Specifically designed for underwater activity, diver watches in a modern era have surpassed the technology of traditional underwater timepieces, combining appealing aesthetics with functionality. Traditionally, diver watches have a water resistance of 200-300m and are specifically designed for aquatic use. With classic designs and highly technological features, this type of watch is anything but limiting or difficult to wear.
1. Stuhrling Aquadiver 664
The Stuhrling Aquadiver 664 is another great model that can be worn outside of your diving experiences. Quartz movement, 200m water resistance and Krysterna Crystal all make this a great option. Other features include its stainless steel unidirectional ratcheting bezel, screw down fluted crown with Stuhrling S Logo, stainless steel link bracelet and deployant with safety clasp.
2. Tag Heuer Aquaracer
The Aquaracer by Tag Heuer flaunts a fine-brushed and polished steel case, black ceramic bezel, black dial and steel strap. This wristwatch also has a power reserve of 38 hours, a date window and automatic calibre. This is also another model that you wouldn’t typically think looks like a diver watch. Sleek, classic and bold this model is one that will fit perfectly in a personal collection that requires a diver watch but doesn’t want to compromise on looks.
3. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin.”
We won’t lie; the name is a mouthful, but this wristwatch is the perfect tribute to the famed naturalist Charles Darwin. Playfully designed, the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Expedition Charles Darwin” works off a bronze tone to anchor its aesthetic, making it an unexpected timepiece for aquatic activity. Other features include a black rubber strap, mechanical chronograph movement, self-winding, a 68-hour power reserve and a water resistant 30 bar
4. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea
The Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea is ultra-resistant; waterproof to a depth of 12,800 feet for this model. The Deepsea is also perfect for weekend or corporate wear, given its sleek steel colouring and classic design. This model also features a helium escape valve and 904L stainless steel case. Interestingly, the Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea was the result of Rolex’s decades of collaboration with diving professionals to get their models right.
5. Pita Barcelona Oceana
Aptly named the Oceana, this diver watch is water resistant up to 5000m. It also boasts 8.2mm thick rounded polycarbonate crystal and no seal joint between crystal and steel case, meaning it is great for maintenance. A Titanium Grade 5 Black DLC Coating case and Acrylic Policarbonate Crystal are other features of this uniquely designed watch. Concerning aesthetics, it is a novel throwback to the nineties with a round face and playful incorporation of yellow, blue and red to contrast the white hands.
6. Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m 2016 Version
It was 1970 when Omega made a bold statement with their initial design of this diver watch, and the 2016 version is strongly representative of its original conception. While similar in terms of aesthetics, the 2016 version is an upgraded model, particularly with its titanium case, ceramic bezel and OMEGA Co-Axial and Master Chronometer calibres. The colour scheme is quite simplistic, but its minimalism should be applauded, particularly for its ability to blend well with sporty athletic wear.
7. Breitling Superocean Heritage 42
The Superocean Heritage 42 is available in two sizes, 42mm and 46mm. The Breitling model is also water resistant to 200m and flaunts either black, blue or green unidirectional rotating bezel matching the respective dial colours. Aesthetically, the Superocean Heritage 42 is based on a fifties design concept. This model is an excellent choice for gents who want a diving watch that pays tribute to the past but are after more modernised features.
8. Tissot Sea-Touch In Meters
A fresh shift from the typical colour schemes of most diver watches, the canary yellow version of the Tissot Sea-Touch in Meters is eye-catching and bold. It also comes in a robotic silver and classic black. The Sea-Touch also indicates the depth of the current dive, integrates a digital chronograph, thermometer, alarm, perpetual calendar date, and compass and diver’s logbook. These are all activated by touch on the wristwatch’s glass.
9. Bremont Supermarine S2000
Bremont has channelled retro vibes with their take on diving wristwear with their Supermarine S2000 model. The watch includes 38-hour power reserve, Bremont moulded and skeletonised decorated rotor, Anachron balance spring and Nivaflex 1 mainspring. Other features are the stainless steel case with sapphire uni-directional rotating bezel and inner soft anti-magnetic Faraday cage to protect movement.
10. Citizen Promaster Diver
Citizen has produced a reliable model with the Promaster Diver and the great news for those on a budget is that it is priced quite reasonably. It is also fuelled by light, meaning that it never requires a battery (you won’t need to open up the case which is a plus). Other features include one-way rotating elapsed-time bezel, Screw-back case and screw-down crown and non-reflective crystal with poly strap. Regarding colour, the Citizen Promaster Diver is predominantly black with dashes of silver and hints of cobalt, making it versatile for diving wear and casual wear alike.
11. Bell & Ross Collection Marine Automatic BR 02-92
The BR 02-92 is a playful nod to childhood toys with its luminous hands against its matte black case and dial. Legible in ocean darkness, water-resistant up to 1000m and equipped with a decompression valve and a rotating unidirectional bezel, the BR 02-92 is a great model for personal or professional use. Index and hands are covered in a blue photo-luminescent coating, and it also flaunts anti-reflective sapphire glass.
12. Oris ProDriver Chronograph
Dubbed by Oris as an ‘uncompromising action hero’, the Prodriver Chronograph lives up to the hype. Flaunting an innovative Rotation Safety System that is said to be one of the safest on the market, the timepiece is also equipped with a chronograph, super visible counter displays and an automatic helium valve. A titanium case and strap, automatic winding chronograph movement and black dial are other great features.
13. Luminox ANU Chronograph 4240 Series 4241
True to Luminox’s futuristic aesthetic, the 4241 is bold and most importantly is equipped with a unique self-powered illumination system. Yes, this means that we can indulge our childhood love of glow in the dark items with this model’s ability to be readable in complete darkness for up to 25 years. You can also count on Luminox’s proven track record with the reliability of their watches. It was, in fact, the Luminox Navy Seal watch that made Luminox a household name.
14. UTS Muenchen Diver 1000 V2
A great option for new divers, the UTS Diver 1000 V2 is the UTS brand’s modern answer to their traditional models. The Diver 1000 V2’s precision steel case is made out of five pieces of solid bar stock in Germany. It also flaunts a waterproof and pressure resistance of up to 100 bar (equating to 1000m). Combined with its optional sapphire crystal display back and its top grade mechanical movement that is directly screwed and located to the watch case, the UTS Driver 1000 V2 is a great pick for its look and performance alike.
15. Casio G-Shock Frogman GWF-D1000 Hands-On
This 2016 G-Shock Frogman model by Casio is ideal for basic timing information. Another great thing about this model? It’s adaptable and can exist well with casual clothing. Tough Solar light-powered movement, atomic clock radio signal accuracy control system and strong case durability add to the Frogman’s strength and reliability. Three sensors also measure the temperature.
16. Seiko Prospex SRP775K1
The Seiko Prospex SRP775K1 is a newer model, featuring a dial with maximum legibility. The watch also boasts a stainless steel case and band and also comprises of Hardlex glass. With a water resistance of 200m, 21,600 vibrations per hour, 24 jewels, a rotating bezel, a screw case back, a screw-down crown and three-fold clasp with secure lock, and push button release with extender, the Seiko Prospex SRP775K1 is a great option if you’re after a diving watch with ample features.
17. Borealis Sea Dragon Orange Dial Miyota Automatic Diver Watch
This one is certainly unique. While its strap is conservatively classic with a sleek black colouring; the dial is anything but traditional. Boasting an electric orange face, the Borealis Sea Dragon Orange Dial Miyota Automatic Diver Watch is a great option if you want a brighter, bolder statement. The watch also features a stainless steel bezel, sapphire glass, a stainless steel case and a high-quality rubber strap.
18. Tudor Pelagos Diving Swiss Watch
A wristwatch that actually reflects the ocean deep, the Tudor Pelagos Diving Swiss Watch is a bright cobalt blue. Guaranteed to a depth of 500m, the watch is also equipped with a helium escape valve, an essential device for preserving the watch during ‘saturation’ dives. The helium escape valve also allows the gas to escape freely from the watch without damaging it, protecting it from overpressure.
19. Aquadive Bathysphere 500
A new model from Aquadive, the Bathysphere 500 is the quintessential watch for underwater performance. Flaunting a 100% German case, Swiss Made High-End movement and a water resistance to 500m, this model is highly reliable. You can also count on this timepiece for an extremely stable and strong amplitude, accounted for from its Swiss made Vaucher/Parmigiani automatic movement 10 ½” with twin barrels in series. The Bathysphere 500 also comes with a handy two year warranty with purchase.
20. Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk
The Girard Perregaux brand has produced a model that is athletic and functional. The Sea Hawk is practical, featuring steel and rubber materials and a water resistance of up to 1,000m. The watch also features 27 jewels and a power reserve indicator.