Any sort of extreme outdoor activity, at some point or another, typically requires a rather large investment if you want to be a serious participant. While that’s absolutely true of scuba diving, the one area where you don’t need to be as concerned about features or product specs is when it comes to your watch. Unlike other technical or sport watches, dive watches are inherently approachable. Its basic functionality is to just help you keep track of the time while you’re performing your dive.
After making sure it’s got enough water resistance for the depth of dives you’ll be doing, choosing a watch really comes down to personal preference, style, and how much you’re willing to spend. Due to that nature, there are a lot of really great options out there for consideration. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorites to take your experience to new depths.
1. Citizen Promaster Professional Dive Watch
Citizen is known for their smart, solar-powered Eco-Drive technology that makes it so their watches function without a battery. That technology makes this Promaster watch great because it ensures you won’t need to open the back of the watch to ever replace a battery. With a water resistance of up to 200 meters, it’ll be suitable for the majority of your dives. Additionally, the lightweight polyurethane strap won’t weigh your wrist down too much and the whole package comes in an ocean-approved navy that’ll look just as striking underwater as it will alongside any outfit you pair it with on land.
2. Seiko Automatic Analogue Dive Watch
If you’d rather power a watch yourself, the Sieko Diver’s Automatic Direct Drive watch gains its power from the movement (i.e., swinging) of your watch arm. Additional features like the brand’s auto relay and perpetual calendar automatically reset to the correct date and time, without you having to make those adjustments yourself. With water resistance up to 200 meters, it’s a more than suitable companion to take alongside you on any recreational scuba dive.
3. Casio Sport Analog Dive Watch
A fantastic value purchase, this Casio dive watch is both stylish (the black and white combination makes for a visually striking watch) and useful for entry level divers (it has a water resistance of up to 100 meters). Of course, there’s an ability to light up the face that will prove useful while both on land and under the sea. While more hardcore divers will want something with a deeper level of resistance and more features, this one is perfect to test the waters in the interim.
4. Sicura Dive Watch
Water resistant up to 300 meters, this Sicura dive watch immediately makes a bold statement with its watch face, a vibrant yellow that contrasts quite nicely with the silver bracelet. It also contains many of the features we’ve seen from other dive watches, including the automatic movement and a strong illuminated dial.
5. Luminox A.N.U. Dive Watch
Officially authorized by the Navy for dive use, this Luminox dive watch is the first watch on this list that has a nylon band for comfort and durability. Like most of the watches, it’s waterproof up to 200 meters. Additionally, the watch crystal itself is made from sapphire (Luminox brags that it is crafted from the hardest material around) to provided added toughness to your watch, should you—god forbid—happen to bang it on something. And, with antireflective coating on the glass, you’ll be able to read it underwater with no issue.
6. Casio G-Shock Digital Dive Watch
Casio’s fantastic and sturdy G-Shock technology has been ported over to this dive watch, incorporating many of the same features we loved in their survival watches, but re-calibrating and remixing them—from one environmental extreme to another. The great Casio afterglow will light up the back display, even while underwater, to make it so you can read the face with no issues. Additional dive-specific features are built-in, including a dive-time tracker that includes surface measurements and even a countdown timer. Water resistant up to 200 meters, it’s great for divers that want a bunch of key information—all available at a quick glance.
7. Suunto D5 Dive Watch
If you’re willing to give up a bit of water resistance in exchange for a really extensive amount of information, the Suunto D5 Dive “computer” excels—and then some. An easy to navigate interface makes it easy to swap between different nodes, while keeping track of important metrics like location, air levels, and depth. The LED backlight can be scaled brighter or darker depending on your personal needs. And if you want a deeper dive (pun intended) on your scuba stats, you can connect the watch with the Suunto app for a more detailed report.
8. Invicta Dive Watch
Invicta has always crafted their watches to be not only stylish, but also sit at a price point that never feels like you’re having to spend a lot to get a lot. Similar in style to that of a Rolex, it’s an inherently gorgeous looking timepiece that will look just a good with a suit as it would a wet suit—and with water resistance up to 200 meters, you can seamlessly transition between the two with ease.
9. Garmin Descent Dive Watch
Garmin’s dive watch is the most comprehensive digital dive watch on this list, offering a bevy of features that are perfect for more hardcore divers. What’s most impressive about this watch is the surface GPS navigation that includes location mapping to make it even easier to mark your entry and exit points for the dive. Furthermore, the vibrant display makes it easy to read, while the 3-axis compass makes it so you can navigate up to 100 meters underwater without issues.
10. Tomoro Digital Dive Watch
If you like the idea of a digital diving watch, but don’t need to have all the bells and whistles seen in some of the other smart diving watches, this watch from Tomoro will have you covered. Water resistant up to 100 meters, a rounded clear display shows the time in an easy-to-read, clear font. The subtle backlight is great to have while underwater and the rubber watch band gives the whole timepiece a sleek and sporty vibe, while providing plenty of all day comfort in case you want to just keep swimming.