Best Dive Watches Under 1000
If you are like most of the world now the newer generations don't wear watches to know the time, it is more of a style piece than anything else. Everyone just looks at their phones... I am not one of those people, I own way to many watches that sometimes it is tough to keep the batteries working in all of them. Next off, I love watches and cannot get enough of them. The best part of this article is that you can get a lot of nice watches for under 1000.00 and when you go over 1000.00 you are paying for the name and a few nicer pieces, such as jewels and material.
In this article I will go over the best dive watches under 1000.00 and what to look for. Some have batteries, some are kinetic (they are powered by your movement and some are solar (powered by the sun) which is great in the Caribbean or other tropical hot sunny places!
If you are an avid diver or even once in a while, I highly recommend getting a watch that you can use all year round and that you like! OF course looks matter with watches and it depends on what you wear with the watch because obviously you have to accessorize. You will want a watch that looks good and goes with your work attire and then when it is time to go diving you can just keep going and never have to worry!
Top 3 Dive Watches under $1000.00
Casio G-shock Frogman Digital
Marathon Divers Quartz Tritium
Oris Aquis Date
What To Look For When Buying a Dive Watch under $1000.00
A good watch will obviously tell the time, date etc... but with a dive watch you need just a little more than something telling you the time. It has to be able to with stand the pressure of the water as you go down into the sea. Most often you will be diving in the ocean and you will need something that will be able to go into salt water. You will need a watch with good material and of course always rinse your watch out in fresh water after every time you do go in the water just to make sure.
As you submerge yourself in the water every 33 feet the ambient pressure increases 1 ATM or 14.7 psi. On land or at sea level we are breathing at 1 Atmosphere (ATM) so going down to 99 feet we are now at 4 ATM. Water weighs 64 pounds per cubic foot so every time you submerge 1 foot and then keep doubling from there. That is a lot of pressure for a watch. We are fine with our air and controlled stops etc... That puts things into perspective when you are looking at a watch that is good quality. You can even get a good cheap watch that works great to but usually it does not look as good or classy.
What kind of depth do you need?
Make sure the watch is water resistant and really when a watch says good up to 600 or 900 feet the reality is that you will never be going down that deep...
The world record for deepest depth was 1090 feet by Ahmed Gabr who is the world record holder. It also took him 15 hours to resurface so unless you are planning on that I wouldn't worry about it to much. Read carefully because some watches say that they are water resistant to X depth but then they say "not suitable for scuba diving". So you can take them in the water but not diving... Doesn't make sense right? Some will say good for recreational diving and that will be fine for anyone who is not a commercial diver.
Bezels are on all dive watches and if they are not they are not good dive watches. They are a ring on the outside of the watch that will have a marking moving unidirectional or both ways. You want one that is unilateral and it is tell tell what time you exactly got into the water. This feature is great because if you brush up against something you don't want it to switch around and then all of a sudden you are not sure how long you were actually down for.
Watch casings are very important for people who are diving. The very specific reason is so that the watch doesn't leak and wreck you watch! seems simple enough right... It is. Make sure it has good screws and an O casing for sealing protection. All you really need to know about that!
Top Dive Watches Under $1000.00
Glycine Men's Combat Subatomic
Glycine Men's Combat watch has a great overall price point for what you get and it does come in a few different colors. the 42 mm Stainless steel case with sapphire dial window for easy reading. It is water resistant up to 660 feet. It has a rubber band on it for optimal comfort and great if you are wearing up to a 5 mm wetsuit that will adjust quite easily.
Orient M-force Bravo
Orient M-force Bravo is one of my favorite watches on the market. I love the stainless steel and orange face. I admit, it is not for everyone but it grows on you to love for sure. The case diameter is 45 mm and there are lots of subtle details that really pull the watch together. It is good to 660 feet and is a Japanese automatic movement so you never need to change the batteries! Great for high impact sports in the water but not recommended for depths of mixed gas.
Citizen's Eco Drive Promaster Depth
The Citizen eco drive is a great recreational dive watch with class for every day occasions. The eco drive makes it great to never change the battery again, just shake it up and away you go. There is a depth meter chronograph which comes in handy if your SPG only has 1 gauge on it and will save you in the end. The face is a mineral glass crystal and a black plated case. The rubber orange strap is comfortable and adjustable for all wrists and will go over your wetsuit.
Alpina Seastrong is the classiest watch that we have to offer under 1000.00. It has 48 months of battery life which will last you for years. It is water resistant up to 984 feet so you cannot break any world records with this watch but you could come close if you tried! It has AL-372 high precision quartz chronograph caliber. Uni directional quartz bezel, stainless steel and 3 sub dials with 60 second, 30 minute, and 1/10 second hands. Scratch resistant face and screw down crown. The price on the watch really gives you a great bang for your buck and from office wear to dive wear you cannot loose out on this beautiful watch.
Seiko Divers Automatic Watch
The Seiko Automatic Divers watch comes in at our best price yet especially for those looking for the watch well under 1000.00. Seiko has years of quality experience in watch making and they have never stopped reinventing themselves. The automatic function means that you will never need batteries ever again! As I mentioned earlier I have so many watches that constantly need batteries but if you are one of those people who only have one or two watches batteries should NOT be your concern. If you are like myself and have lots of watches the automatic function works great because all you need to do is move the watch around a little bit and away you go!
It has a hardlex crystal and case diameter of 42 mm so it is great for almost anyone unless you are a tree removal specialist in which your forearms are most likely the size of the tree trunks you are cutting down then the watch face might be a little small for you liking. The watch is stainless steel with date and day functions. Water resistant up to 660 feet and great for the recreational diver!
Seiko Marine Master Dive Watch
The Seiko Marine Master Dive watch comes in at our highest ranked watch for good reason. This watch has everything you need and more but of course it comes right at the top of that 1000.00 budget. If it is a little out of your price range, look at the next watch up which is still great but here I will tell you what else you are getting!
First of all you get a 2 year amazon warranty which is very unlikely just in case anything does go wrong which it won't but just in case. It is stainless steel with a 47 mm diameter so it is a little bigger but still looks great on small wrists as well (like myself). The band is rubber which I find nicer because when you are in salt water diver, snorkeling and surfing its easy to clean off and doesn't get that build up that some watches do when they are all stainless steel (I also rinse my thoroughly every time I am out of the salt water). It has a bezel uni directional function with date and analog quartz movement. It goes up to 990 feet so if you are attempting a world record you will be close but not quite there. Still a very good watch!
Longines Hydro Conquest Dive Watch
Longines Hydroquest Dive watch is your sleek classic stainless steel dive watch. As your all around into business meetings to hitting the beach or diving this will hold up against it all. The face is scratch resistant so good for anyone who is quite active and clumsy we can say. It has a 41 mm face and unidirectional bezel. One of my favorite features is the deployment buckle making it easy to put on and take off. This can make it a little more difficult if you are wearing a wetsuit though so just air on the side of caution if you are diving with a wetsuit. The date clock is displayed at 3 o'clock for easy reading.
You also get a 2 year warranty from amazon if you purchase from them with hassle free exchanges! It is also water resistant to 990 feet so not to worry!
So as you can see there are lots of great watches under 1000.00 that won't break the bank. You can get classy for both office and fun or one for each occasion. All of these watches are highly recommended and will last. If you are active though I recommend getting a scratch resistant face. Make sure they are water resistant and if you are dive master or commercial diver I would get something as a full on dive watch.
All of these watches will last and you will look great doing what ever it is that you are doing!