Oceanic Dive Computer Reviews
Much like everything else, change happens fast and with dive computers they are right in the mix of things. They used to be big and bulky and would break quite easily unless you spent quite a few dollars. Now Oceanic Dive computers are one of the best and we will go over reviews from the Oceanic Geo 2.0, VTX, OCI, Veo 3.0 and Pro Plus.
Each watch is designed for specific needs and you need to think about what you will be using it for first before you jump in and spend all kinds of money on a dive computer.
- How often are you going to be using the Oceanic Dive Computer or other branded ones
- How deep will you need to go. Recreational or Commercial. Is it for fun or your job.
- How many features do you really need? This falls into the recreational or commercial but what will you really use after a few dives?
- Will all the bells and whistles confuse you. In theory it sounds great to have all of these functions and features but if all they do is confuse you, you will most likely give up and not use it at all.
Oceanic Geo 2.0 Review
To start off all diving watches will be waterproof and it does depend on how deep along with how far you will actually be diving to but I highly doubt you will find a watch that won’t go to the depth you are after. The Oceanic Geo 2.0 is a great watch that will go to 100m for a max algorithm depth so for recreational you have nothing to worry about but as a commercial you should be fine but just to keep in mind.
The watch itself is ⅝” thick and the housing is 2.⅛”, front lens is 1.½” and the screen is 1.¼” so it is the perfect size to see with clear analog numbers and LED back light so day or night you can see what is going on. It is also activated by water so you never have to worry about starting to early on your dive and the battery will last up to 300 hours.
Once you are in the water you can switch between 2 nitrox mixes to 100% o2 with no restrictions. Along with a deep stop countdown timer that has a 2 minute countdown at half your depth on dives greater than 80 feet or 25 meters. This offers the latest in safety and protection for you and the ones you are diving with if by chance you get caught up in some amazing fish and coral a little deeper down. As well as 3 stop timers displaying minutes and seconds.
There are 4 operating modes for all of your diving and watch needs with the
- Watch Function: Alternate Time, Chrono, Daily Alarm, Countdown Timer
- NORM: For Air and Nitrox
- GAUGE: Includes run timer
- FREE: This tracks calculations to allow switching between NORM and Free
The watch will let you switch between 24 on watch log dives but for more compatibility you can link in with Mac, Mobile, PC and the Cloud. Once you have figured out the fine details of the watch and you are ready to do more you can without having to jump up and buy a bigger, fancier watch. There are certain components that are free and then as you want that extra you can link in and access dive sites, different profiles, graphs and so much more!
This is a great watch for a great price that gives you all the functions and features that you will need to start diving and continue into a life long hobby or even career. There is also a 2 year warranty for peace of mind as well.
If you are an avid diver and are looking to splurge a little more with functions and features this will be the watch for you. The Oceanic VTX comes with it all. With each watch you will receive the watch of course, wireless transmitter, data transfer cable and a DVD explaining the dive computer along with USB, software and different manuals including the safety manual. You will also receive a lens protector and carrying case with 2 extra CR2 batteries which are very easy to switch out so there is nothing to worry about with tiny watch tools.
What is nice about the computer is that it has a high contrast OLED color screen that works great in the water the only down side is that when you are in the sunshine it can be hard to see even when the brightness is turned right up but it can drain the batteries faster. Other than that, once you are in the water day or night it is very clear and easy to see.
Just like with the Geo 2.0 it has all of the modes of operation that you will need and more including:
- Norm for Air and Nitrox
- Gauge: includes run timer
- Free Dive
- 3 axis digital compass
- Watch Function: Alternate Time, Chrono, Daily Alarm, Countdown Timer
You can also choose your algorithm for decompression between Pelagic DSAT* (spencer/Powell data basis or Pelagic Z+ (Buhlman ZHL-16C data Basis). It has modes with multiple gases and up to 4 Nitrox mixes.
One of the nicest features on this watch is that it has an automatic altitude compensation mechanism which compensates 2000 ft to 14,000ft giving adjusted no decompression times and depths and even automatically recalibrate the depth display for freshwater instead of saltwater.
The dive log on the watch has a capacity of 24 dives but with eDiverlog software you can do anything. Compatible with PC, Mac and iOS any computer system will work.
You get a maximum rate range from 11-30 FPM/ 21-60 FPM and an ascent max rate of 30 RPM. There is a deep stop countdown with timer. Good to 330 feet so your max depth will be deep and nothing to worry about.
For the price point you do get quite a lot more functions and features than other watches which makes it a great deal and really adds to your dive adventure.
A step up from the Geo 2.0 and one down from the VTX and right between that price point. Still with all the functions and features of the Geo 2.0 plus a little more. It started with the best seller of the OCS and has integrated to the incredible. To start you get to choose from 5 different color schemes that will match with anything and look great.
It is easy to use with 4 buttons to get you diving in a pinch. It has water activation or push button start to make life easier in all of your gear.
With most Oceanic products you get the exclusive dual algorithm choice between Pelagic DSAT (Spencer/Powell data basis) or the Pelagic Z+ (Buhlmann ZHL-16C data basis). Combining with the algorithm you can also distinguish between 4 gases and calculate your nitrogen during your free dives. This makes free diving safer knowing your rest times and recovery above the sea.
When you are under the water the advanced digital compass with North reference makes navigating a breeze! Once you are down there your max depth with the watch is 180 m so no problem there and then the Operating depth (norm) is 330 ft and 100 m. Operating depth (Gauge/Free dive mode) 495 ft (150 m).
You get an ascent rate range from 3,35 - 9 m/min and 6,4 - 18 m/min and an ascent rate max at 30 fpm (>60ft) / 9 m/min (>18m) and all with wireless air integrated technology.
Lets not forget that it is a functional watch as well including time zones, lap timer, daily alarm, countdown timer and so much more! This watch really can do everything and it looks great.
Oceanic Veo 3.0
The Oceanic Veo 3.0 comes in at a great price for recreational divers that have all the functions and features you will need to track your dives, 2 different algorithms, stop times and so much more. This watch is priced great for people who travel occasionally and don’t need to have all of the bells and whistles although there are still quite a few options.
You get the exclusive dual algorithm choice between Pelagic DSAT (Spencer/Powell data basis) or the Pelagic Z+ (Buhlmann ZHL-16C data basis). Also having 3 operating modes
- Norm: Air and Nitrox
- Gauge with run timer
- Free which tracks calculations and you can switch from Norm and Gauge modes
You can switch between 2 nitrox mixes up to 100% O2 with no restrictions and gas 1 may be up to 100% and may be less or greater than gas 2. That being said, there is a deep stop countdown timer with a 2 minute countdown at half your max depth for dives greater than 80 feet (25m) so it takes the guess work out of your enjoyment at the bottom of the sea. The flashing LED light makes it easy to see and hear for alarms and timers.
The cool feature with the Veo 3.0 is that it is a lightweight “hockey puck” shape that fits great on your wrist like a watch or you can interchange it with your console (just above). The console is sold separately but it is a very awesome feature.
Oceanic Pro Plus
To start this is not a watch, it is a full console that offers everything that the watches do and it is so easy to see! If you wear contacts or a prescription mask, you might not need to with this easy to read display of all your functions and features.
As it is hooked into your tank it gives you an instant update of all your critical details you will need. It shows your your Air, Nitrox and Gauge with a push of 2 buttons so there is no fumbling around with too many options and can be activated by push button or water activation down to a depth of 100m.
You can pre plan your dive sequence with a push button from 30-190ft (9-57m) and gives you a high O2 and CO2 warning making it safer than ever to dive.
This is a great product with lots of features that work well with your diving.
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30 day Gaurantee
That is a lot of information to take in... I get that. After reviewing everything, look back to the top about what you will need it for. That is your best bet. If you are looking more towards price, the Geo 2.0 and Veo 3.0 are great watches that offer a lot and will definitely do the trick for recreational and commercial divers but if you need that little more the VTX and OCi definitely do that, so just think about what you need and what you will use and have fun diving! If you don't like having a watch the Pro Plus is fantastic that does just the same as a watch.