Scuba diving watches

Crucial Criteria For Dive Watches

The market seems awash (excuse the pun) with dive watches these days. It seems that what we may have initially thought was a simple task of choosing watch to wear when diving, suddenly becomes a mammoth task with far too many styles, sizes and features to comprehend!

So how can we see past the numerous features that aren’t really necessary and choose a dive watch that will do exactly what you need it to do? Simple! Just stay focused on the following five steps and you’ll soon bag yourself a dive watch that is all about quality, not the catwalk.


Water Resistance

This is the number one feature that a dive watch needs, without it you’re simply weighing your arm down with a strap of nonsense.

So here comes a quick piece of legal theory. A watch has to pass a lab test where it is exposed to a water depth 25% higher than the stated depth. In simple terms, if the watch says it’s good up to a 200m depth, it has been successfully tested at 250m.

In general a watch with stated water resistance of 200m will be more than adequate. If, on the other hand, your situation requires a greater depth resistance, you will be looking at a watch which has been engineered with a different structure and may even have additional elements.

Secure Crown And Case Back

These are the two points which are most vulnerable when in water. Choose a dive watch that uses a screw down mechanism coupled with strong gaskets.

The Safety Feature Of An Unidirectional Rotating Bezel

This gives the wearer another way to measure how long they’ve been underwater. When diving, having an accurate understanding of how long you have been underwater is absolutely crucial. Only dive watches that have an unidirectional rotating bezel should make it to your shortlist.

Keep The Face Simple

Some dive watches are pushing into the fashion world and certainly come up tops when it comes to style. When you are in the watery deep however, the last thing you want is a watch face that seems littered with graphics. Choose a face that is uncluttered and easy to read at a glance.

Corrosion Resistant Is A Must

It may seem like we’re stating the obvious here, but actually this factor is easy to overlook. Make sure you choose a dive watch that has been made using corrosion resistant materials, such as titanium or high grade stainless steel. A plastic option may initially seem a good choice, but you may find you have a brittle dive watch in no time.

Certainly the range of dive watches on the market is wide and varied. Before you get caught up with the style, features and functions of the watches on offer, make sure you have the above five crucial points in mind. So long as your watch happily meets this crucial criteria, you should be able to make a purchase that will safely see you through many future dives.