Trying to find the perfect gift for a special man in your life?

Watches make an outstanding present – they not only provide a practical and useful function (telling time) but are also commonly the only piece of jewelry (besides a wedding band) worn by men. As such they allow a unique opportunity for a guy to customize their style and show off a little bit.

A quality dive watch is not only beautifully stylish, but also extremely tough. It will be just as at home in the office as out exploring the deep sea, or climbing a mountain. It’s a gift that will be owned and worn for years, possibly being passed onto children at some point.

I’ve spent hours combing through online stores and watch forums, looking for this years best dive watches. Of course, my own preferences show through in this list – I tend to prefer a more minimalist style, and value functionality over flashiness. All of these watches have easy to read dials, and would actually make great watches to take out SCUBA diving.

However, I think I’ve succeeded in finding a great variety of different watches, so you’re sure to find something that will fit your man’s style on this list.

We’ve all got budget limitations when doing our holiday shopping. To help you out, I’ve divided the following list into different price points.

If you know how much you can spend, feel free to jump past the more expensive watches here:

Watches over $2000
Watches $1000 to $1999
Watches $500 to $999
Watches $250 to $500
Watches under $250

 

Watches over $2000

Omega Seamaster 300M Chronograph – $4,600 $4,198 from Amazon

Omega Seamaster 300m Chronograph

Specifications

  • Omega caliber 3301 Swiss automatic movement
  • 52 hour power reserve
  • Certified chronometer
  • Certified ISO diver’s watch
  • 300m (990ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Domed, anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • 41.5mm case diameter
  • 15mm height
  • 20mm band width
  • Helium escape valve
  • Date window
  • Luminous hands and markers

The Omega Seamaster is one of the most classic lines of diver’s watch. Tremendous quality with a simple, functional design earns them a place in nearly every serious watch collection. Even with the chronograph functions busying up the dial this watch remains sleek and easy to read.

Featuring a certified chronometer movement (will stay extremely accurate), a helium escape valve (for the deep sea diver in all of us), and a domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal (absolutely stunning to see in person) this diver has to be seen to be believed. The pictures available online don’t really do it justice.

With a case diameter of 41.5mm this is by no means a small watch. It has some heft and a solid feel to it. However, it’s of a size that should look good even on smaller wrists, without dwarfing the hand.

If your man is a watch aficionado and doesn’t have an Omega Seamaster yet, this would be perfect for him this holiday season.

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Oris ProDiver Chronograph – $4,650 $2,543.99 from Amazon

Oris ProDiver Chronograph

Specifications

  • Oris 774 Swiss automatic movement
  • 48 hour power reserve
  • 1000m (3000ft) water resistance
  • Ceramic, unidirectional bezel
  • Titanium case
  • Domed, anti-reflective, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • 51mm case diameter
  • 19.5mm height
  • 28mm band width
  • Automatic helium escape valve
  • Date window
  • Chronograph functions
  • Luminous hands and markers
  • Includes waterproof presentation box and strap changing tools

I want to start out by letting you know that the Oris ProDiver is a MASSIVE watch. With a 51mm case diameter and almost 20mm thick, this diver won’t be hiding under any suit sleeves. 

With that said, the ProDiver is an absolutely gorgeous and functional timepiece. If the guy you’re shopping for likes to show off a little bit this Oris is definitely going to catch a lot of attention. With its blue wave patterned dial, ceramic bezel and titanium case the ProDiver really pops.

And of course, it’s got all of the ‘standard’ top-of-the-line dive watch features: helium escape valve, extreme depth resistance (over 1000 meters!), chronograph timing features, and an excellent Swiss-made automatic mechanical movement powering the whole thing.

The Oris ProDiver Chronograph is sure to please, I’m putting it on my own Christmas list this year!

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Squale Master Professional – $3,000 direct from Squale

Squale Master Professional Diver

Specifications

  • Swiss ETA 2892-A2 automatic movement
  • 42 hour power reserve with indicator
  • 600m (2000ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel with push-down to turn freely
  • Bronze case
  • Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • 44mm case diameter
  • 16mm height
  • 22mm band width
  • Sapphire display caseback
  • Date window
  • C-3 Superluminova hands and markers

Dive watches with a case made of bronze are something special: as they age they each develop their own unique patina which many people (myself included!) find absolutely stunning. Bronze isn’t like steel – it doesn’t rust through – it just develops a surface layer of oxidation in a variety of colors, usually of a greenish tint.

Squale Watches is a small, boutique watch company. All of their designs stand out from the crowd of Submariner clones, and this Master Professional diver represents the highest quality watch they produce. And it is quite the watch. 

With a beautiful sapphire crystal protecting the face of the watch, and another piece of sapphire in the caseback allowing you to view the decorated mechanical movement, this diver is stunning.

If you’re buying a gift for someone who hates looking just like everyone else, the Master Professional will be perfect for him. Of course, I might just be a little biased – I really really want a bronze diver.

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Watches $1000 to $1999

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 – $2,300 $1,550 from Amazon

Tag Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5

Specifications

  • Tag Heuer calibre 5 Swiss automatic movement
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • 300m (1000ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • 41mm case diameter
  • 12.2mm height
  • 20mm band width
  • Date window
  • Luminous hands and markers

Tag Heuer is known worldwide for it’s high quality Swiss timepieces. Founded way back in 1860, they’ve been at the forefront of many important watch-making developments. Needless to say, the Aquaracer is another example in a long line of luxurious wrist-watches.

The Aquaracer definitely keeps it simple and functional. Including only exactly what you need to tell the time, date, and elapsed dive time, the Aquaracer Calibre 5 is simply elegant.

It’d be a perfect choice for someone who needs a watch that looks and feels great, without screaming ‘look at me!’

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Helberg CH1 Bronze – $1,318.90 direct from Helberg

Helberg CH1 Bronze diver

Specifications

  • Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement
  • 42 hour power reserve
  • 6,000m (over 19,000ft) water resistance
  • Bronze case, titanium caseback
  • Minimilist unidirectional bezel
  • Very highly domed, scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • 42mm case diameter
  • 27.25mm height
  • 22mm band width
  • Superluminova hands and markers

Helberg / H2o Watch is a boutique watch company based out of Germany. Only founded in 2011, they use their newness to the watch–making scene to their advantage – not being tied down to any traditions allows them to produce some remarkably unique and interesting designs.

The CH1 is a great example of this. Unlike anything you’ve seen elsewhere, the CH1 eschews many traditional dive watch design elements, going for something new.

The bezel is highly polished and nearly featureless, showing only a mark for the 0 minute position.

The sapphire crystal extends out beyond the watch in a high dome, offering interesting magnifications and distortions of the dial when viewed from the side.

And of course, the overall rectangular shape and blocky strap lugs are unlike any traditional tool watch. 

If you’re shopping for someone who already has a large watch collection and would appreciate something a little different, be sure to give the Helberg CH1 some serious consideration.

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Glycine Combat Sub – $1,640 $1,525 from Amazon

Glycine Combat Sub

Specifications

  • Calibre No GL 224 Swiss automatic movement
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Flat, scratch resistant sapphire crystal
  • 42mm case diameter
  • 10.6mm height
  • 22mm band width
  • Date window
  • Luminous hands and markers

Glycine, a Swiss watch-maker founded in 1914, is not nearly as well known as many of the other brands on this list. However, they’ve been steadily producing excellent watches for over a hundred years now, and without all the marketing hype that drives up the price of the bigger brands.

The Combat Sub first appeared on the scene during the 1960’s. It’s a very traditional, Rolex Submariner style dive watch, with just enough unique flair to make it stand out. Available in a rather large range of different bezel and dial colors, the model I included above caught my eye – it’s subdued but still great looking.

With a 42mm case diameter and only 10.6mm in height, the Combat Sub should fit most men very comfortably, and will slip beneath the cuff of a dress shirt with ease. Definitely a great choice for anyone with a quieter style.

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Oris Aquis Date – $1,850 $1,165.50 from Amazon

Oris Aquis Date

Specifications

  • Oris 733 Swiss automatic mechanical movement
  • Display caseback featuring red Oris rotor 
  • 38 hour power reserve
  • 300m (990ft) water resistance
  • Ceramic unidirectional bezel
  • Anti-reflective, domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • 43mm case diameter
  • 14mm height
  • 22mm band width
  • Date window
  • Luminous hands and markers

Oris, a Swiss company, has been designing and manufacturing gorgeous watches since 1904. They only produce mechanical watches, you won’t find a quartz watch in their catalog. While not quite the household name that Rolex or Omega are, they definitely have a reputation in the watch world for outstanding watches. 

The Oris Aquis gives the better known brands some very solid competition, and at a very attractive price point. Everything about this watch is extremely high quality, from the domed sapphire crystal and sapphire display caseback (you can view the mechanical movement and Oris’ trademark red rotor from the back of the watch) to the ceramic bezel.

I like the Aquis Date enough I included the ladies version on my ‘For Her’ gift guide as well.

If you’re looking for something a little less traditional looking than the Omega Seamaster above, be sure to give this fine watch some serious consideration.

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Watches $500 to $999

Citizen Aqualand Chronograph – $695 $521.25 from Amazon

Citizen Aqualand Chrono

Specifications

  • Citizen Eco-Drive solar powered quartz movement
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Anti-reflective, domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • 50mm case diameter
  • 16mm height
  • 20mm band width
  • Date window
  • Chronograph functions
  • Luminous hands and markers

This Citizen diver is great for anyone who loves sporty looking, useful watches. It’s a very large watch (50mm diameter!) with a very serious look to it.

While possibly not the best choice for the office or dressed up situations, it’d be the perfect watch for just about any outdoor activity. And with it’s Eco-Drive solar powered movement, you never have to worry about it running out of battery power!

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Edox Hydro-Sub – $1,250 $976.13 from Amazon

Edox Hydro Sub

Specifications

  • Swiss quartz movement
  • 500m (1640ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Masterlock crown protection system
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • 50mm case diameter
  • 14mm height
  • 22mm band width
  • Date window
  • Luminous hands and markers

Edox has been producing dive watches for a long, long time. They first came out with the 500 meter rated Hydro Sub in the 1960’s, long before dive watches were just another fashion accessory.

The ‘Masterlock crown protection system’ on the Hydro-Sub gives it a very unique look. Designed to ensure that the crown can’t be accidentally unscrewed while underwater (and flooding the watch) the Masterlock slides down over the crown, ensuring complete protection.

Besides the Masterlock, the Hyrdo-Sub is a pretty straightforward, minimalistic, quality tool diver. The bezel is designed for ease of use, with it’s minute markers, and the dial is clean and easy to read. Overall a lovely, yet simple watch for the person who loves a watch designed for a specific purpose.

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Armida A1 Bronze – $899 direct from Armida

Armida A1 Bronze diver's watch

Specifications

  • Miyota caliber 9015 automatic movement
  • 1000m (3000ft) water resistance
  • Bronze case
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Highly double domed, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • 45mm case diameter
  • 19mm height
  • 24mm band width
  • Date window
  • Luminous hands and markers

Personally, I’ve got some serious desire for Armida’s bronze divers. Minimalistic, extremely functional, and stylish, these push all the right buttons for me.

Armida Watches is a small watch-maker based out of Hong Kong. They’ve quickly gained a reputation among watch collectors as a producer of high quality, unique timepieces. 

The A1 Bronze is just one example of Armida’s many fine wrist watches, so be sure to check out their whole catalog.

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Watches $250 to $500

Seiko Prospex SCUBA Watch ‘The Sumo’ – $549 $470 from Amazon

Seiko Prospex Sumo Dive Watch

Specifications

  • 6R15 Mechanical automatic movement with hand-winding and hacking seconds
  • Certified ISO diver’s watch
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel with 120 clicks
  • Hardlex crystal
  • 45mm case diameter
  • 13.5mm height
  • 52mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 20mm band width
  • 50hr power reserve
  • 210g (with stainless bracelet)
  • Date window
  • Lumibrite hands and markers

Prospex, short for ‘Professional Specification’ is Seiko’s line of watches built to very high standards, aimed at use by professionals. The Sumo is a great example of this line, providing an extremely high quality diver at a very reasonable price.

The Sumo, as it’s name hints at, is a large watch (though not as large as the Citizen EcoZilla below). Even though it’s physically large, the lugs have a decent curve to them allowing even those with small wrists to wear the Sumo comfortably. 

Be aware of the the 20mm band width on the Sumo. I’ve come across several comments from people that think it’s way too narrow for a watch of this size. I looked at quite a few wrist shots of the Sumo before picking it for this list and it looked great in all of them, at least to my taste.

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Prometheus Piranha – $345 direct from Prometheus

Prometheus Piranha dive watch

Specifications

  • Miyota Caliber 9015 automatic mechanical movement
  • Certified ISO diver’s watch
  • 500m (1650ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel with 60 clicks
  • Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • 44mm case diameter
  • 14.2mm height
  • 52mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 22mm band width
  • 42hr power reserve
  • 216g (with stainless bracelet)
  • Date window
  • Superluminova C3 hands and markers

The Prometheus Piranha is another heavy hitting tool diver with features of a much more expensive watch. 500m water resistance, sapphire crystal, helium release valve, Superluminova C3, this diver is made to professional specifications. 

Inspired by dive watch designs from the 60’s and 70’s, the Piranha is a classic looking watch with a modern flair. 

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Citizen Eco-Drive Professional Diver ‘EcoZilla’ – $395 $296.25 from Amazon

Citizen Professional Diver EcoZilla

Specifications

  • Eco-Drive B873 quartz movement
  • Certified ISO Diver’s Watch
  • 300m (980ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • 6mm non-reflective curved mineral crystal
  • 48mm case diameter
  • 18mm height
  • Lug-less design (strap adapters available online)
  • 29mm band width
  • Eco-Drive solar powered battery
  • 177g weight (with rubber strap)
  • Date window
  • Luminous markers and hands

The Citizen EcoZilla is a HUGE watch. This is Citizens answer to the Seiko Orange Monster. If you think the guy you’re shopping for is looking for something big and bold to make a statement (or just for very practical use while diving), the EcoZilla will make a great purchase. With my somewhat small wrists, I don’t think I could actually pull this thing off for daily wear but I love the look of it, and could make use of it while diving.

Definitely designed as an extremely practical tool watch for divers, the dial and bezel are very, very legible. It’s like looking through a porthole attached to your wrist. This makes a perfect present for any serious diver.

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Seiko Sportura Kinetic Diver’s Watch – $650 $475 from Amazon

Seiko Sportura Kinetic Diver

Specifications

  • Seiko Kinetic quartz movement
  • Certified ISO Diver’s Watch
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Sapphire Crystal
  • 44mm case diameter
  • 14mm height
  • 55mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 20mm band width
  • Capacitor recharged with wrist movement
  • 198g weight (with bracelet)
  • Date window
  • LumiBrite markers and hands

Trying to get away from Rolex Submariner or Omega Planet Ocean clones? The Seiko Kinetic Diver’s watch features a unique, while still minimalistic look. Similar to a mechanical automatic, Seiko’s Kinetic movement charges the watch using the movement of your wrist. It just charges a small capacitor instead of winding a mainspring.

A practical tool watch that would still look great when dressing up, the Seiko Sportura Kinetic Diver’s will make a great watch for anyone with a more subdued style.

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Watches under $250

Seiko SKX007 – $425 $185.04 from Amazon

Seiko SKX007 Unboxing - Close shot of SKX007 displayed on ships wheel.

Specifications

  • 7s26 mechanical movement
  • Certified ISO diver’s watch
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel (120 clicks)
  • Hardlex crystal (harder than mineral, softer than sapphire)
  • 41mm case diameter
  • 13.25mm height
  • 46mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 22mm band width
  • 44-48hr power reserve
  • 80g weight (no strap)
  • Day and date window
  • LumiBrite markers (provides excellent, long lasting luminosity)

The Seiko SKX007 is probably the most popular diver available in this price range. You could even say it has a cult following among watch enthusiasts.

A simple, minimal tool diver, the SKX007 still looks great. The version with the stainless steel bracelet looks just fine in any situation, while the rubber band is great for use while diving.

This is the watch I wear nearly every day, and comes highly recommended.

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Orient Mako – $215 $142.50 from Amazon

The Orient Black Mako

Specifications

  • In-house Orient caliber 46943 movement
  • Certified ISO diver’s watch
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Mineral crystal
  • 41.5mm case diameter
  • 13mm height
  • 47mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 22mm band width
  • 40hr power reserve
  • Day and date window
  • Luminous markers

While it’s not quite as popular as the SKX007, it’s still brought up a lot as a great dive watch for general use,  and is usually a little bit cheaper than the Seiko SKX007.

I really like the styling of the Orient Mako. There’s lots of little high quality details on this watch, like the embossed Orient logo, the stainless steel frame around the date window, and engraving on the watch crown. It really is a great looking watch, especially at this price. Apparently many people are turned off by the date pusher at the 2 o’clock, saying it throws off the balance of the watch, but I don’t personally dislike it.

Why’d I end up buying the Seiko instead? I nearly pulled the trigger on the Mako black, but while reading up on my next watch, I came across a lot of people saying they had problems getting the Mako’s bezel to function. It seems to freeze up a lot, or just be very difficult to turn. I use the bezel a lot, not just while diving but also for timing a lot of activities, from length of a kayak tour to the laundry. This pushed me over to the SKX007, but probably isn’t a big problem for most people.

If you like the style, but want something a little bigger, be sure to check out the Mako XL, which has a 44mm case diameter.

Personally, I’m partial to the ‘Black Mako’, which I would love to throw on a black NATO Strap, but Orient also makes this available with a blue dial, called the ‘Blue Mako’

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Casio MDV106 – $69.95 $40.99 from Amazon

Casio MDV106 Quartz Dive Watch

Specifications

  • Battery powered quartz – Approximately 3 year battery life
  • 200m (660ft) water resistance
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Mineral crystal
  • 45mm case diameter
  • 48.5mm lug-to-lug distance
  • 12.1mm height
  • 20mm band width
  • 92g weight (with rubber band)
  • Date display
  • Luminous hands and hour markers (cheap, short lasting)

If you don’t care about having a mechanical movement, and prefer something with a battery, the  MDV106 might be perfect for you. This is the only quartz diver I’ve seen recommended at this price point. Once you go above $200 there’s a lot bigger selection of excellent quartz divers, such as the Citizen Eco-Drive watches.

At about a third of the cost of the above automatics, this Casio would make a perfect beater watch that still looks great, and a great present for any diver.

Be aware that this is a large watch, with a case size of 45mm. Apparently the specifications on Amazon’s page are wrong, they list it as much smaller, at 40mm.

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Reed

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