If you’re someone who likes to dive, you may be a little hesitant to take your watch underwater. In fact, you may have tried this before and found that when it comes to immersion, watches are certainly not created equal. But there are many diving watches out there that are both durable and luxurious, and can stand up to the rigors of an active diver. Thanks to modern materials and construction techniques, you can find a number of watches out there with ratings of 20ATM or more that won’t run you the cost of a new rig. Today, we’re going to give you seven great diving watches you can find for under $1000.
Nixon’s 51-30 Watch
This Swiss-made watch has a 300 meter / 30ATM rating, and with its 51mm watch face and large markings, it remains easy to read under water. The watch’s analog tide subdial is easy to adjust, and there is a double-locking clasp for extra security and durability. The crown is positioned at the 9 and the pusher at the 8 for easy and comfortable use. This watch is a great balance of function, durability, style, and affordability.
Bulova Men’s Chronograph Watch
This reasonably-priced watch has a 30ATM rating and a sporty aesthetic. The watch case is fashioned from stainless steel with a rotating black bezel, and a silicone rubber strap with adjustable buckle. It is 43mm with luminescent numbers and hand-dials, and a window made from glare-reducing sapphire crystal for peak visibility and readability. The high accuracy quartz inside the watch vibrates at a frequency of 262 kHz, allowing it not only to keep better time but to also feature a much-coveted sweeping second hand.
Invicta Grand Diver Automatic
This beautiful watch has prong-set diamonds and an iridescent mother-of-pearl dial. Together with a gold tone and Trinite-bright numbers and hands, this is easily one of the most fashion-savvy diving watches you’ll find, and all without a luxury price tag. This watch has a 30ATM rating, meaning that it is extremely durable and water-resistant even at great depths. The bracelet of the watch is polished and brushed, and it is smoothed down so that there is no friction-burn against your wrist.
Nixon x Darth Vader Super Unit LTD
This watch is low-price, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it is low-quality. Termed “Darth Vader” because of its sith-inspired exterior, this Nixon watch has a 20ATM rating. It has a 10-year battery life as well, and the case is co-molded polycarbonate with a stainless steel raised bezel that protects the crystal from damage. Its LCD digital module is encased within protective Poron for shock and damage resistance, making it a great buy for Star Wars fans and hobby divers alike.
Zeno Men’s 6492BK-A1M Divers Black Quartz Dial Watch
This watch is made of black PVD-coated stainless steel for superior durability and decreased wear-and-tear on its metal parts — the same coating used with various military equipment to prolong the life of working parts in harsh and impactful conditions. This watch uses a Swiss automatic movement and has a unidirectional rotating stainless steel bezel and a sapphire crystal. It has a 20ATM rating, and it’s large and easy-to-read white-on-black numbers and markings allow you to keep time on your dives.
The Dutch Harbor Watch
Made by Filson, a well-known watch company, this watch is inspired by the first diving watches that came out in the 1950s. However, there’s nothing old about this watch with regards to technology. This 43mm brushed stainless steel watch has a 30ATM rating, with Swiss LumaNova accents that make for enhanced readability even at darker depths. An added safety feature shows that additional time has elapsed if the watch is accidentally bumped during a dive. The watch is powered by the Shinola Argonite quartz movement — built to last.
Deep Blue Pro Tac Diver Automatic
With a large 45mm watch face and has an incredible 100 ATM rating, this is a watch that was built for use during even deep and extended dives. Made in Hong Kong, this watch has a round, silver-tone case and a molded strap that will provide a comfortable, secure fit. The watch has a unidirectional rotating bezel and a helium release valve to depressurize the watch during deep, extended dives. There are luminous accents for the hour markers, allowing you to see the numbers easily no matter how dark your surroundings. This sporty, durable watch is great for divers of varying levels of skill — from the amateur dabbler to the professional.