Dive watches are a very popular style of watch not only worn by divers but anyone that is active and loves water-based activities. Dive watches have evolved over the years with long power range quality automatic movements and individual sometimes exclusive designs that stand out. 2022 has brought out a plethora of exciting dive watches and here are MenStyleFashion’s Top 4 dive watches that will not break the bank.
1. Valimor Kilgharrah
The Valimor Kilgharrah is super hot of the press with a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign to be launched soon. The Kilgharrah is a collection of automatic dive watches that draws its design inspiration from the legend of King Arthur by incorporating dragon scale engravings, original numbers and identifiable sword hands. These features will make the Kilgharrah stand out in the market of dive watches.
The patented watch design is made even more unique by limiting each hand-assembled watch model to a limited edition of only 50 pieces Worldwide. Quality materials are used like the 60-hour power reserve Miyota Cal.8315 automatic movement, beautiful on display via the see-through back. This is complemented with Swiss Super-LumiNova, 316L Stainless steel bracelet or Japenese NBR Rubber Strap, Diamond-cut sword-shaped hands and the scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal. The Valimor Kilgharrah dive watch has a water-resistant rating of 100 meters.
The Kilgaharrah has a retail price of £395 to £460 depending on the type of strap.
2. SDC Oceanrider
Recently MenStyleFashion reviewed the SDC Oceanrider a luxury automatic dive watch made by divers for divers with a unique neoprene strap that has been made from used diving suits. This watch is waterproof to 300 meters and has a see-through back revealing the Seiko NH35 automatic movement with 24 jewels.
Another part of the unique appeal of this watch is that 5% of the proceeds of each watch sale go to the Marine Conservation Society a UK charity fighting for cleaner, better protected, healthier oceans. This watch is for divers wanting to show their ecological credentials. Price – £425.
3. Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80
Swiss-made Certina has a great reputation for quality watches that do not cost a fortune. The brand is more than 130 years old and it knows how to build robust dive watches with its DS (double security) concept of both water-resistant and shock-resistant watches. Powering the is the automatic watch is the 23 jewels ETA Powermatic 80.611 which has an 80-hour power reserve. The collection consists of 6 different colour options with a variety of dial and bezel colours. The Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 is water-resistant up to 300 meters.
There is also a special sea turtle conservancy special edition which has an embossed turtle logo on the matte back.
Pricing starts at £670.
4. Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic Watch
Alpina is another Swiss watch brand dating as far back as 1883. The Seastrong family of watches consists of battery-operated as well as automatic watches all rated at 300 meters for water resistance. Powering the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 is the Sellita SW-200 mechanism which has a power reserve of 38 hours.
The back of the watch is see-through where you can see all the action inside the watch unfold. What stands out in the Seastrong range are the big rubber textured crown, the huge triangle on the dial at 12h, and the oversized hands. The 44mm wide watch looks like a solid divers watch with plenty of classical design elements.
The price of the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic Watch is £900 and you will have to shop around to get it for this price. Alternatively, you can opt for the cheaper battery-operated versions.