A diver watch is a gentleman’s favorite accessory due to its versatile use: they are appropriate for a number of occasions and activities. It can be your go-to timepiece at the office, on a dinner date, while hiking–you name it. For this reason, it’s completely reasonable to consider your diver watch an investment, and spend a little more. Finding the perfect diver watch under the $2,000 threshold is an exciting adventure. We have plenty of choices from well-known brands, where functionality, reliability and prestige all play a significant factor in finalizing our pick. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the best of the best–fair warning, you might find it hard to narrow down to just one choice. Shall we also include a list of legitimate reasons to add two of these to your collection? Check back–we’ll work on it.
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Oris Aquis Titanium Date
Let’s start with a sporty option for the dedicated adventure seekers out there. We love the understated elegance of the gray elements combined with the rugged sporty look of the silicone strap. The deep black color of the dial pulls it all together just perfectly.
The Oris Aquis comes with the automatic Oris 733 movement, which is based on the reliable Swiss-made Sellita SW 200-1 movement. A great choice!
TAG Heuer Aquaracer
Not that we pick favorites, but the Aquaracer has a special place in our hearts. The comparatively smaller case size (41 mm) makes it a very comfortable wear, yet due to its clean design the dial remains perfectly readable at a glance. The stainless steel rotating bezel has a slightly angular shape, which gives it a very cool, masculine look.
Reading in low light or under water is made easier by special luminescence markers on the hands and indexes, as well as a yellow-tipped center hand. At 3 o’clock, the angled date aperture is enlarged.
You can absolutely not go wrong with this classic.
One word: classy. The Longines HydroConquest strikes a perfect balance between elegance and active lifestyle. The 41mm case diameter makes it a great size for all wrists, and you can wear this classic design to a wide range of occasions, from a date night at a restaurant to a diving expedition. All around a great pick that will last you a lifetime.
Hamilton Khaki Navy Frogman
The original Hamilton Frogman was designed for the United States Navy’s ‘Frogman’ squad and was worn by divers during WWII. The essential elements that made the watch haven’t changed: the unidirectional rotating bezel, exceptional water resistance, and underwater lighting. The watch is 42 mm, so it’s a great size for all wrist sizes.
Rado Captain Cook
The Rado Captain Cook is a perfect option for modern adventurers, charting new ground in antique timepieces. It’s the ideal watch for men and women because of its antique elements and modern functions.
The Captain Cook, Rado’s renowned diving watch, was first introduced in 1962. “Doctors, engineers, athletes, deep sea divers, race car drivers… this is the watch for you,” sounded off the ad campaign. It had a rotating anchor under the 12 o’clock mark, which was the first time Rado’s world-famous trade logo appeared. The anchor was more than simply a decorative element. Behind the dial, it was placed on a lubricated ruby bearing. It showed that the watch mechanism needed to be serviced when it stopped spinning freely.
Alpina Seastrong Diver 300
The Seastrong Diver 300 is a beautiful, classic diver watch. It is water resistant up to 1,000 ft and the black dial ensures optimal readability underwater. We love the red turning bezel that contrasts nicely with the stainless steel case and gives the watch a dynamic, sporty look. The 44mm case size makes this watch a perfect fit for bigger wrists.
Longines Legend Diver
The Longines Legend Diver is a modern interpretation of a classic 1960s diver watch that is part of the brand’s Heritage collection. It maintains the same design elements as the original timepiece, but has been updated with current technical features. This vintage-inspired timepiece with the mesh bracelet is perfect as an everyday watch, and would be an excellent addition to any collection!
Oris Divers Sixty-Five
The Oris Divers Sixty-Five is a retro-inspired watch that pays tribute to Oris’s first divers watches, particularly a model from 1965. Our favorite detail from the vintage-inspired design is the old-school crown that provides a timeless and elegant look, and makes this timepiece a great go-to watch for your everyday needs.
Marathon Arctic GSAR (Arctic Government Search and Rescue)
The Marathon Search & Rescue Diver’s Automatic is a dive watch designed specifically for use by Search and Rescue (SAR) divers and issued to the United States Marine Corps. This is a watch built to withstand the most extreme conditions. Functional, sturdy, reliable.
Zodiac Super Sea Wolf
The Zodiac brand has a unique association with light travelers, explorers, as reflected in their logo, the northern arrow. The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 is a functional and elegantly simple timepiece that you can wear every day, or when you’re out exploring. The smaller case size and rubber strap make this watch a very comfortable wear.