How to Choose: The Best Dive Watch

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Best Dive Watch: Contents

Our new series of blog posts takes a look at the things you need to consider when choosing a dive watch to ensure that you make the right choice for your circumstances and uses. Let’s dive in.


Material choices for dive watches aren’t many. Most dive watches have a stainless case, but it’s not uncommon to find some that use a different material like resin. Both are solid options, but nothing beats stainless steel when it comes to durability. It also looks better.

On the other hand, some dive watches come with stainless steel bands, while others use rubber or polyurethane ones. Stainless steel bands are more durable, despite being a bit heavier. Still, rubber and polyurethane straps are much more comfortable to wear.

Depth Rating

Expect that your new dive watch would have a depth rating of 200-300 meters at this price range. For casual users, this won’t matter much. However, if you plan on diving with your watch, you may benefit from the extra water pressure tolerance.


Imagine getting a brand new dive watch, only to find out that it’s not the right fit for you. Pretty disappointing, right? You can easily avoid that by ensuring that the watch is adjustable before buying it.

Many dive watches with stainless steel bands are equipped with removable clasps that allow you to adjust the band’s size by removing some of them. However, you’ll need to take it to a specialist to adjust it for you since this requires some special tools.

By the same token, dive watches with a rubber band include punched holes in the strap to make them suitable for most wrist sizes.

In Summary

These are the key elements you need to look out for. Ultimately the best dive watch will be different for everyone based on these factors and, of course, what you intend to use it for.

If you stick to our advice above, you won’t go far wrong when picking up a dive watch. Happy shopping.

And if you’re looking for more tech gadgets for underwater use, read our guides below which might be of interest to you:

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