Hardcore divers at lightweight prices: Great dive watches over 300m water resistance Hardcore divers at lightweight prices: Great dive watches over 300m water resistance

Hardcore divers at lightweight prices: Great dive watches over 300m water resistance

Zach Blass

Let’s face it: most of us will never put on a scuba suit and head down to the darkest depths of the ocean in order to do a spot of sub-aquatic treasure hunting. But watch purchases kindle a sense of emotional connection, a form of expression that conveys our dreams and aspirations. The same way John Mayer becomes Mr. John C. Mayer when he straps on his Patek Philippe, or we all feel a bit more like James Bond when we arm our wrists with a Seamaster or Submariner, having a highly water-resistant diver on the wrist strikes a chord with our inner Cousteau – our inner explorer. You would assume that having a tank of a dive watch would really set you back, but the truth is there are plenty of hardcore divers at lightweight prices. Here are four great dive watches over 300m water resistant – all under $5,000 USD.

Great dive watches over 300m

Mido Ocean Star Diver 600m

Great dive watches over 300m

While the least expensive diver on this list it is arguably the most appealing due to its phenomenal specifications and value-driven price point. Not only is this 43.5mm black DLC coated stainless steel diver 600 meters water-resistant, but it also has a COSC-certified Mido Caliber 80 chronometer movement with 80 hours of power reserve and an anti-magnetic silicon hairspring. Understandably, the watch is 14.7mm thick and features a screw-down crown appropriate for a watch to travel down into the depths of the ocean. Price: $1,700 USD


Great dive watches over 300m

Surprisingly the most water-resistant watch on this list is actually the second least expensive. DOXA’s offerings across the board are incredibly robust dive watches with highly competitive pricing. Case in point: the DOXA SUB 1500T. The 1500 meter water-resistant watch – yes, you read that right – leverages a wider case dimension of 45mm that still stays true to the iconic UFO shape associated with many of their dive watches. While 45mm seems very large on paper, the 42mm SUB 300 has a compact lug-to-lug of 45mm so it is fair to say the SUB 1500T is one of the most wrist-manageable 45mm watches in the marketplace. The stainless steel diver, 16mm thick, has a screw-down crown to ensure maximum security under water and there’s a wide array of dial colours for buyers to choose from. Price: $2,350 USD on rubber, $2,390 USD on bracelet

Sinn U1 DS Limited Edition “Grinding Dial”

Great dive watches over 300m

The Sinn U1 DS “Grinding Dial” is a  limited edition of 500 pieces in honour of the brand’s 60th anniversary. It stands out from other Sinn divers in the catalogue with a dial that features a scratched/engraved galvanic coating. According to Sinn, the hatching, or more specifically cross-hatching, process the dial undergoes is done by hand and no two are engraved exactly the same – making each a piece unique to an extent. The 44mm bead-blasted case is 14.7mm thick and is made of Sinn’s signature German submarine grade stainless steel that is highly resistant to seawater – and with 1000m water-resistance it truly is a submarine on the wrist. While larger than I normally buy for my small wrist, it actually fits me quite well thanks to its lug-to-lug measurement of 50.5mm. Full disclosure, I have owned this watch for over a month and I can personally attest to the fact that the TEGIMENT coating is incredibly hard to scratch. I have worn it a lot since it arrived, and I have yet to see a scratch to the case, bezel, or bracelet! Price: $2,780 USD on rubber, $2,850 USD on bracelet

Tudor Pelagos

Great dive watches over 300m

The Tudor Pelagos is a must-include for this list. The younger Wilsdorf sibling diver offers immense value, and the watch community has certainly taken notice. Tudor has done something Rolex has never been bold enough to try, offer a highly robust diver almost completely in lightweight titanium. Its 42mm diameter across the wrist situates it neatly between the 41mm Submariner and 43mm Sea-Dweller and its specifications are straddled between the two popular Rolex divers as well. The case is 500 meters water-resistant, greater than the 300 meters offered by the Rolex Submariner and less than the 1,220 meters offered by the Rolex Sea-Dweller. The dials, whether blue or black, leverage a utility driven matte aesthetic with a stepped outer minutes track and large lume plots to the snowflake hands and boxed hour indexes to increase legibility in any environment. Its bezel is made of matte ceramic with a luminescent timing scale, only further increasing the value-propositon. The sleeper specification that watchfam has truly rallied behind is its super adjustable clasp, which uses Tudor’s own patented spring system to ensure the watch always has a perfect fit on the wrist. After you select your position of micro-adjustment, the spring within the clasp will expand and contract as your wrist swells and contracts throughout the day. Price: $4,575 USD