Men’s Very Cool Dive Watches
Ok…so it’s cold as hell outside… you got the perfect lady that you want to take to the Bahamas or whatever ridiculous resort…and you are either gonna go snorkeling or diving to impress her. You may want to slap one of these dudes on your wrist!
Dive watches are one of the staple watch styles that have been around since the 1950s. These watches are often chunky and bold, in part for aesthetics, and in part for their need to withstand the extreme pressures with traveling well below the water’s surface. Looks wise,a dive watch is easy to spot. A moveable bezel, typically external, is crucial. These are typically a 60-minute ring that can be used to time everything from how long you’re underwater, right down to how long you’ve been waiting for a taxi. Next, its markers and hands are big, easy to read, and have some sort of luminous material applied to them. As you head underwater, things can get dark in a hurry — and if your watch has no glow, it’ll be useless in no time
Deep Blue NATO Diver 300 Automatic
Powered by a bulletproof Seiko NH36 automatic movement, this deep blue automatic watch is a great no-frills diver that’s built like a tank. Its overall design is loosely based on the classic Seiko SKX007, though it boasts bonus features like a sapphire crystal, a 300-meter dive rating, and a much more pronounced 44-millimeter case size. If your wrists can take the bigger case, this is a solid pick that’s still quite the bargain!
Citizen Blue Promaster Diver
UNDER $200 BUCKS
Citizen has long been Seiko’s main competitor, offering budget-friendly watches of all shapes and sizes that match their rival in terms of both pricing and quality. Powered by Citizen’s Eco-Drive line of quartz movements that draws energy from the sun, this is a classic example of the same Promaster diver that Citizen has been building for ages. At 42 millimeters, this is a comfortably sized watch for both smaller and larger wrists.
Seiko Prospex SRP775
UNDER $4OO BUCKS!
A classic design based on one of Seiko’s highly collectible vintage divers, the Seiko 6309, this new SRP775 — and its black and white sibling the SRP777 (also known as “the turtle”) — has immediately become the new Seiko that every watch enthusiast must own. This is a clean and simple dive watch with a killer vintage case shape that, much like a long legacy of Seiko divers, will be a trusted workhorse that you can expect to live in your collection for decades.
Doxa SUB 1200T Professional
Save up your allowance for this baby! While the Oris above is designed to be an aesthetically pleasing watch that can handle going underwater, DOXA’s entire watch line is designed from the ground up as a professional diving tool that just happens to be pretty pleasing to look at. The 1200T is rated for a 1,200-meter diving depth, though unlike any of the affordables that reach anywhere near that spec, the DOXA is a relatively compact and slender watch. Compared to others in the industry, this 42-millimeter diver is sized more like your average watch that can only handle 200 or 300 meters in depth. This is available with a black or blue dial, but the bright orange is a true brand trademark.