Having a sturdy dive watch when you are snorkeling or diving enhances your sporting experience and ensures that you won’t have a broken watch after exploring underwater.
Fortunately, there are durable dive watches under $500 that you can purchase and still get the same kind of service from more expensive designer brand watches. These are our best dive watches under $500.
Phoibos Men’s PX002C
The PX002C is a Swiss-made professional diving watch that can be safely used to up to 1000 feet or 300 meters of water.
The 42 mm x 50 mm brushed, polished watch looks every part of a classy men’s watch, but has much more water tolerance that regular dress watches.
It features a Swiss Ronda 515 movement with an analog display, a highly visible date window located at the 3 o’clock position
. Each watch weighs only 180 grams and is manufactured from 316L stainless steel and coupled with a screw-down cap that resists water perfectly.
The cover is made from perfect sapphire crystal, which is scratch-resistant and ensures clarity under any lighting condition.
Orient Men’s ‘Ray II’ Diving Watch
Orient is a Japanese watchmaker that has been producing quality timepieces since the 1950s.
The Ray II is one of this brand’s most popular and practical diving watches because it is well below $500. The Ray II is equipped with automatic movement (F6922 Automatic mechanism) of Swiss origin.
The case measures a substantial 41.55 mm x 13 mm and has a whopping 40 hour power reserve. It has a magnified and clear date window at the 3 o’clock position, and the calendar day can be changed easily by winding the crown.
Released in 2019, the Ray II is a stylish watch with a scratch-resistant mineral crystal display cover and a stainless steel construction. It is water-resistant to a depth of 660 feet.
Tauchmeister XXL T0265
Hefty and larger than life, the Tauchmeister XXL T0265 does not disappoint when it comes to size and heft.
The T0625 is a professional military diving watch with a built-in helium valve, which can be used to release pressure during ascent. It has a second indicator and a calendar date indicator at the 3 o’clock position.
The T0625 is equipped with a Miyota 2115 mechanism developed by CITIZEN WATCH CO, LTD. The massive case measures 52 mm x 15.5 mm, making the T0625 one of the biggest diving watches in our countdown.
To aid in visibility, the analog display (hands and digits) are all luminous for better clarity underwater. The watch is water-resistant to up 3280 feet or 1000 meters.
On top of all these great features, Tauchmeister has been kind enough to outfit the T0625 with a sapphire crystal cover for added durability. Sweet!
Timex Intelligent Quartz Watch T2N720
We can honestly say that in terms of sportiness, the T2N720 takes the crown in the current rundown.
Cast with a beautiful black case and bracelet, the T2N720 has perfect red accents for those gunning for a more youthful look and it also has Indiglo nightlight, a digital compass (North), a built-in digital thermometer that’s capable of evaluating air or water temperature.
The built-in compass is activated by a button, and you have 20 seconds to get the orientation before it deactivates automatically.
The case measures 45 mm x 13 mm, coupled with a durable silicone bracelet that’s perfect for folks who don’t like the feel or heft of stainless steel.
The case is protected by a sapphire crystal cover and the timepiece can washstand water to a depth of 330 feet.
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Watch
Distinctively stylish the way Citizen makes them, the Promaster Diver Watch is a cult classic and occupies a league of its own as a professional diving watch.
The dial has been enlarged for much easier reading, and it is equipped with a multi-directional bezel, large analog clock hands, and perfectly marked hour signs, with a clear calendar window at the 3 o’clock position.
Like all Eco-Drive watches, the Promaster Diver Watch is powered by light and will never require a change of battery.
The case is manufactured from high grade stainless steel and is silver-toned. The band is made from premium smooth rubber, tipped with a buckle closure for a secure fit wherever you may be.
The case cover is mineral crystal (usually just as durable as sapphire crystal covers) and the case measures 48 mm x 19 mm. This bad boy can be submerged to a whopping 990 feet, making it one of the toughest diving watches in the current roster.
Invicta Men’s Pro Diver Collection 6977
Invicta is a Swiss watch brand that hails from Chiasso, Switzerland. It is not as big as the other makers, but it is a Swiss watchmakers and has been around since the mid-1800’s, which makes it one of the oldest and most reliable brands.
Invicta appeal to a broader spectrum of consumers, so they have both really affordable watches and more expensive timepieces for those looking for luxurious timepieces.
The watch in question, the 6977 features a classic Swiss look (two-toned; black and silver), and has a Japanese quartz movement (Caliber-VD53).
Made from high quality stainless steel, the 6977 is an ideal first watch for people who’d like to try snorkeling or diving for the first time.
With a depth resistance of 100 meters or 330 feet, you can be sure that your Invicta can handle the changes in pressure easily and it will lead excellently upon ascent.
Be sure to check out the other watches in the same series if you’re looking for something slightly larger, like the 19825.
Seiko Prospex Special Edition Diving Watch
And finally, we have the sexy Seiko Prospex Diving Watch, which measures a hefty 45 mm x 13.42 mm and has a depth resistance of 200 meters.
This can be considered an intermediate watch for divers, and is a perfect addition to your Seiko collection if you are thinking of trying snorkeling or watersports.