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1. Seiko SKX009K2
Click for PriceOur least expensive recommendation comes from one of the great dive watch makers, Seiko. This is one of their most affordable models. We think it’s the least you can spend for a solid timepiece.It has all the key features you need, in a sturdy, simple package that you won’t be afraid to knock around the block. We think it’s a real looker, too! It’s an excellent option for people who don’t have a lot of money to spend, but don’t want to skimp on quality.Pros:It has the distinctive “Pepsi” bezel look. Seiko make a whole range of timepieces, but their most recognizable are the ones with the red and blue, two-tone bezel. It looks like the Pepsi logo, although it’s not a branded tie-in at all. The two-tone bezel is an instant indicator to those around you that you’re wearing a dive watch.Of course, dive watches usually have an obvious size to them, but there’s nothing more recognizable than a two-tone Seiko! We think this one’s a great choice for anyone who wants a subtle but clear signal to send that they’re a passionate diver.This is the real thing, not just a generic imitation. Since the two-tone Seiko design is so distinctive, any number of importers have put generic/knockoff versions on the market. They’re made extremely cheaply and aren’t even remotely worth your money. This is a true Seiko, and a true dive watch! It uses the same Japanese movement as the company’s other timepieces, and is water resistant to 200m.Beside the two-tone look, the Seiko stands out with its size. This is a classic 45mm rounded case–one of the largest on the market, and one of the most obviously “dive.” It’s good for folks who want something substantial. The dark blue dial face keeps it from looking bulky, though.It gives you all the essentials without breaking the bank. The Seiko has a legible day and date window, plus a rotating bezel with detents at half-minute intervals. The numbers and hands are luminous, just like pricier timepieces, and are very well-executed (aka they glow brightly and for a long period of time).It’s a fully-automatic movement, from Japan. This Seiko is a perfect introduction to the world of automatic movements without an astronomical price tag. We think this is the least you can pay for an automatic with reliable movement and accurate timekeeping.If you’re new to dive watches, you should know that automatic pieces like this one have mechanical (i.e. wound) mechanisms, which run without a battery. They’re traditionally what “fine” European watches use, as opposed to quartz/battery-powered models you can get for a fraction of the price. The intricacy and character of an automatic piece is what sets it apart.There are also some practical advantages to going old-school. For one thing, there are no batteries to worry about. That means never opening the back of the case and compromising the water resistance of your timepiece. And for those who are delighted by intricate gears and mechanisms, there’s nothing cooler than a watch that’s powered by your wrist!As long as you walk around a decent amount during your day, the Seiko will retain its wind for a pretty decent amount of time. It runs for a good day of no wear, though not as long as our pricier suggestions.This Seiko is quite affordable, as dive watches go. Having said that, it’s still nice and rugged! It’s made with a stainless steel band and case, plus a hardlex crystal window. The only real difference between this and the higher-end Seiko’s is that it’s made in Korea rather than Japan. That saves you some money. As far as we can tell, there’s no real compromise on construction.Cons:Be sure to get the real thing! Even at the Seiko’s reasonable price range, knockoffs abound. Always buy directly from Amazon or another reseller that’s an authorized dealer. Follow the links above to get a legitimate Seiko from a reputable vendor.The Seiko’s not as reliable as more expensive options, though it’s better than other budget-range dive watches. It’s not among the best automatics, though there are certainly worse movements (even at higher prices). Our more expensive picks are better at keeping time. Then again, the Seiko isn’t all that wonky, and you can’t expect any automatic timepiece to tick like a quartz movement.If you don’t want to deal with adjusting and winding an automatic movement, check out the Citizen Promaster Diver below!There’s no hacking feature.The vast majority are quite accurate out of the box, but we’ve heard from a few buyers who got poorly-calibrated units from the factory. Quality control issues aren’t unheard of at this price.The stainless steel band isn’t amazing. It’s simply thinner and cheaper than the ones on our other recommendations. Seiko’s nato bands are much better.While we don’t consider the size to be a real downside, it’s worth being aware of. If you have smaller wrists, one of these can look quite large.
2. Citizen Promaster Diver (BN-0150-28E)
Click for PriceThis Citizen is a comparable alternative to the Seiko above. We recommend it to folks who would rather have the accuracy of a quartz movement than the character of an automatic movement.The Citizen keeps time perfectly accurately, and never needs to be would. At the same time, it doesn’t require a battery! This solar-powered timepiece is an excellent choice for anyone who likes to keep things simple and practical.Pros:Like the Seiko, the Citizen requires no battery to operate. The difference is that the Citizen is still a “powered” timepiece, while the Seiko is an analog, wound design. The Citizen is solar-powered, and can draw energy from light hitting its face. That powers the quartz movement inside, which keeps time.A Japanese quartz movement like the one inside the Citizen is the most common alternative to automatic (wound, self-winding) movements like you’d find in the Seiko. There are several advantages: quartz movements are simpler to manufacture, more accurate at keeping time, and much simpler to repair.This is why we suggest the Citizen to someone who’s more concerned about day-to-day timekeeping rather than getting their hands on an intricate timepiece. While even the nicest automatics will lose a few seconds each day, the Citizen offers dead-on timekeeping without the need for a battery. It might not have the mystique or collector’s appeal of an automatic, but it’s better from a purely practical standpoint.The Promaster Diver charges in most lighting conditions. You don’t have to worry about going out of your way to leave it in the sunlight or anything like that. We love solar-powered pieces like this because they offer the accuracy of battery/quartz watches without the need to open the case to replace a power cell.Comparatively speaking, this one’s a bit more comfortable than the Seiko, for those who don’t want the heft of a traditional dive watch. The Citizen shaves 2mm off the case diameter of the Seiko. At 43mm, it’s a good fit for the average person. It’s comfortable enough for folks with smaller wrists without being so small as to look silly on larger frames.While it’s certainly on the practical end of the spectrum, we think the Citizen looks great. It has a one-way elapsed bezel, like the Seiko. There’s a similar screw-down crown, off-set at 4:00 for a funky look. The hands are large and legible, and they’ve got good luminous coatings.One of the most interesting design elements is the unobtrusive date window, which is integrated into one of the hour markers. It’s not immediately apparent, but is easy to find once you get into the habit. One of the reasons we like the Citizen is that it looks simpler than it actually is!Everything’s well-made and should last for years of daily wear. The Citizen has an anti-reflective mineral crystal window, and is 200m water-resistant like the Seiko. It comes with a plain black PU strap but you can also opt for stainless bands.Cons:The date window isn’t for everybody. It’s nice in that it’s unobtrusive, but it’s certainly not the most legible thing in the world.This Citizen is practical and extremely functional. On the downside, it’s definitely not as much of a looker as our other recommendations. No quartz piece has the character or collector’s appeal of an automatic timepiece, either. This is for the pragmatic person more than the aficionado.As we noted in our review of the Seiko above, there are lots of knockoffs on the market–even at this price point. So, be sure to use the links above to get the real thing from Amazon or another authorized reseller.Of course, anyone who knows anything about solar power will know that a battery is technically required to make the mechanism work. However, since it’s constantly topped up, you don’t have nearly the same issues with lifespan that you would with a typical watch cell. You should get at least a decade out of this one.
3. Seiko SKA371
Click for PriceOne of our favorite midrange dive watches combines the simple, classic look of the SNE107P2 with a classed-up, stainless steel band and casing. It has the same diving chops as the cheaper Seikos, but adds some executive visuals.We love the kinetic drive system in the SKA371, as well as the automatic quartz movement for accuracy. Plus, it looks much more expensive than it actually is!Pros:It’s just as diver-friendly as our other recommendations. It’s rated and tested to 200m. The hands and markings are also luminous below the surface, or in darkness above water.The biggest difference between this model and the cheaper Seiko’s is its Kinetic drive system. It’s essentially an upgraded version of the automatic movement in the Seiko we’ve reviewed above.The Kinetic system also has some really smart features to compensate for the drawbacks of traditional automatics. Since the Kinetic drive doesn’t run out of power as easily, it doesn’t slow down over time. It also has an “auto-relay” feature, which automatically resets the ticker to make sure it’s always accurate. That combines with the perpetual calendar to make sure you’ve always got the right date.That all might sound like marketing lingo, but it’s not. This is an incredibly accurate timepiece, as far as automatics are concerned. You’ll only need to reset it for daylight savings times. Aside from that, we’ve found that it loses mere seconds on the year.Aside from the drive system, most of the casing features are the same as the other Seiko’s. It’s all stainless steel, with a Hardlex dial window. It has a unidirectional bezel, and side adjustment knobs which lock down for diving.In terms of the face, the SKA371 looks a lot like the SNE107P2. It has a clean, simple dial with a small date marker around 3:00. It’s a good choice for people who like an uncomplicated watch, which just shows the essentials and is easy to glance at!The main upgrade on this model is the all-stainless look. This one has a stainless steel bezel, and a thick, rugged stainless band. The band is a pretty familiar link-style, but previous buyers said the Seiko version catches hairs much less frequently than other link bands they had used.Overall, it looks fantastic. Previous buyers were very impressed with the look and feel of the metal, especially at this price.The band has a super-secure clasp, with a fold-over buckle and two safety buttons to keep it from unlinking by accident.It’s covered by a 2-year warranty.Cons:It doesn’t have a lot of extra timekeeping features. There’s a basic 60 minute timer, but aside from that, not much. There’s no weekday marker, and none of the chronograph dials from the SSC031.A couple previous buyers reported poorly-made watches which broke or had loose pieces. We’d always caution to make sure you’re buying through an authorized dealer, not one of the shadier resellers. You can always verify if your seller is an authorized dealer on Amazon, and it’s a very good precaution to take with a dive watch.The lume on the hands isn’t quite as bright or long-lasting as the solar-powered models. However, most previous buyers were still very impressed by the illumination, especially at night.
4. Citizen Nighthawk
Click for PriceThis Citizen is the most technical of our recommendations–perfect for the engineer or general science buffs.It’s a sophisticated, feature-packed diver with a full slide rule, chronographic mini-dials, and lots of technical markings to keep you up to speed. Many previous buyers said they took this on military tours, both in the Navy and Air Force.It was rugged and technical enough to handle anything they could throw at it. We recommend this one for the detail-oriented diver who wants something that provides all the information you could want, without looking utilitarian.Pros:Like the Citizen abovee, this one’s solar-powered. It doesn’t need a battery, so it’ll never stop ticking as long as you expose it to light every now and again. The power also illuminates the hands and markers for excellent visibility in low-light conditions. Previous buyers especially liked the blue illumination color, which really stands out from the usual pale green.It has quartz movement for precise timekeeping, just like the Citizen Promaster.The casing is all stainless steel, with a scratch-resistant, anti-reflective crystal protecting the face. At 42mm, it’s dive-sized without being quite as bulky as some of the Seiko’s. This one comes with a stainless steel link band, as well. Previous buyers said it looked and felt both rugged and expensive. The band also has the same safety clasp that you’d find on the Seiko we just looked at.It’s rated just as deep as the Seiko’s (200m). While this Citizen is not marketed specifically as a dive watch, it’s got the specs and build quality to compete with our other recommendations.In addition to its scuba specs, this one has plenty of features to give it street-cred with the aviator crowd as well! It has a pilot’s slide rule built into the bezel. You can use it to calculate flight times, fuel consumption, and other aviation numbers. Even if you’re not an aviator, it helps make short work of dive tables, as well as taking the guesswork out of long drives in the car.Previous buyers loved the slide rule, and said they found a whole range of uses for it. They said it was easier than doing equations on a smartphone, or trying to do mental math.It also includes a GMT dual-time zone dial, so you can work in both 12 and 24-hour time.The adjustment crowns screw down, so you can’t accidentally knock them out of place.It has a low-charge warning box to let you know when the battery is run down. There’s also a low-power setting, so you can make sure your time stays accurate until you can get to some sunlight.Citizen covers this model with a very impressive 5-year warranty.Cons:The second hand isn’t illuminated.Some people might find the watch face a bit busy. If you’re not going to be using the slide rule or the other chronographic features, this one might be overkill in the detail department.A couple previous buyers reported wobbly/shoddy winding knobs which broke and had to be replaced. However, the vast majority of buyers didn’t have any issues.
5. Seiko SRP637K1
Click for PriceThis Seiko is the largest of our recommendations. Its big size and clean face make it a great choice for people who want a simple, rugged piece of diving equipment.The all-steel build gives it a classy look, and provides excellent scratch protection, since there’s no paint on the bezel or edges. We also like the automatic winding function, which works a lot like the Seiko Kinetic system we looked at above. If you want a watch that just does the basics, but does them all very well, this is for you!Pros:It’s very simple to use. While it doesn’t look utilitarian in a bad way, this Prospex model has a much cleaner look than the Citizen and some of our other recommendations. It has a simple clock face, with big outer minute markings on the bezel timer, and smaller markings inside the bezel on the clock face.We especially like the big hour markers on the face, which provide a much larger nub for illumination than our other recommendations. We also love the date window, which combines the date and weekday in one box. It’s much cleaner and easier to navigate than other dive models.It’s all stainless steel. Since the bezel is only painted inside the grooved markings, it’s much less likely to scratch or wear than our other recommendations. Just like our other favorites, this Seiko also has locking adjustment knobs. Overall, previous buyers were very impressed with the build quality. They appreciated the firm bezel clicks, as well as the overall fit and finish.It’s one of the largest dive watches on the market. At 46mm wide, it’s a fair bit bigger than the 42-43.5mm cases on our other recommendations. It’s thick, too, at 13mm. This one has a hefty wrist presence, so it’s perfect for divers who want a more masculine look, or for people who simply need something to suit larger wrists.The markings and hands are all illuminated. They’re also slightly larger than average, which provides more space for light to project. Previous buyers were extremely impressed with the light from this face, especially compared to older editions of this model.The automatic movement means that as long as you keep moving, the watch will too! It’s a similar system to the Kinetic movement in the other Seiko. According to previous buyers, it actually gets better with age. They said that while they noticed a few seconds of error the first few months, the margin became much less as the watch wore in.Overall, we’re very impressed by the accuracy of this model. Other automatics at this price can be much less accurate!Cons:It doesn’t have many features. While the aim of this model is clearly supposed to be simplicity, people who like more technical features, or additional dials for 24-hour time, etc. may be disappointed.It only comes with a 2-year warranty. That’s not necessarily a bad policy, but it’s not as impressive as the 5 years covering the less-expensive Citizen.If you have smaller wrists, this one might be too bulky for you.
6. Omega Seamaster (o21230412003001)
Click for PriceThe Omega Seamaster is the only “ultra-premium” dive watch we recommend. Why? Well, for one thing, the vast majority of them are beyond the reach of 99% of buyers. So, we don’t think it makes a great deal of sense to focus on a bunch of them. For the most part, we’ve kept our recommendations in the realm of the feasible for most buyers.However, if you’re a passionate diver with some cash to burn, there’s nothing quite like an ultra-premium timepiece! The Omega Seamaster gives you that kind of finesse, fit and finish without costing an absurd amount (like you’d pay for a Rolex). It’s been popularized by star athletes like Michael Phelps and the James Bond films.Overall, this is simply a staggering watch, with a sapphire face, Swiss build quality, and an elegant but useful display. It’s also by far the most practical of our picks, since it’s good down to 300m! While you can certainly find more expensive options, we don’t think they’re noticeably better.Pros:It’s water-resistant down to 300m! Not only is this the best-looking, most-premium timepiece we recommend, but it’s the hardiest to boot. This is perfect for the ambitious diver who wants absolutely no limits. Of course, the vast majority of us don’t ever venture that deep.It’s premium without being flashy or tacky. One of the problems we have with the Rolex class of dive watches is that while they might look flashy in a sports car, they’re not really practical or sensible for folks who actually dive. A lot of them are certainly “premium” in the sense of the materials used and the quality of their construction, but the extravagant gold is a bit absurd.We also think that this one is a more reasonable dive watch to wear around in daily life. You might be able to afford a top-notch Rolex, but do you really want to take a chance on carrying that kind of money in a watch? Most of us don’t. The Omega is high-end enough to satisfy any aficionado, without being an impractical choice.This is a real looker. It shows finesse and class without trying too hard! We love the Omega’s dark blue dial face. It’s well laid-out, with a date window and the maker’s signature double hash at the top. The hands have a subtle flair, and everything’s flawlessly executed.It also sports a sapphire window. You needn’t worry about anything happening to the Omega! It’s rock-solid, literally. The sapphire crystal also looks phenomenally good.Fit and finish don’t get better than this. Sure, there are much pricier timepieces. But while they might have some more expensive materials (i.e. gold), perfect finishes, they don’t have noticeably better tolerances or feel. This is truly an impeccable timepiece, and we don’t say that lightly.In keeping with that “premium but practical” ethos, the Omega is a fantastic watch to wear. Whether you’re on the water or on the job, it’s perfectly comfortable. The 41mm case is relatively sleek, without looking delicate or undersized. It’s elegant and ergonomic.As you’d expect at this price class, the Omega sports exceptional build quality. Even the band is phenomenal! We’ve reviewed much more expensive timepieces that were letdowns in that department, so it’s a notable plus. The whole case has a weight without feeling bulky. The bezel and crown move tightly, but not in a sticky way. All in all, excellent tolerances with satisfying adjustments and detent clicks.Aside from the outside elegance, premium timepieces like this are also better at telling time! Well, at least they should be. Not all are, but the Omega’s very accurate. In fact, we think its movement is one of the best automatics out there, dive or no. It doesn’t make you wish for quartz at all! There are a few seconds you’ll lose, but that’s true of any automatic.It stays ticking reliably, too. This is a self-winding mechanism that really will go for a few days without you wearing it (though when you’re spending this kind of money, you’re going to want the Omega to be a constant companion).Quality control issues simply aren’t a thing with Omega timepieces. These are Swiss-made units that come individually inspected in an upscale box with leather lining.These watches are investments, not just a fast way to spend a chunk of change! Fine automatic timepieces like this only go up in value, the longer you have them. So, not only will you have a fantastic timepiece that you can pass down, but you’ll be able to get a great price for one of these if you decide to sell it years down the road.Cons:It’s quite pricey. While this won’t cost you anywhere near the sort of money you’d drop for a Rolex, it’s still going to be more than 2K. This is something we recommend to passionate, dedicated scuba divers who aren’t on a tight budget and have an eye for quality.Be sure you’re getting the real thing. As with any high-end timepiece, there are counterfeit Omega’s galore. So, buy directly from Amazon or be sure that the reseller you’re going with is an authorized dealer. When you’re putting down this kind of money, it’s silly to take chances!
7. Casio Men’s Sport Analog Dive Watch
8. Neymar Men’s Diver Watch
9. Invicta Men’s Pro Diver Collection Watch
Click for PriceIf you’re looking for a dive-style watch but don’t do any particularly deep scuba dives, this Citizen should be right up your alley!It’s waterproof down to 100m, more than enough for snorkeling, water sports, and casual scuba adventures. We like it because it has all the great features of a dive model in a smaller, more manageable package. It’s stainless steel, with a mineral face and a water-friendly canvas band.On the face, there’s a simple clock layout, with a clean, linear date and day readout. It uses the same Eco-Drive system as the Citizen we’ve recommended above, so you’ll never run out of power as long as you’ve got light nearby.Plus, it has the same illumination you’d find on a full dive watch. The 37mm case is far less clunky and bulky than a traditional dive watch. A great choice for snorkelers and more casual water adventurers!