Dive watches are excellent companions for those who love the high open seas. This type of wristwatch is explicitly designed to handle being submerged underwater. There are also specific designs that help separate dive watches from your everyday timepiece. Besides water resistance, legibility is another vital aspect of a dive watch. The ability to distinguish the time with just a glance is essential. An additional element that is also crucial to dive watches is the bezel; this is specifically vital for divers who need to keep track of their oxygen tank levels.
We have previously covered dive watches under $100. While that list contains some excellent and reliable dive watches, if you wish to level up, the next step is with watches that range between $100 to $200. These watches will have noticeably higher quality in terms of build. Some will even have impressive movements and features that are not seen in entry-level models.
If you are interested in an upgrade but do not want to go all-in just yet – then, you have come to the right place. Well, let us get to it then, shall we?
(Please note, at the time of publishing, all these watches were selling for $200 or less. Prices may have fluctuated since then, possibly pushing them over the original budget).
Best Dive Watches Under $200
Timex Allied Coastline (TW2R60600)
The Timex Allied Coastline does not only come with a blend of style and practicality, but it is also one that is offered at a highly reasonable price tag. It features a 43mm low lead brass case and silicone straps for optimum comfort and lighter weight without sacrificing much in the way of durability. The black dial is encased within mineral glass crystal which does provide adequate protection.
Where the Timex Allied Coastline shines is with its Indiglo Night-Light feature which allows optimum visibility even in pitch-black environments. There is also a QuickDate feature and a unidirectional rotating bezel which accompanies the vivid and luminescent Arabic numeral markers and hands. Alas, the Timex Allied Coastline comes with a water resistance rating of up to 100-meters. Not ideal for scuba diving but will do just fine during quick dips and swims.
Invicta Pro Diver Collection 9204
The Invicta Pro Diver Collection series has always been a staple of entry-level to mid-range dive watches due to its adherence to tradition and sticking with a tried and tested formula. The Invicta Pro Diver 9204 model continues this streak with its classic and timeless aesthetic. Featuring a stainless steel 37.5mm case, the Pro Diver 9204 is certainly a sleek and lightweight dive watch. But don’t let its diminutive size fool you, it is one robust and sturdy timepiece that you can rely on out there in the open seas.
Utilizing Japanese quartz movement with its analog dial display, the Pro Diver 9204 excels in providing precise timekeeping. The dial is protected underneath a durable mineral crystal glass with an anti-glare finish. The striking blue dial uses contrasting white markers and hands to enhance overall legibility, and that’s without including the luminescent finish – which the 9204 has as well. This watch also comes with a push/pull crown, a date display, and 200-meter water resistance.
Casio G-Shock Classic Analog-Digital
When it comes to delivering excellent watches that deliver on durability, features, style, and a budget-friendly price tag – Casio is one that we recommend. These aspects are all present within the G-Shock Classic Analog-Dial watch. Fusing old-school and new-school design and technology – this Casio timepiece manages to deliver the best of both worlds at a reasonable price.
Packed with features such as a stopwatch, auto-calendar, dual time display, and chronograph functionality – the G-Shock Classic Analog-Digital watch design is very practical. Using a Japanese quartz movement for its analog dial, you can bet it will be as accurate as possible. It is also advertised as having a 3-year battery life and comes with the signature G-Shock durability with its high shock resistance build. The watch also manages to deliver an excellent 200-meter water resistance rating making it suitable for swimming and scuba diving.
Stuhrling Pro Sport Diver Maritimer (935.03)
Stuhrling Pro Sport Diver Maritimer 935.03 delivers a beautiful combination of professional aesthetics with a dash of casual charm. Make no mistake, the Maritimer 935.03’s 43mm stainless steel case that incorporates a coin-edge bezel design and a gunmetal dial oozes with confidence and authority. The high-grade rubber strap adds some laid-back charm to the watch while providing excellent comfort and flexibility.
Other notable features of the watch’s design include a signed screw-down crown and a Japanese quartz movement developed by Miyota who are known for their high-precision movements. The Maritimer 935.03 also comes in a variety in 4 color variations. As for its water-based capability, the Maritimer 935.03 has a water resistance level of up to 200-meters, making it great for swimming and snorkeling.
Phoibos PX002C Diver Watch
The Phoibos PX002C exudes an air of elegance and sophistication that makes it quite an appealing dive watch for those who are looking for style and substance. With its brushed and polished stainless-steel case that measures at 42mm, the Phoibos PXC002C certainly makes the most out of its relatively hefty frame. Notable features include a 120-click unidirectional bezel, Swiss Super-Luminova BGW9 coating for both hands and markers, and a durable sapphire crystal glass.
Underneath the striking dial and case are the Swiss Quartz Ronda 515 calibre movement. There is also a date display which is located over at the 3 o’clock position. This dive watch also provides an outstanding 300-meter water resistance thanks to the tight seal structure and screw-down crown. This makes the Phoibos PX002C a worthy wristwatch for swimming and scuba diving.
Orient Mako XL (FEM75005R9)
The Orien Mako XL earns its moniker with 44.5mm diameter stainless steel case build. As the name implies, this is the “Extra Large” version of Orient’s Mako series. If you are looking for a sleeker variation, look for the standard Mako model. The subtle design of Mako XL is one of its strengths. The readable and straightforward dial makes reading the watch, even underwater, a cinch.
The Orient Mako XL incorporates an automatic self-winding movement for its analog dial. There is also a 120-click unidirectional bezel to help keep track of time when going scuba diving. For added legibility, the dial utilizes luminous hands and markers. The build of the Mako XL allows it to have a water resistance of up to 200-meters.
Seiko 5 Diver Automatic (SRP605K2)
The Seiko 5 Diver Automatic watch takes its aquatic application to heart with its mostly blue aesthetics. It features a brushed stainless-steel case that measures at 44mm in diameter. The blue dial is perfectly complemented by bold markers and hands that have luminous white with gold accent finish. The Seiko 5 Diver Automatic also features a rotating bezel with minute scale.
Under the stylish hood of this dive watch lies a 4R36 caliber automatic hand-winding movement which operates the analog dial as well as a day and date display. To top it off, the Seiko 5 Diver is built to provide 100-meters of water resistance.
Invicta Pro Diver Collection (10917)
Another Invicta Pro Diver Collection dive watch makes an appearance in this list. This time around we have the slick-looking black and silver 10917 model which is one stylish dive watch that can easily double as a timepiece that you wear during formal functions, business meetings, or even with just everyday casual use. The stainless-steel case features a polished finish to give it that extra sheen, which provides the 44mm with a sleeker appearance to it. The no-nonsense design of the case and the dial is accentuated by the more casual and sporty polyurethane black rubber band.
Within this stylish timepiece is a quartz movement that powers its analog dial and date display. As for its water capabilities, the Invicta Pro Diver Collection can withstand about 100-meters of water pressure. Another notable aspect of the Pro Diver Collection is the durable flame-fusion glass window.
Wenger Sea Force 3H (0641.102)
I’ve always been a fan of Wenger’s watch design and their Sea Force 3H takes that signature professional appeal and infuses it into a robust-looking timepiece. Wenger took notes in developing the Sea Force 3H as it comes with all the standard features you would expect in a dive watch. The Sea Force 3H features a rotating bezel around a highly readable black dial with a ribbed center-piece surface.
In terms of timekeeping accuracy, Wenger incorporates a Swiss-quartz movement to ensure precision. The dial window is also quite sturdy as it uses a mineral crystal that is coated with sapphire crystal for an improved level of scratch-resistance. As for the dial itself, the Sea Force features a black dial with luminous white hands and hour markers. This watch is designed for water-based recreational activities such as swimming but not suitable for diving due to its 200-meter water resistance.
Orient Mako II Dive Watch (FAA02002D9)
If you find the Mako XL too large and cumbersome but like its features and design, then you can switch to the Mako II timepiece which is about 3mm smaller at 41mm. As the name implies, this is the second-generation version of the classic Mako dive watch. With that in mind, you can expect some notable upgrades from its predecessor.
When it comes to diving watch features, the Mako II checks all relevant boxes. It features a screwed-down crown and is equipped with a 120-click unidirectional bezel. Inside the polished midnight blue dial is a Japanese automatic self-winding movement – the Orient calibre F6922. The watch utilizes durable mineral crystal which helps ensure that the dial and its luminous hands and markers are well-protected. The Mako II can provide up to 200-meters of water resistance and will enough for most water-based activities and sports except for scuba diving.
Invicta Grand Diver Automatic Watch (3044)
Invicta once again makes an appearance, this time around we have the Grand Diver 3044. At 47mm, this timepiece is a substantial increase in size compared to the other entries in this list. The Grand Diver utilizes mechanical watch technology which means it operates without the need for a battery. Inside the elegant exterior lies a high-quality Japanese automatic movement. As for features, you will find a date display along with the luminous hands. The Grand Diver also delivers about 200-meters of water resistance, making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling, but I do refrain you from wearing when diving.
Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Dive Watch (SRPC59)
With its vibrant design, the Seiko 5 Sports SRPC59 will undoubtedly appeal to the adrenaline junkie crowd. The watch features a silver-tone stainless steel case that measures in at a hefty 46mm. It utilizes black silicone rubber bands which is quite flexible and improves overall comfort when wearing the Sports Automatic Dive Watch. The black dial incorporates contrasting silver-tone hands and markers, with a rotating bezel that comes with a bright orange accent. The Seiko 5 Sports Dive Watch uses a Japanese automatic movement and provides 100-meters of water resistance and a pull/push crown.
Stuhrling Original Professional Diver 200M (395.33B11)
The Stuhrling OG Pro Diver 200M model #395.33B11 features a robust stainless-steel case that measures at 42mm. The watch is designed to achieve 200-meters of water resistance, due in part to the screw-down crown which forms an airtight seal to prevent water from leaking into the case. This dive watch also features a ratcheting coin edge bezel. The black dial is equipped with luminous hands and hour markers and takes full advantage of the Swiss-quartz Ronda 515 calibre movement to provide excellent precision.
Pantor Nautilus 515
The Pantor Nautilus 515‘s impressive aesthetics make it quite an eye-catcher. The overall vibe that this dive watch exudes is quite similar to the look and design of submarine apparatuses. The smooth oval stainless-steel case that contains a round dial with a rotating bezel feels reliable and durable. You can also expect excellent precision in timekeeping thanks to the Swiss quartz movement. The rubber strap helps improve comfort and flexibility while maintaining reliable durability. The watch comes with a 200-meter water resistance rating which is achieved due to the screw-down crown build.
Seiko Sports 5 Blue Dial Automatic Watch (SNZF15)
Seiko always delivers impeccable timepieces at quite a budget-friendly price, and the Seiko Sports 5 continues this fan-favorite trend. Utilizing a Seiko Caliber 7S36 automatic movement with 23-jewel construction. The Seiko Sports 5 is presented with a 42mm stainless steel case with a clear back case that complements the intricate automatic watch movement within. Other notable features include a unidirectional bezel, hands and markers that are coated with Lumibrite, day/date display, and a water resistance of up to 100-meters.
Victorinox Maverick II (241088)
Featuring an attention-grabbing white and orange color tone, the Victorinox Maverick II is undoubtedly a ‘loud’ wristwear. This sporty appearance will make it appeal to thrill-seekers, and the durability of the Maverick II’s build will be able to handle everything you can throw at it effortlessly. The 43mm stainless steel case features a dial with chronograph functionality. A Swiss quartz movement powers three sub-dials. The dial is also encased in a durable and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window. As for its water resistance, the Maverick II is designed with a 100-meter rating making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Orient Ray II Rubber Diving Watch (FAA02007B9)
With a robust and sporty design, the Orient Ray II is a timepiece that you will most likely see being worn by a professional surfer. This sleek and sturdy dive watch features a 41mm diameter stainless steel case. It features a 120-click unidirectional bezel and a date display. The Orient Ray II uses a Japanese automatic movement to deliver top-notch precision in timekeeping. The Ray II is designed for use at a maximum depth of 200-meters, making it ideal for recreational marine activity except scuba diving.
Phoibos PX005B Diver Watch
The Phoibos PX005B is not just a well-rounded dive watch; it is also quite visually striking with its polished deep-blue dial design. The watch features black rubber strap and a stainless-steel case that measures 43mm. The PX005B utilizes a Swiss quartz Ronda 515 movement that operates the analog dial. Speaking of the dial, you will find large hands and prominent markers that are coated with a LumiNavo C3 luminous finish. The Phoibos PX005B also delivers an impressive 1,000-meter water resistance making it suitable for all types of marine activities.
Seiko 5 SNZH57 Automatic Dive Watch
If you are looking for a mid-range dive watch that features a luxury design, then you should check out the Seiko 5 SNZH57 dive watch. This timepiece is equipped with a high-quality Japanese automatic movement with an accurate 23-jewel build. The silver-toned 42mm stainless steel case is accentuated a black dial with pronounced gold-tone hands and markers which help give the Seiko 5 dive watch a touch of class and complexity. Also, this dive features a date/day display and a water resistance rating of up to 100-meters.