$1090 – $1250
Water Resistance:200m
Case Dimensions:42.5mm x 49mm x 11.75mm
Lug Width:22mm
Movement:Mido Caliber 80 (Mechanical Movement)

The Mido Ocean Star was my first experience with a titanium watch. While the Ocean Star is offered in stainless steel, I very much encourage anyone that’s even a bit interested in this timepiece to go for the titanium model. The lightness of the watch made it an ideal everyday wearer for me. At 42.5mm it had great wrist presence without the weight and bulk of some other dive watches. Plus the thickness at under 12mm only supports a more comfortable wearing experience.

The slightly muted grey tones with the orange highlights also add a unique twist of personality to the watch. Also as a Swatch brand, this diver too enjoys the modified ETA C07.611 with a fantastic 80 hour power reserve. These aren’t available directly through the Mido website, you’ll need to purchase one through an official retailer. We’ve found though that Amazon consistently beats the price of this watch anywhere else.

Want to learn more? Head over to our Mido Ocean Star hands-on review.

Dive Watch Terminology: Understanding The Basics

Everyone that’s considering purchasing a dive watch needs to be familiar with the basic elements of what makes the watch unique. Even if you’re not planning on using your watch to scuba dive, knowing the following terms and features are crucial to being an informed watch enthusiast – I encourage everyone to review and learn the following items (ordered by priority):

Water Resistance

Also known as “Depth Rating,” this is what gives the dive watch its purpose – without water resistance it’s not a functioning diver’s watch. Water resistance refers to the number of meters (or feet) below sea level that a watch can withstand the pressure of the ocean and still be reliable upon to function. As one descends lower and lower into the ocean, the force and pressure of the ocean becomes great and greater, literally causing pressure to squeeze the watch, which can impede its reliability.

“Diver’s 200m” refers to the timepiece’s 200 meters of water resistance.

The minimum water resistance you want is truly 100M (or 300ft). This is if you’re actually looking to dive with the watch. If you’re not planning on actually diving and are wearing your dive watch as more of a fashion piece then you have some flexibility here.

Rotating Bezel

One of the more iconic features of a dive watch, the rotating bezel is paramount in defining a dive watch. The bezel rotates counter clockwise to line the 12 o’clock position center “pip” with the minute hand of your dive watch. From that point, there should be ticks and numbers on your bezel that allow you to quick read how much time has passed as the hour hand moves around the dial.

A rotating bezel can either be exterior faceted to the watch or it can be an interior rotating bezel like on a compression dive watch.


Often shorted and referred to as “lume,” this is a special type of phosphorescent paint that’s applied to the hands and dial of the watch. The function of lume is to absorb sunlight when the watch is still topside and before the diver enters the water. After diving in and as the diver descends, visibility gets lower as the sunlight doesn’t penetrate very deep into the ocean.

Since the watch lume was “charged” above the water, is no glows in the dark underwater, allowing the diver to still easily see their watch and track their dive time. Some lumes are made better than others and it can often be a distinguishing mark between a reliable dive watch and a not-so-reliable one.


A gasket refers to a rubber (or neoprene) fitting that is often fixed on open points of entry where water may penetrate into a watch. You’ll find gaskets at the openings for the crown, caseback, and crystal. These gaskets act as a rubber seal helping to protect and improve the watch and its water resistance.

Screw-Down Caseback

A screw-down caseback refers to a caseback that fastens to the watch via screw threads as opposed to simply snapping on via a friction fit. Screw-down casbacks offer greater water resistance since the screw threads are more proficient at keeping the caseback secure. This helps keep the environment inside the timepiece static and secure while the pressure of the ocean presses down on it.

Screw-Down Crown

The Screw-down crown utilizes a threaded connection that secures the watch crown to the case. This provides stronger water resistance and more protection for the watch from potential leaks while the diver is descending. A screw-down crown isn’t technically necessary for a watch to be considered a dive watch, but it’s one of those extra features that doesn’t hurt.

Helium Escape Valve

A helium escape valve (also known as a helium release valve) is a feature that’s only really functionally necessary for commercial professional divers who conducting saturation diving. Saturation diving is a method of deep sea diving that relies on divers utilizing a mixture of gases to remain under water (in a diving bell) for extended period of time.

One of the gases utilized in this method of diving is helium. Helium presents some issues for dive watches because the gas particles are so small they can often squeeze through gaskets and damage the watch. A helium escape valve built into the watch case offers an easy exit point for the helium gas, directing it away from the critical components of the watch.

Commonly Asked Questions About Dive Watches

What is the point of a dive watch?

The primary purpose of a dive watch is to help the diver track how much time they’ve spent underwater and to align that dive time with the air from their tanks that they’ve used. As such, having high water resistance, legibility, as well as luminescent markers and hands (glow in the dark for deeper, darker depths), is crucial for a dive watches’ function.

Do people actually use dive watches?

The secret of the watch world is that most dive watches aren’t actually being used for diving. Dive watches in our current horological trends are treated as fashion pieces or possibly to give the wearer some piece of mind if they’re taking part in physical or outdoor activities.

The rigorous standards and testing that most dive watches undergo makes them great general candidates for robust, sports watches (or even just tool watches) that can be relied upon, but very rarely is that on dives. Most divers are using wrist-mounted dive computers, which make a traditional dive watch obsolete. Some divers do tend to wear a dive watch just as a form of safety redundancy in case the computer fails though.

What company makes the best dive watches?

If you’re looking to actually dive with your watch, the best recognized brands for functional dive watches are Seiko, Citizen, Doxa, CWC, Tudor, Rolex, and Omega. However, if you’re not looking for a dive watch to actually dive with (which is perfectly acceptable) then any of the brands shared in this list would be excellent options.

How much does a dive watch cost?

The price range is very large at approx. $50 to $50,000+, but the cost of the watch is often driven up if it’s a luxury watch featuring precious metals and/or a dive watch with very complicated functions. Truthfully, for the basic function of a dive watch without anything else superfluous, you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg depending on what you fall in love with.

Why do dive watches have rotating bezels?

Rotating bezels are designed for divers to easily conduct underwater timekeeping. This is crucial in order for them to time their dives and know how much time they’ve spent under water.

Are dive watches in style?

Yes – the fascinating aspect about a dive watch in regards to style is that as a canvas, the dive watch format is adaptable to many different design trends. There are minimalist divers; there are robust sporty divers; and there are dressy divers. As such, a dive watch will always be in style, regards of what “style” means over time.

How long does a battery last in a dive watch?

Approx. 1 – 3 years depending on the battery quality and the watch. If your dive watch is mechanical (meaning it requires no batteries) then you don’t need to worry about battery life.

What is a good entry level dive watch?

The Seiko Turtle and Orient Mako II are generally two very highly recommended entry level dive watches. They represent a good combination of reliable functionality as well as pricing options.

Is It OK to shower with a dive watch?

Yes – for a true dive watch that has a crown and caseback that screws down, you can shower with the timepiece. For the most part, most watches with at least a rating of 5ATM (50 meters) of water resistance are suitable for the water levels you’d see in a shower. However, what you need to be conscious of is the level of heat the watch is subject to. Watches with a WR of 100m but lack a screwdown crown and caseback, probably shouldn’t be exposed to hot water for a long period of time. The other factor to consider is shower products – if left on a watch, certain soaps and products can dry up under the dive bezel or caseback lip and can cause issues down the road. As a best practice, if you shower with your dive watch, ensure that you rinse all the soap/shampoo of it before wrapping your shower up.

What is the best iconic dive watch?

The Rolex Submariner, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, Doxa Sub 300T, and Omega Seamaster are iconic dive watches with history, technological innovations, and classic designs woven into their DNA.

31 thoughts on “The 29 Best Dive Watches of 2024 | Hands-On Insights Of Our Favorite Models”

  1. Maybe a nod to the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf? I suppose it comes in just above the price constraints here. Maybe the Longines Hydroconquest, given grey market pricing?

    • Yea I was trying to really lean on mfg MSRP as the $1k threshold, which is why the Super Sea Wolf and the Hydroconquest didnt make the list. But honestly maybe it’s worth creating a peripheral list of “honorary mentions” that includes grey market pricing as the threshold.


      • I went swimming with my Invicta provDiver and it leaked,They said only guaranteed for 35 days from purchase.It was 200 m water resistant??Beware

  2. Great article and podcast episode. Thanks, Kaz!
    For your consideration, Marathon’s MSAR dive watches (the 36mm) are less than $1k. The quartz version is around $720 (around $650 during Marathon’s labor day sale recently) and the sellita auto is around $990. Like you both, I love a good quartz diver!

  3. Hi Kaz,

    This is a great article that cuts through the BS, plus I’ve owned or own quite a few of the watches in the list.

    Not sure how the pricing works in the US but in my native U.K., the Christopher Ward C60 comes in at £915 or £795 on strap. I understand that the brand can be a bit marmite but I think it offers the consumer some features and finishing not usually seen in the £1000 range

    • John:

      Thank you for the kind words!

      Ohhh interesting – I thought Chr Ward went crazy up-marketing and started MSRP’ing at like $2k or something. Let me check them out again and reassess whether to include them on the next update for this article. I’ve already loved the C60 designs – they used to do a white dial/green bezel model many many years ago that’s always been on my mind.


  4. Hey Kaz,

    Glad that Certina made the list. Sometimes overlooked but very solid value. What about the Halios Seaforth? I had a Gen 2 and selling it was my one watch regret. Gen 4 will be $775.

    Take care,

    • Mark!

      I’d have to ask Mike’s opinion on the Seaforth since he’s spent more time with it then I have but I think just from what I know anecdotally it can totally make the cut – thank you!


  5. Good list and you have me looking at Baltic again. I’m partial to the Monster and think it’s a future classic so I’d add that to the list.

  6. Hey Kaz,

    Thanks for the comprehensive article. Super useful and a fun read.

    I’ve come across the Monterey Watch Company recently. I happen to have met the owner (a client of mine) and I have the Great White diver from the brand. You get sapphire, NH 35 clone movement, great lume, nice jubilee bracelet with milled clasp all for under $250! Highly recommend you check them out.

    Appreciate you guys!

    • Tommy:

      Thank you for the kind words – glad you enjoyed the article! I hadn’t heard of Monterey Watch Company before but I’ll check them out – from your description and that price point it sounds like they’re certainly offering a ton of value and quality.


  7. Glad to see the Certina 38 DS Diver on the list. I just purchased the black dial two tone. It’s an incredible watch for the money.

  8. Excellent list – and very comprehensive!

    I’m probably an outlier in the watch community. I don’t care much about others’ perceptions (I’m with you on the Invicta Pro Diver). I care more about robustness, and how much I enjoy looking at it. I prefer divers because of the way the bezel frames the dial, because I’m not careful about wetting, and because I actually use the dial to time things pretty much every day.

    I’ve always liked Scurfa, but the thickness of the Diver 1 has kind of put me off. I have a Deep Blue that’s just too thick to be comfortable – it sort of set my limit for me. I tend to evaluate potential comfort by (diameter/thickness > 3.24, which is the Seiko Samurai).

    Have you looked at the Scurfa Treasure Seeker? The dial is quite interesting, good specs, wears comfortably.

    How about NTH’s offerings? I have a Thresher which I really enjoy.

  9. Great list, something I wish existed when I started out, maybe it did but I never found it.

    It’s worth looking at Unimatic watches, decent affordable, reliable dive watches, Seiko movements in some.

  10. Fantastic article and a great selection of lovely watches; love the fact that the selection include but welll-known and lesser-known brands. As ever with TBWS! You guys are great champions of, and spokespeople for, smaller brands.

    One submission for your consideration is the Citizen Promaster Aqualand JP2000-08E. Great watch and as reliable as they come!

    Cheers from England!

    • Nitin:

      Lorier is a good one – at the time of writing this piece they were having inventory issues but I’ll check in on how they’re doing to see if they’re past all that now. Would be nice to add them to the list.

      Thank you so much!

  11. Three words: Glycine Combat Sub. Generally regarded as the best value in watchmaking under USD 500. Any reason why it wasn’t included? Otherwise, your selections are spot on, good work.

  12. I can relate to the “first dive watch” phenomena and the choice for my first was inspired from an article right here on TBWS! The Citizen Promaster Diver (BN0151-09L) remains my all-time favorite, and even though I’ve added a few more to the “dive list,” the Promaster remains the absolute go-to when I head to the water.

  13. Kaz,
    As a former commercial diver, dive instructor and scientific diver I’d like to make two comments. First, you are correct that many divers today wear computers instead of dive watches, but those of us who dive for a living still wear a good dive watch as a backup for dive elapsed time. For that reason, the unidirectional bezel is important. If the bezel rotates in the clockwise direction, it makes the measured dive bottom time shorter than the actual time and exposes the diver to an increased chance of decompression sickness. Rotating counterclockwise makes the dive appear longer, giving the diver a safety margin when calculating decompression.
    My second comment has to do with the hydrogen escape valve. Hydrogen slowly leaks into the watch when living in a saturation bell at depth. When divers complete a job, they ascend in the bell and decompress back to surface pressure. The decompression process is faster than the hydrogen is able to leak out, so the hydrogen valve is a one way valve to release the hydrogen during decompression. Otherwise, the internal hydrogen would push the watch crystal out of the watch.
    Nice review of the watches otherwise.

  14. No one ever, ever mentions the (MY) Rolex Deepsea 126660 – undisputed King of Dive Watches, owned by a diver and former soldier… is it too expensive or simply too much hunk of steel for mere mortals? My first watch was the Seiko Sports 100 I inherited from my father; throughout my military career I worked with a G-Shock, and after I educated my daughters I permitted myself this indulgence, 44mm in diameter, and no it’s not the Cameron Deep Blue, basic black for me. I’ll take the pepsi challenge with any Omega, tag or other any day.

    Otherwise, a nice review thank you.

  15. Nice article, sent it to friend looking for their first diver. Spot on with the steinhart’s, love my gmt diver!! Also have a revue gmt and really love that too but wish they would add a ceramic bezel option. One brand that always catches my attention is Helm; any thoughts?

  16. All great watches. So many still you could review
    I think personally the Sinn U1 is a very good divers watch. Maybe top 10 in the world


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