Snorkeling is good. Diving is better.

Although this is subjective, nobody would disagree that the beauty that lies in the ocean is astonishing.

While snorkeling lets you see the beauty from afar, diving will let you experience it up close. This is why many people are getting into scuba diving.

A few decades back, nobody wanted to wear a wristwatch. Today, there’s a plethora you can choose from according to purpose and style. You’ll even see one made for underwater use.

Yes, there’s one for scuba diving. Or more.

This is a big leap from the once habitual taking of the wristwatch whenever washing the hands. I was guilty of that. Now, watches are water-resistant, and some are water-resistant for almost up to 500 feet.

Diving watches may have outdone the older ones when it comes to technology and style but with the same purpose of being water-resistant. They also have to be easy to wear.

Invicta Men’s Pro Diver

“Invincible”

The brand strives to put out innovative, durable, and unyielding timepieces at reasonable price points. And I think they made a good one out of this Men’s Pro Diver watch.

This analog dive watch has quartz movement and a 47 mm case diameter, 24 mm band width, 12.5 mm case thickness, Flame Fusion Crystal cover, and 100 m or 330 ft water resistance.

Style-wise, it looks expensive, not gonna lie. The stainless steel band pairs really well with the black dial. And with silver-colored hands, markers, and everything inside the case along with the bezel, this watch just screams masculine elegance and strength.

Pros
  • Water-resistant up to 100 m
  • Thick case
  • Screw down crown
  • Flame Fusion Crystal cover
  • Stainless steel body
  • Luminous hands and hour marks
Cons
  • Trouble with band adjustment

Seiko PADI Special Edition Prospex Solar Dive Watch

For a man who’s a fan of nautical style.

This Japanese-quartz (solar) analog watch features 43.8 mm case diameter, 22 mm band width, 12 mm case thickness, scratch-resistant Hardlex dial window, and a 200 m water-resistance depth.

It’s got all the nautical colors waving like a flag: blue, red, and in this case, stainless steel. It’s a sporty piece with its silicone-covered bands with a stainless steel body underneath.

The dial is black and has patterns of waves, the hands pointed, the hour markers in dots, and the bezel with the timer in a blue and red hue.

This watch does look like it has a lot.

Pros
  • Solar-powered
  • Uni-directional bezel
  • Solid case back
  • Screw down crown
  • Tang clasp
  • Scratch-resistant Hardlex dial window
  • Stainless steel body
  • Luminous hands and hour marks
  • Water-resistant at 200 m or 660 ft
Cons
  • The silicone can make it bulkier than it is

Citizen Men’s BN0151-09L Promaster Professional Diver Watch

Blue and silver all the way.

This watch also features a Japanese-quartz analog function with 43 mm case diameter, 19 mm band width, 12 mm case thickness, mineral-made dial window, and a water-resistance level of 200 m or 660 ft deep.

Its band is not stainless steel, but rather molded polyurethane and buckle closure. It’s an attractive blue band which matches the blue dial perfectly. The hands are silver and red-outlined (minute hand), the hour markers dots and pentagonal, and the bezel black with silver numbers.

Overall, it’s a beautiful piece.

Pros
  • Uni-directional bezel
  • Tang buckle
  • Small date window
  • Mineral-made dial window
  • Molded polyurethane body
  • Luminous hands and hour marks
  • Water-resistant at 200 m or 660 ft
Cons
  • Might be too small for some men

Seiko Prospex Padi Solar SNE435P1

Another beautiful blue and stainless steel pairing.

This analog precise Japan Solar Quartz Movement watch has 43.5 mm case diameter, 20 mm band width, 12 mm case thickness, Hardlex Mineral Sapphire Crystal dial window, and a water-resistance level of 200 m or 660 ft deep.

This is a special-edition solar watch that has a stainless steel band and case with coin-like edges. It’s well-polished and the overall look is luxurious, casual, and sporty all at the same time.

Pros
  • Stainless steel case and band
  • Push-button release buckle with safety lock
  • Hardlex Mineral Sapphire Crystal dial window
  • One-way rotating bezel
  • Lumbrite hands and markers
Cons
  • Didn’t find any

Qualities to Look For in a Dive Watch

Water/Depth Resistance

If the water-resistance level of a watch is only at 100 meters, it’s only suitable for snorkeling. You can dive with it, provided you know its limit. In general, a dive watch has a water resistance level of 200-300 meters.

Back Closure and Casing

Both have to be strong before anything else so the pressure underneath would have a harder time penetrating the watch with water. A thick case is necessary, usually made with strong crystal, and a  completely screwed or sealed back closure crucial.

Timer Bezel

Every dive watch has one. It’s a timer used for oxygen alert, especially how much oxygen you have left. It tells you when it’s time for you to go back to the surface.

The timers are located on the bezel and most watches usually have a 60-minute timer as a standard.

Clarity

Diving underwater means low-light conditions. And dive watches are designed to be plunged and immersed underwater. This is why you have to make sure that if a watch claims to be a dive watch, it has to have illuminating if not glowing hands and hour markers.

Material and Construction

If the case and back closure need to be strong, so should the rest of the watch. Dive watches are commonly made from stainless steel or titanium. They’re the most well-known metals that can hold out on the pressure underwater.

Final Thoughts

If it will be your first time purchasing a dive watch, do your research and ask friends or family of what they can recommend or tips they can share. Choosing the perfect one can take time, but it will be all worth it.

Oh, and also be warned that dive watches can be expensive. The most expensive one I know costs $19,000.00. I think there’s something more expensive than this.

Anyway, you don’t have to pay too much if you don’t dive a lot. And a dive watch can be used as a casual wristwatch too so that should justify its price.