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Best Dive Watch under $1000 in 2014

Updated on November 16, 2014

Check out Top Rated Dive Watches under $1000

Looking for the best dive watch under $1000? This lens will help you with choosing a top rated dive watch that has all the features you need. To start, as you probably know, the main feature of every dive watch is water resistance of (at least) around 100m (~330 ft). The most popular diver's watches have water resistance of about 200 to 300 m (660 to 980 ft). Of course if you need a watch that would be able to go much deeper, you'll also find dive watches that allow you to do that.

To look for the best watches for divers (especially scuba divers), you should know about the ISO 6425 standard. It defines what features should watches ready for diving with underwater breating apparatus (depths of min. 100 m (330 ft)) should have and what are the test standards for those watches. If a watch meets the requirements of ISO 6425, it's marked with the word DIVER'S. This way, it's easy to say whether a watch is suitable for scuba diving, or not. If you'd like to read more about ISO 6425 standard, check out Wikipedia.


Before you buy a dive watch

There are quite a few things you should know before choosing the best dive watch for your needs. The first and the foremost thing is that diver's watches have a ton of various features. Some people prefer quartz watches, other automatic ones. The size, shape and overall looks are also very important - most people use their dive watch as an everyday watch. Because of that, I won't list here every possible feature of every reviewed watch, just the most important ones that people find important. If you like how the watch looks like and it seems like a good choice for you, you need to check out other features (of course if you're interested in them) yourself.

You should also know a few things about various companies that manufacture watches for divers. There are two kinds of companies that produce dive watches: companies that specialize in equipment for divers (e.g. watches) and companies that manufacture all kinds of watches. Please note that there are also some companies that manufacture various sport watches and offer at least a few ones manufactured for professional divers, like Suunto D4.

If you'll choose a watch from one of those micro makers that specialize in diving gear, you can be pretty sure that it'll work when you'll be diving using scuba dive gear. Since those companies manufacture gear for the most demanding divers and professionals, many of those watches are expensive (like a few thousand dollars). Of course you should be able to find cheaper watches as well (below $500). You can find a list of those small companies specialized in diving equipment below.

Choosing a watch from a company that manufactures watches in general might be tricky. You need to find the ones that are really made for divers, not for people who are just going to the beach and swim in the ocean. Fortunately enough, I've made most of the research for you - I've chosen only the top rated dive watches, which were tested and reviewed by divers. The good thing about watches made by popular brands is that it's quite easy to find reviews and you can spot a poorly manufactured watch in no time. Hope that all the info I've gathered will help you with choosing the best possible dive watch that you'll love.

Small companies that specialize in diving watches

Here are the companies worth checking out if you're looking for the best dive watches made by specialized watch makers:

  • Deep Blue Watches
  • Armida Watches
  • Olivie Watch Company
  • Zenton Watches
  • Prometheus Watches
  • RedSea Dive Watches
  • Benarus Automatic Dive Watches

Victorinox Swiss Army Men's 241424 Dive Master 500 Watch

Victorinox Swiss Army Men's 241424 Dive Master 500 Watch is a water resistant at 500m dive watch that features depth measurement. As most dive watches, it's a pretty heavy one, but you should get used to it in no time, especially if you'll choose to wear it as an everyday watch.

Citizen Men's NH6931-06E 1000 Meter Professional Diver Automatic Watch

Citizen Men's NH6931-06E is an automatic (Amazon's specification is wrong) dive watch that offers water resistance to 1000m (3300 ft) and is great for people suffering from metal allergies. If you'll decide to spend your money on this watch, you'll find that it's well worth it. If you wouldn't like it as much as all the people that have bough it, you can always send it back.

Suunto D4
Suunto D4

Suunto D4

Suunto D4 is a watch designed strictly for divers. It makes logging diving really easy, even if you don't like to do it. It's lightweight, easy to use and the display is easy to read. While diving you'll be able to easily read your current depth, dive time and decompression status. It also features a built-in dive planner, so you can test your upcoming dives. It allows you to use Suunto software to transfer dive data to your PC for further analysis. If you're interested, you can read all the specs on Amazon.

Citizen Men's JV0030-01E Eco-Drive Black Imperial Dive Watch

Citizen Men's JV0030-01E Dive Watch is on of those watches made especially for divers. It has numerous diving features like time under water, current depth or temperature. As you can see on the right hand side, it's a finely detailed, pretty big watch. Many people use it as a back-up for their diving computer and they're pleased with it.

When it comes to the defects of the watch - it doesn't have a timer for land use and the alarms aren't as loud as they're supposed to. Because of, it won't work well as an alarm clock when you're travelling.

Citizen Men's BJ8050-08E Eco-Drive Professional Diver Black Rubber Strap Watch
Citizen Men's BJ8050-08E Eco-Drive Professional Diver Black Rubber Strap Watch

Citizen Men's BJ8050-08E Eco-Drive Professional Diver Black Rubber Strap Watch

Citizen Men's BJ8050-08E Eco-Drive Professional Diver Watch is a 300 m water resistant, pretty big and heavy (due to all the features required for diving with it) dive watch. Most people find it very solid, trustworthy and a great device that complements dive computer. It features an easy to read dial which glows brightly in the dark.

Citizen Men's BJ8050-08E Diver Watch is a dive watch that's both of great quality and inexpensive. That makes it a good choice for people just starting with scuba diving.

Invicta Men's 3044
Invicta Men's 3044

Invicta Men's 3044

Invicta Men's 3044 is a watch with Japanese automatic movement with water resistance of 1000 feet ( ~330 meters). It features a big face (case diameter is 49mm) and is easy to read in the dark. It's an inexpensive, pretty large and heavy watch that's great for a scuba diving fan or anyone who's looking for a classically styled water-resistant watch.

Invicta Men's 8926
Invicta Men's 8926

Invicta Men's 8926

Invicta Men's 8926 is a great choice if an affordable watch that can be used while diving is what you're really looking for. It's a watch with automatic movement and it has water resistance of 660 feet (~200 meters). It's a medium-sized watch looking pretty similar to the well-known Rolex Submariner. If you're looking for a great-looking watch that is water-resistant and inexpensive at the same time, this one is worth considering.

What's the best dive watch under $1000 in your opinion?

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      Dean 2 years ago

      Nice article. I wrote something similar on diving watches under $500.

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      BrianYoungBY LM 4 years ago

      Planning on buying a new dive watch for my next trip. A lot of good recourse here.

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      alicialoyd 4 years ago

      These are so cool! Want to have one.

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      thebestwetsuit 4 years ago

      They all look great!

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      ScubaJosh 4 years ago

      Suunto D4 is the best as you get all the features you need in a cheap compact watch!

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      hyperbaricchamber 4 years ago

      Citizen Men's JV0030-01E Eco-Drive Black Imperial Dive Watch

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      mrsztuczkens 4 years ago

      @dainthedude: Thanks, I hope that the watch works well for you!

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      dainthedude 5 years ago

      As an avid spear fisher, I actually own a Swiss dive master. Nice article!