If you check into Watchuseek regularly you may have seen one or two articles relating to the best dive watches to take on vacation before. You may wonder why we keep running new articles on the same old subject.
The reason is, dive watches, like sharks, have to keep moving forward in order to stay alive. Dive watches need upgrades, famous dive watches are constantly tweaked and improved, exciting new limited editions are brought out, while others we once recommended may be discontinued. So, it’s vital we keep our dive watch buying guides regularly refreshed so you can invest in a diver that is bang up to date and offering what we believe to be good value for money. Let’s take a look at what’s available for 2019. Prices are in ascending order.
Let’s start with a solid reliable Seiko diver that won’t let you down on land or on sea, and won’t break the bank if you happen to lose it. It runs on the Seiko Caliber S7S36 23-jewel automatic (self-winding) movement. This 42mm stainless steel watch is water resistant to 100 meters. It features a Day/Date window at 3 o’clock and a recessed crown (for added protection). There are large lumed circular hour markers, with bars at 6 and 9 o’clock and the double triangle at 12.
How much? US$220.00
The Seiko SRPB99 series is a modern reissue of the extremely popular ‘Samurai’, first produced from 2004-2008. The Samurai was originally nicknamed by Seiko fans due to the samurai sword shape of the hands. Seiko refreshed the Samurai in 2017 with the SRPB5x series. The hands are now larger and more visible, with the hour hand changed to an arrow to make it more easily distinguished from the minute hand. The overall look falls in line with the Prospex brand, but this timeless watch has the classic vacation vibe.
How much? Around $315.00
Famous for their Swiss pen knives, Victorinox also makes excellent quality watches. The Swiss-made Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Mechanical model runs on a tried and tested ETA 2824-2 movement. The case is solid stainless steel, with brushed and polished finishes. It’s fitted with a sapphire crystal front and back, a unidirectional rotating bezel, screw down crown and screw down case back, as well as water resistance to 100 meters, it may not sound a lot, but your ears will know about it if you try going much deeper! The watch offers good low light visibility from the luminous hands, hour markers, and even graduations on the rotating bezel. The date window is at 6 o’ clock.
How much? US$458
Promaster is Celebrating its 30th anniversary so Citizen has brought out new models for 2019 covering Air, Land, and Sea. This brand-new divers Aqualand model is compliant with ISO and JIS*7, and the watch features water resistance to 200 meters. It also displays time and depth of up to 70m simultaneously in analog. There’s a power reserve indicator, dive alarm for excess speed while ascending, water sensor, screw-locking crown, screw-locking buttons and of course 120-click unidirectional bezel. It features large hands filled with luminescent material and uses two colors for ease of reading: green for the time and blue for the depth indicators. This special edition is limited to only 1,989 pieces worldwide.
How much? US$975.00
EDOX SHARKMAN I LIMITED EDITION
Last year we recommended the Sharkman II Limited Edition, but now EDOX has revamped the original. It’s dedicated to Edox watch ambassador Christian Redl, who is also known as ‘The Sharkman’. The Sharkman 1 Limited Edition comes with a choice of black rubber or nylon fabric strap and is the perfect, rugged timepiece for all water-borne activities. Water resistant to 500 meters, and running on a Swiss quartz Edox 102 movement, by wearing the Sharkman 1 Limited Edition you, too, can play a part in spreading the message to help save the shark from the planet’s deadliest predator – man.
How much? Around US$1,740
The Doxa 1200T combines the look and feel of the original SUB300 Conquistador, with the high quality and reliability of a modern DOXA SUB. At just over 42 mm in diameter, the DOXA SUB1200T Professional is the ideal option for those looking for a more traditional, smaller sized DOXA SUB. The watch is 100% Swiss-made with a self-winding movement, and like the original, it features DOXA’s patented no-decompression dive table bezel.
How much? $1,898.00
RADO TRADITION CAPTAIN COOK MKII
The Rado Captain Cook MK II has been given a 21st-century update. It’s relevant, recognizable, still appealingly retro and clearly Rado. With a 37 mm case, distinctive detailing and a choice of easily interchangeable straps – metal rice grain and textile NATO – it’s water-resistant to 22 bar and brings Rado’s pioneering early ‘60s design right up to date. Kit includes a strap changing tool.
How much? US$2,500.00
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