Without a doubt, watches are becoming an important part of the identity. There are generally about three different types of watches available, for both women and men. They may include luxury watches, sports wrist watches and especially; scuba diving watches. Every single types provides its significant importance in the essential areas. This time, I’m going to talking about a dive watch.
There are a few things to ponder before choosing and purchasing a dive watch. Here, we gather up from diver watch enthusiast; several things you should consider before choosing an a dive watch either for casual diving or professional diving.
Ehmm… Make sure the watch is water-resistant. See here for detail explanation.
A good Diver Watches bezel turns in one direction only, Yes.. Counter-clockwise! The reason for this is in case the bezel gets bumped turning counter clockwise will “show” more elapsed time, causing you to ascend earlier erring on the side of caution.
Clarity – Easy To Read
Make sure that everything is actually clean and easy to read , specifically in low light and poor conditions or that you can safely calculate the time it would take to resurface. Huge bold style face as well as luminescent markings for low to absolutely no light come up with a big difference. Contrasting colors would be better, primarily black on white. Always make sure the actual numbers on the bezel are imprinted and not simply painted on. Fresh paint rubs off and that can get you in deep
As I mentioned earlier that the manufacturers depth rating assumes no watch movement or water movement. As soon as you hit the water, you or the ocean is in constant movement. Swimming, descending, ascending, currents, all this puts added pressure on the watch. Even though safe “recreational” diving limits are considered to be around 40 meters or 130 feet. Many people recommend a water resistant rating for 200 meters or 656 feet. This should ensure your watch can stand up to whatever pressures you subject it to.
Sure, rubber wrist bands are a comfortable and strong, and although they wont rust they will get old and become brittle over time but the rubber can be cut. Stainless steel and titanium bands are a great choice and won’t rust. Titanium is lighter and stronger than steel but of course this makes it more expensive. If you go with SS or Titanium a great feature is a wet suit extension. The folding link will allow you to fit the band easily over your dive suit when folded out and comfortably on your bare arm for topside wear when folded in.
Make sure it is Adjustable
Who wants a watch that can’t fit them? Can you imagine paying hundreds of dollars on a watch and it not even fit? That has happened so make sure you can adjust the bracelet. Some of the most popular watches do have clasps that you can take off individually so that the watch will fit your wrist.
If you are going to use it for diving and not just for looking good, make sure it was built for diving. For example, if you are a business professional, you love the Omega Seamaster , but feel it may be too distracting while wearing it at board meetings, the watch probably not suite for you. Yeaah…sure! If you have the money and do not mind spending it on two separate watches (one for business the other for pleasure).
There are so many of inexpensive, professional looking automatic dive watches out there. Diver watches relatively don’t have to cost a fortune but a watch made specifically for diving will be a little more expensive then one that isn’t, and it will look cool.
*This article was originally published in 2013 and has been updated.