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How To Pick A Good Dive Watch For Men

Updated on March 16, 2014

High Value For Money Invicta Dive Watch

Invicta Men's F0003 Reserve Collection Venom Chronograph Gunmetal Ion-Plated Watch
Invicta Men's F0003 Reserve Collection Venom Chronograph Gunmetal Ion-Plated Watch

At an affordable price tag , this Invicta F0003 Venom Reserve Chronograph is a good value for your money because it has the characteristics of much expensive watches such as impressive water resistance(a defining feature for dive watch) up to a depth of 1000 metres(3280 feet) and being labelled Swiss on the dial face are clearly indicative of a well made and sturdy watch. In addition, it features a unidirectional bezel ion plated and screwed down crown and pushers for the chronograph subdials.

 

Minimum Qualifying Characteristics Of A Dive Watch

1)Water resistance level up to 200m equivalent to 660 feet deep.

2)Crown and pushers , if it is also a chronograph , are screwed down. Case back is screwed down too.

3)Unidirectional rotating bezel in 60 minutes timing scale with luminescent markers

4)Clear legibility with large hands and hour markers

5)Generous dial illumination for dark or dim light conditions

6)Corrosion resistance for bezel, case and bracelet or straps

7)Watch bracelet or straps should fit securely over a dive suit

A Dive Watch Has 7 Essential Basic Characteristics

To be effective and functional as a dive watch, it is important to possess these seven essential basic characteristics of standard features for safe and enjoyable diving expeditions.Regardless whether it is just shallow diving or more challenging deep sea diving, safety for divers and enjoyment in the excitement of diving activities are all the times top priority in every diver's mind.

Beside counting on these basic characteristics of a dive watch, one important factor that invariably influences the selection of a good dive watch has to be dependant upon the budget a person is ready to spend on his dive watch. There are just too many excellent diving watches of different watch brands with varied designs , stylish appearances and features to choose from. With a budget in mind, you just need to choose from a range of dive watches that meets your price and also no problem having the minimum standard features. Now, dive watches can be easily categorized into different price range attributed to the watch brands and features in these diving watches.

In fact, even though having your budget set for your dive watch purchase, it is still easily overwhelmed by the many choices available for you in each watch brand's collection of this kind of sporty watches. Hence, in the end, it is still the decision of personal preferential style and taste that make a choice in the selection.

1)Water Resistance

Athough the basic characteristics of dive watch are all important standard features, the water resistance is the most fundamental characteristic for a dive watch. It must be water resistant at minimum 200 metres depth below sea surface . In fact , a true dive watch has to meet the requirements set in ISO 6425-a certified international standard for compliant dive watches.. One of the criteria stated is about water resistance compliance by 25% higher than the marking of manufacturers, meaning to say that the dive watch has to pass the lab test of 250 metres depth if it is stated be be 200 metres depth by the manufacturer.

To achieve the requirements of water resistance more than 200 metres up to 1000 metres, the entire structure of the watch has to be very strong to withstand the intense pressure on the diving watch.

The watch case and bracelet are made up of surgical grade 316L stainless steel for strength and corrosion resistance too . Since the crown, pushers for chronograph watches and case back are most vulnerable points to water, they are required to be screwed down for secure watertight and lined with good gaskets to seal them.

5 Stars Rating -Invicta Mens 10805 Venom Reserve

Invicta Men's 10805 Venom Reserve Chronograph Black Textured Dial Stainless Steel Watch
Invicta Men's 10805 Venom Reserve Chronograph Black Textured Dial Stainless Steel Watch

Invicta mens 10805 Venom Reserve is a mid-size chronograph dive watch that features a 45mm wide and 18mm thick solid stainless steel case with a blue ion plated unidirectional rotating ratcheting bezel and a textured screw down crown with function pushers.

Invicta 10813 is powered by an accurate Swiss Quartz chronograph movement. This stylish watch also features black textured dial with blue and white hands and hour markers along with the chronograph and date display functions, scratch resistant flame fusion crystal, and such impressive water resistance to 1000 meters. Invicta 10805 is equipped with a 22mm wide stainless steel bracelet with a fold over clasp with safety.

 

Gorgeous Dive Watch-Invicta 10805 Venom Reserve

2)Screwed Down Feature For Crown, Pushers And Case Back

To achieve the requirements of water resistance more than 200 metres up to 1000 metres, the entire structure of the watch has to be very strong to withstand the intense pressure on the dive watch. Since the crown, pushers for chronograph watches and case back are most vulnerable points to water, they are required to be screwed down for secure watertight and lined with good gaskets to seal them.

3)Unidirectional Rotating Bezel

A classic analog dive watch should include a unidirectional rotating bezel with timing scale of 60 minutes and a bold, luminous marker at the "Zero" or 12 o'clock position. Such a bezel provides another "dial" for measuring elapsed dive time, up to 60 minutes, which is readable at a glance. Prior to any diving session, the Zero is aligned with the minute hand to measure the time elapsed that can be easily read on the bezel.The fact that it must be unidirectional because if there is any unintentional turning of the bezel, the time elapsed measurement can only be read as shorter time so that the diver has to prepare to ascend to the surface earlier . This is a very important characteristic to ensure the safety of the diver so that he does not overstay under the sea.

Attractive Invicta Dive Watch

Invicta Men's 0361 Reserve Collection Venom Chronograph 18k Rose Gold-Plated Stainless Steel Watch
Invicta Men's 0361 Reserve Collection Venom Chronograph 18k Rose Gold-Plated Stainless Steel Watch

A good value for money dive watch with water resistance of 1000 metres. Strongly built with Swiss Made label. 18 K gold plated stainless steel case with polyurethane strap . It is with chronograph functions and those pushers and crown are all screwed down. The dial is made of carbon black fiber with rose gold tone hands and hour markers all luminuous. The black bezel is unidirectional and rotating anti clockwise. It is a big watch and heavy to give a very bold look. If not for diving activities, this watch is attractive for daily wear too that is sure to bring many compliments and conversation starters.

 

Invicta Mens 0361 Venom Reserve Chronograph

4)Characteristic of Clear Legibility

A dive watch must be easy to read in simplicity at a glance. The hands and hour markers and the dial face and the bezel are to be well illuminated in no light or dim light conditions. Optimally, the individual hands are big and broad for easy distinguishing.

Diameter Of Invicta 0361 Venom Reserve

5)Generous Dial Illumination In Complete Dark Or Dim Conditions

A dive watch is essentially equipped with easy to read luminescent dial with the tritnite hands and hour markers. In fact, it is required that the dive watch is readable at ease at 25 cm away even in complete darkness.

6)Characteristic Of Corrosion Resistance

One of the important basic characteristic of a dive watch is the using of superb corrosion resistant materials in its construction of case, bezel and bracelet. To be durable in frequent contact and immersion in salt water or sea water, the resilient materials should be one of those surgical grade 316L stainless steel , titanium or ceramics and rubber/polyurethane for straps/bracelets.

7)Characteristic For Dive Watch Bracelet Or Strap

The bracelet or strap for a dive watch should have the features that characterize below :-

a)Lasting and durable

b)Corrosion resistance

c)band to be made of rubber, nylon , stainless steel or titanium-the choice is of personal preference.

d)Concealed extendable deployment clasp that allows the dive watch strap to be extended.to fit over a dive suit


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Dive Watch-It Is A Personal Choice

By checking on these basic characteristics of standard features for dive watches, it cannot go wrong to get a true and functionally good dive watch. For a specific model of dive watch selection, it really has to follow one's budget and personal taste. However, with the wide ranging designs of Invicta dive watches offered with quality at affordable prices, it is sure that you can pick a good diving watch that meets your budget and style especially if you are into big watches and solidly heavy types.

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      Taranwanderer 

      3 years ago

      A good diving watch - there are so many of them it's hard to choose.

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      Sara Johnson 

      3 years ago from United States

      That Venom Chronograph gunmetal Invicta is an absolute beauty! My hubby has two Invictas from the Bolt Collection, but maybe its time to check out some other imprints. http://pinstor.us/2014/04/22/quality-invicta-watch...

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