Affordable Diving Watches For Under $500

Added by Edan Barak on Jul 22, 2015

5 Hamilton Khaki King Scuba Watch

At $499.95 on Amazon, the Hamilton Khaki King Scuba just barely makes it under our price point.

Water Resistance: 100m
Movement Type: Mechanical
Crystal: Sapphire
Weight: 3.36 oz
Bezel: Stainless steel unidirectional
Display: Analog
Battery Type: Automatic
Band: Stainless steel

Pros: This is the first mechanical, automatic watch on the list, which partially explains the higher price. It also has a nice stainless steel band, giving it more of a classic feel – it doesn’t look like a dive watch. The automatic battery means the watch recharges itself through the natural arm movements of the wearer.

Cons: The Khaki King Scuba is only water resistant to 100m, the shallowest on this list. However, that does meet ISO requirements, if only just. Mechanical watches aren’t quite as accurate as quartz, so you will have to adjust the time fairly often. The price also hurts it in comparison to the other great watches available for cheaper.

Purchase the Hamilton Khaki King Scuba from Amazon.

4 Seiko SKX779 "Black Monster"

The Seiko Black Monster is a steal on Amazon at $399.

Water Resistance: 200m
Movement Type: Mechanical
Crystal: Hardlex
Weight: 6.56 oz
Bezel: Stainless steel unidirectional
Display: Analog
Battery Type: Automatic
Band: Stainless steel

Pros: The price is lower than most of the other watches. It’s another mechanical, automatic watch, which is highly desirable among watch enthusiasts. It has an attractive stainless steel band with a black watch face, hence the "Black Monster" name.

Cons: The Black Monster uses a Hardlex crystal, rather than a sapphire crystal. The difference is that sapphire crystals are more scratch-resistant, while Hardlex mineral crystals are more break-proof. It’s really a matter of preference, but hardcore watch enthusiasts typically choose sapphire. It’s also fairly heavy, and has been described as "chunky".

Purchase the Seiko Black Monster from Amazon.

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