Dive watches are an amazing addition to any scuba divers equipment.
Because they are such a popular piece of equipment, they can get pretty expensive…
But dont worry.
ScubaOtter has taken the time to review 5 of the most popular dive watches under $500, allowing you to make the right choice that's within your budget.
If your feeling like dropping even more on a dive watch, we have another guide reviewing the most popular dive watches under $1,000.
|Seiko Skx007k2||View Reviews|
|Orient Triton||View Reviews|
|Citizen Promaster Diver||View Reviews|
The first one is the Seiko skx007k2. It can be priced any where from $224.00 up to $289.00. Just check for sales. Seiko has always had a place in the watch market, and this one is no exception.
The case diameter is 42 cm, and is stainless steel. Comes with date and day functions, and the glass is made with hardlex crystal. A unique feature of this watch, is that it is powered without a battery. Your own arm movements power the watch.
This is a good watch for the recreational diver, as it is water resistant up to 600 feet, or 200m. This watch comes with about a 4.2 out of 5 star review rating, so not bad. Most people are quite pleased with it, and think the "007" name of it is cool.
The bad reviews seem to come from not buying from a reputable source, so do your homework, before hitting the “buy” button.
Next up, is the Orient Triton, coming in at about $460.00. The case is 43.4 m. wide and 13.6mm thick. and is stamped with 200m, meaning you can dive that deep. IT has an automatic, hand-winding and hacking movement.
The crystal is Sapphire with AR Coating, and the case is stainless steel, and it comes with a 1 year warranty. This watch has great reviews with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. It is called the "baby OSD, as the OSD comes in around $2000. Rated the best bang for your buck.
Citizen Promaster Diver
Last, but not least, is the Citizen Promaster Diver. This watch can range, any where from $138.00 to $396.00, due to the style you choose. Coming in with a 44 mm case, that is super titanium, and is water resistant, up to 200m.
The dial is blue, or black and features luminous hands, markers, and date. The bands can either be the super titanium, or matching the blue dial with a blue Molded polyurethane band. The reviews give this watch a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Everyone loves the look of this watch, as well as the long battery solar powered life.
While most like the attractiveness of the molded polyurethane band, it can be stiff, and tends to spin the face away from the wearer, although it is easy to adjust for sizing. You may want to stick with the titanium steel band, for comfort and fit. Again, most negative reviews come from not buying from a reputable dealer, and instead buying, on a major shopping site.
When you are ready to buy a diving watch, do your homework, to research, exactly what you want, and in your price range. Most of all, with a big purchase like this, buy from a local "watch" dealer. It goes along way, when buying "local" and you will be much happier in the long run, even if a costa a few dollars more.