As far as I know, there is quite strict standard that a diver watch must be qualify to be a certified diving watch. For example, all genuine and authentic diver watches must comply with ISO 6425 testing procedure such as condensation test, deep test, thermal shock testing, etc, meaning that the watch will hold up under extreme underwater condition . It’s much the same with standard watches for military.
Even divers aren't wearing dive watches anymore.
Even though my water adventures never go beyond beach snorkel or just take a nice swim in local water park with my kids, but like as many watch lovers I know, most dive watches don’t get too much aquatic action (strange isn't it.). Yeah.. sometimes we wearing it while takes a morning shower or get wet during heavy rainstorm, however, most dive watches are used for daily activities. Sure, some watches boast durability, others luxury or even practicality. However, some people use the cheapest watches you can buy as long as they are good enough for the depth they are diving. Personally, I cannot afford a watch in the price ranges that most of the divers watches usually offers. But for me, I think I could spend dive watch about $450 to $550 or so.
For your reference, here’s a look at five of the best tough diving watches around. And don't forget to considered several things before you decided to choose a dive watch.
OMEGA SEAMASTER Planet Ocean Chronograph
Best for Diver Watch. This 600 M Chrono Diver, made of stainless steel and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, is water resistant up to 600 meters.
Planet Ocean Chrono
If you’re not really confident the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chrono watch is really a devious watch, think about this simple fact: James Bond wear the Omega Seasmaster too. You have to spend around $6000 to bought this badd ass watch.
TIMEX INTELLIGENT Quartz Depth Gauge Dive Watch
Best Dive Watch for the Data-Driven Diver. Timex Intelligent Quartz Depth Gauge brings not just a depth gauge (functional to a respectable 660 meters) but additionally a temperature sensor to a durable and suitable dive watch.
|Timex T2N809DH Intelligent Quartz|
Stainless steel case and bracelet, in addition with patented 4-hand iq technology; indiglo night-light. Price tag : around $200. Click here to see for detail.
VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY DIVE MASTER 500
Best Dive Watch for the Value-Minded Diver. Since it was launched, The Victorinox Dive Master 500 has got quietly become a favorite of dive watch lovers and one of the best tough dive watch around. The gunmetal steel case, engraved luminous bezel, legible dial and long, supple rubber strap have a fit and finish on par with divers two or three times more expensive.
|Victorinox Swiss Army|
The Dive Master is available with either a self-winding, high grade mechanical movement or a precise quartz ticker (both Swiss, naturally) and a variety of dial and strap colors to match with your summer wardrobe, neoprene or otherwise. Click here for more detail
LUMINOX 3001 ORIGINAL NAVY SEAL DIVE
Best Dive Watch for a NAVY SEALS. If it’s good enough for the Navy SEALS, it’s good enough for fellow divers. Founded and designed to become a dependable for night time missions, Luminox Men's 3001 Original Navy SEAL Dive Watch is actually sturdy and it is lighted with no external source of light.
|Luminox Navy Seal's |
CASIO G-SHOCK GF -1000 FROGMAN
Best For A Tough Dive Watch. The brand new G-Shock GF-1000-1 Frogman model brings together the perfect in G-SHOCK performance and functionality, using the most up-to-date technological innovations. Features include things like Tough Solar, Moon Phase Graph, Moon Age Indicator, Tide Graph, World Time, 5 alarms, and much more. The application of stainless-steel rather than titanium offers better design and style flexibility, that is evident in the watch's refined metal parts as well as machined control buttons. The back and bezel are constructed with diamond-like carbon which resists scratching and wear.
Inside the watch is a brand new LSI which will delivers very quick processing speed, therefore tide calculation is really a lot quicker than earlier FROGMAN models.
|G-Shock Frogman GF 1000-1D|
The first ever Frogman released was the DW-6300 in 1993. The Frogman models are the only G-Shock ISO certified for scuba diving. As far as I know G-Shocks are not advertised as dive watches, because they are not ISO rated.Only the Frogman is ISO rated for 200m water resistance.This does not mean G-Shocks are not good for scuba diving, they are 20 bar water resist, only not certified, so they can keep the price down.
Dive watches relatively don't have to cost a fortune but a watch made specifically for diving will be a little more expensive then one that isn't and it's definitely will look cool when you wear it.