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Dive watches are a fantastic addition to any scuba divers equipment.

Because they’re such a popular piece of equipment, they can get pretty expensive…

But don’t 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.

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Seiko SKX007K2 Watch Seiko Skx007k2 View Reviews
Orient Triton Watch Orient Triton View Reviews
Citizen Promaster Watch Citizen Promaster Diver View Reviews
Victor INOX Watch Victorinox I.N.O.X. View Reviews
Orient Ray LL Orient Ray ll View Reviews

Seiko SKX007K2 Watch

The first one on our list is the Seiko SKX007K2. The price will be very affordable and a huge bang for your buck. Seiko has always held a unique place in the watch market for its affordable and well-functioning watches, and this one is no exception.

A common caveat of this Seiko is the bracelet — it’s very comfortable, but it has been known to break, and the clasp is rather thin. You can quickly solve this issue by purchasing a leather or rubber strap of your liking.

The case diameter is 42 cm and is stainless steel. It comes with date and day functions, and the glass is Seiko’s Hardlex Crystal. The clock is easy to read and legible at any time of the day — thanks to Seiko’s fantastic illumination technology.

At a weight of ~7-ounces — it has just the right amount of heft for durability, but not too much to be excessively bulky.

This watch is excellent for the recreational diver, as it’s water-resistant up to 600 feet or 200m.

The bezel has a high-quality, smooth movement.

This watch comes with about an Amazon review rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars, so not bad. Most people are quite pleased with the Seiko SKX007K2 and think the "007" name is cool. The bad reviews seem to come from not buying from a reputable source, so do your homework, before hitting the “buy” button.

  • Max Depth: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectonal
  • Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Case: 42mm Stainless Steel

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orient triton watch

Next up, is the Orient Triton, coming in at about $400. The Triton has the features of a more expensive watch — all at a great price.

Unlike other watches at this price — Orient features an indicator at the two o’clock position for the 40-hour power-reserve. The crystal is a scratch-proof Sapphire with an AR coating — making the time legible even in the bright sunlight.

Orient gives you the option of choosing a black, silver, and blue color-way. Regardless of your choice of color-way — all markings are contrasted by a matte-like dark background. The matte-like background helps prevent smudges from being visible.

The hour markings and hands are all luminous, and the shiny stainless steel outlines the hands.

The stainless steel case is 43.4mm wide and 13.6mm thick — an ideal size that can be worn for sports purposes and dressed casually.

With an ATM of 200m, this watch is more than qualified to be a scuba watch. The Triton meets all of the qualifications of the Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) to be considered a Class 1 diver watch.

The Triton has an Orient 40N50 caliber Japanese-made automatic movement that can be charged up with its self-winding, hand-winding, and second hand-halt mechanism (hacking).

  • Max Depth: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectonal
  • Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Case: 42mm Stainless Steel

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Citizen pro master watch

Another excellent diving watch for under $500 is the Citizen Promaster Diver. This watch can range, anywhere from $138 to $396, due to the style you choose. The 44mm super titanium case comes water-resistant up to 200m.

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’s easy to adjust for sizing. You may want to stick with the titanium steel band, for comfort and fit.

Most negative reviews that you’ll see come from uncareful buyers not purchasing from a reputable dealer, so make sure you’re buying from a legitimate seller.

The dial comes in black or blue — featuring luminous hands, markers, and date. The bands can either be super titanium or match the blue dial with a blue molded polyurethane band. At such an unbeatable price, everyone loves the look of this watch.

The feature that makes this timepiece stand out from others on our list is the solar-powered battery. Thanks to this impressive feature, you know longer will need to worry about batteries, and you’ll always be able to trust the Promaster Diver to keep ticking when you need it.

Because of the price meant for a budget — Citizen used a mineral crystal. Mineral crystal may not be as hard as sapphire, but as long as you don’t plan on putting this watch through heavy-use — you should be okay.

  • Max Depth: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectonal
  • Strap: Polyurethane
  • Case: 43mm Stainless Steel

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VictorOnix Watch

Being made in Switzerland and under $500 for a diving watch is phenomenal.

Victorinox designed this watch to fit NIHS 92-11 Swiss watchmaking standards to become a certified diver watch. To meet these strict standards — ‘the I.N.O.X.’ had to pass tests for luminosity, shock-resistance, anti-magnetism, and the strength of the strap — along with 130 other diving specific tests. There’s no doubt that you can trust this watch in the water.

A nice high-end feature on this Swiss watch is the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Even on a budget, you’re still able to get some quality protection from the impacts of daily life.

With the I.N.O.X, Victorinox offers you a variety of band and case materials. You can choose from titanium and steel case and leather, paracord, and stainless steel options for the bands. For diving — the all stainless steel option is the most suitable.

The hour marks and hands are highlighted with lumination — ensuring your visibility of the time in low-light situations.

The movement is kept simple with swiss quartz — making the time kept accurately and reliably until it’s time to change the batteries.

The mission the manufacture had when creating this watch was toughness and the ability to withstand all elements.

Skeptical of this diving watch? No worries — Victorinox will give you a 3-year limited warranty.

  • Max Depth: 200m
  • Bezel: Unidirectional/Stationary
  • Strap: Stainless Steel/Leather
  • Case: 43mm Stainless Steel/Titanium

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Orient Ray Watch

If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for a diving watch that’ll still get the job done — this is the watch for you. With a price of around $130, I recommend this watch for people looking to save money or new divers.

One thing that you may find annoying about the Ray II is the small hard-to-grip crown. You’ll end up having to use your fingernails to screw it down.

Despite being designed for divers, and having a slightly sporty look, you could very easily dress the Ray II up just as well as you could dress it down. If you just take a glance — you would think that this watch costs hundreds more than its actual value.

The illuminated hands are easily legible and shaped like swords. Another thing to take note of — the lumination punches well above its weight, and shines as well as higher-end watches. The second hand has a bright red tip — making it super easy to read.

The new Ray II’s feature an F6522 caliber 22-jewel movement that can hack and hand-wind. Not many watches under $200 contain a hacking and hand-winding movement that is in house.

Corners were cut to create a budget diving watch, but for a name brand — the value doesn’t get better than this.

  • Max Depth: 200m
  • Bezel: Diving
  • Strap: Stainless Steel
  • Case: 41mm Stainless Steel

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Conclusion

When you’re ready to take the dive and purchase your diving watch — do your research to make sure you get exactly what you want.

Consider your price range, intended use, and style that you prefer when choosing the best dive watch for yourself.</p8>

As long as you look out for the right characteristics of a good watch, you'll be okay.