Today we’re taking a look at the best diver watches available for under £500. As usual we’ve made the decision to pick just one of the best watches from each brand that offers diving timepieces.
Obviously picking just one dive watch from each brand is a tricky task from the likes of Seiko, but we’ve made sure to link your to our in depth guides for any extra models you’d possibly be interested in for each brand.
I hope you enjoy our recommending diving watches, if you have any questions just comment at the end.
Seiko SKX007K1 Diving Watch – Diver’s 200m
First up in today’s list of the best diver watches under £500 is the popular Seiko SKX007. Seiko have an amazing collection of dive watches that are highly rated in the community. You can view more of the best Seiko diving watches here.
The Seiko SKX007K1 is a fairly affordable quality diving watch that’s built with a large 42mm stainless steel casing that has a thickness of 13mm.
The casing features a uni-directional rotating bezel and an offset crown. This has been completed with a polyurethane strap that has a width of 26mm and fastens with a buckle style clasp.
This watch, as with many diving watches, features a large easy to read dial making use thick hands and bold hour markers that are coating in lume for better visibility. There’s a day and date display found at the 3 o’clock position
It’s powered by an automatic self winding movement which charges itself from the movement of your wrist and doesn’t requires a battery. Protecting the dial is a mineral crystal glass lens which provides a decent level of scratch resistance.
With a Diver’s 200m water resistance rating this is an excellent watch that’s rated for most diving requirements. You can read up our full guide of water resistance ratings here.
2. Alpina Seastrong Diving Smartwatch – 100m
Next up as one of our favourite diving watches is this beautiful black timepiece from Swiss watch brand Alpina. The Seastrong collection is Alpina’s answer to diving watches.
This Swiss made dive watch is built with a 44mm stainless steel casing with a thickness of 15mm making it a slightly chunky design. This matches up nicely with the comfortable rubber strap that has a 22mm width and fastens with a buckle clasp.
The dial has a high visibility design with white hands and hour markers that stand out well against the black background. These components are coated in lume for better visibility in dim lit conditions.
Powering this Alpina Seastrong is a quartz movement, caliber MMT-28201, this is a reliable and accurate Swiss movement. A sapphire crystal glass lens has been used on this timepiece, this provides an excellent level of scratch protection.
Features of the smartwatch aspect of this watch include activity tracking, sleep monitoring, active alerts and dynamic coaching. Always make sure to check the apps are available for your type of mobile device before purchasing.
Last off, this watch has a water resistance rating of 100m.
You can read my full Alpina watches review here.
3. Orient Automatic Diver’s Watch – Diver’s 200m
Orient are a well known quality Japanese watch brand with a great range of timepieces available. Why not check out our article on the differences between Japanese and Swiss movements next.
This Orient dive watch is built with a large 43mm stainless steel casing that has a thickness of 14mm. It’s completed with a 22mm wide stainless steel strap that fastens with a push release clasp.
On the front of the timepiece we have a uni-directional bezel and an offset crown. Both the hands and hour markers are coated in lume for extra visibility in dim lit conditions. And there’s also a small date display at the 4 o’clock position on the dial.
An excellent sapphire crystal glass lens gives you some of the best scratch protection available. And powering this Japanese diving watch is an automatic movement that’s powered up by the movement of your wrist.
This Orient watch comes with a diver’s 200m water resistance rating. This is excellent for most people’s requirements.
You can read my full Orient watches review here.
4. Citizen Men’s Divers Eco Drive Watch – Diver’s 200m
Here we have one of the best selling watches in the world. This is the Citizen BN0151-09L, a diving watch that features an Eco-Drive movement.
For those that don’t know, an Eco Drive watch is fuelled by light, any type of light. This technology has prove so popular that it now features in the majority of Citizen’s watches. You can learn more about how Eco-Drive watches work here.
It’s a decent sized men’s diving watch with a 42mm stainless steel casing that has a thickness of 12mm. It also makes use of a blue polyurethane strap with a width of 18mm that fastens with a buckle clasp.
Like the previous diving watches, this model has bold hands and large hour markers to stand out on the dial, these are coated in high quality lume for excellent visibility at night and in dark environments.
Protecting the dial is a mineral crystal glass lens, this is good as it offers a decent level of resistance to both scratches and shattering.
This Citizen watch comes with an excellent diver’s 200m water resistance rating.
You can read my full Citizen watches review here.
5. Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Professional Dive Watch – 200m
Coming in from Victorinox is another Swiss made diving watch, this time however we have a timepiece built with a titanium casing. The benefits of titanium over stainless steel are that it’s stronger and lighter. Titanium watches typically cost more money as it’s a pricer material to use.
This is a larger timepiece with a 45mm casing that has a thickness of 13.3mm. The strap is made of polyurethane with a width of 22mm and a buckle style clasp.
At the heart of this Victorinox Swiss army watch is a Swiss made quartz movement that provides excellent timekeeping and reliability. An anti-reflective sapphire glass also provides a very high level of scratch protection.
This Swiss quartz watch comes with a 200m water resistance rating.
You can read my full Victorinox watches review here.
6. Tissot Men’s Swiss Chronograph Diving Watch – 300m
Tissot are another well respected Swiss watch brand with a large selection of diving watches available. Here we have the Tissot Seastar T1204171704100 are pick for a perfect diving watch from the brand.
This model has a stainless steel casing that has a diameter of 40mm and a width of 13mm. The strap used on this timepiece is made of rubber and fastens with a buckle style clasp.
The dial features these huge baton style hands and bold dot hour markers that are both coated in lume for better visibility in low lit conditions.
This is a chronograph watch that’s powered by a Swiss quartz movement for high levels of accuracy and reliability.
Protecting that deep blue dial is a sapphire crystal glass lens which provides you with a great level of scratch resistance.
This men’s Tissot diving watch comes with a 300m water resistance rating.
You can read my full Tissot watches review here.
7. Casio G-Shock Frogman – Diver’s 200m
In at number 7 in our list of the best diving watches under £500 is this durable watch from Casio’s G-Shock collection.
The G-Shock collection comes in all sorts of varieties and really does have something for everyone’s budget. They often have these huge profiles with an oversized design, this particular watch has a casing diameter of 45mm and a thickness of 17mm making it a rather chunky watch.
Of course, the main thing adding to the chunkiness of the Casio Frogman is the thick rubber that protects the casing from shocks and vibrations. The strap is equally durable and is made out of a thick rubber with a width of 21mm, it fastens with a buckle strap.
This tank of a watch comes with all sorts of features including multi-band 6 atomic timekeeping that makes the watch extremely accurate. A tide & moon data set, full auto backlight, world time display, stop watch, countdown timer and more.
The Casio Frogman is an excellent diving watch that is diver’s 200m ISO rated.
You can read my full Casio G-Shock watches review here.
8. Bulova Precisionist Chronograph UFH – 300m
One of my favourite affordable watch brands happens to be Bulova, they have a stunning range of timepieces available, many of which are very reasonably priced. This oversized Bulova timepiece is an absolute attention grabber with its huge 47mm diameter and 18mm thickness, it will really stand out on your wrist.
The casing of this watch is made of stainless steel with a ion plated gun mental finish, this is the same finish that the 24mm wide strap has.
I love this type of dial design, it uses a multi-layered carbon fibre finish with lume coated hands and hour markers for extra visibility in dim lit conditions. You also have the multiple dials for the chronograph features of the watch.
One of the best features on this timepiece is the UHF ultra high frequency movement which vibrates at 262 khz this is 8 times faster that a standard quartz. All of this give you superior accuracy and timekeeping with the chronograph being able to measure to 1/1000th of a second over a 12 hour period.
The water resistance rating for this timepiece is 300m.
In the past I’ve put together a detailed Bulova 98B229 review that’s worth checking out if you want to learn more about this diver watch
Read my full Bulova watches review here.
9. Luminox Navy Seal Diving Watch – 200m
Luminox are one of the top brands to head to if you love military watches. This brand produces models for many units in the armed forces.
This is a Swiss made watch brand built with a 44mm brushed stainless steel casing that has a thickness of 13mm. The strap is made of durable polyurethane and fastens with a buckle style clasp.
As with many of the other dive watches featured today, this model also has a high visibility dial with large white numerals that stand out against the background.
One of the key features of the Luminox brand is their use of LLT light technology. These are tiny gas tubes that emit excellent light in dim lit conditions. You can read all about how this technology works in my best tritium watches article.
Powering this timepiece is a highly accurate and reliable Swiss quartz movement. And sitting above the dial is a mineral crystal glass for both scratch and shatter resistance.
The water resistance rating of this diving style watch is 200m.
You can read my full Luminox watches review here.
Thank you for taking the time to read through today’s article on the best diving watch brands under £500. Which of these models is your favourite? Or do you prefer one of the other options offered by these brands, I know Seiko has a huge selection available. Comment below and let us know what you think.