16 of the best dive watches of 2020 under $10KZach Blass
With the arrival of a long awaited, and if we dare say so, well deserved summer, it means dive watch season is here. Dive watches are a staple of any watch collection, known for their robust qualities that make them a suitable wrist companion in almost all environments. Looking for something new to explore the ocean with? Here are the best dive watches of 2020, all under $10,000 AUD.
Longines HydroConquest Green
The Longines HydroConquest Green on rubber offers a ton of value at a much lower price point. The 300m water resistant steel case is 41mm x 12mm and features a green dial and ceramic bezel. The modified ETA caliber inside the diver has an impressive 65 hours of power reserve. RRP: $2400 AU
Oris Carysfort Reef Limited Edition
Oris celebrates its latest ocean conservation project with the Carysfort Reef Limited Edition – which involves 30,000 planted corals to date in partnership with the Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida. This 43mm limited edition diver features a GMT function and rich ocean blue dial with nice contrasting orange accents. RRP: $4000 AU
Rado Captain Cook Bronze
The Rado Captain Cook Bronze comes in multiple configurations, with brown, blue, and green dial/bezel models. Professionally sized at 42mm, the watch maintains a slender profile on the wrist, at a slim 12.5mm thick. The ceramic bezel is highly scratch resistant, and the screw-down crown helps ensure 300 metres of water resistance. To top it all off, the watch boasts up to 80 hours of power reserve – making it an incredible weekend warrior. RRP: $4150 AU
DOXA SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers
The SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers Limited Edition diver from DOXA is a GPHG-nominated watch that caught the eye of dive and watch enthusiasts alike. While executed in a familiar DOXA profile, it marks the first time the brand has built one of their dive watches in a futuristic carbon case. The stealth black of the carbon gets the right amount of colour pop with its yellow hands and accents – making this watch both playful and professional. RRP: $7690 AU
Baltic Aquascaphe Bronze
Baltic is known for their value-driven offerings, and their latest Bronze Aquascaphe is no exception. The gold aesthetic is blended with the robust makeup of a bronze case, giving it a precious yet professional presence on the wrist. Water resistant to 200 metres, this blue dial diver is absolutely stunning in the metal and its matching blue tropical rubber strap is very comfortable on the wrist – especially with summer heat approaching. RRP: €625 without taxes.
Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition II
In support of frontline heroes around the world, Breitling followed up their initial limited edition with rainbow markers with a blue dial version of the playful diver. Like The Godfather II, this limited edition sequel is arguably more attractive than the first – its blue sunburst dial and bezel bringing much needed ’80s summer vibes to a rather somber 2020. RRP: $6790 AU
Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre
The Alpina Seastrong Diver Gyre stands out in this list, with a case made of 70 per cent recycled PA6 and 30 per cent glass fibre. With all of the unfortunate pollution finding its way into our oceans, it is nice to see a watch brand attempt to utilise our created waste and renew its purpose in a robust dive watch capable of depths of up to 300 metres. At 44mm in diameter, this is a diver that will definitely have a presence on your wrist. RRP: CHF 1495
Yema Superman 63
In 1963, Yema launched the very first 990-feet water resistant non-military dive watch. This Superman Heritage 63 Limited Edition re-creates the original design, embodying a faithful tribute to the historic diver. The watch features a sapphire bezel reminiscent of the vintage acrylic/bakelite bezels of the era, as well as the iconic “shovel” seconds hand of the Superman. RRP: $1079 USD
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Blue
The Black Bay Fifty-Eight is considered one of the best-value divers on the market – and the new Navy Blue dial makes the watch look better than ever. It wears like vintage Submariners of the past, but with an in-house Tudor manufacture movement that boasts 72 hours of power reserve and a silicon hairspring. Price: $5000 AU
Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961
Arguably the coolest rainbow watch released this year, the Mido Ocean Star Decompression Timer 1961 Limited Edition would be a great value pickup for summer. The watch features a ‘glassbox’-style sapphire crystal, rainbow dial, rotating bezel with countdown timer, and is powered by their Caliber 80 movement that provides a whopping 80 hours of power reserve. RRP: $1800 AU
DOXA SUB 300 on rubber
The flying saucer-like profile of the DOXA SUB 300 makes it one of the most wearable dive watches in the world. At 42mm in diameter and 45mm lug-to-lug, its case profile is sure to flatter any wrist. The upgraded rubber strap with a gridlock-like dive extension is sure to help make this watch one of the most comfortable and well-fitting options for summer wear. Price: The DOXA SUB 300 is $3950 AU on rubber, and $3990 AU on bracelet.
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition
Omega is a proud partner to Nekton, a not-for-profit research foundation committed to the exploration and protection of the world’s oceans – and this monochromatic limited edition Seamaster celebrates their collaborative efforts and brings further awareness to the environmental cause. While normally outfitted with a ceramic bezel, the Nekton Edition features a grade 5 titanium bezel, and instead of a sapphire caseback has a solid back embossed with the Nekton submarine medallion. RRP: $8925 AU on rubber, $9425 AU on a bracelet.
Ming 18.01 H41
Ming’s most robust model yet, the 18.01 H41 diver really stands out with its novel design language, compact frame, and luminescent coatings on the hands, markers, and timing bezel – earning this watch the playful nickname of “Tron Diver”. RRP: 2950 – 3250 CHF
The case is made of German Submarine Steel with a screwed-down caseback and crown. The watch was designed to meet various certified pressure and diving standards, with it water resistant to a depth of 500 metres. It would be extremely hard, if even possible, to find a more robust diver at this price point. RRP: starting at $3450 AU
Christopher Ward C65 Super Compressor
The C65 Super Compressor, according to its manufacturer Christopher Ward, is the first genuine Super Compressor diving watch in 50 years. It presents an affordable and reliable diver, with a nice slender 41mm frame that makes it a very versatile wear. RRP: $1145 USD
The SNR049J ticks a lot of boxes for consumers, combining the aesthetics of a Rolex “Batman” GMT and James Cameron Sea-Dweller in a distinctly Seiko case and profile. The gradient black to blue dial has arch sunburst texture and features GMT, date, and power reserve complications neatly arranged to avoid clutter. The best quality of this 100m water resistant watch? Its spring drive movement, which boasts unparalleled accuracy and has a second hand as fluid as the ocean waters. RRP: $8595 AU