Best Inexpensive Dive WatchThe function of dive watches is to keep an eye on the amount of time you spend underwater, as well as the vital element of air that remains in your tank. Dive watches have been around forever, since the 19th century in fact, yet they are still both useful and fashionable today. Dive watches have an instantly identifiable look. Not only are they noticeably much larger in size, usually about around 42mm in diameter, they also feature a bezel which rotates and they rest on a rubber strap or a bracelet.

 

It doesn’t matter if you are merely taking a dive into your massive workload on your desk at work, or in fact spending time diving deep underwater, a dive watch is a great item for your wrist to wear. It is not even necessary to be a diver in order to enjoy these beautiful utilitarian timepieces every day. For maximum enjoyment, opt for a high quality diving watch with the best value for money that you can depend on. We have reviewed some of these watches below. But fist of all you need to know what to look for when selecting a dive watch for diving or snorkling.

 

Key Factors in Selecting a Good Dive Watch

 

Readability

dive watch featuresWhen you are diving underwater, it is vital that you are aware of exactly how much time you have spent diving.

 

The bezel is a key module of a dive watch, telling you precisely that. The “12 o’clock” marker on the bezel may be turned to match the minute hand in order for you to track your time. While the minute hand is moving, the number of minutes which have elapsed are visible and can be seen by reading the number on the bezel instead of the face of the watch. High-end dive watches have bezels which are unidirectional, that is they only turn counterclockwise, which avoids you accidentally overestimating exactly the amount of time you have remaining.

 

In general, dive watches feature large, lit up indices which are easily read. The illumination, or the lume as it is referred to, doesn’t only look great; it enables you to instantly tell the time in the dark.

 

Movement

dive watches under 200$Automatic movements are quite popular in the diving market because they don’t need batteries. The way automatic watches work is by winding from your arm’s motion. This means that for as long as you wear the watch on on your wrist it will keep ticking.

 

Another feature you will find in a diving watch is the day/date feature, which further adds to its utility.

Quality

As a diver, you need to trust your watch with your life, as you need it in order to be aware of exactly how long you have under the water. For this reason, durability and a reliable and well designed construction are vital.

 

You should look for a dive watch which has a well constructed case, a sturdy crystal (either mineral or sapphire ideally), as well as a quality bracelet or strap. A quality dive watch can last you decades if you maintain in well.

 

Water Resistance

inexpensive dive watchWhen you decide to purchase a dive watch, you need to ensure that it has adequate water resistance for you. You will find that many watches will claim water resistance of 50m, but what that actually means is that it may survive hand washing and perhaps a shower.

If you are looking for a dive watch, then water resistance of at least 200m or 660 feet is what you need. If you intend on owning a time piece that will be able to withstand your showering, swimming, and of cause diving, then ensure that you opt for a watch with enough water resistance.

 

Best dive watches around 200$

Below we’ve reviewed a selection of the best and most affordable dive watches on the market – and you can purchase them all for a budget around the 200$ mark.

 

Seiko SRP307 “Black Monster”

Seiko SRP307 Black MonsterThis watch has set the bar in terms of the value you can get from an automatic watch, irrelevant of brand or price. The dial and hands, the enormous bezel and the shroud all fit together to make this asymmetrical item seem balanced and measured. This watch’s construction is just outstanding.

  • Stainless steel
  • Water resistant to 660 feet or 200 meters
  • The Stainless steel link bracelet features a foldover clasp
  • Japanese automatic movement using an Analog display
  • The stainless steel case is 5 mm with a Hardlex dial window
  • The watch features a black dial, a day and date display at 3 o’clock, a notched bezel, and triangular hour markers.

 

Parnis GMT-Master

Parnis GMT-MasterTasteful excellence is the aim of Parnis pieces, with the GMT-Master at the head of the race. Nothing but effective and simple components adorn this piece, from its automatic, hacking movement to its scratch-resistant window of sapphire.

 

The design is a throwback to the traditional dive style; the stainless steel construction topped with the ceramic bezel to ensure that structure is protected from wear and tear.

  • Front Glass: Sapphire glass
  • Bracelet: Stainless steel
  • Case Diameter: 43mm without crown
  • Case Material: Polished 316L stainless steel case with brushed back and ceramic bezel
  • Movement: GMT Automatic (self-winding) movement

 

Seiko SNZH53

Seiko SNZH53Seiko 5’s are perennial champions when it comes to affordable watches. The 5’s were originally introduced in the 60s as an affordable watch and they have definitely lived up to that ideal over the years. Each 5 Series watch has a durable case and bracelet, a recessed crown, water resistance, a day/date display and automatic winding. This specific time piece displays vintage styles due to its thin indices on its face and its wide bezel. It features a dark blue face which really highlights the stainless steel. The see-through casebook lets you view the mechanics and movements in motion.  

  • Water resistant to 330 feet or 100 meters
  • The watch features a dark blue face, an exhibition case back, a silvertone sweeping second hand, a stainless steel dark blue bezel which is unidirectional, silvertone hour markers and hands and is luminous
  • A day and date function in both spanish and english
  • Features a brushed and polished stainless bracelet and steel case with durable mineral hardlex crystal
  • Powers automatically with the movement of your arm so does not require a battery thanks to precision 23-jewel Japanese automatic movement

 

Timex Expedition T49799

Timex Expedition T49799The Expedition watch series goes the additional mile to provide high quality time pieces that are packed with so many features yet aren’t bogged down by the price. The Timex T49799 watch takes the Expedition brand right under the waves, and gives you each and every thing you will need on your next diving trip.

 

The time piece itself is solid, featuring a mineral crystal window rated for 200m, sealed, chunky rivets and 44 millimeters of stainless steel that is also shock resistant. Timex’s signature Indiglo will provide plenty of illumination in dark or murky environments, with the chronograph dials to handle every timing need. The date window and the bezel Tachymeter ojn the outside really round out T49799’s data features nicely.

  • Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M): suitable for recreational scuba diving
  • Stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Mineral crystal
  • Blue chronograph dial; Date display
  • Quartz movement

 

Orient CEM65001B “Black Mako”

Orient CEM65001B "Black Mako"This watch pays respects to the illustrative dive watch design, yet with some rather captivating tweaks.

 

The entire watch is totally solid, it features a mineral crystal window, 200m water resistance, in-house automatic movement and a stainless steel bracelet which give such immense value not only to the watch but to the wearer – especially considering how affordable it actually is.

 

The Black Mako’s striking red accent on the second hand, its sword hands, its date window and the Arabic numerals are very welcomed aesthetic enhancements, which intensify its appearance without overdoing it. The very appealing Orient Black Mako watch is the perfect starting point from which to dive into the deep end of dive time pieces.

  • Luminous markers
  • Day and date window
  • 40hr power reserve
  • 22mm band width
  • 47mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 13mm height
  • 5mm case diameter
  • Mineral crystal
  • 120 click unidirectional bezel
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Certified ISO diver’s watch
  • In-house Orient caliber F6922 movement, hacking, hand-winding

 

Seiko SKX007K

Seiko SKX007KThis time piece is a classic example of the traditional diving watch.

 

This Seiko model has actually been around for decades, and features a mechanical movement with a tank like construction that ensures that this handy dive watch will treat you very well for many years. With its large, circular indices the watch is very easily read with the bezel clicking firmly in place. The bright lume, sweeping seconds hand, and day/date wheel contribute to this stylish watch that is suitable for wear every day.

 

  • LumiBrite markers (provides excellent, long lasting luminosity)
  • Day and date window
  • 80g weight (no strap)
  • 44-48hr power reserve
  • 22mm band width
  • 46mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 25mm height
  • 41mm case diameter
  • Hardlex crystal (harder than mineral, softer than sapphire)
  • Unidirectional bezel (120 clicks)
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Certified ISO diver’s watch
  • 7s26 mechanical movement

 

Casio MDV106-1AV

Casio MDV106-1AVThis is the most reasonable watch on our list, and probably the best bang for the buck when it comes to dive watches.

 

For $40 you get an actual 200m rated dive watch that has the Sub look without being a slavish copy. My only complaint is that it runs a bit big for my taste. At 44mm it’s substantially bigger than the average Sub style, which is usually around 40mm. The Casio MDV106-1AV is the perfect entry point into dive watches, meaning you don’t need to commit to the entire mechanical experience. It has amazing features for a dive watch at this very affordable price point.

  • Screw-lock Back
  • Screw-down Crown
  • To make the units work one will have to pull out dial and push dial back in for units to work.
  • Resin band
  • Date Display
  • Mineral Glass
  • One-way Rotating Bezel
  • 200M Water Resistant

 

Seiko Men’s SKA413 “Adventure”

Seiko Men's SKA413 "Adventure"This exciting watch is not exactly quite prepared for travelling 20 000 leagues below the sea, but it is an timepiece of adventure which will accompany you all the way down to an impressive 660 feet.

 

Constructed from a very sturdy stainless steel case, the Seiko Adventure watch includes a grooved, stainless steel unidirectional bezel featuring white seconds indices,as well as a hardy urethane strap and a firm buckle strap. It’s window made form durable hardlex serves to protect the dial face, which is black and has large white dot and arrow hour markers. The watch’s dial also has white minute markers, as well as complementary hand and even a handy date calendar at 3 o’clock. The Seiko Adventure, which requires no battery as it gets its power from kinetic movement, comes in a luxurious padded case.

  • Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft)
  • Features unidirectional bezel, date window, protective Hardlex crystal dial window, and buckle closure
  • Functions without a battery, powers automatically with the movement of your arm
  • 45 mm stainless steel case with automatic kinetic movement and analog display
  • Stainless steel watch with gear-shaped bezel, ribbed band, and skeleton hands