Dive watches are the subject of many searches nowadays. However, the sizes and styles were not what the women were looking for. So, this article will look at the most desirable women’s dive watches. It will analyze the pluses and minuses of different diving watches. This will give a more in-depth look at the styles and things that make differences in the choices.
Women’s Dive Watch Necessities
The days of women having to wear the big clunky men’s dive watches is over. Enter the world of women’s dive watches. There are some things that are unique to women. Also, what is common with men’s dive watches?
The women’s dive watches are now not only functional, but they can also be fashionable. You can wear these watches diving, and then to dinner afterward. It is a “win-win.”
Here are the most important characteristics of a good dive watch for a woman or actually anyone, for that matter:
- Analogue or digital display.
- Bezel. …
- Lume. …
- Strap/Band. …
- Movement. …
- Depth gauge. …
- Water resistance and waterproofing. …
- ISO 6425 Standard for diving watches.
Since this is an article about women’s dive watches, we need to look at what is important. The depth a watch can be water-resistant is an important parameter for buying a dive watch. You might be satisfied with a low-end watch if you are an average diver. Women’s dive watches are both attractive and utilitarian. Most women’s dive watches are very attractive. So, let’s dive into the analysis. (pun intended). Some of the watches that are labeled as men’s watches can also be worn by women if the size is smaller.
Casio Women’s LRW200H-1EVCF “Dive Series” Dive Watch
This is a beautiful-looking women’s dive watch. But looking further, it says it is for snorkeling, not diving. So, if that is your activity, this is a great watch. It can be worn in the water, and listed as 100 meters, but also has a caveat that it is not for diving, only snorkeling.
As a watch to wear around and wear in the water, this is very attractive and people seem to really love it. This watch is from both the U.S. and imported. Casio makes a reasonably priced, quality product.
It is a white watch with a black dial and a blue jewel accent on the crown and has a ribbed resin band. This makes a perfect band for going snorkeling.
It has a Japanese quartz movement and an analog display. A movement is the engine of a watch that makes sure you arrive at your appointments on time. It acts as the driver to make the watch tick. The Quartz movement began with Japanese watchmakers in 1969 as an alternative to mechanical movements. The thing about Japanese design is that it is usually of a very high quality, which is why the watch industry began to focus heavily on Quartz powered watches.
Features date window, bidirectional bezel, and buckle closure. A bidirectional bezel is one that can be rotated in both directions and is used to measure time-related events. A bi-directional bezel adds to the functionality of a timekeeper and is usually found in high-end watches.
Casio puts this feature into this less expensive product, which is a plus for them. However, some divers believe it is better to have a bezel that goes one way. The reason is that if you set the timing with the bezel, and you accidentally hit it and it goes the wrong way, it could give you an erroneous reading on dive time, which could be dangerous.
This watch is probably the least expensive “women’s dive watch” that will be in this article, but it is actually difficult to classify it as a dive watch because it states that it is not for diving. Go figure!!
Momentum’s Unisex M1 Splash Watch | 200m / 660 ft Water Resistant | Rotating Dive Bezel
Momentum is a well-respected dive watch maker, and this is a great small ladies’ dive watch.
The watch is equipped with a screw-down, locking crown. This screws into the case, to ensure a reliable water tight seal, so this is rated to 200 meters, which is not the deepest you can go with a watch, but it makes it a dive watch, and not one just for snorkeling.
The great thing about this watch, is it is small, but has everything that is needed for both diving and then going out on the town afterwards. It is stylish and utilitarian.
The dial is easy to read at a glance thanks to the clean, open dial design and white luminous face with raised numbers. Also has a stainless steel unidirectional rotating bezel for easier reading of elapsed time.
The watchband is rubber, so it can take a lot of water and not be affected, however, it is still great looking and can be worn anywhere. There are also 15 colors to choose from.
So, for a fashionable, but good ladies dive watch, this is a very good option.
Invicta Women’s Pro Diver Quartz Watch with Stainless Steel Strap, Silver, 16 (Model: 29187)
Invicta is a watch company that puts out a quality product at a very reasonable price. The Pro Diver watch is an example.
It is stylish, has a blue dial, stainless steel band, and is water-resistant to 100 meters. That is adequate for most divers.
The design and engineering of Invicta watches are impeccable. Their attention to detail rivals watches that are more expensive. This watch can go to 100 meters and also look very stylish. Sometimes these watches are a little cumbersome and are difficult to wear comfortably, especially for someone with a smaller wrist.
This is one of my favorite watches. Less expensive than others, but still looks good and has some of the same attributes as a more expensive watch.
Stuhrling Original Womens Dive Watch – Sport Watch with Stainless Steel Link Bracelet Quartz Movement Analog Watch Dial with Date Dress and Casual Design Ladies Watches Collection
This company is a little over 20 years old, but they have built up a name for themselves for quality craftsmanship and style. The watches are beautiful, and this one is one of the dive watches they have that looks great on dry land as well as 330 feet under the ocean.
The face and bezel can come in four different colors, and the hands-on watch is Mercedes-like. They are made with mother of pearl with a crystal-studded dial. The bezel is unidirectional, which is a plus for divers as opposed to bidirectional bezels of some diving watches.
The Miyota 2115 Japanese quartz movement keeps the clock ticking on time while still having a slim profile.
The watchband is fully adjustable and has a push-button deployment of the clasp on the wristband.
Another plus of this watch is that there is a 2 year warranty, so they show that they are willing to stand behind their products.
Luminox Navy Seal Watch for Men and Women Black (XS.0301/0300 Series): 100 Meter Water Resistant + Light Weight Case + Hardened Mineral Glass
The Navy Seal Watch is what made Luminox famous. They partnered with a Navy Seal who helped develop a watch that could go on missions, and the Navy Seal watch was born.
Luminox is a name that is always mentioned when talking about dive watches. This one is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters, which is adequate for most divers. If you go deeper than this, there are other options, but this is a nice watch.
If style for going out afterwards is important as well as water resistance, then this, to me, is marginal. It is black with a black band. Not that much personality, but hey…it is a great dive watch, and that is the most important thing to consider when buying a dive watch.
Wenger Women’s 0621.102 Sea Force 3 H Analog Display Swiss Quartz Black Watch
Wenger is a Swiss company that has been in business and known for quality products since 1893. This is the maker of the Swiss Army Knife.
This watch is made for the unforgiving environment of the ocean. It has a knurled, screw-down crown, which protects the Swiss quartz movement up to 200m, it’s ready for service no matter how deep your adventures might take you.
Both the band and dial color are black, and this is not only a quality watch for the ocean, but it is attractive enough to wear out on the town.
Due to the fact that this company has built its reputation since 1893 as a quality company, they back their products with a limited 3 year warranty, which in comparison to the other watches in this article, is superior. Also, it is very affordable, although it does not have the Tritium dial or watch hands that more expensive women’s dive watches have, but it is still a great value.
Isobrite Valor Series ISO350 Mid-Size Tritium Watch
This watch is a Tritium watch, which makes it a little more expensive. This is a very important feature if you are going into deep or obscure waters. In my previous article on Tritium watches, this makes the watch much more readable underwater, and since this watch is water-resistant to 200 meters, the brightness will be much appreciated.
This watch has hermetically sealed tritium gas-filled tiny glass tubes. No need for another light source. The T100 describes the amount of Tritium in the tubes. there is up to 100 mCi of tritium gas in the watch whereas the majority of tritium-illuminated watches only have up to 25 mCi. The higher the volume, the brighter the gas tubes will be and more easily readable in obscure light conditions.
The watch face has a sapphire crystal, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant which is anti-reflective, This is much harder than the standard mineral crystals found in most watches. Sapphire crystal provides exceptional clarity. It is found in high-end luxury watches.
Another quality of this watch is that it is made with carbon fiber, which makes it lighter than stainless as well as very durable. And it has a Swiss movement, and we all know how reliable Swiss watches are.
HAZARD4 Heavy Water Diver exclusively blends titanium, self-powered tritium mini-lamps, Swiss movement, and a 300m/990ft dive rating. Also a great looking watch, and with the tritium lamps, makes it easily readable in very little light.
The Swiss mini lamps glow continuously and do not fade. Luminescent markers need an external light source, which this watch does not.
The titanium case is ½ the weight of other watches, but twice as strong, which is perfect for the active person. It has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that covers the anti-reflective interior.
The dial has Hazard 4’s proprietary 24-hour military time scale, 3D stencil 2-layer designed easy-to-read large numerals and minutes on an angled chapter ring for better visibility, all surrounded by a 60-click unidirectional dive bezel with a tritium zero indicator.
This is a durable and quality watch and can be worn out after diving. Its price tag is a little more, but the Swiss mini lamps are the main reason, and makes it one of the mid-priced watches with Tritium tubes.
The warranty is a little disappointing, however, because it is only one year. Other watch manufacturers have better warranties, and this is such a quality product that a better warranty would make this watch more enticing.
The dive watch segment of watches has always been a male-oriented segment of the market. However, more women liking to get out and be more active, which includes SCUBA diving and snorkeling, and also wanting to have a watch that has both qualities for a good dive watch AND be stylish to wear when not diving, this has opened up a new market.
I hope this article has helped in narrowing the search for your next dive watch. I purposely did not cover the luxury watches such as Rolex, et. al., because of the prices. If you want a great dive watch for diving, but are not concerned with “bling”, this list should suffice. But, Rolex has some beautiful dive watches for $27,000 or so. In that case, you should search for them.