The Best Men's Dive Watches for Under... Part 1
The best men's dive watch for under 50 dollars
This spot was supposed to be taken by the watch that appears on the 5 best men's watches under 50 dollars list, the Momentum, but that watch has been price creeping and is now selling for 100 dollars. So, instead I will give the nod to Vostok. You can never go wrong by strapping a tank to your wrist.
The Vostok Amphibia is a tough watch. I have talked to people about their Vostoks, who have said they would be willing to throw it off a roof, or run it over, they are so confident that the watch would continue to work. It is the first thing that grabbed my attention with Vostok.
This Amphibia sports a 41mm Stainless steel case, with the crown at the 3 o'clock position. The case has a pillow shape. There is a functional dive bezel. The watch face is black and uses indexes for the hour markers. There is a date window at the 3 o'clock position, and the hands are polished steel. The band of the watch is 3 link, stainless steel style with a folding clasp.
The movement for the Amphibia is a 2416B, automatic. It is a 31 jewel movement with a 33 hour power reserve. It is a decent little movement, especially at the price point we are covering with this dive watch.
The watch can be found in a few places. You can get it on amazon, but I personally would suggest you try a different location. Maybe Chistopolcity.com would be my first suggestion. There are several different versions of this watch that vary in iprice from about 50-65 dollars.
The best men's dive watch for under 100 dollars
The Torpedo has a 44.15mm stainless steel case, with a crown at the 4 o'clock position. Putting the crown at the 4 o'clock position minimizes the dig that you can sometimes feel when the crown is located at the 3 o'clock position, especially with some of the bigger watches. The bezel is a functional, bi-directional bezel. The face is black with indexes marking the hours and minutes of the watch. The watch has a date window located at the 3 o'clock position. The hands are black with lumination on the ends. It utilizes a Japanese quartz movement (Miyota). There is also lumination on the indexes. The band is a Nato Nylon strap with a buckle style clasp.
This watch can usually be found for right around 100 dollars through online retailers. It is a quality and tough little watch for under 100 dollars.
The best men's dive watch for under 200 dollars
The Seiko Series 5 line of watches are some of my favorite, lower priced watches. They are well built and they have been in production for a very long time. They have automatic movements, they have day and date windows, and overall, they are just great little watches.
The Series 5 Marine is no exception. It has a 44mm stainless steel case, with a crown at the 3 o'clock position, that has a guard around it. The stainless steel has been blacked out on this watch. The bezel is a functional dive bezel. The face of the watch is black with large, indexed hour markers. all imbued with lumination. The watch has a day/date window located at the 3 o'clock position. The watch hands are over sized, and also imbued with lumination. The band is stainless steel, with a folding style clasp.
The movement for the is a Seiko 4R36 automatic. It is a 24 jewel movement with 41 hours of power reserve. It runs at 21,600 bph. These are nice movements for the price. And Seiko has a great history with their movements.
The Seiko Marines I have been able to find, have been for around 165 dollars through online retailers. They are a great purchase, in my mind. But I do have an affinity to the Series 5 watches.
The best men's dive watch for under 500 dollars
Orient watches, in my mind, are some of the finest Japanese watches around. Of course, there is Seiko and Citizen, and I would put Orient in the same category as those two companies, as far as quality of product. They are an old time company that has been making watches for a very long time.
The M-Force Delta watch is one of Orients' contribution to the Dive watch world. It has a 49mm stainless steel case, with a crown at the 3 o'clock position. It has a 120 click, fully functional, unidirectional dive bezel, in black stainless steel. The lens is sapphire crystal, The dial face itself is also black with luminscent hour markers, in the indexed style. The hands are easy to read and also imbued with luminance. There is a date window at the 3 o'clock position and a power reserve meter located at the 12 o'clock position. The band is stainless steel and has a folding style clasp.
The movement is a Orient 40NSA hacking, automatic movement. It has a 40 hour power reserve. It is a 21 jewel movement that runs at 21,600 bph, it has hacking second and hand wind option. It is an in-house movement. It is a great complement to the form and function of the watch. It may be the most well rounded dive watch on this list.
The M-Force can usually be had for around 350 dollars on most online retail sites. It is well below the 500 dollar price point, and gives you a great little (or, not so little) dive watch that should give you years of great operation.
The best men's dive watch for under 1000 dollars
Citizen watches, quite honestly, do not get enough love on the best men's watches under blog. They make great watches with great technology, for great prices. This ProMaster Aqualand Depth Meter, is a perfect example of some of the wonderful options you can get from Citizen watches.
The Watch, first off, is huge. It is a 53mm stainless steel, cased watch with the crown at the 4 o'clock position. It has two other buttons at the 8 o'clock position and the 10 o'clock position. They are related to depth meter. There is also a water pressure sensor at the 9 o'clock position. Giving this watch one of the most busiest outer edges I have seen on a non chronograph watch. The bezel is a fully functional dive bezel, and the lens is a anti-reflective mineral crystal. The face of the watch is black, and the hours are marked with index marks. There is a depth meter inner ring with arabic numerals. There is a date window at the 3 o'clock position. The hour hand is white, with luminous material imbued. The minute hand is red with a luminous tip. The second hand is red, and the dept meter hand is blue with luminous material imbued into it as well. The band of the watch is polyurethane, with a buckle style clasp.
The movement it the Promaster is a Eco-Drive J250. It is pretty impressive. It utilizes the Eco-drive technology, meaning it is a solar powered watch. It is a quartz movement, and it includes a depth meter. It has date as well.
This watch can usually be had for around 750 dollars. It is a whole lot of watch for the price. It is not every day you find a sub-1000 dollar watch with a depth meter in it. And although that most professional divers will have a dive computer to provide that information, it never hurts to have a second source of information.