Best Dive Watches Under 200 Reviews

Updated June 21, 2020

The purpose of a diving watch is to offer information on the time elapsed while underwater. As such, these need to be powered by an accurate and reliable movement (usually a Swiss quartz mechanism with lengthy battery life). In addition, the best dive watches are still visible in the dark, which is especially important as you go deeper. 

The market of watches designed for divers and people who are mostly on the water is quite extensive and varied. Still, when you’re looking for a design that’s under $200, it can be a bit difficult to find high-quality materials and mechanisms. 

However, it’s not impossible, as proven by the models we reviewed in this piece.

Men’s Divers Watches

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1 Orient Ray II Men's Dive Watch
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2 Orient Mako II Men's Dive Watch
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3 Phoibos - PX002C
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Phoibos PX002C Men's Dive Watch
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4 Invicta Pro Diver Men's Dive Watch
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1. Orient Ray II Men's Dive Watch

Highlights

Orient Ray II is a watch with Japanese automatic movement (around 40h power reserve) that supports hand-winding and hacking. Moreover, the watch has a Day and Date complication situated at the 3’oclock position and a three-hand system that uses silver-toned hands to indicate silver hour markings (both the hands and the markings are lumed for better visibility).

Overall, the watch registers as a solidly-built timepiece, with a stainless steel case and bracelet complimented by a metallic blue dial and black bezel. It looks good on your wrist and can be accessorized with both casual and elegant outfits.

The Ray II is accurate and reliable, so if you’re using it on a daily basis, you may not need to use the hand-winding and hacking features. However, if it runs out of power, you can use the crown, which has several positions for setting the Date, Day, and time.

Lastly, this is a stainless steel diving watch that resists at about 660ft under the water. Also, due to the lumed indices and large dial, it maintains visibility even in low-light conditions.

Specifications

Material:
Mineral Lens, Stainless Steel
Size:
41 mm
Weight:
6 ounces

Pros

  • Solid build with stainless steel design
  • An impressive look for both casual and elegant scenarios
  • Accurate Japanese movement
  • Good power reserve
  • Hand-winding and hacking

Cons

  • The crown should be slightly larger
  • The mineral crystal lens doesn’t have an anti-reflective coating

Why We Chose This

The Ray II Orient design is one of those models that bring tons of value without having you spend lifetime savings. The Japanese automatic movement is accurate and reliable, it has good water resistance, and it looks amazing on both casual and elegant scenarios.

2. Orient Mako II Men's Dive Watch

Highlights

The Orient watch company has been manufacturing mechanical watches for over 65 years, and all the movements, in other words the timing device, are made in Japan.

This fashionable, all stainless steel watch combines the company’s mechanical quality with stylish design. It features a mineral crystal and a power reserve of about 40 hours. It does require hand winding. 

The watch specifications state that it’s water resistant to 200 meters or 660 feet, and also states that it’s suitable for professional marine activity and surface water sports. 

It has a three-hand analog display with day and date at the 3 o’clock position.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel Case, Stainless Steel Band
Size:
4.7 x 4.7 x 4.7 inches
Weight:
13.1 ounces

Pros

  • Stylish design with stainless steel band.
  • Easy-to-read display and day-date display.
  • Power reserve of about 40 hours.

Cons

  • Suitable as an all-around watch but may not be the best choice for professional divers.

Why We Chose This

This watch is desirable to us for its good looks and quality craftsmanship. The design and stainless steel case and band look great. It’s easy to read and has a good day-date display that’s also convenient.

3. Phoibos PX002C Men's Dive Watch

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Phoibos - PX002C

While it does look a bit bulky, the PX002C is a beautiful and manly watch that can withstand up to 30ATM of underwater pressure. This makes it a great watch for swimming and diving, especially due to the Super-Luminova hands and markers. 

In terms of design, this is a good-looking timepiece. The stainless steel case is sturdy and features a beautiful sunray black dial protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire lens. The face is large enough to be easy to read from a distance. Also, the hour markers and three hands are a combination of white and silver that contrasts nicely with the dark background. 

The watch is powered by a Swiss Quartz Ronda 515 movement and, besides the beautiful logo, the only element that requires some dial real estate is the date window (at the 3 o’clock position). There is also a 120-click unidirectional bezel marked with Arabic numerals for seconds. 

The screw-down crown is big enough to allow users to set the time and date easily. It’s also waterproof. Lastly, the Swiss Super-Luminova BGW9 hands and hour markers are perfectly visible in the dark, which is important for divers.

Specifications

Material:
316L Stainless Steel, Sapphire Crystal Lens
Size:
42mm
Weight:
180g

Pros

  • Imposing stainless steel design
  • Swiss Quartz movement that’s reliable
  • A large face that’s easy to read
  • Super-Luminova hands and markers to read the watch in the dark
  • Good water resistance for divers

Cons

  • A bit bulky and heavy
  • The logo can interfere with reading the hands (at times)

Why We Chose This

As the best quartz dive watch, Phoibos PX002C is an absolute steal! First, the design is very similar to certain Omega models, which means it looks way more expensive than it actually is. Second, it resits nicely to water (unless it’s steamy) so you can take it swimming, diving, or snorkeling. Overall, this is a sturdy timepiece with impressive features for the money!

4. Invicta Pro Diver Men's Dive Watch

Highlights

As part of the Pro Diver series, this timepiece is a true statement for quality and robustness. Starting with the stainless steel link bracelet with foldover clasp, the screw-down crown, and ending with the exhibition case back, this watch is all about power and quality.

Its internal workings are carefully crafted to deliver accuracy, based on the Japanese automatic movement with three hands. In addition, the analog dial is beautifully designed to showcase important information such as date (in the 3 o’clock position), hour markers, and logo. The face of the clock is supported by a unidirectional bezel, highlighted in a dark blue tone.

Lastly, like all Pro Diver designs, the watch can be used at around 1000 feet under the water. It also has luminous markers to improve visibility in low light conditions.

Specifications

Material:
Mineral Lens, Stainless Steel
Size:
47 mm
Weight:
13.33 ounces

Pros

  • Heavy-duty design with solid build
  • Well-organized dial and face
  • Tight and accurate bezel
  • Appealing visual aspect

Cons

  • It is rather heavy
  • Too big for medium and small wrists

Why We Chose This

It doesn’t take much to understand that this is a badass watch! In fact, given its price, it’s probably the best budget automatic watch with such great water resistance and accuracy. The Invicta 18160 is part of the Pro Diver series, which makes it the perfect option for the outdoor guy who likes a reliable timepiece on their wrist.

Women’s Divers Watches

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1 Invicta Mako Pro Women's Dive Watch
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2 Luminox - Navy Seals Colormark Luminox Navy Seals Colormark Women's Dive Watch
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1. Invicta Mako Pro Women's Dive Watch

Highlights

A dressier option for ladies who want to use it for diving and more. It has a two-tone color scheme of gold and silver.

It features Japanese quartz movement in an analog style, with second, hour and minute hands and a date window at 3 o’clock. The design is helpful to read time underwater with a protective crystal window that’s anti-reflective, and hands that are luminescent. 

This watch is water resistant to 330 feet (100 meters).

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
Case is Just Over 1 inch in Diameter and Only 0.39 of an inch thick

Pros

  • A nice option for ladies who want more of a dressy look than a sporty look.
  • Two-tone gold and silver color scheme is somewhat unique for sports watches.
  • Smaller style is nice for those who want a daintier watch.

Cons

  • Water resistant to just 330 feet (100 meters).

2. Luminox Navy Seals Colormark Women's Dive Watch

Highlights

All-white, sporty design made for an active woman. The watch has up to 660ft water resistance and is made from highly-durable materials so it can withstand activities that involve getting wet or sweaty. 

The dial is white with metallic gray hands and features a Swiss quartz three-hand movement with a date complication in the 3 o’clock position. The face has both 12 and 24h formats and the unidirectional rotating bezel is marked for every five minutes in an hour. To set up the time and date, the user will have to use the non-screw down crown, which is easy to grip and rotate.  

The hands and hour markers are visible in low-light conditions without the user having to press a button. This is possible due to the Tritium self-illuminating gas tubes used by Luminox on all their designs. Also, the battery doesn’t need changing as it is presumed to last for u to 25 years.

Specifications

Material:
Silicone Band, Resin Bezel, Carbon-Reinforced Fiberglass Casing, Hardened Mineral Crystal Lens
Size:
44mm
Weight:
2.08oz

Pros

  • Comfortable to wear for long periods of time
  • An industrial style that’s durable and fits casual outfits
  • Automatic illumination in low-light conditions
  • Easy to read face
  • Extremely long battery life

Cons

  • It’s an all-white design that could easily stain
  • The buckle is no very secure

Why We Chose This

The Luminox Navy Seal Colormark collection is well-known on the market for their durability and industrial design. As such, this model is great for someone who loves to be outdoors or in the water most of the time. While it doesn’t have many features, it is durable and easy to read in low-light conditions. It’s also incredibly lightweight and comfortable to wear.

Dive Watch Under 200 Buying Guide

Design & Style

Most top diver’s watches feature an elegant design, but you shouldn’t focus on style when looking for a budget model. While some timepieces manage to copy more expensive watches without looking cheap, most budget designs focus on features. 

As such, it’s best to look for a watch that performs well under pressure (water pressure, to be more exact). Otherwise, you might end up with a pretty watch that doesn’t serve its purpose.  

Features

The best quartz dive watch has three important features to consider. First, it’s the water resistance. A good diving watch must resist to at least 100m underwater without any damage to its mechanism or case. 

Second, a timepiece designed for divers can be read in the dark or low light conditions without having to press any buttons. They are equipped with hands and hour markers that self-illuminate in the absence of light, without draining the battery. 

Another feature that’s specific to diving watches is the unidirectional rotating bezel that has markers every five or ten minutes in an hour. Divers use this element to measure the time elapsed from the moment they started diving. 

Lastly, a watch made for working under the water usually comes with a non-screw down crown to prevent any water sneaking inside the case. The crown is easy to use, but it may take a bit fo getting used to.

Durability

Our pick for the best design in the specified budget is a stainless steel dive watch because it is durable and stylish at the same time. Other timepieces are made with modern materials such as silicon or fiberglass, for increased durability in saltwater, but the aspect is not as attractive. 

Overall, if you were to choose between style and durability, we recommend focusing on the latter. In addition, a durable watch also features a good battery life to avoid opening the case too often.

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