We Review The Very Best Watches For Diving – The Top Brands and Models Compared

by John Wren
best dive watch

Practical and stylish in their own way – chunky and yet somehow sleek – dive (or diver) watches have been one of the leading styles in men’s watches for almost 70 years. However, first and foremost, dive watches are all about functionality – you wouldn’t want to pay often hefty price for the best dive watches unless you’re planning on using it deep underwater.

I have a policy that I try to follow wherever possible. Buy Once – Buy right. 

It is no different when it comes to the gear I take with me on dives. In this article, we will take a look at 5 of the best dive watches on the market and what you need to look for before making a purchase.

Lets Review What A Computer Diver Watch Is

A computer watch is a crucial piece of equipment for scuba diving because it helps track and monitor important dive information such as depth, time, and nitrogen levels. This information is crucial for ensuring a safe and enjoyable dive. Some specific reasons why a good computer watch is needed for scuba diving are:

  1. Safety: A computer watch helps prevent decompression sickness by monitoring the amount of nitrogen absorbed in the body during a dive and calculating the amount of time required for a safe ascent.
  2. Planning: The dive computer watch helps plan and manage the dive, including calculating the remaining dive time based on the current depth and air supply.
  3. Record Keeping: A computer watch can store dive data for future reference and analysis, allowing the diver to keep track of their dive history.
  4. Convenience: A computer watch is a convenient and easy-to-use dive tool, eliminating the need for multiple devices or instruments to monitor dive information.

A good computer watch is an essential piece of equipment for scuba diving because it helps ensure dive safety, improves dive planning and management, and provides valuable dive information for future reference.

Maximum Dive Depth

Generally speaking, the more you pay for a dive watch, the deeper the max depth. That’s not to say you should go for a watch with a 2,000m rating just because it looks cool. What I advise is that you consider your own skills and experience and the depths you are likely to dive too.

If you regularly dive at say 200m then perhaps a watch that covers you to 300-500 meters would be fine. All that matters is that you get a device with sufficient coverage should you wish to go deeper. There is nothing worse than paying upwards of $500 for a dive watch, only to have it bust on you because you maxed out the depth capacity.

Material

There are two elements to look at when it comes to the watch material.

The Strap

This is persona preference, however, most of the best models, as you will see from the dive watch reviews below, are made with a silicone rubber. This is so that the strap doesn’t absorb water and it resistant to abrasion, which greatly increases the lifespan of the watch itself.

The Casing

This is important. I have no doubt that you will, many times, knock, graze and bang your watch. It’s a natural occurrence with diving, boats, water and heavy gear. So you need to ensure you choose a strong outer casing that will protect the inner workings from damage.

My personal preference is Titanium for a few reasons. Namely, it’s superior strength and resistance to scratching and also it is super lightweight. It’s used on many of the top rated dive watches and for good reason. It is the best watch housing material period.

Features

Another one that will depend on your personal usage and preference. Some like a watch to have all kind of features, buttons and added extras to help train and improve their diving. Whilst others simply want to know the time.

Whatever your preference, there are a few features that can greatly add to your scuba diving experience. Such as:

  • A Unidirectional bezel
  • Illuminating hands or backlight
  • Day and Date
  • Powered by sunlight

Of course, there are many, many more features you can get on a dive watch, especially the digital ones. The often come with a great deal of bells and whistles – in addition to a number of necessary standard features – it can be tricky to differentiate which watches are worth $200 and which watches are worth $2,000.

Nevertheless, no matter the caliber or quality of watch you’re looking for, there are a few standard features you should look for. Depending on what you value, each of these features could or could not be indispensable; however, you should generally be looking for watches that offer them.

Big Markers and Hands: Deep underwater, you probably won’t be able to see very well. You’ll need big hands that are easy to find.

Glow-in-the-Dark Watch Face: Similarly, it’s probably going to be very dark deep underwater, so some glow-in-the-dark material is pretty essential.

Rotating Bezel (preferably external): Arguably the most distinctive element of the best dive watches, the rotating bezel will tell you how much time has elapsed since you’ve been underwater. A typical scuba tank holds 30 to 50 minutes worth of oxygen.

Now that we’ve nailed down the basics, we’ll explore some of the best dive watches on the market today. Dive watches fluctuate wildly in price, so we’ve included some from each range, whether or not you’re looking to pay top dollar.

 

Bestseller No. 1
NORTH EDGE Aqua Professional Diving Computer Watch for Men Scuba Diving NDL 50M Dive Watch with Compass Altimeter Barometer Pedometer 100M Waterproof
  • Basic Function :Scuba Dive,NDL Time, Nitrox, Compass,Altimeter,Barometer,Thermometer,Worldtime,Stopwatch,Count Down, Alarm,Back light,100M water proof , 12/24H.
  • Scuba Diving:This is a powerful professional diving watch, Before scuba dive we need to set safety factor and oxygen content :1. CONS (Conservative) . 2. NORM (Standard) .3. AGGR ( Non-conservative) ....
  • Outdoor Activities use: This watch has compass ,pedometer,Altitudem......functions, you could also wearing it for outdoor sports. such as :go hiking ,mountain climbing ,go fishing ,go camping......
  • Materials: The watchcase is made by 316L stainless steel which is corrosion resistant ,Shockproof and durable, Tough,scratch-resistant glass with high light transmission.
  • Watch Size: diameter 47.0MM/1.85inch; thickness :1.5mm/0.59inch.Net Weight:300g/10.5oz
Bestseller No. 2
NORTH EDGE Digital Dive Watch - Dive Computer Watches for Men, Scuba Diving Watches - Men's Wrist Watches with Compass, Altimeter, Barometer, Pedometer (Model: Aqua)
  • ⌚Diving computer watches: spin button dive computer makes it effortless to set air, nitrox, and gauge modes. ideal for beginners in scuba diving. it is easy to use and easy to read all the...
  • ⌚Sports watch: fashion design and rich functions suitable for men and women, nitrox, compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, stopwatch count down, alarm, backlight, 12/24h, Pedometer, calorie...
  • ⌚Diving mode: 2 diving modes, free diving, and scuba diving, scuba dive50m /164ft, with NDL(No decompression limit) time reminder, diving depth, water temperature, diving speed
  • ⌚High-quality watch: the watchcase is made of 316l stainless steel which is corrosion-resistant, shockproof, durable, rugged, and scratch-resistant glass with high light transmission, it provides 12...
  • ⌚Gift watch: is a perfect gift for any gift-giving occasion, valentine's day, anniversary, business, birthday, thanksgiving day, father's day Christmas, etc, Thanks to the casual and stylish design...
Bestseller No. 3
Invicta Men's 15145 "Pro Diver" Stainless Steel and Black Polyurethane Watch
  • Stainless steel case 48mm diameter x 12.5mm thick; Black dial; Luminous hands and hour markers
  • Japanese quartz movement, VD53 Caliber; Assembled in Japan; SR920SW battery included; Watch weight: 128 grams
  • Black polyurethane band, 234mm L x 24mm W; Buckle clasp
  • Flame Fusion crystal; Push/pull crown; Unidirectional red and black aluminum bezel; Functional Subdials: 60min, 60sec, 24hr; 100 meter water resistant: Suitable for recreational surfing, swimming,...
Bestseller No. 4
Citizen Promaster Dive Eco-Drive Watch, 3-Hand Date, ISO Certified, Luminous Hands and Markers, Rotating Bezel, Black/Gold Tone
  • Iconic Promaster Dive watches with advanced functions designed to venture to the deepest depths.
  • 3 Hand, Date
  • Gold Tone Stainless Steel with Black Polyurethane Strap
  • Luminous Hands and Markers and Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal
  • 200 Meters Water Resistant and 5 Year Limited Warranty, ISO Compliant
Bestseller No. 5
TSAR BOMBA Mens Watches Luxury Tonneau for Men Waterproof 50M Analog Replica Watch Chronograph Calendar Date Men’s Dress Business Work Diver Large Square Face Wristwatch 8211-Silver Blue
  • ✨【TSAR BOMBA-X】The interpretation of X, perceive the love, the sense of power is inherent, and the innovation is overflowing with chic style. The oil-pressing texture of individuality, breaking...
  • 💎【Quick release fluoroelastomer & A-grade luminous】Continue to explore and innovate, upgrade the use of quick release fluoroelastomer strap, fitting wrist, comfortable to wear, high temperature...
  • 💦【Sapphire Crystal & Multifunctional Chronograph Function】Colorless anti-reflective coated high translucent sapphire crystal, aviation grade IP ion-plated high-tech coating with ultra-precision...
  • 💖【Nice Gift】 TSAR BOMBA is suitable for any occasion. Whether it's a casual daily gathering or various business occasions or travel, leisure, indoor or outdoor activities. Whether it's Father's...
  • ☎【TSAR BOMBA after-sales service】If you have any questions about TSAR BOMBA products, please feel free to contact TSAR BOMBA by clicking the store below the shopping cart. We are happy to...
Bestseller No. 6
HAZARD 4 Heavy Water Diver(TM) Arid: Titanium Tritium Dive-Watch
  • Self-contained everglow tritium-vial lamps; Titanium case is light, strong, and hypoallergenic; High water resistance feature set.
  • Tritium vials are not inset but 80% above the face surface; this makes them visible from the edges not just from above.
  • Large, substantial, 50 mm high-vis design; Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass & crystal interior is anti-reflective coated.
  • Moisture wicking map texture under the rubber strap, combined w/ relief trench & many buckle holes keep the wrist dry.
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: comes mounted with custom T.P.R. band, 1x military-grade thermoformed travel case.
Bestseller No. 7
Invicta Men's 12559 Pro Diver Blue Carbon Fiber Dial Black Polyurethane Watch
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • Mineral crystal; stainless steel case; black polyurethane strap with stainless steel accent
  • Magnified date window at 3:00
  • Blue carbon fiber dial with silver tone and white hands and hour markers; luminous; unidirectional stainless steel bezel with blue top ring
  • Water-resistant to 100 M (330 feet)
Bestseller No. 8
Military Smart Watch for Men 5ATM Waterproof Dive Watch 2.02'' HD Big Screen Fitness Tracker with Compass Rugged Tactical Smartwatch with Heart Rate Sleep Monitor Weather Pedometer for iPhone Android
  • 【5ATM WATERPROOF & COMPASS ADVENTURES】- EIGIIS is the manufacturer in the market to produce 5ATM waterproof dive watch, which has been certified by a professional certification institution to beat...
  • 【2.02" BIG SCREEN & 400mAH BATTERY】- EIGIIS fitness smart watch with 2.02" inches extra large HD full touch screen, which rugged zinc alloy metal bezel. The tactical smart watch with 320*385 high...
  • 【BLUETOOTH CALL & MESSAGE NOTIFICATION】- EIGIIS outdoor sports watch is equipped with a 5.2 high-quality bluetooth speaker. It can not only answer and make calls but also directly use bluetooth...
  • 【FITNESS TRACKER & 110+ SPORTS MODES】- The military smart watch for men can record your healthy data like calories, steps and distance in one real-time. Fitness tracker watch also support 108...
  • 【MORE FUNCTIONS WAIT FOR YOUR EXPLORE】- EIGIIS waterproof dive watch for men provides various functions to facilitate your life, like weather forecast, music control, camera control, calendar,...
Bestseller No. 9
HAZARD 4 HWD-TIPV-KW-GGYG Heavy Water Diver(TM) Nightwatch: Titanium Tritium Dive-Watch - "B"
  • Self-contained everglow tritium-vial lamps; Titanium case is light, strong, and hypoallergenic; High water resistance feature set.
  • Tritium vials are not inset but 80% above the face surface; this makes them visible from the edges not just from above.
  • Large, substantial, 50 mm high-vis design; Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass & crystal interior is anti-reflective coated.
  • Moisture wicking map texture under the rubber strap, combined w/ relief trench & many buckle holes keep the wrist dry.
  • WHAT'S INCLUDED: comes mounted with custom T.P.R. band, 1x military-grade thermoformed travel case.
Bestseller No. 10
Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Weekender Brycen Chronograph Watch in Stainless Steel, Blue Dial (Model: CA0781-50L)
  • Men's luxury timepieces with technical advancements and a sporty style
  • 1/5 Second Chronograph Measures up to 60 Minutes, 12/24 Hour Time, Date
  • Silver-Tone Stainless Steel
  • Spherical Mineral Crystal, Blue Dial
  • 100 Meters Water Resistant and 5 Year Limited Warranty
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