Before we go into our top diving watches under $3000, let’s cover a few important points. In order to be called a diving watch, the watch needs to meet certain resistance characteristics. It must resist pressure, temperature variations, and water.
It is important to know that there’s no such thing as a fully waterproof watch.
Yes, that’s right.
Diver watches indicate how water resistance the watch is at different underwater levels. This number, however, doesn’t say that you should immerse your watch up to that limit.
What it points out is the pressure the watch tolerates in a static position, it doesn’t give you a free pass to go looking for a ghost shark.
So, if you need a watch to go deep diving with you’ll need a watch that can perfectly function below 60 meters.
The top picks below have been taken from the inventory we have at Chronoexpert and all are available to purchase right now!
If you’re looking for an affordable yet functional watch, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer is a good choice.
The aquatic world inspired TAG Heuer to design its Aquaracer collection. This timepiece is water resistant up to 300 meters, so you can easily take it on a recreational diving day. It’s powered by an automatic movement, with up to 38 hours of power reserve. All TAG Heuer watches go through a thorough inspection, so you can have the time of your life exploring the tropical coral reefs without worrying if the watch will crash in the middle of your adventure.
The Aquaracer features a clean open dial, making it very easy to read whilst underwater. The wonders of this watch are summarised in the ingenious tagline the company came up with: ‘don’t crack under pressure’. Which can also function as some good advice to follow on your dive!
This robust automatic calibre watch features an illuminated rotating inner bezel, 3 hands for precision timing when diving, and day and date functions. It’s certified with the COSC chronometer authentication. It can be submerged up to 300 metres making it great for sports diving.
The American company tests their watches by immersing them in distilled water that contains a wetting agent of 1% by weight while applying the prescribed atmospheric pressure for five minutes.
A dive watch is most at risk around the crown. If damage occurs due to external shocks, water leakage can break the watch. That’s why all Ball watches feature a patented crown protection that certifies exceptional water and shock resistance. This extra protection guarantees that the crown is screwed into its original position after adjusting the time, preventing any water leaking or external shocks.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean collection pays tribute to Omega’s ocean legacy’s timepieces. They’re functional wristwatches which allow the diver to keep track of time when diving thanks to its luminous hands and indexes. It’s a watch that has a superb performance being underwater or outside. With the Seamaster Planet Ocean, you can dive up to 600 metres.
As an outstanding and innovative brand, Omega continues to supports humanity through their greatest achievements, after all, they were the first watch on the Moon. Omega has collaborated on an award-winning documentary and two conservation projects in Indonesia, hoping to raise awareness about the restoration and preservation of the damaged ecosystems of the Indonesian coasts.
If you’re looking to invest in a good quality luxurious watch and support an ethical company, Omega should be your choice.
The performance of the Prodiver Date is beyond superb. This watch has a water resistance of 90 ATM (930 metres). This is the perfect watch for professional divers. Its titanium case and rubber strap guarantee the watch durability as it was created for using it underwater. Oris is one of the few companies that only manufacture mechanical timepieces.
The Prodiver Date watch features a black dial with luminous indexes as well as the Red Rotor at the back of the case. The Red Rotor has become Oris’ registered trademark, a symbol of the company’s thorough approach to watch manufacturing.
Oris partnered with Roman Frischknecht – commercial diver and Oris ambassador – to develop the Prodiver collection. Together have given professional divers a watch they can rely on even under the toughest of environments.
This is the perfect companion for adventurous men. Although it can only be submerged up to 200 meters, the Hampton watch features one of the most accurate automatic movements in production today, the ETA Valjoux 7750. It also features a 3 dial chronograph and a luxurious entirely black dial with a Superluminova coating that highlights the hands and indexes in the dark. Its black vulcanized rubber strap gives the watch a more casual look.
Baume et Mercier, founded in 1830, has been widely known for its innovation in chronographs, chronometers and minute repetitions. They also have one of the most artistic watch designs, which you can relish by browsing their company’s timeline on their website.
We recommend you this watch if you’re looking for a versatile look that not only fit well with your diving suit, but you can also wear it with a pair of jeans and a shirt.
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