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The Best Dive Watches Under $500

Both microbrands and blue chip companies offer great divers for five Benjamins and under.

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Today's watch buyer is completely spoiled for choice: Never before have there been so many awesome options, both quartz and mechanical, from companies big and small, for such little money. Believe it or not, you can snag an awesome dive watch for under $500. Many of these even feature automatic movements and premium features such as sapphire crystal and matching steel bracelets with dive extensions.

Keep in mind that you're not going to get the fit and finish of, say, and $8,000+ Rolex for $500 — the tolerances won't quite be there, and neither will the materials be top-shelf. However, you can get a great-looking, reliable timepiece that will serve you well for many years. Some of these will be quartz-powered, sure, but this can be advantageous in settings in which your watch will regularly get the crapped kicked out of it.

The following represent a few of our favorite picks for under $500, but keep in mind that many of the companies listed have numerous divers at this price point, so it's worth diving deeper into their range.


Seiko SRPC37K1 "Mini Turtle"

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Want a classic Seiko design in a slightly smaller package? The 42mm "Mini Turtle" is just the ticket. Housing an automatic Seiko movement and shipping on a black rubber dive strap, the SRPC37K1 is ready for the water. A highly legible handset, a prominent, highly grippable bezel and a date display seal the deal. The cyclops date display is also an added bonus.

Diameter: 42mm

Movement: Japanese automatic

Water Resistance: 200m

Price: $339.00

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Orient Kanno

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The Kanno is a great choice for someone with a bigger at wrist: At 44mm, it's got some serious girth, but the large dial and sword hands means it'll be perfectly visible underwater, and 200m of water resistance means it'll work well in any sub-aquatic situation. With its in-house automatic movement, unidirectional dive bezel, optional matching steel bracelet and day-date display, this is a watch that punches way above its weight class.

Diameter: 44mm

Movement: Japanese automatic

Water Resistance: 200m

Price: $199.95

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Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver BN0150-28E

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What if you never had to change a battery or worry about servicing your watch? If that sounds attractive to you, go for this Promaster: it's powered by Eco-Drive technology that derives power from ambient light. Other than that, it's got a 44mm steel case, 200m of water resistance, a big, visible handset and a cool rubber dive strap. Just don't show it to your friends, or you might be buying multiples...

Diameter: 44mm

Movement: Eco-Drive cal. E168

Water Resistance: 200m

Price: $262.00

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Luminox Men's 3059 EVO Navy SEAL Colormark

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Made to military requirements, the Luminox 3059 is part of the brand's Navy SEAL series. Equipped with tritium gas tubes for constant illumination, the 44mm watch is surprisingly light due to its use of a polyurethane case. Equipped with a Swiss quartz movement, an orange dial, a unidirectional dive bezel and a matching black rubber strap, this is one tough diver, made for the most exacting of environments.

Diameter: 44mm

Movement: Quartz

Water Resistance: 200m

Price: $279.99

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Dan Henry 1970

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The 1970's case mimics super compressor watches of decades past, with a rotating inner bezel controlled by one of the two crowns, while the other crown performs the typical time-setting duty. It's powered by a Seiko NH35 automatic movement, features 200m of water resistance, and it’s available in versions with case sizes of 40mm or 44mm wide. It also comes in four colorways.

Diameter: 40mm; 44mm

Movement: Seiko cal. NH35 automatic

Water Resistance: 200m

Price: $290.00

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Seiko SKX009

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A variant of the famed SKX007, the 009 features a 42mm case, automatic movement, and blue and red dive bezel with the first 20 minutes clearly demarcated. Although the 007 family has been discontinued in favor of more modern alternatives, you can still buy them all day long on Amazon — though at slightly inflated prices over those of a few years ago.

Diameter: 42mm

Movement: Seiko cal. 7S26 automatic

Water Resistance: 200m

Price: $299.89

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MWC Depthmaster 100 ATM

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Military Watch Co. largely makes homages to famous references from other brands — however, some of these are spec'd higher than the originals, and actuallyy outperform them (see their higher-end G10s). Their Depthmaster is more of an original design (or an amalgamation of numerous designs), but it's clearly built for heavy use, and it's incredibly affordable.

Diameter: 44mm

Movement: Ronda 715li Quartz

Water Resistance: 300m

Price: $338.00

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Orient Neptune

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One of Orient's more premium divers, the Neptune features an offset crown, a power reserve indicator, a date window, and a matching steel bracelet. Powered by an automatic, in-house Orient movement, it's got a 40-hour power reserve and comes in three colors, each of which should look great above or below the waves.

Diameter: 43.4mm

Movement: Japanese automatic

Water Resistance: 200m

Price: $367.95

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Raven Solitude

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Available in three colorways, Raven's Solitude is a tremendous value at just $480. Housed in a 40mm cushion case is the Seiko cal. NH35 automatic movement, which is complemented by a ratcheting count-up or count-down bezel and a date display at 6 o'clock. A cool steel bracelet rounds out the package.

Diameter: 40mm

Movement: Seiko cal. NH35 automatic

Water Resistance: 300m

Price: $480.00

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Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph

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This oversized chronograph from Tissot features a three-register dial layout, a cool blue/black dial a date window. Its black rubber dive strap is a welcome feature given the heft of a 45+mm steel case, but the watch's diameter and weight shouldn't matter too much underwater.

Diameter: 45.5mm

Movement: Quartz

Water Resistance: 300m

Price: $495.00

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Casio G-Shock GWF-1000-1 "Frogman"

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The “Frogman” is the only digital watch to grace this buying guide, but it’s one hell of a timepiece nonetheless. Originally launched in 1993, it’s also the only ISO-compliant diver in G-Shock’s lineup. Aside from its shock-resistant build and time function, the watch also features a world-time function, a moonphase indicator and even a tide graph.

Diameter: 50.3mm

Movement: Quartz

Water Resistance: 200m

Price: $500.00

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