The 9 Best Dive Watches Under $300: Underwater Stalwarts

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Ahoy there, fellow divers (and desk divers)! Ready to take the plunge? Let's get you suited up with the perfect dive watch.

These are are more than just a couple of pretty pieces - they give you the life-saving guidance you need when entering uncharted depths. And they look great, too!

Let's see what we can do for $300 with this top 9 list (disclaimer: some of these I own myself).

NEYMAR Automatic Dive Watch- Best Overall

The Neymar Automatic Dive Watch is the perfect timepiece for the serious diver. It is a 1000m professional diver watch that has a stainless steel case and a strap made from a durable material that is sure to last. The watch features a BGW 9 luminous movement and a sapphire glass crystal. It's got a nice weight to it, and the logo on the back of the case adds a nice touch..

Neymar Men's 44mm Automatic Watch 1000m Dive Watch Stainless Steel Color 500m Automatic...
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Neymar Men's 44mm Automatic Watch 1000m Dive Watch Stainless Steel Color 500m Automatic...
  • 44 mm X 52 mm brushed and polished 316L stainless steel case with 120-click unidirectional ceramic....
  • Japan NH 35 automatic movement with date indicator and analog display
  • Watch total weight 250 g with solid 316 L stainless steel band and waterproof screw down crown

This watch's classic shape, dial window, and material type all come together to create a great looking timepiece. The display type is digital, and the clasp is a stainless steel buckle that looks and feels great. The metal stamp is a nice touch, and the case material is stainless steel. The diameter of the watch is 42mm, and the thickness is 12mm. But the color really stands out, with its black dial and bezel.

This NEYMAR dive watch is ready to take the plunge. It's the real deal - boasting a 1000m water-resistant depth, Swiss super imported blue luminova lighting, and a unidirectional bezel.

It's built to last - the helium escape valve helps protect against pressure, cracks, and other damage. And with an NH 35 Japanese Automatic movement and date window, you get accurate and reliable timekeeping. Plus, it looks good too!

It's the perfect watch for any man. Readability is no issue with the luminova lighting, and you'll be able to spot it a mile away with its sleek black dial. So, jump in - and make a splash!

PROS
CONS
  • Easy-to-read dial and analog display
  • Rust-resistant stainless steel bracelet
  • Luminova lighting can glow in the dark
  • Helium escape valve prevents gas penetration
  • Superior 1000-meter water-resistant depth
  • Precise and accurate automatic movement
  • None

Cressi Leonardo Underwater Diving Computer - Best Value

Are you looking for the perfect dive computer watch for you or someone else?

Look no further than the Cressi Leonardo Underwater Diving Computer. This dive watch is the perfect choice for any SCUBA enthusiast and is an excellent choice for newbie divers venturing further into the wonderful world of diving.

The Cressi Leonardo Underwater Diving Computer has a solid and robust design that is easy to use, even for beginning divers. The one-button menu navigation is great for novice divers and the large readout display makes it easy to read information quickly and accurately.

Cressi Leonardo, black/grey
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Cressi Leonardo, black/grey
  • A single button Dive Computer makes it effortless to set Air, Nitrox and Gauge modes. Ideal for...
  • FO2 adjustable between 21% and 50%. PO2 adjustable between 1.2 bar and 1.6 bar. CNS oxygen toxicity...
  • Three levels of user adjustable conservatism. Visual and distinct, easy-to-hear audible alarms

The digital computer display is easy-to-read thanks to its 47 mm case diameter and sufficient backlight surrounding the dial.

The Cressi Leonardo is a premium diver watch, designed to provide superior performance in some of the toughest underwater environments. It boats a 2-year battery life and up to 50 dives per year.

This watch is the real deal, featuring the Reduce Gradient Bubble Model (RGBM) and deep stop algorithm. It's packed with features, including a USB cable for data storage, and a reset button that clears all the previous info. No more worrying about mixing up data!

And let's not forget its toughness. It's built to last, providing years of reliable underwater performance. Plus, it looks great too. A perfect blend of form and function!

A user-friendly button gives users full control of the watch configurations and settings. You have the option to choose between Air, Nitrox, and Gauge modes.

One of the coolest features of the Cressi Leonardo Underwater Diving Computer is the decompression model that allows divers to dive deeper and longer while still staying safe.

You can also adjust the safety factor depending on the dive conditions, which is great for more experienced divers. The computer also has ongoing maintenance and after sales support, so you're never left hanging.

PROS
CONS
  • User-friendly button
  • Functional Air, Nitrox, and Gauge modes
  • Easy-to-read digital display
  • Long-lasting 2-year battery life
  • Data transfer from watch to PC
  • May take a while to familiarize the different driving modes

Casio Diver Inspired Casual Watch - Best Budget Pick

I recently purchased the Casio Diver Inspired Casual Watch and I'm really impressed with it, especially since it comes in at under $300. The watch has a stainless steel case with a black resin band and a screw down crown that make it look stylish and sophisticated. It has a water resistance of up to 200 meters, which is great for a watch of this size. The date display is also a nice feature.

The analog face has hands, markers, and large fluorescent areas that make it easy to read. The mineral glass protects the face from scratches and is pretty durable. The rotating bezel has an anti-reverse feature that prevents it from spinning the wrong way. The battery life is great and I haven't had to change it yet.

Casio MDV-106B-2AVCF Blue
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Casio MDV-106B-2AVCF Blue
  • 200 M Water Resistance.Bezel Function : Unidirectional
  • Diver inspired Rotating bezel with anti reverse, Screw down crown
  • Date display Regular timekeeping Analog: 3 hands (Hour, minute, second)

I was surprised by the quality of this watch. It's made of high quality materials and looks great. A cerulean blue dial design practices clear visibility underwater. Luminescent hands, minute, and hour markers fill up the blue dial for easy readability purposes.

The band is comfortable and fits well on my wrist. The hour, minute, and second hands are very precise and keep accurate time. The case is also very sturdy and I haven't had any issues with it.

The Casio Diver Inspired Casual Watch is perfect for any occasion. It's a great addition to my wardrobe and I love wearing it. It looks great with dressy or casual clothes and is definitely a conversation starter.

PROS
CONS
  • Affordable price tag
  • Easy-to-read dial and analog display
  • Screw-down crown adjusts wrong readings
  • Scratch-resistant mineral crystal
  • Rust-resistant stainless steel case
  • Accurate and reliable quartz movement
  • Plastic band is not as durable as stainless steel/silicone

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Watch

The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster is another dive watch that offers reliability and functionality.

Besides the visually appealing design, it satisfies ISO standards, so expect top-tier durability and performance.

Citizen Men's Promaster Stainless Steel Quartz Sport Watch with Rubber Strap, Black, 22 (Model:...
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Citizen Men's Promaster Stainless Steel Quartz Sport Watch with Rubber Strap, Black, 22 (Model:...
  • Proof that a dive watch can be fun & functional with the Citizen ISO-compliant Citizen Promaster...
  • Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal
  • Black Dial

The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver watch is a rugged, quartz-driven timepiece that's perfect for the man who's always on the go. With its stainless steel case and sporty chrono diver design, this watch has a rugged feel to it that's sure to last. Plus, the Eco-Drive technology ensures that you never have to worry about changing the battery; the light keeps it charged for up to 5 years.

It's got a polyurethane strap that's not only comfortable and strong but also looks great with its emerald green color. The black dial has elapsed time, chronograph, and 12/24 hour functions, plus a date window and divers 200m water resistance.

Inside, the watch features Citizen's reliable Caliber B612 movement, which is now discontinued, so you know it's a good one. The manufacturer's package dimensions are 2.2 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches, and the item model number is BM7400-09E. It's available in the men's watches department and requires one lithium battery, which is included.

For the price, you get a lot of bang for your buck with the Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Dive watch.

PROS
CONS
  • Easy-to-read analog display
  • Chronograph sub-dials optimize the user experience
  • Luminous hands glow in the dark
  • scratch-resistant mineral crystal
  • Rust-resistant stainless steel case
  • Water-resistant of up to 200 meters
  • None

Citizen Eco-Drive Aqualand Watch

The Citizen Eco-Drive Aqualand BN2038-01L is the perfect watch for the guy who likes blue and that loves to dive. This round, silver-tone stainless steel watch has a mineral crystal and a deployment clasp, making it a great choice for those who spend a lot of time in and around water.

The Promaster crown and 16 millimeters of polyurethane provide a comfortable and secure fit, while the 24 millimeters of blue is the perfect hue for a man’s watch.

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Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand Blue Red Watch BN2038-01L
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Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand Blue Red Watch BN2038-01L
  • Get ready to dive in with this Citizen's Eco-Drive Promaster Aqualand watch
  • The perfect accessory for an underwater adventure, the timepiece is designed with a 46mm stainless...
  • The dial boasts a date window at 3 o'clock, luminous hands and hour markers, mineral crystal, and a...

The Eco-Drive Aqualand offers a date and second hand, as well as 200 meters of water resistance. 

Also offers a collection name and model number, as well as a part number, item shape, dial window material type, display type, case material, case diameter, case thickness, band material, band width, band color, dial color, calendar, special features, movement, water resistant depth, discontinued manufacturer, ASIN, product dimensions, item model number, department, batteries, date first available, and a big water pressure sensor and screw down push buttons.

The Citizen Eco-Drive Aqualand is a badass watch, no doubt about. Order now and you won't regret getting this watch.

PROS
CONS
  • Easy-to-read dial and analog display
  • Unidirectional bezel
  • Solar-powered; no charging required
  • Comfortable polyurethane strap
  • Adjustable tang clasp
  • 46 mm case size may be too chunky for some

Seiko Prospex Padi Solar Dive Watch

The Seiko Prospex PADI Solar Dive Watch is a piece of professional dive watch perfection. With stainless steel cases that measure in at 43.5mm and 12mm thick, the watch has a robust design, making it perfect for dive missions and deep sea adventures. The 200m/660 Feet water resistance makes it ideal for those moments when you need to take the plunge.

The Hardlex Mineral Crystal and Cyclops make it easy to read, no matter the conditions. It also comes with a Blue Dial, Sunburst Effect, Silver Seconds Markers, Red 15-Minute Markers, Stepped Dial Plate, Lumibrite, Huge Hour Markers, White Seconds Hand, Red Painted Tip, Date Magnifier, Rotating Blue Bezel and Screw-Down Crown.

Seiko Prospex Padi Solar SNE435P1
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Seiko Prospex Padi Solar SNE435P1
  • Featuring a Silver-tone Band, Silver-tone Case, Scratch Resistant Hardlex Crystal

The watch also features a Seiko Solar Quartz Caliber V157, which gives you 10 months of power reserve, and a Three-Link Bracelet with a Triple-Locking Deployment Clasp and Diver's Extension.

The polished middle links and brushed side links of the bracelet make it super comfortable to wear. The only downside to the watch is that the 46mm case size is a bit chunky for some. For those with smaller wrists.

PROS
CONS
  • Case back and crown prevent excess water penetration
  • Easy-to-read dial and analog display
  • Luminescent hands can glow in the dark
  • Rust-resistant stainless steel bracelet
  • Unidirectional bezel provides reliable estimates
  • Case dimensions can fit most wrist sizes
  • None

Suunto Core All-Black Military Sports Watch

The Suunto Core All-Black Military Sports watch is definitely a manly watch. It's made with ultra durable materials, and designed with Scandinavian precision, so you know it's built to last. It's the perfect watch for all your outdoor sports, with storm alarms, an altimeter, barometer, and compass, plus water-resistant features, dual times, date display and more.

The Suunto Core is perfect for all your daily activities, whether you're going for a dive, hitting the gym, or just taking a stroll. It also has sleep tracking, heritage craftsmanship, and relentless accuracy. Plus, it's got pioneering innovation for all your watches, compasses, and dive products.

Suunto Core Classic, Outdoor Watch, All Black
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Suunto Core Classic, Outdoor Watch, All Black
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These record vertical movements, changes in air pressure, and current location, respectively.

A storm alert tracker also provides updates of incoming weather disturbances to ensure the safety of divers and beachgoers.

It can operate at temperature ranges of around 20 to 60 degrees Celsius. The ocean's average temperature is at 17 degrees Celsius, so the Suunto watch should be just fine.

This unisex watch is perfect for all kinds of adventurers, from anthropologists to documentarists, professional photographers, and videomakers. Whether you're trekking through the desert, climbing the high mountains, or exploring the depths of the ocean, the Suunto Core will be there with you every step of the way.

PROS
CONS
  • ABC functions enhance the user experience
  • Storm alarm ensures divers' safety
  • Meets average ocean temperatures
  • Comfortable silicone strap
  • Water-resistance of up to 100 meters
  • Black digital display may be hard to read for some

Casio Duro Analog Dive Watch

The Casio Duro Analog watch employs a classic black and white design that may appeal to most fans and divers alike. These colors and the timepiece as a whole evoke aesthetics and functionality.

The MDV106-1A is a quartz battery powered dive watch with a black sunburst dial, luminescent hour markers and a seconds hand. It is rated to 200 meters water resistance and is housed in a stainless steel case with a mineral crystal caseback.

This watch features a 44.2mm x 12.1mm case with a bezel, crown and crown guards, and threading. It has a taut knurled edge, an aluminum bezel insert, and a pearlescent luminous pip. It also has a satin and polished finish with lugs and a bevel. The crown stem and caseback feature a marlin contorting posture.

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Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black
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Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black
  • 200 M Water Resistance
  • Diver inspired Rotating bezel with anti reverse, Screw down crown
  • Date display Regular timekeeping Analog: 3 hands (Hour, minute, second)

The dial of the Casio Duro has a sunburst finish, with a grey submariner date window. Quality control has been stringent, and it has a purpose-built demeanor with plenty of visual intrigue. The staccato tick and alignment is dead-on.

This watch has been highly sought after on Amazon, WatchUSeek, Reddit, and Instagram, with even Bill Gates seen wearing one! The MSRP for this timepiece is exceptionally reasonable, and it is sure to turn heads. The simplicity of this watch is bliss!

PROS
CONS
  • Precise and accurate Japanese Quartz movement
  • Easy-to-read analog display and dial design
  • Anti-reverse bezel provides reliable readings
  • Water-resistant of up to 200 meters
  • Scratch-resistant mineral window
  • Rust-resistant steel casing
  • Large case dimensions
  • Plastic resin cases are not as strong as silicone/stainless steel

Orient 'Kanno' Automatic Dive Watch

Finally, the Orient Kanno Automatic Dive watch. It is a stunning timepiece that is sure to turn heads. With its sleek stainless steel case, bezel and bracelet, the Kanno is both rugged and elegant.

It features a 120-click uni-directional bezel, a mineral crystal dial and a 3 o'clock crown. The markers are luminescent, and the sword-shaped hands are sure to be a conversation starter. The Orient Kanno also has a day/date window and is powered by the Caliber F6922 movement.

Orient Men's Kanno Japanese-Automatic Diving Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 21 (Model:...
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Orient Men's Kanno Japanese-Automatic Diving Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 21 (Model:...
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It's a self-winding, hand-winding and hacking mechanism that can reach 21,600 VPH/3 Hz, and it has 25 jewels. It also has a power reserve of 40 hours. And it can handle depths of up to 200 metres/660 Feet/20 ATM. It's a great watch for any man who wants to make a statement and look good doing it.

The blue iteration of the Kanno is especially eye-catching. It has a finish that is second to none, and the silicon strap is comfortable to wear all day. The Kanno is also incredibly accurate, with deviations of only a few seconds each day.

PROS
CONS
  • Easy-to-read analog display and luminous hands
  • Precise and accurate automatic movements
  • No batteries required
  • Scratch-resistant mineral dial window
  • Screw down crown blocks entrance of gas and water
  • 6.2-ounce size may be too heavy on the wrist

How to Buy the Best and Most Affordable Dive Watches?

With so many options out there, it can be tough to make the right choice. But don't worry! Here are a few tips to help you find the dive watch of your dreams.

First and foremost, consider the brand. Different makers put their own spin on the same features, so it's important to get familiar with the various labels out there. Don't forget to check out reviews—they can really help you narrow down your options.

Next, think about your budget. Dive watches come in a range of prices, so you don't have to break the bank. That said, investing in a quality watch is always a good idea. Look for features like water-resistance, durability, and battery life.

Finally, style matters. Sometimes the most important factor is how your watch looks. Choose a color and design that speaks to you. After all, you should feel proud to wear your dive watch!

Finding the right dive watch can be a challenge, but with a bit of knowledge and research, you can find the perfect one for you. Go get 'em, champ!

Water-Resistance

It's a no-brainer: water-resistance is the top priority when it comes to a diver's watch. With a minimum depth of 100 meters, you can make sure you won't get any nasty surprises underwater. Higher water-resistance is always a bonus for extra peace of mind.

water resistance dive watch

Durability, accuracy, and legibility are all essential features too, but there's no point having them if you can't rely on the water-resistance. It's the one thing you don't want to mess with when it comes to diving safety.

To round it off, a diver's watch should also include a few neutral attributes, such as a robust design, a comfortable fit, and an attractive aesthetic. All of these help make the watch an all-round winner. So don't scrimp on quality - it's not worth the risk.

Easy Readability

A key factor to consider is the visibility of the watch dial underwater. It's gotta be clear and easy to read - no one wants to be squinting in murky waters. Look for watches with luminous hands or glow-in-the-dark abilities - that'll make all the difference.

Bottom line: pick a watch that won't leave you in the dark.

Accurate Timekeeping

Dive watches should always keep time accurately and reliably. Whether it's an automatic or quartz movement, you can trust your watch to stay in sync underwater.

Don't let incorrect time readings ruin your dive experience. With a dive watch, you can trust it to help you make the most of your underwater adventure.

Of course, no watch is perfect. The occasional typo can happen, but overall you'll be glad you chose a dive watch. Don't let any negative attributes stop you from getting in the water. Dive watches are here to stay!

Long-lasting Lifespan

Avoid the worst-case scenario of your watch suddenly dying mid-dive. Make sure to choose a watch with dependable battery life. If you're going for a battery-powered one, don't forget to replace them every few years (before important dives at least). Or, go for a mechanical movement, which won't let you down!  

But watch out for those cheap knock-offs. You'll get what you pay for - low-grade materials, sluggish performance, and unreliable craftsmanship. Don't let a sub-par watch ruin your diving session. Go for a quality watch and you'll be good to go.

Stylish Design

Get ready to turn heads with your new dive watch! Disclaimer: It will mostly be men who notice it. Women don't seem to care about watches.. At any rate, you'll be able to find the perfect one to suit your personal style and taste. Whether you prefer a classic stainless steel bracelet or something more modern, you're sure to make a statement with a dive watch.

stylish deisgn dive watch

If you are having a hard time choosing, try picking the one that has your favorite color. It may help in narrowing down your choices.

Finding the perfect dive watch doesn't have to be a hassle. With so many great options, you're sure to find the perfect timepiece that'll be the envy of all your friends!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some questions that you may need to consider when picking a diver watch. Is it water-resistant? Is it comfortable to wear? are the main ones, but here are more:

Why Should Dive Watches Have a Unidirectional Bezel?

This unidirectional bezel is a crucial component of any watch. It's the bane of every diver's existence, yet an absolute necessity to make sure you don't run out of oxygen underwater.

It's critical for accuracy, and must be aligned with the minute hand before descent. Otherwise, you'll end up with an overestimated reading and a dangerously low supply of oxygen.

Plus, it needs to have an anti-reverse movement to avoid any mis-calculations. It's an easy thing to overlook, but it could cost you dearly if you don't take the time to set it up properly.

Are Dive Watches Under 300 as Good as the Expensive Timepieces?

For the man on a budget, it's not necessary to break the bank to get a quality watch. Even the more affordable models can hold up to the more expensive ones.

Take dive watches under $300 For example: they're built tough with stainless steel casing and can handle depths up to 200m. Plus, they're accurate and reliable. You won't be left in the lurch with these watches.

Now, don't get me wrong. You won't get the same level of prestige or maybe even the same craftsmanship from the cheaper watches. But, if you're looking for a great timepiece without breaking the bank, these dive watches are the way to go.

Overall, you'll get a good bang for your buck when it comes to watches in this price range. So, don't be afraid to take a chance on these watches. Just make sure you do your research and you're sure to find something that fits your style and budget.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed going over my picks for the best dive watches under 300. When in doubt, give the buying guide a couple of reads or look at other dive watches reviews.

These may help in terms of narrowing down your choices and buying the ideal divers' watch. For more questions or inquiries, feel free to contact me below.

Links, prices, and images were pulled from the Amazon API. Last updated on 2023-02-05.

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