After 10 hours of research evaluating 212 products, we picked Victorinox Swiss Army Men's I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch as our top choice.
Dive watches are water resistant timepieces that are used for diving. These nifty contraptions provide a bright, easy-to-read and accurate time display. Equipped with a rotator bevel, dive watches also help measure the depth of water as you’re plunging into the murky unknown. It's important to note that not all diving watches are suitable for scuba or deep diving — that all depends on the water depth resistance of the watch.
No matter how fashionable you may find these, the best dive watches aren’t typically used like regular everyday watches, since they are specially designed for underwater conditions. Like any fashion watch, they’re not limited to a certain appearance, so these diving counterparts come in all sorts of funky shapes and sizes.
Diving watches are a diver’s best friend, but some can also be a fierce enemy to our bank accounts. The watches here were chosen as the best for a moderate budget while still having all of the top-of-the-line attributes.
Today we’ve compiled a list of the very best dive watches with varying features and price points. Here are our top picks!
The perfect wrist accompaniment for outdoor expeditions.
Lower water resistance depth.
We're getting massive Indiana Jones vibes from this diving watch! If you’re looking for an item to bring on your outdoor adventures, this Timex watch is the perfect fit for you. The designs were actually inspired by vintage military watches. The Expedition Field Chronograph Watch very nearly snatched the 'Best Value' spot from our list at less than $60.
You can probably pass this off as an ancient relic to unsuspecting friends! With a vintage look and some surprising features, this forbidden treasure undoubtedly deserves a spot on our list.
You wouldn’t think that with such a low price point this watch would be so durable! In addition to the solid mineral dial (which is a scratch resistant material), the watch also has some components made of brass. It only has a water resistance of 100 meters (330 feet) - but that distance isn’t that shallow if you really think about it!
Equivalent to 1 lithium metal battery.
100 meters (330 feet).
This bold watch takes away any fears about price while still packed with tons of great features.
Comparatively low water resistance.
Can you believe it? This 48 mm diameter diving watch has a lot of functions, just like its fellow contenders, yet the price falls under $100! Making the already-astounding price even more appealing, this watch fulfills the company’s promise as "function meets fashion". The device features not only an impressively detailed design but also has cool, quirky additions, like a rotating date calendar.
Mounted with stainless steel and polyurethane, there is no breaking this tough timepiece. Since the dial is made of minerals, the watch is easily scratch resistant. The only downside to this device is its water safety depth (330 feet). That limits the activities you can do to swimming, snorkeling, light diving, and water sports. But hey, that’s still not too shabby, especially for the price point.
Equivalent to one lithium metal battery.
100 meters (330 feet).
This distinguished watch can be worn anywhere — whether that's diving or a dinner party.
Lacking in outstanding features — but what it does do, it does well.
Typically, diving watches aren’t really supposed to be worn for recreational purposes, but this watch is truly appropriate for any occasion, extreme or casual. Though there is a compromise; it isn’t made for drastically deep diving, but you can still sink down 660 feet — which is nothing to laugh about. This watch, at 39 mm in diameter, has a very sophisticated design; it is comparatively moderate in terms of pricing (nothing can really beat that Rolex gem, let’s be honest) and made of pure titanium material - so it’s really worth the buck.
Upon first glance, you wouldn’t really guess that this watch is one of the most damage-resistant ones of the bunch. Since this diving watch is composed of pure titanium, you can rest assured that it won't be breaking anytime soon. A super positive benefit to this watch is that it’s sturdy but not unnecessarily bulky. Also, you don’t have to worry about purchasing batteries, charging cables or anything similar — this watch is solar powered!
Solar-powered! Of course, that means it has to be sufficiently charged before you hit the depths.
200 meters (660 feet).
This watch is tech-savvy and packed with tons of awesome features.
The compass is rather simplistic.
The Aqua Lung watch is basically a wristwatch-sized computer. Get this: you can actually connect it to a transmitter or computer for constant access to your statistics. This contraption supplies you with an accurate profile, various watch functions, time zone options, stopwatch configuration, lap timers, daily alarms and more! With a unique USB system, this watch definitely takes the cake for emerging tech!
Anyone who wants an easy and navigable device should definitely pay attention to this — or it's also the perfect option to show off to your family and friends.
Surprisingly durable and resistant to wear, this watch comes with an Automatic Safety Stop Countdown so it's safety orientated (which is very reassuring). In addition, there is a user-chargeable battery that ensures all your data is saved. Easily update and transfer settings and calculations while charging!
Equivalent to one lithium-ion battery.
This is a very affordable watch engineered with high quality.
Not as scratch-resistant as others on this list.
44mm in diameter and with a 22mm lug width, this dive watch created by SEIKO is an absolutely stunning deal for its cost. The watch comes with a special vintage strap, which really compliments the whole hearty look. Accompanied by a black silicone strap that feels great on the wrist, the timepiece is finely varnished with Black Ion finishing. If we’re talking about value, this watch blows the competition out of the park!
With an awesome power reserve and illumination, this watch will function perfectly in ocean conditions. This dive watch comes with a useful automatic function in addition to a hand winding feature, so you can pick whichever option suits you best. Don’t be frightened if the bezel seems a bit stiff or off in the first few days, it will eventually dampen and align perfectly!
Approximately 41 hours
200 meters (660 feet)
It's literally everything you need in a deep-sea diving watch.
Very expensive, comparatively. But — it's Rolex!
Anything with a name as epic as Sea Dweller is definitely making its debut on this list. This diving watch is truly the most luxurious device you could ever hope to sport — it looks just like an opulent every-day watch, but it's engineered for the deep dark unknown. 43 mm in diameter, this immaculate contraption consists of scratch-resistant sapphire, oyster steel (“oyster”; rather fitting, no?) and yellow gold. If gold isn’t really your color, Rolex offers a unique customization experience where you can design your ideal watch.
This is like the watch for royalty. It’s almost like a dream come true (other than the cost); but with this watch fulfilling everything in both appearance and function, this beauty gets a well deserved high rating.
A watch that looks this good and stays that way? With Rolex, it's not too much to ask. With a unidirectional rotatable bezel, it's easy to measure diving time in a handy and effective manner. The bezel can only rotate counter-clockwise, which ensures the diver's safety even in the case of accidental manipulation underwater.
The Sea Dweller has an impressive Triplock triple waterproofness system, as well as self-winding, perpetual and mechanical movement. Loaded with scratch-resistant materials and shock absorbers, anyone could feel extremely comfortable embarking on underwater excursions with this gem.
Swiss built for precise and optimal execution.
Small wrists may find the watch a bit chunky or hefty.
This Victorinox dive watch is 45mm in diameter and was absolutely built for you wild men out there! (Sorry women, there's a watch for you on this list, but dive watches are primarily geared towards men.) It's definitely more ‘casual’ in the looks department compared to comparison to SEIKO’s watch, but who says that’s a bad thing? It’s black on black with the straps and dials, giving it a very robust feel. Arguably, this could be considered a little on the pricey side, but remember, if you buy "good", you only have to buy one.
There’s almost nothing to write in this category, as this watch is the very reincarnation of The Hulk. As if being built with stainless steel wasn’t enough, Victorinox's watch is also triple coated with anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Whether you’re really clumsy or just want a sturdy device, this watch is definitely the one to look out for.
This watch absolutely thrives in the 'durability' section, and is the best fit for daring and athletic men!
Equivalent to one non-standard battery.
200 meters (660 feet).
Before purchasing, we suggest that you take a step back and think about whether or not you’re a hardcore diver or an enthusiast looking for fun. This should significantly narrow down the scope on which watch is the best for you.
Dive watches are often overshadowed by more renown technology, like smartphones or computers, but nothing can replace the utility and convenience of a good diving watch.