When it comes to diving watches, or any sport watches on the market, most are designed to be large and bulky, and are geared towards men. Whereas alto fo watches marketed towards women are merely for aesthetic reasons, but many companies realize the demand for sport watches for women are in high demand and are releasing models to appeal to the female athlete.
The main difference of men watches and a dive watch for women is size.. Men’s diving watches lean towards thicker wristbands and bigger watch faces, and women’s wristbands are smaller and geared to fit onto a women’s smaller wrists. Typically, a watch geared towards women, or with the women athlete in mind is 35 mm or less. While these watches are geared toward, women, it all comes down to personal preference. If you’re a man who wants a smaller watch, these will be perfect. If you’re a woman who likes the heavier style, go ahead and get one of those models.
Many of these watches are also made to be Unisex, so the model won’t specifically say ‘men’s’ or ‘women’s’ in the name, but those models of diving watches tend to be on the more conservative side and look like they could be worn for everyday attire, instead of just for a dive.
These five models of diving watches have consistently received top marks from athletes and amateur divers.
The ‘Seiko SKX013’ is a favorite among many divers. It comes in multiple strap options, to choose what works best for the individual, from metal, to rubber for a more comfortable fit. It is also small enough at 37mm to go from the water to work, or vice versa, and is a bit smaller than its predecessor, SK007 which measured a much larger, and heftier 41.5mm.
‘Seiko’ is a very well loved brand because their watches perform great, are made of top notch quality, and are durable and stylish. It is water resistant up to 660 feet, or 200 meters, and has a solid four star review on amazon.
Now online, the ‘Seiko SKX013’ diving watch is considered a mans watch, but many men complain that the watch is too small for them, but perfect for female divers and watch enthusiasts. There were some comments on the bands being of poor quality, but that seems to be an easy replacement, so overall the consumers were pleased with their purchase.
The ‘Seiko SKX013’ can be purchased through Amazon.com for around $212.00 but prices can fluctuate.
For a stylish watch on a lower budget, a definite choice would be this model from ‘Invicta’, the Women’s 8943 Pro Diver Watch. This particular model is made with 23K gold and its smaller size is perfect to not only be a functional piece of equipment for the female diver, but is also small enough to go from the dive, to work, to drinks on the weekend.
The ‘Invicta Womens 8943 Divers Watch’ is water resistant to 660 feet, or 200 meters, and its bezel has a scalloped edge for a secure grip and easy rotation. It is smaller than many high end watches with its watch face diameter coming in at only 25mm, and he band is made from stainless steel, plated with 23 karat yellow gold.
The watch is American made, in a small watch company based out of Utah, and relies on battery power. But according to reviews, the batteries do not need to be replaced very often. And the watch itself comes with a one year warranty.
The ‘Invicta Womens 8943’ divers watch is on the cheaper end of the spectrum, but a purchase of this model does not skimp on any of the features or usefulness a splurge on a higher end model would have. The ‘Invicta Womens 8943’ can be purchased through amazon.com, where it had a four out of five star rating, for the small price of 36.75. But since it is amazon.com, prices may fluctuate occasionally.
For a more casual diving watch look, this ‘Luminox’ model is the perfect choice. It is on the higher end of the price spectrum, but since it’s modeled after diving watches used by Navy Seals, and receive rave reviews for its performance and unique look, it is worth the investment for the casual diver. The watch is black with light pink accents on the watch face, which adds a ouch of fun to an otherwise regular looking watch, and is easy to use and read.
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The band is made from silicon for a flexible fit, and measures in at 7 inches long, and it’s watch face comes in at 35mm. Many reviews have stated that this ‘Lumino 7065’ holds up well to wear and tear so it’s great for the women with an adventurous and active lifestyle.
The ‘Luminox 7065 Ladies Navy Seal Dive’ watch is water resistant up to 660 feet, or 200 meters, making it great for the casual scuba diver, and its bezel is unidirectional, which is an essential feature in all diving watch models.
This ‘Luminox’ model can be purchased through amazon.com for, $315.00 and qualifies for Prime membership shipping and also has an option for free returns. Prices may fluctuate on the website.
For the serious and avid diver, a great investment to make in a diving watch would be the ‘Oris Aquis Ladies’ model diving watch. This ‘Oris’ watch is very high quality and a favorite of many. The watch face is 35mm and is the companion model to the men’s model of the same name. It is made of stainless steel with a ceramic bezel, and the brushed stainless steel band measures in at 7 inches long. Perfect for a women’s sized wrist. A unique feature if this diving watch is the back of the timepiece. It is see through to see the inner workings of this high quality model, so great for anyone who has in interest in watch mechanics as well and wants a unique diving watch that is functional, without compromising on aesthetic.
And while this model is not only stylish and works great as a casual watch, it is designed with the more advanced diver in mind with its water resistance up to 1000 feet or 300 meters. The battery reserve lasts for 38 hours and its luminescence is perfect and easy to see even in low lit areas.
The ‘Oris Aquis’ also comes in a diamond studded model, which costs more obviously, but perfect for the diver who doesn’t want to sacrifice style or add extra bling and flare to their equipment. This ‘Oris Aquis’ model is a very high end watch, coming in at $1480.00 on amazon.com, but according to reviews it is worth the investment. It does currently qualify for free shipping and prices can fluctuate with time.
Easily the most expensive watch on this top five list, the ‘Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver’ watch is a high end, professional diving watch geared toward the woman diver. In 2016 the ‘Nardin Lady Diver’ was updated with models which includes mother of pearl inlay and an option of a deep black clock background. The company also has a choice of model’s that comes in 18 karat rose gold, and inlaid diamonds.
Bands are available in stainless steel and rubber, and though this watch may seem like it was designed with only style in mind, this high quality and extremely popular model of diving watch has a forty two hour power reserve and can be used by the professional diver, with a water resistance of 1000 feet, or 300 meters. This watch does come in many models, with some only being water resistant to 330 feet, or 100 meters, but it is best to look into all the models of this watch to find the best one suited for the diver’s needs.
The ‘Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver’ watch has a diameter of 40mm, so it is a larger women’s watch, but the larger size does not make this watch heavy, or ‘manly’ with the many feminine details added to this model.
The ‘Ulysse Nardin Lady Diver’ watch does vary in price depending on the model. On amazon.com different designs of this diving watch can range anywhere form around $5,000.00 to $25,000.00 but prices can fluctuate. The model in the link below is the pricier and fancier model, that is made form 18 Karat gold, mother of pearl, and diamond inlay, which bears the hefty price tag of $22,000.00 but various other models can be found on amazon.com for purchase as well.
Choosing The Best Dive Watch
Diving is a sport that evokes passion. It is one of those hobbies that turns into a lifestyle. A quality diving watch can mean the difference between a good dive, and a bad one.
Dive watches are not an inexpensive investment, so you should be sure that you are getting the best watch for your specific needs. This list is designed specifically for the needs of women.
Some of these watches are more expensive than others, while some offer different features. It is important to choose the watch that fits your needs, and your budget.
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