Are you trying to find the best women’s dive watches currently available? You’ve come to the right place.

Most of my articles on this site aren’t sorted by gender, but I’ve realized that the majority of watches I talk about here are quite large, usually over 42mm or so. These are simply too big for the majority of women to wear comfortably, and even a large percentage of men with smaller wrists do not like the latest trend of ever larger watches.

However, I also believe that a dive watch needs to be highly functional and large enough to be read with a quick glance. So you won’t find any recommendations for tiny, high-fashion, bejeweled ‘dive watches’ here.

All of the watches in this list will be right at place in the outdoors, whether that’s mountain climbing or SCUBA diving.

Women’s vs. Men’s Watches – What’s the difference?

Many watches aimed specifically at women are not very functional. They only serve as a piece of decorative jewelry (also true of many men’s fashion watches).

Luckily though there are many diver’s watches out there that are suitable to be both called a “women’s watch” and act as a usable dive/sport watch. These mostly differentiate themselves in sizing, sticking to 38mm and under. Brighter colors that appeal more to ladies while still staying legible are also available.

Besides the case diameter, bracelets and straps are also sized down from the men’s version.

So if you’re looking for the best women’s dive watches on the market today, for either yourself or a friend/significant other, keep reading!

#1 – DOXA NOS SUB 200T

Best Women's Dive Watches – DOXA NOS SUB 200T Coralline

Specifications

  • ETA 2671 automatic mechanical movement
  • Solid stainless steel case, bracelet, and bezel
  • Unidirectional diver’s timing bezel with US Navy no-decompression table
  • 300 meters (1000 feet) water resistance
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 35mm case diameter (including crown)
  • Bright orange, silver, or black dials available

Buy direct from DOXA ($1,649)

If you enjoy your watches having a little bit of history, the DOXA NOS SUB 200T might be the best women’s divers watch for you.

DOXA watches are the original orange dive watch. They have a long history of producing excellent dive watches and every diver I know would love the opportunity to own one. We can’t all afford them unfortunately.

Best Women's Dive Watches – DOXA NOS SUB 200T Coralline SideNOS in this case stands for New Old Stock. Basically, DOXA found a collection of their 1970’s era ladies 200T’s in their “vault” and decided to perform some upgrades.

The case is the only surviving component of the old watches. They’ve upgraded the watches with a new ETA 2671 automatic movement, a thicker sapphire crystal instead of the original mineral, and a new ratcheting bezel.

Best Women's Dive Watches – DOXA NOS SUB 200T NymphComing in at a svelte 35mm case diameter (including crown) the SUB 200T should wear well on even the most slender of wrists, while keeping enough size to read the dial quickly and easily.

Three different dial colors are available: The Coralline (orange dial), the Nymph (silver dial), and the Seamaid (black dial). I couldn’t find a picture of the Seamaid to share, but it’ll be the same look as the DOXA Sharkhunter.

The NOS Sub 200T is a limited edition release, only available while supplies of the old cases last. As of right now I couldn’t find any used ones available on sites like eBay or Chrono24, but there are many vintage Sub 200T’s for sale for a good price.

#2 – Omega Seamaster Pro 300 Midsize

Best Women's Dive Watches – Omega Seamaster Pro 300 Midsize

Specifications

  • Omega caliber 1120 chronometer rated automatic movement
  • Solid stainless steel case with rhodium-plated finish
  • Unidirectional diver’s timing bezel
  • 300 meters (1000 feet) water resistance
  • Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • 36.25mm case diameter
  • Black or blue dial colors available

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It’s basically impossible to put together a list of best watches and not include an Omega somewhere in it.

The Omega Seamaster Professional 300 Midsize is sometimes marketed as a men’s watch, and sometimes as a ladies watch.

In reality, with it’s 36mm case diameter, it’ll work great for anybody of either gender who has smaller wrists or just prefers small watches.

Omega has some other ladies watches that go even smaller, such as the Seamaster Women’s 300M. But at 28mm in diameter I think that’s getting a little small for functional use. 

Advantages of buying an Omega Seamaster Midsize?

It’s both a beautiful piece of luxury jewelry and a highly functional diving tool watch. Everything about Omega speaks quality – from the accuracy of the movement to the fit of the stainless steel bracelet.

Where to buy?

The Seamaster 300 Midsize is no longer being manufactured by Omega, but many watches are still available both new and used. The best place to buy depends on your preferences and budget.  

Authentic Watches has new Seamaster 300 Midsize’s that include the 5 year manufacturers warranty. For something a little bit cheaper you can get grey-market Seamasters from Amazon.com that instead have a 2-year warranty from Assurion. For used watches the best place to look will be eBay or Chrono24.

#3 – Oris Aquis Ladies


Specifications

  • Oris caliber 733 automatic movement
  • Solid stainless steel case
  • Unidirectional ceramic diver’s timing bezel
  • 300 meters (1000 feet) water resistance
  • Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • Sapphire exhibition display case back
  • 36mm case diameter
  • 11.90mm thick
  • Available in a number of styles

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For as long as I’ve been writing about dive watches I’ve wanted to pick up an Oris Aquis. Oris makes very high quality and good looking divers for a very reasonable price.

The Oris Aquis Ladies is a slightly smaller version of the larger men’s Aquis dive watches. With a 36mm case diameter they’ll wear well on more slender wrists without sacrificing any functionality. 

There’s a few varieties available, from the more tool diver looking ref. 73376524135RS to the diamond-studded ref. 73376524194MB.

Even the diamond-studded version keeps it’s minimal, functional look though with the diamonds only affixed to the hour markers.

Why is the Oris Aquis Ladies one of the best women’s dive watches available?

Oris has managed to produce a watch that both looks high fashion and keeps it’s tool watch roots. The small but not too small size of the Aquis Ladies will fit many women perfectly.

The Oris Aquis also has a sapphire display case back to show off their signature red automatic rotor. If you like to watch tiny, intricate machines at work then that would make this the perfect watch for you.

And your friends will be quite surprised when you take such a beautiful watch underwater with you.

Best place to pick up the Oris Aquis Ladies?

For new watches, Amazon.com seems to have the best prices. These are grey-market though and don’t include the manufacturers warranty. You can pay a little bit more and buy the watch from authorized dealer Authentic Watches to get the full warranty.

It’s also always smart to check eBay, which has a number of both new and used Oris Aquis Ladies listed. Sometimes you can get a barely worn used watch for a very good price.   

#4 – Christopher Ward C60 TRIDENT 300

Best Women's Dive Watches – Chris Ward C60 Trident 300 Orange

Specifications

  • Swiss Ronda 515 quartz movement 
  • 300m (1000ft) water resistance
  • Aviation-grade aluminum unidirectional bezel
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • 38mm case diameter
  • 11.75mm height
  • 20mm band width
  • Date window
  • Superluminova hands and markers

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Christopher Ward makes absolutely fantastic dive watches at a very reasonable price point. The quality of their entire catalog is quite amazing. You won’t find many other divers for around $500 that can compete with their watches.

Best Women's Dive Watches – Chris Ward C60 Trident 300 OrangeThe C60 Trident isn’t specifically a woman’s watch, but at a 38mm diameter it should wear very comfortably on most ladies, and watches of this size have been very much in style among women these days. They offer several strap sizes at checkout, so be sure to select the small if buying for someone with a slight wrist.

Where to buy the Christopher Ward C60 Trident 300?

Chris Ward sells directly from their own website which helps them keep costs down. For used watches I again recommend checking eBay and see if there’s any decent copies available.

#5 – Armida A11 200m

Best Women's Dive Watches – Armida A11 Womens Dive Watch Black

Specifications

  • Miyota 9015 automatic movement 
  • 316l stainless steel case
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional diver’s timing bezel
  • Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • Display case back with sapphire crystal
  • 35mm case diameter
  • 10.5mm height
  • 18mm band width
  • BGW9 lumed bezel dot, hour markers and hands
  • Available with blue dial and bezel or black dial and bezel

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Armida is a small, boutique watch manufacturer making some very pretty and affordable watches.

Best Women's Dive Watches – Armida A11 Womens Dive Watch BlueThe A11 is their smallest diver, coming in at only 35mm case diameter. The bezel edge is slightly wider than the case for a total diameter of 36mm. It’s also low-profile at only 10.5mm thick.

It features the well regarded Miyota 9015 automatic movement which has a 40hr power reserve and hacking seconds.

Why does the Armida A11 deserve a spot on this list of best women’s dive watches?

Best Women's Dive Watches – Armida A11 Womens Dive Watch Case BackThe asking price for the Armida A11 is only $299, which puts it solidly in affordable watch territory. That $299 goes a long way with the A11.

You get both a flat sapphire crystal on the front and a sapphire display case back to show off that Miyota 9015 movement.

While I haven’t had the fortune to get hands on an Armida watch myself, everything I’ve heard about them is that the fit and finish is very high, especially considering the low price.

Where to buy?

The best place to pick these up is direct from Armida. Be aware they do ship out of Asia, so if you’re buying from the U.S. shipping times can be long. A quick check on eBay also shows several of the Armida watches going for a good price

#6 – Seiko SKX013

Specifications

  • Seiko 7S26 automatic movement 
  • Stainless steel case
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional diver’s timing bezel
  • Hardlex crystal
  • 37mm case diameter
  • 11.5mm height
  • 20mm band width
  • Smaller version of the famous SKX007

The Seiko SKX013 is a smaller diameter version of the extremely popular SKX007 dive watch. At only 37mm in diameter it’ll fit anybody with smaller wrists much more comfortably than the 41.5mm SKX007.

As the SKX007 is one of my (and many others) favorite dive watches I just had to include the SKX013 on this list.

Why is Seiko’s SKX series so popular? They’re high quality and reasonably priced automatic divers without many frills. They will take a beating though. 

Seiko SKX007 Diver DialGet one on a rubber strap and take it out diving, or buy one of the excellent super oyster bracelets and wear it to the office. It really is a go anywhere, do anything watch.

Best place to buy the SKX013?


At the moment I’m writing this, eBay looks to have the best prices even on new models. Amazon also carries them of course, so it would be worth it to check prices there before picking one up.

Be sure to check my Seiko SKX007 review for some close up pictures – the SKX013 is an almost exact copy, just smaller.

#7 – Citizen Promaster Ladies EP6050-17E

Best Women's Dive Watches – Citizen Ladies Promaster EP6050-17E

Specifications

  • Citizen Eco-Drive solar quartz movement 
  • Stainless steel case
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional diver’s timing bezel
  • Mineral crystal
  • 34mm case diameter
  • 12mm height
  • Date window
  • Smaller version of the Citizen Promaster BN0150-28E

The Citizen Promaster series of watches make for some excellent affordable tool divers. Powered by any light source, you won’t ever need to worry about replacing a battery on these.

This will be the perfect watch for any smaller wristed person looking for a watch to bring on outdoor adventures. It’s minimal and legible dial will let you know the time with a quick glance, even in complete darkness thanks to the lume on the hands and markers.

Best place to pick up a Citizen Ladies Promaster?

Be sure to start with eBay on your hunt for best prices. I sure couldn’t find anywhere selling them more affordable.

 

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found something just right for you! Please let me know in the comments if there’s any watches I missed that absolutely have to be on this list. 

 

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Writer, sailor, photographer, kayak guide and SCUBA diver. Based on Bainbridge Island, Washington State, USA