The Seamaster is one of Omega’s best-selling and longest-running line of watches. First introduced in 1948, the first model was based on the watches of the British military during World War II.
Omega was already making watches prior to this, but the thing that made the Seamaster special is the O-ring gasket that improved the water-resistance of the watch. The Seamaster already had a big following at this point, and was popular with divers (oceanographer Jacques Costeau and his team wore the Seamaster 300 in the 1960s during their missions), but gained more fans after the same model was featured as James Bond’s watch in six movies.
This article will talk about some of the best alternatives to the Seamaster. Below, we’re going to highlight brands that have similar features but are more affordable.
Best Affordable Omega Seamaster Alternatives
Before we begin, let’s first take a closer look at the main features of some of the main features of the Omega Seamaster.
The watch has had many versions and releases over the decades, but the common features include a stainless steel case and bracelet, unidirectional bezel, sapphire crystal, helium release valve, and a screw-in case back. There are also different water resistance levels, but the most common ones are 200m and 300m.
The price tags can reach tens of thousands of dollars. For cheaper alternatives, here are some affordable options that you can find today.
Stuhrling Aquadiver 664
Stuhrling is an American watch company known for mid-range market watches. The brand’s Aquadiver 664 Quartz 39mm Diver watch is a well-known affordable alternative to the Rolex Submariner and Omega Seamaster.
This one has a stainless steel bracelet and a matte-finished dial, with a water resistance of up to 200m. The index markers and baton hands are luminous, and the bezel is unidirectional.
Invicta Grand Diver
The Invicta Grand Diver Blue watch has a stainless steel link and bracelet, unidirectional rotating bezel, and like the Omega Seamaster, a 300m water resistance.
Also a well-known alternative to the Rolex Submariner, the Invicta Grand Diver Blue Watch runs on an NH35A Japanese automatic movement and is suitable for diving. It also has luminous hands and markers, a diver’s buckle with safety clasp, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a see-through case back.
To see Invicta models placed side-by-side an Omega watch, you can check out this website, which takes a closer look at the watches.
Casio is known for its reliable and affordable watches. If you’re looking for a Seamaster alternative that does not break the bank, this is a good model to consider. The Casio MTPS110-1AV is a solar-powered, diver-inspired solar analog watch.
The 49mm sports watch is water-resistant to 100m and has a mineral glass. There is a day/date display at 3 o’clock, and the hours and markers with legible circle markers.
Casio is known for making affordable and durable watches that you can wear at work and the outdoors. One of its watches also made it to our article of the same theme–the Best Dive Watches Under $200.
Orient Mako XL
American watch brand Orient makes the Orient Mako, a dive watch well-reviewed for its good quality and relatively affordable price tag.
A new Mako model is the Orient Mako XL, which is the brand’s response to requests for a larger model. This one is a 44.5mm model (3mm larger and a third of a millimeter thicker) than the first one) with a stainless steel case, unidirectional bezel, and band.
Other features include a screw-down crown, mineral crystal, and water resistance of up to 200m. The spear-shaped hour and minute hands and markers are luminescent. The watch is powered by the 46943 Caliber automatic movement.
Check out other Orient models in our article on the Best Orient Watches For Men.
Certina DS Action Diver
The Certina DS Action Diver is a 43mm automatic watch with an 80-hour power reserve. The case is a 316L stainless steel, with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. This is a dive watch, which has a water-resistance of up to 300m and passes the requirements of the ISO 6425 standards.
According to Certina, the water-resistance of this watch has been tested for three hours underwater. It also has small push buttons that allow the wearer to adjust the watch by a few millimeters—perfect for those who are using the watch on top of a wetsuit.
This watch has a number of versions, including the Certina DS Action Diver Sea Turtle Conservancy model, which is a limited-edition model that promotes the brand’s partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy organization.
Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80
The Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80 dive watch is a 300m water-resistant model with a unidirectional bezel, diver’s buckle and extension, and luminescent hands and markers for easy reading.
Off of Tissot’s T-Sport collection, this 43mm model has a black dial and a 316L stainless steel case with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It has a see-through case back with a screw-down crown. The automatic movement has a power reserve of up to 80 hours. In addition to this, Tissot also guarantees that the watch also resists pressure, impacts, and penetration of elements like liquid, gas, and dust.
The Seastar has a wide range of options—quartz, automatic, and chronographs. See all of this on the Tissot website.
Alpina Seastrong Diver 300
This diver watch by Swiss brand Alpina was released in 2016. Packed with professional diving specs, this is a cushion-shaped watch with a stainless steel case and a black dial.
Fit for diving, the Alpina Seastrong Diver has luminous hands and markers, and a screw-in crown and screw-down case back. The bezel is unidirectional, and the crystal is an anti-reflective sapphire. The case back is see-through, so you will be able to see the Alpina AL-525 automatic caliber movement.
Alpina describes this watch as having “essential and functional beauty.” Aside from the sleek dial with index markers and the Alpina triangle at 12 o’clock, the watch has a water-resistant leather strap (colored rubber straps are available as well).
Christopher Ward C60 Trident Pro 600
Christopher Ward is a relatively new watch brand, but it has already gained a following because of its high-quality watches. The brand, which launched the world’s first online-only watch company in 2005, may not have the same popularity as Omega, but it’s slowly building a reputation as one of the most promising micro watch brands in the world.
One of its most popular models is the C60 Trident Pro 600 watch, an excellent alternative to the Omega Seamaster. This model is a new edition—what the brand calls its best Trident model yet.
This watch runs on a Selita SW200 movement, a Swiss-made self-winding movement with a 38-hour power reserve. It’s also equipped with the brightest lume on the market, the Grade X1 GL C1 Super Luminova, which powers the hands, bezel, and index markers. The water-resistance is up to 600m.
Other features include an anti-scratch ceramic unidirectional bezel, an embossed screw-in crown, and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Stowa Prodiver Titan Blue
This off of Stowa’s sports watch series and is limited to only 200 pieces. The Stowa Prodiver Blue Limited watch has a durable titanium case, with a galvanic blue dial. The nickel-coated hands are powered by Super Luminova.
The watch has a two-toned bezel (blue from 12 o’clock to 3 o’clock, and the rest is white), and has luminous index markers. There is a date window at 6 o’clock.
This model is a sports watch with a dive watch design, but its water resistance is only up to 100m.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53
Zodiac is a Swiss watchmaker known for its dive watches. The brand’s Sea Wolf collection, first introduced in 1953, was one of the first commercial dive watches.
Zodiac’s Super Sea Wolf collection, which has a re-imagined heritage style, was relaunched in 2014. One popular model from this collection is the Super Sea Wolf Automatic stainless steel model, a 40mm watch with an automatic movement.
A good alternative to the Omega Seamaster, this model has water-resistance of 200m and has a GMT function that allows the wearer to simultaneously tell the time in two places. This model is powered by the C125 automatic movement, with a power reserve of up to 42 hours.
The watch has a stainless steel case and bracelet. It has a black dial with hands and markers powered by Super Luminova.
We also included a Zodiac watch in our Dive Watches under $500 article on the website.
The Alpha Seamaster is a popular Omega Seamaster homage watch. The watch almost looks exactly like the Seamaster but has the Alpha brand at 12 o’clock. This watch continues to gain praises from new owners, with many saying that it’s one of the best homage models on the market.
This 46mm watch runs on a Seagull automatic movement, a stainless steel case, and a rotating bezel. Water-resistant to 50m, this model also has a screw-down crown, and luminous hands and markers.
To learn more about Alpha, you can check out this discussion on this Watchuseek page, where a number of Alpha users talk about their homage pieces. You can also read more about homage watches in our article on Homage vs. Replica vs. Counterfeit on our site.
NTH Bahia Black
The Bahia Black is a watch brand NTH’s tribute to military divers. The brand takes inspiration from vintage designs—watches that have a rugged look, classic style, and modern features.
The 48mm black case of the Bahia Black is a 316L stainless steel with a double-domed, anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Running on a Miyota automatic movement, this model has up to 42 hours of power reserve and has a water resistance of up to 300m.
The watch has luminous hands and markers powered by Tritec Swiss Super Luminova and has a date window at 6 o’clock.