A dive watch is no ordinary watch. It is a watch that’s made for a purpose. They are some of the toughest watches you’ll ever lay your hands on. They’ve been around for a long time, and they continue to generate interest even among those who are not professional divers.
To be classified as a Dive Watch, the watch has to adhere to a lot of specifications and certifications. In this article, I’ll take you through seven of the Best Dive Watches under $2000 that you can purchase right now! What I’ll also tell you is what makes a fantastic dive watch. Additionally, I’ve mentioned what are the things you should consider before selecting the one for you.
Remember, these are not the only watches that are amazing and great utility. Great dive watches can be availed at a couple of hundred dollars to up to thousands of dollars. It ultimately comes down to what works for you the best. I suggest you check out all the options below and the definitive guide to make the best investment for yourself.
With that clear, let us get right into it!
Since 1918, Citizen has innovated and improved the world of watches. The 102-year-old watch company is widely praised and renowned across the globe. About 80% of Citizen’s watches are ‘Eco-Drive’ meaning that they charge primarily by light and will never need batteries. Citizen also uses a unique, patented material in their watches called SuperTitanium, which is five times stronger than stainless steel while being 40% lighter.
Coming to the ‘Solarzilla’ model, this watch is a monster. I don’t think anything else will do justice to its abilities and size. For those who love huge watches, the 53mm diameter dial on this Citizen Promaster ‘Solarzilla’ is a treat. This watch is truly massive not just because of its dial but because of its 22mm thickness! With a dive rating of 1000m, this watch is made for serious divers. It is exceptionally durable and reliable underwater thanks to its big luminous markers. The glass is anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal, and the body is made from titanium.
On the whole, the BN7020-17E Solarzilla model is a tank made for the professional diver as a reliable backup to their Dive Computer in the modern world. It may come across as too big for regular wear but mind well, it was never made for it. It would come down to personal style if it would look good on your hands, but one thing is sure that the Citizen Promaster Eco-Drive ‘Solarzilla’ is excellent at what it is designed for. The price of this timepiece can range from 1200$ to $2200 depending on where you get it from.
Another over 140-year-old brand features next on our list. Davosa has a history that goes beyond 200 years. Since 1881, they’ve been creating exclusive timepieces. They are a company based in Switzerland, so you get the reliability of ‘Swiss Made’ watches with Davosa watches.
There are only 500 Davosa Ternos Professional “Black Suit” in the whole world, and that makes it a true collector’s watch. It comes in 2 variants, one completely black and another with a steel band and black dial. Fans of stealthy looking watches should definitely check this out. Along with its great looks, the Black Suit has a super-strong ceramic bezel and an easy to ready display with luminous hands. To add to the list of amazing things about this limited-edition timepiece is its dive rating. With certified 500m water resistance, you can really go to the depths with this dive watch. Even if you never plan to dive with it, it is a fantastic feat for a watch at this price point. It also comes with an automatic helium escape valve, imagine that at this price point!
I can only say good things about the Black Suit Limited Edition with just a $950 price-tag. Davosa gives you features that you would only find when you spend over $4000 but without the hefty expense. If you’re looking for a collector’s piece with mind-blowing features at an unbelievable price, this is the one for you.
Adding to the list of vintage brands on our list is Oris. The Swiss brand has been around since 1904. Oris is well for their innovative movements and excellent craftsmanship. Every Oris timepiece is made to last a lifetime and is designed with the highest standards. The ‘Swiss Made’ branding applies with Oris too, so quality is no issue.
Speaking of the Oris Aquis Small Second Date, it has a unique dial of all the watches on our list. The ‘Second Hand’ is placed in a sub-dial on the 9 o’clock position with the date on the 3 o’clock position. The movement is “Automatic winding small second, date developed by Oris.” I think now you understand why the watch has been given this name. The watch itself is made of stainless steel with sapphire glass domed on both sides. You can choose either a rubber band or stainless steel to go with your watch.
With water resistance up to 500m, Oris Aquis Small Second Date is a serious diver’s watch and a spectacular entry-level option. It comes with a 45.5 mm diameter dial so it does feel substantial on the hand, but it is well-proportioned. You can dress it up or take it scuba diving; the Oris can do both. At $1875, the Oris Aquis Small Second Date delivers tremendous value for an entry-level dive watch.
Another Swiss vintage brand on our list is Alpina. They’ve been pushing the quality in the watch business since 1883. Known for its durability, precision, design, and quality, Alpina is one of the oldest pioneers in the horological world.
Alpina is best known for creating the true ‘sports watch’, and that bleeds into the Seastrong Diver 300. Inspired by the Seastrong 10, it comes with a grey dial, grey bezel, and luminous white markings which make it easy to ready. The AL-525 (based on the Sellita SW 200-1) automatic movement is reliable and accurate. The leather strap gives it a hardy look but is actually soft to the touch. As for durability’s sake, the body is made of stainless steel with a titanium PVD coating, and the crystal is Sapphire. You don’t have to worry about damaging this one.
With a dial of 44m and an exposed back, the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 looks elegant on the hand. It is a solid watch for those who are looking for durability with style. Coming in at the price range of $1400, the Seastrong Diver 300 is a great entry-level diver’s watch.
Since its inception 25 years ago, Luminox has developed into the go-to for law enforcement divers. It has become the choice of NAVY SEALS, US Air Force, Coast Guard amongst others. Luminox was created with a vision to build tough watches that are always visible.
The Luminox Men’s Sea Scott Cassell Deep Dive is made for professional divers that explore the depth of the ocean. It is ISO 6425 certified and meets their high standards, ensuring superior quality. This timepiece is one of the best watches out of Luminox’s line-up and they have ensured that no stone remains unturned in the quality. It is built with stainless steel and comes in blue/white dial. One of the stand-out features is the double-coated sapphire crystal which is super tough. You can take this watch to up to 500m beneath and it’ll still survive. The crown is protected well with the crown-guard, so any mishaps with the crown are ruled out.
Though Luminox is based in the USA, their watches are ‘Swiss Made’ which means they are right up there in the quality standards with the Swiss watches. Readability, reliability, robustness, and quality. This is what you’ll be getting when you spend the $1900 on this particular Luminox timepiece. Overall, a great buy for those looking for all the features of a serious watch at an entry-level price!
Last on our list is a dive watch from the luxury brand Tag Heuer. With over 160 years into the business, Tag Heuer needs no introduction. They are known worldwide and are the official timekeeper for F1. They are deeply rooted in sports timing and especially automobile racing. But they are not certainly not limited to just that segment. Tag Heuer also made the first watch to be used in space and till date that watch is preserved at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Fascinating, isn’t it?
Let’s talk about the Aquaracer Calibre 5. It is probably the most luxurious-looking watch in this price segment. It really is a thing of beauty with multiple reviews online praising the look, feel, and quality of the watch. With a 41mm dial, it feels just right. Not too small, not too big. It is made from steel with a brushed/polished look with a ceramic turning bezel. It comes with multiple choices with regards to the bands and you can choose what you like the best.
The Aquaracer comes with automatic movement, a screw-on crown, and 300m water resistance. The watch looks so beautiful that you can dress it up and it is so well built that you can take it diving. You cannot go wrong if you choose to go with Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 at $1975. It is a watch you’ll cherish.
Seiko needs no introduction. Every watch enthusiast has owned a Seiko once in his lifetime. And therefore, it is no wonder that this 140-year-old brand shows up on our list. Seiko builds everything in-house, and that reflects in the quality of the watches that they create.
This particular Dive Watch is a re-interpretation of a very popular 1968 model, the Seiko 6159-7001. The Seiko Prospex SPB077J1 follows in the same footsteps with Automatic Movement (with manual winding capacity) and 200m water resistance. It claims an accuracy of +25 to -15 seconds per day with a duration of approx. 50 hours. On the exterior, it is made with Stainless steel with a super-hard coating. The bezel too is stainless steel. If you’re a fan of heavy watches, you’ll enjoy the feeling of wearing the Seiko Prospex SPB077J1 on your wrist. It weighs 184 g with a 44m dial, which makes it a delight for people that love big watches.
Overall, the Seiko Prospex SPB077J1 is an excellent buy for those who are looking to purchase a durable dive watch without spending a lot. It has a classic look with a robust feel, and you definitely would enjoy wearing it. The Seiko name adds to the appeal with its attractive price tag of just $950.
In conclusion, I’d like to tell you that although below $2000 is considered entry-level for Dive Watches, this price bracket does have some watches that deliver immense value for their price. Of course, if you can spend above $2000 on a dive watch, you should. They are a great investment and rarely lose their value. But in case you don’t plan to spend more than that, your best choice lies amongst the seven I’ve listed out for you.