Dive watches buying guide, product review, and care tips

The importance of choosing the right dive watches

Wristwatches for men and women vary in style and design. There are so many dive watches for men and women available in the market. These things vary in sizes, shapes, colors, and styles. The sad truth though is that a lot of these “so-called” sports watch is just for show. Quite a number of them are only good for fashion purposes and not functional as a dive watch. So, don’t believe everything you see or even read on the box. Learn how to choose a proper watch for diving. 

Make sure the watch you get has the standard features

Dive watches tagged “waterproof” are not suitable for diving or immersion in water. Dive watches with a water resistance of 100 meters are suitable only for snorkeling and diving at very minimal depths. The usual water-resistant for dive watches are at least 200 to 300 meters. It is advisable to choose a depth rating that is higher than the actual requirement.

The importance of Screw Down Crown, Pushers and Case Back on dive watches

The casing should be thick and sturdy enough to prevent water from leaking in, it should be able to withstand pressure, so it should be made of high-quality, strong crystal casing. It is also important to consider the clarity of the casing, so the dials and watch face are clear and easy to read. Likewise, the back of the watch should be totally sealed or screwed down to be more resistant against outflow or pressure.

Choose Unidirectional Rotating Bezel

AA rotating ring surrounding the watch dial that only turns counterclockwise and features marking at least every five minutes. A diver will line up the marker at the 12 o’clock position with the current position of the minutes’ hand to track elapsed time on a dive. A unidirectional bezel on a dive watch only turns in one direction so it’s less prone to being knocked out of place, thus throwing off the tracked time.

Check the Legibility of dive watches

The deep-sea and certainly the ocean is a dark place, the deeper you go the darker it will get. This is why your watch should be capable of providing luminosity. The hands, as well as the hour markers and also the dial face, should be large enough, with the right lighting to it.

Make sure the dive watches are Corrosion Resistance

Many take it for granted that if they bought a men’s watch for diving, then it would automatically be made with materials that can fight not just the water but the effects it may have on the metal parts that are exposed. This is why rubber and ceramic are always a better choice as part of the watches covering. Of course, if you have the budget for it then good branded watches will easily deal with this issue.

Adjustable Bracelet/ band

This is another item that often gets neglected. Remember that you will most likely be wearing your watch out of the water as much as in it. An expandable and easy to adjust bracelet or strap will make it more convenient to wear with a wetsuit or any other type of suit thereafter. This little detail makes your watch more user-friendly and easy to wear. 

things to remember when choosing dive watches

If you are going to use your dive watch for diving, make sure it is built for diving. There are lots of watches that are called dive watches, however, not all can withstand the depth required. There are so many inexpensive, professional dive watches out there, and dive watches don’t have to cost a fortune but a watch made specifically for diving with a depth rate of atleast 600 meters may cost a bit more than those of 300 meters depth rate.

Here are our recommended dive watches

#1 – Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial

Dive watches Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial

As number one we highly recommend the Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial. You will not get disappointed with this timepiece. Tracing back its origins to 1957, Omega designed the Seamaster range especially for divers and professionals who work underwater.

#2 Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial

Dive watches Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial

Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial is waterproof to a full 3,900 meters, the Rolex Deepsea is entirely worthy of its name. The 44mm wide steel watch has a helium escape valve, which lets the gas out when a diver goes through decompression after a deep dive. This specific Rolex Deepsea D-Blue Dial gradually shifts from blue to black and commemorates James Cameron’s solo dive to the deepest place on earth.

#3 – AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE DIVER CHRONOGRAPH

Dive watches AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK OFFSHORE DIVER CHRONOGRAPH

Audemars Piguet have had a great runaway success with their Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore series. It was not always a success. It took almost four years to sell the first 1000 RO, and when the ROO was announced in 1993, it was expected to fail. But Audemars Piguet was not to be denied. Both the RO and ROO became great successes.

dive watches – which is better?

This is a tough call and one that largely comes down to personal preference. On the one hand, the ref 26331ST offers an integrated chronograph movement. Its dimensions are better suited to daily wear and its style is less polarising.