Choosing a perfect dive watch isn’t easy. It can become more confusing when you are flooded with fancy words, advertisements, and information. You don’t know what you should look for or whether it is the most suitable watch at a reasonable price. Here are some tips for you to find out a qualified timepiece without having to pay for unnecessary features.
Determine what you need
Each dive watch has pros and cons, so first, know what you need to decide what is suitable for you and what is not. By understanding your needs, you will save a lot of time and effort checking all attributes of a watch. Ask yourself if you need it for daily use, water sport, snorkeling, or scuba diving.
High water and pressure resistance
Of course, when choosing a dive watch, the first thing to consider is its water resistance based on the depth you intend to dive. Two hundred meters of resistance is good. You can check for ISO-6425 specifications. But if you want to buy a watch for light splashing, bathing, and snorkeling, water resistance to 100m is acceptable. If you are a professional diver, take a 300m or more.
Pressure resistance is also vital to make your watch work properly under diving conditions. If your watch is not pressure resistant, it can break under deep water.
Well-built crystal, case, and dial are needed for a good-looking timepiece and to protect it best. The case should be made from corrosion-resistant material such as high-grade stainless steel or titanium because your watch will be immersed in salt water.
Pay attention to the crown and case back; water can penetrate the watch through these points. Check if the case is fully sealed. Screw down the pusher and crown to protect your watch from the water.
You should know which movement is beating inside your dive watch. Check out all types of movements to know their pros and cons. Accuracy is vital to every watch, not to mention a diving piece.
When you get deeper, it gets dark and murky quickly. In addition to a clear dial, luminescent markers are highly significant on the hour marks, second and hour hand, and the rotating bezel. The lume must be strong, bright, and long-lasting. It can be dangerous when you don’t know how much time has elapsed underwater.
Bezel is equipped for divers to count down time underwater. It must be unidirectional, smooth enough to turn freely but firm enough not to rotate itself easily. It is dangerous if the bezel turns back, making you think you have more time. This feature is too important to be overlooked.
Suitable band material & design
If you intend to use your watch when diving, straps made of rubber or metal bracelets with wet suit extensions are suitable. Plastic is not recommended as it is brittle and will break after a long time, mainly when you use your timepiece in the water and on dry land with sun exposure.