Affordable Dive Watches
One of the earliest dive watches was the Omega SA. It was the first watch commercially distributed in 1932. It was able to withstand pressure down to about 13.5 atm (135 m or 443 ft). But even today cheaper divers can withstand that kind of pressure.
Since that initial release, a number of luxury brands have become synonymous with the dive watch. These include brands like Rolex, Bulova and the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, which was worn by Jacques Cousteau and can be yours for a mere $10,000.
Now since most of us, me included, don’t have that kind of scratch to spend on an everyday watch. We need something that is made with decent quality and can handle some moderate ATMs. The watches we’ve provided in our guide below are definitely quality and won’t break the bank.
Steinhart Ocean One Vintage
The new STEINHART “Ocean One Vintage” is a tribute to the diver’s watches of the past. Featuring golden hands that beautifully contrast the dark gray dial, an anti-reflective coating and coming with its own stainless steel case this amazing watch is ideal for day to day wear and is a stunning alternative to many of the more traditional watches you see on the market today.
Helson Shark Diver 45
The flagship watch of the Helson Collection is the Helson Shark Diver. It features a forged carbon bezel, a 4mm thick sapphire crystal, water resistance of up to 2000m and the dial, hands and bezel are all coated with Swiss high-quality Super Luminova C3. It also comes with a forged carbon and titanium case for all the protection you’ll need.
The latest watch from NTH is the NTH Nacken. It pays tribute to some of the revered icons of the past. It features white-lume markers that glow blue against the matt black dial, a 316L purpose-oriented stainless steel case, water resistance capabilities of up to 300 meters and a screw down crown to name just a few of the many wondrous features it offers.
Certina DS Action
The Certina DS Action is certainly going to be a watch anyone would be happy to wear. This terrific time-piece includes a stylish black dial with luminous silver toned hands and markers, a date display, automatic movement and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and that’s just a few of its impressive features. It’s also water resistant up to 200 meters and comes with a 12.65mm stainless steel thick case so it will also be fully protected. You also get a leather and nylon strap, and an official HALIOS signed buckle.
Seiko Marine Master Professional
With a name like Marine Master you know this stunning diver’s watch from the always reliable manufacturer Seiko is going to be good. It features: high-grade Seiko 26-jewel automatic movement, offers water resistance up to 300 meters, a clear date display, luminous hands, a screw down offset crown, non-reflective coating and much more. It also features a stainless steel bracelet with a double locking push-button clasp and a diver’s extension, and an extra rubber strap is also included.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
The Tudor Heritage Black Bay is a gorgeous diver’s watch that exudes quality, this glorious Swiss made watch is made from hardy stainless steel and features a variety of features for the diver of today. This includes automatic movement, luminous hands and markers, a 38-hour total power reserve, water resistance of up to 200 meters and a stainless steel case. It’s the ideal hybrid of luxury and functionality and would make a fine addition to anyone’s watch collection.
M2 Diver By Haigh & Hastings
The M2 Diver by Haigh & Hastings is an amazing diver’s watch that not only looks good but also does its job brilliantly. Weighting only 131 grams it is made from high-quality 316L stainless steel and offers water resistance up to 300 meters. It also offers automatic movement, a 40-hour power reserve, and a quick set date feature. The M2 Diver’s strap is made from natural Italian rubber and is salt, odor and UV resistant. You also get a 13mm thick stainless steel case.
Squale 20 Atmos Classic DLC
The Switzerland made Squale 20 Atmos Classic is a stunning diver’s watch that offers a striking sleek and elegant design. With automatic movement, a uni-directional 120 click bezel, luminous design for easy, readability and a thick metal bracelet complete with solid end-links and screw-in links this is the watch of choice for amateur and professional divers alike. It comes in a leather box and has a separate black stainless steel case, so it will always be safe and secure.
Orient Ray II
Designed for skin diving this glorious men’s diving watch is a wondrous alternative to the other dive watches. The Orient Ray II has been lauded for its brightness and longevity. Building upon the Ray I’s legacy it includes a variety of features for the diver of today this includes: automatic movement, hand-winding and hacking, an upgraded diving bezel with 120 click precision, water resistance of up to 200m, a day and night calendar and it comes with its own steel case.
Tag Heuer 1000
This stylish stainless steel watch from Tag Heuer is both stylish and functional and offers a huge selection of features including: increased quartz movement, gold hands, an improved battery, scratch resistant crystal and a Hadley Roma brown leather band. It also comes with a polished stainless steel buckle and an authentic Tag Heuer outer clasp and buckle. This beautiful watch offers vintage charm with the all the reliability of a modern watch and at 30 years of age it’s still reliable and in full working order.
With its bargain price tag and stunning features the Tisell Sub is sure to be a wondrous addition to your watch collection. With a ceramic insert and sapphire glass this stunning diver’s watch is truly breathtaking and comes in a variety of different forms that are all part of the Tisell collection so even if the Tisell Sub isn’t for you, there’s bound to be one in the range that is.