On the hunt for an affordable dive watch? I’m here to help, no matter what your budget may be!
People’s definition of an affordable watch varies quite a bit, depending on whether you’re an eccentric watch collector ($2000!? Too cheap!) or a struggling college student trying to buy their first ‘real’ watch ($40? Anything cheaper?).
Personally, I consider anything under $200 ‘affordable’, but I’m going to include my favorite watches that are under $500 here, for those with a bit more spending money.
The list below is basically a summary of my other lower-end price guides, so be sure to check those out as well (links further down) for more detail on each of these watches.
My top pick for each budget range?
- Best automatic for $500 or less – Seiko SRP777 ‘Turtle’
- Best quartz for $500 or less – Christopher Ward C60 Trident 300
- Best automatic for $200 or less – Seiko SKX series or Orient Mako II
- Best quartz for $200 or less – Citizen Promaster Diver BN0151-09L
- Best automatic for $100 or less – Vostok Amphibia
- Best quartz for $100 or less – Casio MDV106-1A
Of course, I’m open to suggestions to improve any of my guides, and good luck on your search for the perfect diver!
Best Affordable Dive Watches Quick ComparisonClicking the model name will take you to a full description. You can also sort by clicking the headers.
|Approx. Price||Image||Model||Movement||Water Resistance||Crystal||Case / Bezel Material||Case Diameter||Case Thickness||Lug to Lug||Strap Width||Buy Now Link|
|~$300||Seiko SRP777 'Turtle'||Automatic – Seiko 4R36||200m / 660ft||Mineral – Hardlex||Stainless Steel||45mm||13mm||48mm||22mm|
|~$300||Citizen BJ8050 'EcoZilla'||Quartz – Citizen Eco-Drive B873||300m / 990ft||Mineral||Stainless Steel||48mm||19mm||48mm (round watch)||29mm|
|~$480||Christopher Ward C60 Trident 300||Quartz – Ronda 515 Swiss||300m / 990 ft||Sapphire||Stainless Steel / Aluminum||38mm / 43mm||11.75mm||45.5mm / 51.5mm||20mm / 22mm||Buy Now|
|~$350||Helson Shark Diver 42||Automatic – Seiko NH35||500m / 1640 ft||Sapphire||Brass||42mm||14.5mm||51.5mm||22mm||Buy Now|
|~$300||Seiko SUN019||Quartz – Seiko Kinetic 5m89||200m / 660ft||Sapphire||Stainless Steel||48mm||15mm||51.5mm||24mm|
|~$450||Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba||Automatic – ETA 2834-2||100m / 330ft||Sapphire||Stainless Steel||41mm||14mm||?||20mm|
|~$200||Seiko SKX007||Automatic – Seiko 7S26||200m / 660ft||Mineral – Hardlex||Stainless Steel||41mm||13.25mm||46mm||22mm|
|~$180||Orient Mako II||Automatic – Orient F6922||200m / 660ft||Mineral||Stainless Steel||41.5mm||13mm||47mm||22mm|
|~$170||Seiko SNE107||Quartz – Seiko Solar||200m / 660ft||Mineral – Hardlex||Stainless Steel||42mm||11mm||49.5mm||20mm|
|~$200||Citizen BN0151-09L Promaster||Quartz – Citizen Eco-Drive E168||200m / 660ft||Mineral||Stainless Steel||43mm||12mm||49mm||20mm|
|~$200||Seiko Prospex SSC021||Quartz – Seiko Solar||200m / 660ft||Mineral – Hardlex||Stainless Steel||44mm||14mm||49.5mm||20mm|
|~$200||Luminox Navy Seal Colormark 3050||Quartz||200m / 660ft||Mineral||Polyurethane||44mm||13.8mm||?||23mm|
|~$040||Casio MDV106-1A||Quartz||200m / 660ft||Mineral||Stainless steel||45mm||12.1mm||48.5mm||22mm|
|~$075||Vostok Amphibia||Automatic||200m / 660ft||Acrylic||Stainless steel||40mm||14.4mm||46mm||18mm|
Be sure to check out all of my price guides for more detail: