Debuting in 1927, the Rolex Oyster is said to be the first water-resistant watch of all time (no pun intended). Around a decade later, Panerai introduced the Radiomir developed to be worn by Italian Navy divers. These early dive watches were the precursor of the modern dive watch in 1953 when Rolex, Zodiac, and Blancpain introduced the Submariner, Sea Wolf, and Fifty Fathoms.
Designed to function under the tenacious pressure of the ocean and surrounded by boundless amounts of water, the husky, water-resistant cases had rotating dive bezels to measure time underwater and illuminated dials. From then on, dive watches became an important part of scuba kits. Now divers would know the exact time to ascent.
Our Top Picks
Luminox 3001 Quartz Navy Seal Dive Watch
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch
Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver BN0151-09L
Professional and recreational divers aren’t the only ones who appreciate dive watches. They became popular out of the water into the fashion world as an iconic standard for fashionwear. We know that Rolexes and other luxury watches don’t fit everyone’s budget, so we created a collection of the best dive watches under $500. Whether you’re a recreational or professional diver, or a day on the beach is as close as you’ll come, you can find an affordable dive watch with fascinating features and functions.