While the latest and greatest in dive computers has changed the world of diving safety forever, it hasn’t managed to sink the popularity of the traditional dive watch.
Much like their go anywhere attitude, dive watches are well, quite simply timeless.
Years ago, these critical lifelines kept track of things like decompression periods, bottom time, safety stops, remaining cylinder air, etc. If you wanted to keep the grim reaper at bay, there was no better way to do it.
Though, divers weren’t the only ones who coveted the charm of these cool men’s fashion accessories. Even the super spy James Bond wanted a piece of the iconic style, sporting a Rolex Submariner 6538 in Goldfinger. Today, the watch claims the title of being known as “The Bond Submariner”.
Speaking of Rolex, you might be surprised to know they sent one of their timepieces into the Challenger Deep at a staggering depth of 11,000 meters back in 2012. Currently, it’s the deepest known point in the entire planet. How cool is that?
With that said, if you are considering adding a dive watch to your collection there are a few good things to know. First and foremost, 200 meters of water resistance is the mark that separates this timepiece design from all the others. (Though not all agree, with some claiming 100 meters otherwise.)
Second, a dive watch will feature things like a unique bezel design that acts as a dive timer. In the event it is brushed up against something unexpectedly, it will only turn in a single direction. Thus, showing more time has elapsed to prevent a deadly, miscalculated air supply.
You’ll often also find illuminated hands and dials alongside a colorized 15 minute marker on the bezel for safety stops while ascending. Though rare and quite uncommon, the crème de crème dive watches can feature helium escape valves. Lastly, stainless steel, titanium and rubber are considerably common, which is a given when it comes to the much needed corrosion resistance.
Go ahead and explore the allure of these underwater beauties with the top 40 best dive watches for men below.
Bell & Ross Marine Automatic BR0292 Carbon Pro
This Bell & Ross watch arrives with some interesting design notes that are very aesthetically pleasing. Of particular note is the sleek black band that beveled edge that looks at once angular and sleek. The body of their latest auomaticMarine watch itself is similarly angled, but also features some rounded curves and visible bolting that looks incredible attractive.
Breitling SuperOcean Chronograph M2000
Breitling’s Superocean line of watches is probably one of their most popular wristwear lines. The strap on this dive watch is rubber so that it is pliable as your dive. The M2000 timepiece’s body is also crafted of stainless steel that is strong enough to take some damage. Combine this with the superquartz level of accuracy and you’ve got a winning watch.
Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Automatic
Simply move your arm and an automatic watch like the Cartier Calibre will automatically wind itself. As a result, no internal battery is needed, which reduces the overall carbon footprint of the watch. Design-wise, this watch has a gold plated stainless steel body and a studded rubber strap. It’s also excellent underwater; it’s able to withstand depths up to 300 meters.
Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver
This Cartier watch self winds through natural movement. As a timepiece, this watch has a powerful design with roman numerals on a black face. Its body is comprised of durable stainless steel and it even includes a date calendar. When it comes time to swim, this watch can dive as deep as 300 meters.
Casio MDV106 1AV 200m Duro Analog
A stunning men’s diving watch doesn’t have to break the bank. This Casio MDV106 has a lot going for it in the looks and design departments. The face is comprised of mineral glass and the band is made of black resin. When it comes to function, this excellent timepiece can accompany you on 200 meter dives.
Citizen BJJ805008E Eco Drive Professional Diver
If you’re looking for a stylish dive watch that’ll also look great during a night on the town, then the Citizen’s BJ8050 will meet your needs deftly. There’s zero winding since this timepiece uses Citizen’s light powered Eco-Drive system. On top of all of this, you can even take this beauty to a depth of 300 meters.
Citizen Eco Drive Analog
Citizen’s Eco-Drive draws power for its power cells through almost any form of light. This amazing technology provides continuous power for this stunning watch and its Japanese quartz movement ensures its accurate timekeeping. This watch has a unique “sun ray” face design and a strong, yet flexible rubber band. The maximum depth for this watch is 300 meters.
Citizen Eco Drive BN015109L Promaster
Light powers this Promaster Eco-Drive Diver watch so that your carbon footprint is diminished. Aesthetically, this watch has a unique design with a navy blue band that’s striking. It has a similarly blue face under a mineral dial window and a stainless steel body. This watch can also operate at depths of 300 meters.
Citizen Eco Drive BN202901E Promaster Aqualand
Citizen’s Eco-Drive Aqualand generates power through ambient light. This Eco-Drive watch has a unique design that draws attention to the product’s large external dials. The synthetic band buckles neatly and fits snugly during a dive of up to 200 meters. The watch has numerous settings and its face is set under a mineral dial window.
Citizen Promaster Diver Quartz Stainless Steel And Polyurethane
Style and panache are key features of any timepiece, even a diving watch. This watch’s polyurethane strap is very unique-looking. As a Eco-Drive product, this diving watch only needs natural or artificial light to operate. For accuracy, the watch uses Japanese quartz movement and features a metallic black face set in a stainless steel body.
Invicta 8932OB Pro Diver
The pearlescent design of this Invicta watch looks beautiful in any light. Its body is comprised of brushed stainless steel that extends throughout the band. Security is important on dives, so it’s refreshing that Invicta used a safety clasp system that’s one of the most secure on the market. This quartz accurate watch can operate at depths of 200 meters.
Invicta 9404SYB Pro Diver
This watch has some great design like the rotating bezel which has a dual color design that’s black on top and red on the bottom. The entirety of the watch and band is comprised of durable stainless steel and the watch can operate at a depth of 200 meters.
Invicta 18023SYB Pro Diver Stainless Steel
Note the black and white design of this stylish watch and you’ll realize that this is a great diving watch to take on a dinner date. Invicta included hyper-accurate Japanese quartz movement in the design of this Pro Diver watch. It has a honeycombed white face that rests beneath a synthetic sapphire window. This Invicta watch can be used at depths of 100 meters.
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Galapagos Islands IW379502
Meet the stunning and charming Galapagos Islands Chronograph. This self winding dive watch by world-renowned IWC provides the ultimate in convenience and design. It winds through the movement of your arm and has quality features like a chronograph and a date calendar. The main window is synthetic sapphire and the watch, while comprised of stainless steel, has a primarily black coloration.
IWC IW376705 Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands
Deep-diving is made much simpler with this elegant IWC Auatimer chronograph edition dive watch. It will continue to operate at a depth of 300 meters and will look great when you’re just running errands too. It has black accents throughout its design and has great durability with a stainless steel body and a sapphire crystal window.
Luminox’s latest Navy Seal Dive WAtch features hyper-accurate quartz movement and an operational depth of 200 meters. The case is made of durable polyurethane and the strap is made of strong rubber. The rotating bezel has a great looking matte black design that is very attractive.
Marathon WW194006 GSAR Swiss Made Military Issue
Swiss made watches are the timepieces that are universally loved. Marathon has done a great job with this military issue timepiece. The watch is also able to be submerged to a depth of 300 meters. Additionally, the watch has a unique feature – tritium gas tubes that glow in low-light situations.
Omega 25945200 Seamaster 300m Chrono Diver
This is the perfect timepiece for extended diving and ocean exploration. Not only does it work well at depths of 300 meters, but it also has a great Seamaster construction that is designed to be scratch resistant and strong. It even has Swiss automatic movement.
Omega 21330424001001 Seamaster 300m Chrono Diver
Omega has outdone themselves with this handsome Seamaster timepiece. The Seamaster is one of their more famous lines of watches and this device lives up to its reputation. It can operate at depths of 300 meters, has a chronometer for dive timekeeping, and has a durable all-stainless steel construction.
Omega 23230462101001 Seamaster
Designed to be the ultimate dive watches, Omega’s Seasmaster timepieces have a iconic legacy. This watch has a durable sapphire face and a stainless steel body that will protect it from almost any underwater environment. While you’re down there, you’ll be pleased to know that this watch works fine up to depths of 300 meters.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
This Seamaster is unique due to the fact that its rotating bezel is colored orange. This unique design note really works well visually with the watch’s stainless steel construction. The black face has additional orange highlights and is set under a scratch resistant sapphire window.
This Swiss-designed timepiece has beautiful lines drawn on its face that might remind you of Galileo’s sketches. This watch tracks the phases of the moon and also has Swiss automatic movement for accuracy. Amazingly, this stainless steel watch can operate at a depth of over 900 meters.
The brushed titanium face and the black rubber band of this Panerai Luminor watch gives it a simple yet, elegant look that is complete with a bezeled edge. The hands and hour markers are luminescent, and the face is both anti-reflective and scratch resistant. It is water resistant up to 300 meters.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Deepsea 116660
Nothing quite says quality like the name Rolex. The Perpetual Deepsea line is one of the greatest lines of dive watches on the market today. This variant of the Perpetual Deepsea has a black and silver face and a stainless steel body that’s designed to be durable. It can even be used at depths of 3900 meters.
Rolex Submariner Automatic Blue Dial Oyster 18k Solid Gold
Frankly put, there is no watch quite as iconic as the Rolex Submariner. This luminescent watch has design notes that are one-of-a-kind. These include an 18k solid gold body, a bevel and face that are submariner blue, and a main dial that’s stamped with the imperious Rolex logo.
Seiko Divers Automatic Deep Blue Dial
This watch will blow away your expectations when it comes to design. It has a blue and red bezel coloration that looks great on any wrist, and also has a hardlex crystal face that is very resistant to scratching. As a dive watch, you can go to a depth of 200 meters with this timepiece by Seiko.
Seiko SSC017 Prospex Solar
Seiko has a long tradition of crafting premium watches with quality design aesthetics. Their SSC017 solar dive watch only needs sunlight for power and features a black and navy blue bezel that is stylish and functional. Additional design notes include a stainless steel construction and accurate Japanese quartz movement.
Seiko SSC021 Solar Diver Chronograph
This 200 meter depth diving watch has a great design that’s indicative of Seiko’s commitment to aesthetics and function. The band is made of a sleek, yet durable rubber that feels comfortable on the wrist, even during a dive. Also, this watch features quartz movement for excellent accuracy.
Stuhrling Original Aquadiver Regatta Analog Link Bracelet
Blue accents and a stainless steel body provide a stellar aesthetic for this water resistant timepiece. As a matter of fact, there are few watches on the market today that are more attractive on the wrist than this Stuhrling original. It is also highly functional; you can dive to a depth of 200 meters with this watch.
Stuhrling Original Specialty Grand Regatta Stainless Steel
One doesn’t always have to empty a bank account to purchase a quality dive watch. This Stuhrling dive watch has a plethora of great features that make it at once stylish and dive capable (it can submerge to depths of 200 meters). Aesthetically, the body is made of stainless steel and sports a striking blue face and bezel.
Tag Heuer Aquaracer Analog Display Swiss Automatic
Swiss automatic movement is one of the best timekeeping systems in the world. Tag Heuer utilize this system to create a near-perfect diving watch that’ll function excellently at depths up to 300 meters. Aesthetically, this watch also shines with a black face that is etched with dramatic lines and a stainless steel body.
Tag Heuer Aquaracer Chronograph
This timepiece provides the ultimate in timekeeping accuracy; it employs quality quartz movement. On top of that as you explore this watch’s 300 meter depth capability, you can easily track your dive times via the chronograph function. The stainless steel of its body is darker, which helps accentuate the ebony styling of the watch’s metallic black face.
Tag Heuer Aquaracer Stainless Steel
Tag Heuer’s Aquaracer line provides some of the best dive-ready timepieces on the market today. They’re durable; feel free to take this on your most exploratory dives, since the window is scratch resistant, and the timepiece itself can withstand depths of 300 meters. The watch also has a beautiful metallic blue on stainless steel aesthetic.
Tag Heuer Aquaracer Stainless Steel With Black Rubber Band
There are few design options that look as sleek as burnished metal on black. This striking timepiece is the ultimate representation of the sleek aesthetic. The band is a texture black rubber and the face and body are comprised of a subtly tinted stainless steel. On top of all of this, the watch is usable at depths up to 300 meters.
Tag Heuer Formula 1 Grande Date
This watch combines the speedy feeling of formula one racing with the diving ability of the top dive watches. Its spinning bezel is tinted a dark obsidian that surrounds a similarly colored face. To ensure maximum durability, this watch is comprised of stainless steel and has a scratch-resistant sapphire window.
Timex Intelligent Quartz T2N810
This watch is from Timex’s IQ collection; the stainless steel case and the rubber band look magnificent together. There is a dial that tells you the temperature as well as a date window, so you will always be prepared. This watch is water resistant in depths of up to 200 meters.
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Titanium
Titanium is one of the strongest metals out there and provides the ultimate level of protection, which makes this Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver watch an exceptional choice for those ocean adventures where you do a little extra exploration. It’s rated for depths up to 200 meters, and features a sea blue face that has wave-like designs across its surface.
Victorinox Mid Size 241555 Dive Master
If you’re doing a deep dive, there’s no better timepiece than this 500 meter-rated watch by Victorinox. It’ll propel you deep into the ocean’s depths while keeping perfect time via Swiss quartz movement. Aesthetically, the Black PVD stainless steel case goes perfectly with the black rubber strap.
Victorinox Swiss Army 241426 Dive Master
The dark aesthetic of this watches’ stainless steel case and ice black dial look amazing, especially alongside the hour markers and the hands that illuminate in the dark. The case is made from a scratch resistant sapphire crystal material that is also designed to resist glare. This Victorinox dive watch is water resistant to a depth of 500 meters.
Victorinox Swiss Army Professional Dive Master
If you like a little color with your fashion accessories, this orange dive Master 500 series watch is perfect. The case is made from gun metal plated stainless steel, and the case is sapphire crystal, which means that it is durable and scratch resistant. In addition, this watch is capable of being submerged to depths of 500 meters.