Chris Benz Taucheruhr Depthmeter Chronograph

Dive watch

A dive watch is waterproof and has a rotating bezel that is used to measure the time underwater.

Diving watches are not dive computers and are therefore often used by divers as a backup, in the event that one of the devices fails but you still have a “replacement” with you.

Citizen Watch BN2021-03E Taucheruhr

Since the time elapsed underwater is very important for divers, a diver’s watch always has a bezel on the watch that can only be adjusted to the left. The 12 o’clock mark on the bezel is the largest mark and is now placed on the minute hand and thus the start of the dive. This means that it is easy to read on the bezel how many minutes the diver has been underwater.

For safety reasons, the bezel can only be turned counterclockwise. If it changes unintentionally during the dive, the marked start time is always before the actual one. It is therefore unlikely that the elapsed dive time will be underestimated, so that the diver will always begin the ascent process before reaching the no-decompression limit or doing the required decompression times.

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If you don’t follow certain rules you can seriously harm yourself!

No decompression limit

The No decompression limit is the time from descending all the way to acseding backup to the surface, without having to make a decompression stop, so you have not exceeded the No decompression limit means you have no supersaturation of nitrogen in your blood! It is best to look up the max diving times at the respective depth from a diving table.

Decompression time

If you exceed your no-decompression limit and thus Supersaturate your blood with nitrogen you’ll need to make stops on the way up. This can also be read from the diving table for how long and at what depth this stop must be made. These stops cannot be skipped otherwise you’ll harm yourself!

Fashionable accessory and luxury object

Nowadays diving watches are more of a fashion accessory and luxury item and are basically no longer required for diving as a primary display. There is also the dive computer that can show a lot more than just the time and entry. But if you would like to wear a classic watch, you will get your money’s worth here!

DIN Norm

In Germany for example, only watches with the designation diving watch or diver’s (watch) that meet the criteria of DIN 8306 may be sold, for example:

  • Tested water resistance up to 20 bar, corresponding to a diving depth of 190 meters
  • Clear readability from a distance of 25 cm from the time, selected dive time, functioning of the clock – even in the dark
  • Possibility to preselect a time period (timer or bezel)

Beginnings of the dive watch

The Swiss watch manufacturer Rolex responded to a growing interest in sports and swimming and was the first manufacturer to achieve permanent water resistance in wristwatches. The first waterproof wristwatch to be marketed was the 1926 Oyster model.

The Submariner from 1953 is considered the archetype of modern diving watches with an external rotating ring (bezel) and guaranteed water resistance up to 100 meter

Mechanical dive watches

With a dive watch, it is important to ensure that the hands and the dial are easy to read, even in poor lighting conditions.

The hands and the dial are provided with fluorescent material, mostly Superluminova. In order to make this material shine, it has to be stimulated with light. The light is then slowly released again from the material and you can read the clock well even in very poor visibility conditions or during night dives without shining on the clock with your underwater torch.

A bezel that can only be rotated to the left, which prevents unintentional adjustment leading to an incorrect dive time.

When good and reliable automatic clockwork were available, these became the standard for mechanical diving watches for safety reasons, instead of the manual winding clockworks that had been used until then.

Quartz clockwork in dive watches

For safety reasons, a function has been integrated so that when the battery level is low, the second hand jumps for three seconds at each step (instead of one normally). Unlike many other utility watches, however, quartz movements did not become the dominant standard in diving watches.

With the so-called auto-quartz movement, the technology in diving watches experienced a boost. The drive energy is generated by a mechanical winding rotor that is moved by the movements of the wrist. Thus, annoying battery changes and the uncertainty of the water resistance of the dive watch were eliminated. A charged watch also runs without movement for several months.

Quartz movement dive watches with depth gauge

In the 80s, the analog dial models began to be equipped with a digital display that showed the date above water and the depth in meters or feet underwater. In other watches, the depth gauge was implemented with a fourth pointer and a meter or foot scale.

Digital quartz movement dive watch

Before the diving watch was replaced by the diving computer, some manufacturers brought digital quartz diving watches with a large LCD display onto the market, but they had no real chance!

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Further development

Due to the technical progress that was made with personal computers, the diver’s watch has also been further developed and today there are watches that can do a lot more than just show the time!

The manufacturer Garmin, which originally comes from the field of GPS navigation, has developed the diver’s watch more in the direction of a combination of dive computer, navigation device and smartwatch. The Garmin Descent MK2 model combines the functionalities of GPS satellite navigation, fitness tracker and a complete dive computer in a single device.

In 1996 the manufacturer Sinn brought the newly developed hydro technology onto the market. By completely filling the watch with a silicone-based special oil, a mirror-free read off from every viewing angle, absolute protection against fogging and any pressure resistance is achieved for every achievable diving depth.

Diving watches as an accessory

Nowadays diving watches are not only worn by divers, watch collectors also have their eyes on this sector! Their sporty appearance does not only inspire divers either and they look fashionable on the wrist and make a certain statement.


Here are our recommendations for dive watches

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Sailhawk Quartz Men’s Watch Dive Watch

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Sailhawk Quartz Men's Watch Dive Watch
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameCitizen
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeMineral
Display TypeAnalog-Digital
ClaspBuckle
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter44 millimeters
Case Thickness14.3 millimeters
Band MaterialRubber
Band sizeMens Standard
Band width22 millimeters
Band ColorOrange
Dial colorBlack
Bezel materialMetal
Bezel functionDirectional
CalendarDay-Date-Month
Special featuresWorld Time in 30 cities, 1/100 second Chronograph measures up to 24 hours, Yacht racing timer, 2 alarms, split lap time, 99-minute countdown timer, One touch interchangeable analog/digital times
MovementQuartz
Water resistant depth200 Meters
WarrantyManufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

Boldr Odyssey Freediver Automatic Green Dive Watch

Boldr Odyssey Freediver Automatic Green Dive Watch
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameBOLDR
Dial window material typeSapphire Crystal
Display TypeAnalog
Case diameter40 millimeters
Case Thickness14 millimeters
Band ColorSilver
MovementJapanese Automatic
Water resistant depth300 Meters
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here

Tissot mens Seastar 660/1000 Stainless Steel Dive watch

Tissot mens Seastar 660-1000 Stainless Steel Dive watch
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameTissot
Model Year2018
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeSynthetic Sapphire
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspFolding Clasp With Safety And Diver Extension
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter13 millimeters
Case Thickness13 millimeters
Band MaterialStainless Steel
Band width16 millimeters
Band ColorGray
Dial colorBlack
Bezel materialStainless Steel
Bezel functionUnidirectional
CalendarDate
Special featuresScratch-resistant sapphire crystal, power reserve up to 80 hours, Screw-down crown and caseback, See-through caseback, ceramic bezel ring, Anti-clockwise rotating bezel, Water Resistant
Item weight3.81 Ounces
MovementSwiss Automatic
Water resistant depth1000 Feet
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here

Pantor Sealion 300m Pro Dive Watch

Pantor Sealion 300m Pro Dive Watch
Brand, Seller, or Collection NamePantor
Model Year2018
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeAnti reflective sapphire
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspPush Button Deployment Clasp
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter42.00
Case Thickness12.60
Band MaterialStainless Steel
Band sizeMen’s Long
Band width22 millimeters
Band ColorMetallic
Dial colorblack/blue/green
Bezel materialStainless Steel
Bezel functionUnidirectional
CalendarDate
Special featuresScrew down crown, Luminous
Item weight4.06 Ounces
MovementJapanese Automatic
Water resistant depth300 Meters
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here
ColorBlue, Black, Green

SEIKO 5 Sports 24-Jewel Automatic Dive Watch

SEIKO 5 Sports 24-Jewel Automatic Dive Watch
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameSEIKO
Model numberSRPD59
Part NumberSRPD59
Dial window material typeHardlex
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspThree-fold clasp with push button release
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter42.5 millimeters
Case Thickness13.4 millimeters
Band MaterialStainless Steel
Band width22 millimeters
Band ColorSilver
Dial colorOrange
CalendarDay-Date
Item weight9.6 Ounces
MovementAutomatic with manual winding capacity
Water resistant depth100 Meters
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Navihawk

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Navihawk Dive Watch
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameCitizen
Model numberCB5848-57L
Part NumberCB5848-57L
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeSapphire Crystal
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspPush Button Deployment Clasp
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter46 millimeters
Case Thickness12.9 millimeters
Band MaterialStainless Steel
Band sizeMens Standard
Band width22 millimeters
Band ColorSilver
Dial colorBlue
Bezel materialStainless Steel
Bezel functionStationary
CalendarPerpetual Calendar
Special featuresMENS ECODRIVE CHRONOGRAPH
MovementQuartz
Water resistant depth200 Meters
WarrantyManufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

Seiko Prospex Chrono Diver watch 200m Solar

Seiko Prospex Chrono Diver watch 200m Solar
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameSEIKO
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeScratch Resistant Sapphire
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspTang Buckle
Case diameter44 millimeters
Case Thickness14 millimeters
Band MaterialSilicone
Band width22 millimeters
Band ColorBlack
Dial colorBlue
Bezel materialUni-directional Rotating
CalendarDate
Item weight4.23 Ounces
Movementquartz solar
Water resistant depth200 Meters
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here

Tissot mens Seastar 660-1000 Stainless Steel Dive Watch Orange

Tissot mens Seastar 660-1000 Stainless Steel Dive Watch Orange
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameTissot
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeAntireflective Sapphire
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspTang Buckle
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter45.5 millimeters
Case Thickness12.82 millimeters
Band MaterialRubber
Band width22 millimeters
Band ColorOrange
Dial colorBlack
Bezel materialStainless Steel
Bezel functionUnidirectional
CalendarDate
Special featuresScratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided antireflective coating, Screw-down crown and caseback,aluminium bezel ring,Anti-clockwise rotating bezel,Screw-down pushers, Water Resistant
Item weight15.87 Ounces
MovementSwiss Quartz
Water resistant depth1000 Feet
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here

Rolex New Submariner 114060 Steel Black Ceramic Dive Watch

Rolex New Submariner 114060 Steel Black Ceramic Dive Watch
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameRolex
Model number114060
Part Number114060
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeSapphire Crystal
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspDeployment Clasp
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter40 millimeters
Case Thickness13.00
Band MaterialStainless Steel
Band width19.5 millimeters
Band ColorSilver-tone
Dial colorBlack
Bezel materialUni-directional Rotating
Special featuresHour, Minute, Second, Chronometer
Item weight5.5 Ounces
MovementSwiss Automatic
Water resistant depth300 Meters
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here

Rolex Submariner “Hulk” Green Dial Men’s Luxury Watch M116610LV-0002 Dive Watch

Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Men's Luxury Watch M116610LV-0002 Dive Watch
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameRolex
Model number116610LV
Part Number116610LV
Model Year2017
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeAnti reflective sapphire
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspDeployment Clasp
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter40 millimeters
Case Thickness13.00
Band MaterialStainless Steel
Band width40 millimeters
Band ColorGreen
Dial colorGreen
Bezel functionUnidirectional
CalendarDate
Special featuresSwiss Made, Screw down crown, Cyclops Lens Over Date, Green Cerachrom Insert Ceramic Bezel, COSC Superlative Chronometer Certified
Item weight15.87 Ounces
MovementSwiss Automatic
Water resistant depth300 Meters
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here

Orient Dive watch Men’s Kamasu Stainless Steel

Orient Dive watch Men's Kamasu Stainless Steel
Brand, Seller, or Collection NameORIENT
Model numberRA-AA0002L
Part NumberRA-AA0002L19A
Item ShapeRound
Dial window material typeSynthetic sapphire
Display TypeAnalog
ClaspPush Button Foldover Clasp With Safety
Case materialStainless Steel
Case diameter44 millimeters
Case Thickness12.9 millimeters
Band MaterialStainless Steel
Band sizeMen’s Standard
Band width22 millimeters
Band ColorSilver
Dial colorBlue
Bezel materialStainless Steel
Bezel functionUnidirectional
CalendarDay-Date
MovementJapanese Automatic
Water resistant depth200 Meters
Product WarrantyFor warranty information about this product, please click here

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