Momentum Watches Review: Solid Timepieces That Just Work

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For many months now, I’ve been dipping my toes into microbrand watches. Some smaller brands, in my opinion, have missed the mark while some have absolutely nailed their vision. Today, we’re going to talk about a microbrand that has hit its mark.

Today, we’re going to talk about Momentum Watches, a Canadian-based company that has made a wide range of timepieces – from dive watches to dress watches.

 

For this Momentum watches review, we’ll talk about the brief history of the brand, break down the things that we love and don’t love, and review some of the best pieces this brand has to offer.

About Momentum Watches

Momentum Watches Review History

Momentum watches have been around since 1980. As mentioned earlier, Momentum watches is based in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, the company that works on the watches itself is called St. Moritz Watch Corp. However, the company designs, assembles, and services the watches under the Momentum.

The company’s main philosophy is to design and manufacture watches with casual and active but straightforward designs. The company claims that its watches feature excellent waterproof performance at a reasonable price. Most, if not all, of their watches are catered towards people with an active lifestyle.

Many of Momentum’s watches have a familiar and classic design – another thing that’s in-line with their design philosophy. This watch company isn’t looking to buck the trend but it’s a slave to trends either. Momentum focuses on making watches that have quality, functionality, and style.

Momentum Watches Review: Pros and Cons

Is it worth adding a Momentum timepiece to your collection? Here are the things that I love and appreciate about Momentum watches and some aspects that I don’t care about.

What We Love

1. No-Nonsense Design Philosophy

Sometimes, you just have to step back and appreciate what a watch company is trying to do. Momentum is not trying to revolutionize the watch industry with advanced timekeeping mechanisms and space-age construction, their main design philosophy is to make watches for the everyday people.

That’s something that I can get behind.

Momentum watches are something that you can wear and just go about your day. Even their best dive watches and high-end field timepieces have relatively traditional designs but reliable ruggedness. The features on the watches are about as basic as you can get but that’s perfectly fine.

If you are looking for a brand with a no-nonsense approach to their watches, it’s worth looking into what Momentum has to offer.

2. Rugged, Durable Timepieces

In light of Momentum’s philosophy of watches that just works, their timepieces are ultra-rugged, durable, and require little to no maintenance.

Despite not being premium, luxury pieces, many Momentum’s products are made from high-quality components like 316L steel, sapphire crystals, AR coating, and other durable materials. These are watches that can take quite a beating which is why it’s used by many professionals.

As of now, Momentum watches can be found on the wrist of law enforcement, firefighters, coast guards, and military personnel.

3. Looking Good

Momentum watches aren’t going to win any awards when it comes to fresh or innovative designs. However, that’s not to say that the watches aren’t good looking.

In fact, Momentum offers plenty of great-looking watches.

The designs of Momentum watches can be quite derivative but I have no problem wearing them on my wrist. For instance, the Momentum 1M-SP00B6B Atlas Titanium is a nice-looking field watch with a bold and legible dial. The Momentum Fieldwalker Adventure Watch is another watch that features a rock-solid design and is frankly very fashionable.

For certain, you won’t have a problem wearing Momentum watches daily.

4. Reasonable Price Tag

Perhaps the main selling point of Momentum watches is their price tags. These watches won’t cost an arm and leg but you still get a quality timekeeping tool.

The price range for Momentum watches ranges from $99-$300 which is great considering their overall quality. Because of this, Momentum is a good brand for up and coming watch collectors or if you’re in the market for a good gift watch.

There’s simply a lot of watch here for the money.

What We Don’t Love

1. Inconsistencies with Quality

While Momentum units have respectable quality, it’s worth noting that it’s still a microbrand. With that said, I found some quality issues with some Momentum watches I’ve checked.

This is especially true with entry-level models.

This is quite understandable with lower-end models because the company has to cut some corners here and there. Perhaps the most obvious solution to keep the cost down is with the movement. While the Miyota movement gets the job done, I just feel that it could be better while still keeping the cost down. There are also strap quality issues with some of the models.

In general, Momentum watches are well-built, there were just a couple of quality issues that are hard to ignore.

2. Derivative Designs

As mentioned earlier, Momentum’s timepieces are good-looking on their own. However, I must say that most of their designs are rather uninspired.

Many of their design elements look to be lifted from other brands like Seiko and Citizen. Now, there’s nothing wrong with this in general but if you’re looking for an inspired timekeeping tool, Momentum might not be the brand for you.

Don’t expect these watches to be the pinnacle of timekeeping design.

Best Momentum Watches

Of course, we can’t have a Momentum watches review without highlighting some of the best units the brand has to offer. Here are watches that best represent Momentum in my opinion.

1. Momentum Steelix Field Watch

The Momentum Steelix Field Watch is perhaps one of the most popular watches by Momentum – for good reason.

Rock-Solid Design

The Momentum Steelix Field Watch has caught my eye because it features a design that’s similar to a vintage Seiko. When I got the watch, it looks and feels like a well-constructed unit.

I also tend to gravitate towards black dialed watches so the Steelix is the first model I’ve checked for writing this Momentum watches review. With that said, the dial looks attractive with the charcoal color, bold numerals, and sword-style hands. Legibility is also excellent for this watch which is a must if you’re planning to wear it on the field.

The Steelix does feel a little bit heavy but it’s not that big of a deal once you get used to it. After several adjustments, the watch sits comfortably on my wrist. The nylon band could be better but it’s durable enough for people with an active lifestyle.

The Steelix Field Watch is one of the more impressive models by Momentum. Plus, it comes with a great price tag and is a great value for money.

2. Momentum M50 Mark II

The Momentum M50 Mark II is yet another popular piece by the brand. The M50 Mark II is touted by the company as their toughest watch, bar none. It’s a dive that’s good enough for deep-sea exploration, so take that as you will.

From Deep-Sea Diving to Beater

The Momentum M50 Mark II is a great option for a dive watch that won’t break the bank. With a water-resistance rating of 500M / 1650FT, this is a diver that you can reliably wear underwater. It’s no wonder that it has become a prime choice for law enforcement, special forces, firefighters, and EMT professionals.

One of the first things that you’ll notice about the M50 Mark II is its airtight construction. It just feels solid and appropriately rugged. Plus, the scratch-proof sapphire crystal does a great job of protecting the dial. Even if you’re not looking for a dive watch that will serve you underwater, this one makes an excellent beater watch.

For timekeeping and power, the M50 Mark II houses the Japanese Quartz Movement and 10-year battery life for precise timekeeping and longevity. The dial is also fully lumed which comes in handy for low-light conditions like under the ocean.

Overall, the M50 Mark II is very impressive as far as affordable dive watches go.

3. Momentum Atlas Titanium

Lastly, the Momentum Atlas Titanium is another successful creation by this Canadian-based watchmaker. It’s another field watch with a restrained look and a very nice feel to it.

Super Luminous Field Watch

First, the thing that I love the most about the Momentum Atlas Titanium is its size. The 38mm case  is a good size for a field watch such as this. The Atlas Titanium sits nicely on the wrist and it doesn’t hurt that it has a striking yet restrained look.

The face just screams “field watch” style and reminds me of some Hamilton watches. The dial is bold, simple, and legible – the oversized numbers made sure of that. The superluminous hands and numbers look quite nice during low-light conditions. However, the white dial version can be particularly bright.

Of course, you can’t talk about the watch without mentioning the Titanium case. The case is gray, matte-finished titanium. While it looks nice on its own, I would have preferred a brushed finish. As is, the case has like a sort of “plasticky” feel to it. However, it’s hard to complain about titanium cases especially at this price point.

Overall, the Momentum Atlas Titanium is a simple, durable, easy to wear and use field watch. It’s another Momentum watch that offers a great value proposition.

Momentum Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

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Finally, we conclude this Momentum watches review with a verdict.

The watches by Momentum comes highly recommended. This particular microbrand doesn’t break any ground but it doesn’t need to. There are some issues with quality but they’re not enough to make me turn away. There’s just so much watch here for your money.

Momentum watches are stylish, functional, and offers great value. Check them out if you’re in the market for a good entry-level to mid-range watch.

Deep Blue Watches Review [In-Depth Brand Review]

As you may know, microbrands are making a big splash in the watch industry. Microbrands are usually small watch companies that are fairly new in the business. However, our featured brand review for today is not exactly a new-ish company but still qualifies as a microbrand.

Today, we’re going to do a brand review of Deep Blue.

Deep Blue is a brand that’s usually referred to as the “indie diver.” This is because this microbrand is solely devoted to selling diver watches – the only one of its kind in the industry. They have been around since 2007, so they’re not exactly a new company.

For this Deep Blue watches review, we take a plunge and find out if this microbrand is a hit or miss.

History of Deep Blue Watches

Deep Blue Watches Review History

Founded in 2007, Deep Blue Watches is an American company that’s based in New York. As mentioned, Deep Blue not only specializes in dive watches but it’s the only type of watch that they manufacture.

In the past, true dive watches have strict applications – either for military or deep sea explorations. These dive watches are referred to as “tool watches.” However, these dive watches aren’t exactly the best-looking tools out there.

Although there were so-called dive watches that graced the market, many of them can’t be used by members of the armed forces or professional divers. Deep Blue Watches has presented a solution by pioneering a collection of true diver watches – looks stylish on land but can go deep in the sea.

The company motto is “Precision Diver” which basically refers to robust and dependable timepieces that can be used by professional divers and military personnel. Deep Blue watches are designed with value and dependability in mind. They have dive models that can travel to depths of up to 3000 meters, without sacrificing accuracy and durability.

To some extent, Deep Blue Watches has helped revitalized the dive watch industry. The brand may not have the same prestige and legacy as other dive brands, it’s still a well-respected brand among collectors.

Deep Blue Watches Review: Pros and Cons

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Should you go to the deep end by buying Deep Blue watches? We highlight the things that we love and we don’t love about this dive watch microbrand.

What We Love

High-Performance Timepieces

Deep Blue is exclusively manufacturing dive watches and they know exactly how to put out a well-designed piece. The best thing about Deep Blue dive watches is that they don’t just look the part but with the performance as well.

The best dive watch is durable and of course, can handle the great depths of the ocean. Due to their solid construction and design, some of the best Deep Blue divers can handle depths of 3,000 meters. That is a mighty impressive performance for a dive watch.

Now, I am not a professional diver myself and won’t be coming near the ocean anytime soon. However, I have been looking around and it seems that professional divers have taken a liking to Deep Blue watches. It’s feedback like this that will let you know that Deep Blue is the real deal as far as dive watches go.

Based on my experience, Deep Blue watches are yet to disappoint when it comes to durability and dependability.

Thoughtful Design Decisions

While Deep Blue didn’t exactly set the world of dive watches on fire, I do appreciate some of the design decisions that this company has made.

For instance, some of the Deep Blue models have ceramic or sapphire bezels that are comparable with some high-end luxury watches. The thing is, Deep Blue divers aren’t exactly high-end, so it’s certainly nice to see high-end features from a mid-range brand.

Another thing I love about their dive watches is the adjustable wetsuit extensions on bracelets. This goes to show that Deep Blue is truly catering to professional divers. Many watchmakers can get away with simply jacking up a timepiece’s water resistance and call it a dive watch.

These thoughtful design decisions by Deep Blue deserves a lot of respect.

Good Value

If you are looking for a robust and dependable tool watch, it’s hard to go wrong with what Deep Blue has to offer. One of Deep Blue’s core values is to provide top-notch value to customers who are willing to give them a chance.

This means providing timepieces that are accurate, durable, and have good designs. However, they are also adamant in keeping the costs of their watches on the affordable side. True enough, even the highest end model will remain below $1,000, except for the Master 2000 series.

For a dive watch, this is simply unheard of, especially considering the quality of Deep Blue watches.

Excellent Customer Support

The folks at Deep Blue stands by their products 110%. This really shows once you get in touch with their customer support.

Just for this Deep Blue watches review, I’ve contacted their support to ask some questions. I was pleasantly surprised at how responsive and helpful the support team is. I was expecting some canned response from the representative but instead, I was treated to some great solutions to my issues.

They gave me the impression that they will always tend to my needs. For lesser-known brands like Deep Blue, excellent customer service can go a long way in bolstering their reputation.

What We Don’t Love

Derivative Aesthetic

If you are in the market for a one-of-a-kind dive watch with a unique design, you won’t find it in Deep Blue.

While most Deep Blue watches feature a solid design, it’s clear that the company took some inspirations from other popular dive watches such as the Citizen’s Blue Promaster or Seiko Prospex SRP775. Deep Blue dive watches aren’t exactly a pinnacle of originality.

However, Deep Blue does offer watches that look unique such as the Deep Blue Abyss. Also, for some reason, some models can be quite difficult to read at a glance.

Just Dive Watches?

This is more of a nitpick than anything.

Deep Blue knows what they are doing and can put out quality timepieces. Thus, I was hoping that they would branch out to other types of watches. If you don’t like dive watches, Deep Blue has nothing for you.

However, this company has plenty of good-looking watches that you can avail of. You don’t have to be a professional diver or military to appreciate their collection. I know for a fact that I’ll wear my Deep Blue watches casually, and that’s fine.

Just a wishful thinking on my part.

Best Deep Blue Watches

1. Deep Blue Master 1000 Automatic Diver

You can’t have a good Deep Blue watches review without mentioning one of its most popular models, the Deep Blue Master 1000 Automatic Diver.

Solid Diver with Great Value

The Deep Blue Master 1000 Automatic Diver caught my eye because it has fairly decent specs and it’s available for less than $300 (depending on the color options).

This being a dive watch, can go to 300 meters which is already a lot if you’re planning to use it casually. However, it’s just good to know that this watch can go deep.

One of the first things you’ll notice is that the Master 1,000 is a massive watch with a 44mm case and 15mm in height. It features a helium release valve at 10 o’clock and a unidirectional bezel. You just know right off the bat that this diver is not messing around.

The watch is powered by a Seiko NH 35 automatic movement which is quite pedestrian as far as automatic watches go. There’s also a date window that is not often seen with dive models. The bezel is ceramic and the lume offers incredible visibility in low-light situations.

Overall, the Deep Blue Master 1000 Automatic Diver can go deep without digging deep within your pockets.

2. Deep Blue Diver 1000 Automatic

The Deep Blue Diver 1000 Automatic is also another great recommendation for dive watches under $1,000. This model can go even deeper than the Master 1000 but not by much.

A Sporty, Stylish Diver

One thing that you’ll appreciate about this diver is that it’s available in many different colorways and bracelet types. I have the Diver 1000 Black/Red Bezel and it’s a great looking watch that I can wear daily and dressier events. Some of the unique ones are the Abalone Shell and Orange Sunray.

Again, this is a fairly large watch at a 44mm case and 15mm thickness. It comes in a 316L stainless steel case which provides a good deal of durability. While the watch is a bit on the bulky side, it surprisingly doesn’t feel larger when worn. The bulky profile does give off the impression that it’s a tool watch.

For the movement, the Diver 1000 comes with a 21.6k bph Seiko NH35. It’s stable, accurate, and helps keep the price down.

Overall, it’s a perfectly capable dive watch with a stylish flair.

3. Deep Blue Pro Sea Diver

If you’re a professional diver who’s looking for a dive watch but doesn’t want to spend too much, the Deep Blue Pro Sea Diver is worth checking out.

For the Hardcore Underwater Explorers

The Pro Sea Diver is available in many different bezel colors such as black and blue, orange, and black and green. The rotating bezel is a thing of beauty with its 120 oddly satisfying clicks. The bezel and case give the watch a gear-like look.

The plain blue dial nails the typical dive watch element and I must say that it looks even better in person. At 3 o’clock sits the date window and all the hands and markers are generously lumed.

Again, this watch is powered by the respectable 24-jewel Seiko NH36 movement with an accuracy of -20 to +40 seconds per day. It’s not the best movement but it offers consistency and accuracy with a solid power reserve.

Of course, you can’t review this watch without mentioning the 1,000-meter depth rating. That’s right, it’s a professional dive watch by all means.

Deep Blue Watches Review: Are They Any Good?

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To end this Deep Blue watches review, we now put down our verdict.

Should you check out what Deep Blue has to offer? Only if you’re looking for a high-performance boutique dive watch that won’t break the bank. For the money, you get a lot of watch that will serve you well, even if you’re not a professional diver. If for some reason that you don’t like dive watches, Deep Blue might just not be the brand for you.

Best Women’s Dive Watch under 500: Top 5 Affordable Dive Watch For Women

Best women's dive watch under 500

After carrying out thorough research on the best women’s dive watch under 500, we picked the Victorinox Dive Master 500 as our favorite. This watch is durable, easy to read in low light condition and it offers a higher level of water resistance (500m).

 

Top 5 Best Women’s Dive Watch under 500

For so many years, diver timepieces flooding the market are mainly meant for men, and they come at a high price. For this reason, it has been challenging to find dive watches for women that are below $500. However, since women are beginning to take up this sport as a hobby or profession, they will need to get one handy.

Dive watches are a great fashion accessory and essential gear for any female divers. Also, it ensures safety and provides excellent timekeeping when diving. And what’s more, apart from helping divers account for elapsed time, some can even track tidal patterns and lunar cycles.

Admittedly, this timepiece will be a perfect companion for women that engages in activities like swimming, fishing, and snorkeling. But as earlier said, since finding the best affordable dive watches for women can be hard, we have gone through the stress for you.

Here, we’ve researched and selected the best women’s dive watch under 500 dollars which comes with impressive features and are highly durable to withstand prolonged use. We also provide details about each watch on our list so that you can easily make a perfect choice.

1. Invicta Women’s 8943 Pro Diver Watch

 

When it comes to dive watches the Invicta stand as one of the brands that have made a remarkable mark on the market. Surely, ladies are not left out in their Pro Diver collection as they bring you the Invicta Women’s 8943. This watch is highly durable, and it looks elegant to compliment any ladies outfit. What’s even better is that it’s at a low price range, and it offers great benefits that make it stand out.

Elegant Design

If you’re a woman that loves everything fashion, the Invicta 8943 dive watch is the perfect choice for you. The watch features 23 karats gold-plated stainless steel case that look beautiful on the wrist and can complement your casual outfit.

This watch is not only suitable for female divers, but also an excellent watch for women looking for an elegant timepiece. It comes with a stylish black dial with luminous hands and marker, and a magnified date function. 

Extremely Durable and Comfortable

Unlike most diver watch with large watch face, this timepiece has a small round stainless steel case measuring 26mm wide. With such size, it can fit perfectly into the cuff of your sleeves. It’s also comfortable enough to wear throughout the day.

To provide additional comfort, Invicta 8943 has a gold-tone stainless steel bracelet with a safety fold-over clasp. With such feature, It is more comfortable to wear the watch and take it off.

One thing we love about this watch is its durability. On the watch face, it features a scratch-resistant mineral crystal that can withstand heavy impact from elements. Also, the screen has an anti-reflective coating which makes it easier to read in low light condition.

 Water Resistance

When it comes to a dive watch, you have to consider a timepiece that can withstand high water pressure. With water-resistant to 200m (660 feet), no doubt the Invicta 3943 is a suitable watch for water sports and recreational scuba diving. Although to prevent any water from getting in at any time, you should tighten the crown before diving.

Opinion and Drawbacks

From being affordable, elegant, to offering a high level of water resistance, this watch is surely a perfect choice for women. However, one thing that you might not like about this watch is that the face is small, which makes it challenging to read. It’s also a bit heavy and clunky on the wrist.

2. Victorinox Dive Master 500

 

The Victorinox Dive Master 500 is designed to look attractive for casual and aquatic activities. It also stands a worthy investment because of its numerous features that will make any diving trip safe.

Robust and Attractive Design

Compared to regular dive watches, this timepiece has a look that will complement any outfit in your cabinet. It also has a durable build that can endure long term exposure to seawater.

The build consists of a 43mm stainless steel case with a crown at its 3 o’clock position. With these parts, the watch can resist damage while maintaining its elegance.

Furthermore, an 18mm rubber strap comfortably holds the watch to your wrist. If you are a diver or athlete, you should love this bracelet as it can withstand any form of moisture, including sweat.

High Level of Water Resistance

One of the good qualities of the best dive watches for women is the ability to handle the challenges at various depths under the sea. As expected, the Dive Master 500 offers water resistance to a depth 500m, which is ideal for aquatic activities.

Tough Dial Window

Another exciting feature of this timepiece is its rugged crystal that is made from sapphire glass. Combined with the fixed bezel, this scratch-proof glass offers protection to the stylish dial. With this feature, you can read the details on your watch face without having ugly marks obscure your view.

Opinion and Drawbacks

If you are in the market for a dive watch that doubles as a casual accessory, check out the Divemaster 500 as it offers ease of use and eye-catching design. But if you prefer a more serious-looking dive watch, you might have to consider other options.

3. Momentum Men & Women’s Dive Series Quartz Sports Watch

 

Like the Invicta watch, the Momentum Quartz sports watch timepiece is ideal for the budget-conscious diver. However, if you need an impressive dive watch that pairs functionality with comfort, then this momentum women’s dive watch should top your list.

Ideal Water Resistance

With its screw-down crown, it can handle water pressure up to a depth of 200m, thus making it suitable for swimming; snorkeling and scuba diving. However, avoid engaging in professional dives with this watch.

Standard Dial

The timepiece offers a simple dial design with bold Arabic numerals and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The dials features allow quick reading so that you can focus on maneuvering reefs or other tasks.

Dependable and Durable Build

Apart from the comfort, the materials offer durability that can rival any ladies dive watches on the market. For instance, the rubber strap can withstand exposure to moisture on land and sea. Next, the case can resist corrosion that comes with its use for marine hobbies.

Opinion and Drawbacks

If you need an affordable alternative to the best women watches under 500 dollars, chose the M1 Splash. We recommend this product because it boasts an easy to read face and maintains accurate time. It is also one of the best Inexpensive dive watches for men and women on the market.

But its rubber strap has a weird smell which you might find distracting. It also has a face that might not fit smaller wrists.

4. Luminox Steel Colormark Ladies Watch

 

The Luminox Colormark dive watch comes from a brand that focuses on delivering ruggedness and other exciting features in a small timepiece. Overall, this timepiece can endure numerous diving trips without sacrificing its attractive look.

Simple and Practical Design

The Steel Colormark does not depend on the flashy build. Instead, it comes in a simple black stainless steel case that promises long term durability. It also has a  sturdy black stainless steel bracelet.

When worn, you would not look out of place at a dive site or weekend hangout. If you discover that its bracelet is large or small for your wrist, you can adjust the size by removing the links.

Ideal Water Resistance

Like any small ladies dive watch, this Luminox watch delivers a standard amount of water resistance. With a waterproof rating of 200m, you can dive with the Steel Colormark at moderate depths for a long period.

Impressive Watch Face

One of the attractions of this item is its circular display. This dial includes grey Arabic numeral markers while a luminous hands sweep across the surface. You will admire this dial as its easy to read in both direct sunlight or dark environments.

Opinion and Drawbacks

This item offers features that will interest either amateur or professional female divers. After all, it has a sporty look that fits the adventurous lady.

It also has a body that can withstand the pressure that comes with regular use on either land or sea. It even comes with extra links to get a perfect fit.

However, its luminous tubes might look dim under certain depths. If you choose to ignore this minor issue, the Luminox Steel Colormax might be considered as the best women’s dive watch under 500 dollars.

5. Momentum Women’s Quartz Watch | M1 Mini by Momentum

 

The Momentum M1 mini is a perfect timepiece for women looking for an elegant and attractive dive watch. Although it might be a Mini model of Momentum Dive watches, it’s packed with impressive features that can rival top tier marine timepieces. It is also comfortable enough on the wrist and can be a great item to gift to a lady whether it’s a birthday or an occasion.

Sturdy Build

For divers, durability is always significant when looking for a dive watch. For this reason, the Momentum comes with sturdy 31mm round stainless steel case with a rotary bezel that can withstand knocks and fall. It also features a natural rubber strap that does not slag or gets damaged even after prolonged use.

Easy to Read

As a diver, you should know that owning a watch with stylish design is not all that matter most. You ought to consider getting a timepiece that is easy to read when diving. Hence, we selected this timepiece because it features a luminous dial, which gives the best readability in low light condition.

Extra Features

Users will find it easier to account for the elapsed time when diving as it features a rotary bezel. On the dial, there is a date window to keep you updated on the current day of the week. Also, for women that love fashion, this watch has a large variety of colors to complement your style and favorite outfit.

What’s even better is that all parts are highly waterproofed and the watch is water-resistant to a depth of 200m. It features a Japanese quartz movement which offers a long-lasting precision.

Opinion and Drawbacks

With all this said about this best women’s dive watch under 500, most ladies will certainly be happy owning this watch. Also, since it’s slim, rugged, and stylish, this makes it a whole lot of fun to use. However, its rubber strap can be itchy on the wrist, and the date window is tiny, making it hard to read.

Final Recommendation on The Best Women’s Dive Watch under 500

On our review, you have come across some of the best women dive watches which will not cost a fortune. You have also seen how these devices will meet the demands of female divers of all classes.

If you are looking for affordable watches that can rival products from top brands, invest in the M1 Splash. Also, for those that love dive watches that can serve as sporty fashion accessories, the Momentum M1 Mini or the Invicta 8943 are great choices.

We hope our selection will help you in finding the best women’s dive watch. But if you are confused, carefully consider your daily activities or check out other best women’s dive watch that will suit your needs.

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner: In-depth Comparison

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner

Having looked at the durability, features, and design offered by both timepieces, the Rolex Submariner edge out on the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner contest. First, it gives an accurate reading compared to the other. Also, it is elegant, durable, and has a higher resale value than the Seamaster 300.

Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

If you plan to get an ideal dive watch on your wrist, then Rolex and Omega come as the two best options you should be thinking of.

Over the years, both watchmakers have offered products that have graced the collection of professional divers. As expected, these timepieces have features that can fit marine activities as well as casual use. So the question is which watch stands as the best between both models?

Getting the answer to such a question might be difficult as both timepieces provide accurate readings under most conditions. Also, they boast of designs and materials that will endure a prolonged use on land or at sea.

Luckily, we’ve carried out thorough research and put together in-depth analysis between Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner. We will also share their various downsides and advantages.

So what are you waiting for? Read on as we reveal to you an in-depth comparison on both timepieces. First, let’s start with the Omega Seamaster 300 review.

Head to Head Comparison 

Here is a side by side of the key specifications of Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner collection

 

  Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner
Brand Name Omega Seamaster 300 Rolex Submariner collection
Model 212.30.36.20.01.002 114060
Case Diameter 41mm 40mm
Case Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Case thickness 13mm 13 mm
Band Material Stainless steel Stainless steel
Clasp Push Button Folding Clasp Deployment buckle
Crystal Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Dial Color Black Black
Bezel Material Brushed Steel with Black Ceramic Fill

Satin finished steel numbers and indexes. Uni-Directional / Rotating

Polished Steel with a Highly Durable Black “Cerachrom” Bezel insert.
Movement Self-Winding Automatic Co-Axial Chronometer Movement

Omega Caliber 2500 Movement

Co-Axial escapement

Self-Winding Automatic Movement

The Rolex Caliber 3130 is a Superlative Chronometer.

Power Reserve Up to 50 hours 48 hours
Water Resistance 300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant 300 Meters / 1000 Feet Water Resistant

 

In-depth Comparison between Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner

Omega Seamaster 300

 

This watch stands as one of the best dive watches in the market. It has impressive features that make it a worthy mention on Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner article.

Although both watchmakers offer times with accurate movements and sturdy build, some divers believe it’s easier to read the Seamaster in water. However, others feel that the Submariner has a larger power reserve than the Omega brand.

Before finding the winner in the new Omega Seamaster 300m vs Rolex submariner contests, let’s see what this classy dive watch has to offer.

Design

 

This watch has a size and looks that will fit activities on land and at sea. The reason is that this timepiece features a 41mm stainless steel case with a 21mm lugs on both sides. But when compared to the latest model, the older variant is smaller while having the same level of water resistance.

Another great feature of this brand is the use of luminous paint color on its outer part. However, the paint used on the Seamaster is not as effective as the type found on the Pro-series. Also, the green and blue colored lume cannot hold a charge for long periods.

Dive watches like the Seamaster 300 come with helium release valves on their cases. However, if you are a Pro-diver, there is no need to bother about this feature. You might enjoy more functionality with the automatic version, which is useful in a decompression chamber.

The new Seamaster 300 has a 10 o’clock crown which might look out of place. However, it makes the watch unique and easy to identify when placed beside similar watches from other brands.

Like its first models, the Seamaster 300 has horizontal wave patterns on its black ceramic dial. This style enables you to enjoy the neat laser etching on the dial. However, some versions from the brand collection did not include this feature in their design.

Build and Comfort

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Although the watch looks bulky with its stainless steel bracelet, it does not exert too much pressure on your wrist. Hence, it offers a degree of comfort than most bulky watches. Furthermore, a tapered helium release valve helps you differentiate between the older and the latest Seamaster 300M variants.

If you are looking for a luxury dive watch for smaller wrists, try getting this timepiece as it measures 48mm from lug to lug. Since it has a thickness of 13mm, it can fit perfectly into your cuff. Also, It’s elegant built will also complement your outfit for any occasion.

As mentioned earlier, the watch boasts of a sandblast ceramic dial that has a slightly grey look. Apart from housing the markers and hands, this laser-cut component gives the watch an attractive look.

Since the release of this timepiece, the latest versions of the Seamaster 300 have maintained the Speedmaster inspired bracelet. However, this part of the watch uses an updated micro-adjust clasp.

Overall, the bracelet is moderate in terms of comfort and look. If you want to enhance the look of the watch and feel of the Seamaster, swap the stainless steel for a rubber strap that promises comfort and elegance.

Movement and Functionality

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Under this part of the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex submariner 2019 comparison, Omega serves as the best option. The cause of this victory is its use of the co-axial escapement that comes with an 8800 caliber that can resist magnetism while offering a power reserve of at least 50 hours.

Value

Another thing to look out for in this model is its value in the market. Compared to the Submariner, this watch is a budget-friendly timepiece to have on your wrist. Generally, the Seamaster 300 is sold at a price under $5000, which is far lesser than the cost of its rival. Also, there are other similar models for less the price, so there is no need to splurge thousands of dollars on a practical dive watch.

Opinion and Drawbacks

It can even be seen as one of the best dive watches due to its low price and accurate timekeeping. However, it has offered less precision than the Rolex model.

Moreover, its AR coating scratches off easily as it is placed on the outer part of the crystal. Finally, if you put up your Seamaster for a resale, you might be offered a price lesser than its main value.

Rolex Submariner

 

This watch comes as a sturdy but handsome watch that fits any activity or outfit. Another reason to love this timepiece is its rich heritage. Indeed, the Rolex submariner design inspired most diver watch flooding the market.

Rolex submariner first model was launched in 1954. It has a great history, and up to date, it is one of the top timepieces in the watch game. Admittedly, this is also a vintage Submariner watch, which cost more than regular dive timepieces due to its features.

Design

Since its first model, watch lovers have seen various design upgrades of the Rolex Submariner. Although these are minor changes, the watch has become one of the flagship models in the top dive timepieces.

If you need a watch that shows dates, the older Rolex Submariner isn’t the best option, as this product does not have a date aperture. However, there are other versions of the Rolex Submariner that comes with a large date window.

Older versions worked with aluminum bezels but this model standout with its ceramic variant. Fortunately, the latter material can withstand knocks and scratches than its aluminum rival. You will also love the classy engravings on the watch that gives it an overall elegant look.

Apart from its rugged bezel, the watch has a dial that will interest any pro-diver. This bezel of the watch consists of 18k white gold markers that add to the unique look of this timepiece. Next, its indices contain Rolex traditional Chromalight that allows easy reading in the darkest conditions.

Build and Comfort

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The Submariner has a sturdy build that can withstand water pressure at a depth of up to 300m. For one, its crown is fitted with a Triplock waterproof system that keeps moisture from its inner parts. It even has a timeless steel case that can handle rust when exposed to seawater.

During a dive or causal use, there is no need to worry about this timepiece slipping from your wrist. The reason is that it has a sturdy Oyster bracelet that offers security with its safety clasp. Although this part of the watch is solid, it does not exert any pressure on your wrist.

Do you feel that this item might not fit on your wrist? , adjust the bracelet’s glide lock system (without taking it to a jeweler) by 2mmm to meet your sizing needs.

Movement and Functionality

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Anyone will love the flawless timekeeping offered by the Rolex Calibre 3130 automatic movement on this diving timepiece. Having tested it to the highest standards, it’s certain that the movement supports a 48-hour power reserve. Also, since it’s a self-winding watch, there’s no need to spend extra cash on battery.

There might be nothing too special about its movement, but the Rolex has used this feature to maintain its flagship status. You will also love this simple movement, as it will keep the watch running after a minor fall, bump, or a prolong use.

Value

Unlike the Omega Seamaster, the Rolex Submariner will look attractive after years of multiple wears. The reason is that its beautiful outer parts can cope with wear and tear as well as repeated falls under any condition. Overall, it comes with a hefty price tag than the Seamaster 300, which goes up in value as the years go by.

Opinion and Drawbacks

After looking at the features offered by the first timepiece on our Omega Seamaster 300m ceramic vs Rolex submariner review, you might want to go for this model. For one, it combines durability, elegance, accuracy, and value in a simple package. However, it has some issues that might make you want to go for the other option.

First, when compared to the Omega Seamaster, the watch has fewer style options, thereby making you stick to a particular look. Apart from its limited fashion, its hefty price tag can scare you from investing in this timepiece. However, if it meets your budget, it is an ideal device for diving and everyday use.

Final Recommendation on Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner review

After a close look at the Omega vs Rolex quality, it is obvious that both timepieces are worthy investments. After all, both watches are stylish, rugged, and accurate for as long as you wish.

Since you would like to know the winner in the Omega Seamaster 300 vs Rolex Submariner contest, choose the latter. I’d recommend the Rolex because it has a design that is simple but classic.

Unlike the Seamaster that has a flashy look, this watch shows elegance with fewer design elements. Moreover, it has a beautiful appearance that can complement your outfit.

As mentioned earlier, both luxury dive watches are ideal timepieces. Thus, your choice depends on either the occasion or the function. If you wish to mark an important event like a career move, stick with the Rolex while the Seamaster comes as the ultimate choice for divers because of its valve and movement features.

Finally, keep in mind that the Submariner comes with a hefty price tag. Hence, if it exceeds your budget, the Seamaster 300 comes as the best affordable option.

Stuhrling Watch Review: An In-Depth Look at the Stuhrling Regatta Champion

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Stuhrling is a brand that I have always been interested in. The brand offers a wide range of timepieces and many of them are unique or interesting to look at, to say the least. However, I tend to gravitate towards traditional-looking timepieces which is why for this Stuhrling watch review, I’ve decided to take an in-depth look at the Regatta Champion.

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion is a marine-themed dive watch which is something that I tend to like. Many dive watches just try too hard so they end up having too many elements with their designs.

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion begs to differ which is a breath of fresh air. Is this dive watch worth adding to your collection?

Let’s find out!

Stuhrling Watch Review: The Regatta Champion at a Glance

Model:

Regatta Champion 395 Quartz 42mm Diver

Reference #:

395.33U16

Collection:

Aquadiver

Case material:

316L Surgical Grade Steel Case

Case diameter:

42 mm

Case height:

11.47 mm

Crystal:

Krysterna Crystal

Crown:

Screw Down Fluted Crown

Water resistance:

20 ATM Water Resistant (200 meters/660 feet)

Dial:

Deep-Sea Royal Blue Dial

Movement:

Swiss Quartz Movement, Ronda 515

Bracelet:

Stainless Steel Link Bracelet

Bracelet width:

22 mm

Features:

Skeletonized Luminous Sword Hands

Individually Applied Luminous Arabic Numerals – 3,6,9, and 12; and Stick

Indices at All Other Points

Stainless Steel Unidirectional Ratcheting Bezel

Screw Down Case Back with Stührling Wings Logo

Push Button Deployant with Safety Clasp

First Impressions

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion came in a glossy white box with a printed Stuhrling logo in gold. This is not exactly a luxury watch, so I was expecting the packaging to be in the so-so category but its surprisingly well-done.

Inside the packaging box is the actual watch box in orange. The orange box contains the watch, manual, certificate card, and an orange micro-fiber cloth. The micro-fiber cloth is a nice touch for cleaning the watch. As for the watch, it was covered with a shrink-wrapped clear plastic.

As for the look of the actual watch, the Regatta Champion certainly looks better than the pictures. The blue dial looks great with a couple of noteworthy high-quality design elements. One of the first things I’ve noticed about the dial is that the Arabic numerals are a bit too large.

The polished steel case looks fairly standard but the reflective polish does throw me off. The shape of the case is simple but with a highly angular shape. Despite the good-looking design, it’s fairly obvious that the manufacturers had to cut some corners with materials and construction.

Overall, my first impressions of the Regatta Champion lean on the positive side.

The Case

As mentioned, the case of the Regatta Champion looks decent enough. However, the almost mirror-like polish is something that I don’t enjoy. But it’s worth noting that other parts of the case such as the top of the lugs are less reflective.

On the right side of the case, you’ll see two short crown guard. The guards slope slightly downwards and the ends are smoothly rounded. The lugs from the top and bottom of the case also slope downwards, with some sharp corners. This enables the Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion to provide a comfortable fit even on smaller wrists.

The bracelet bars that hold the bracelet feels a bit flimsy and frankly, low-quality. I was worried that they might break while trying to change the bracelet. I thought about changing the bars but there’s not enough clearance between the case and the bar which makes it difficult to install thick bars.

The case back is also disappointing. The case back design looks to be printed instead of being engraved. It feels like the design will come off with continued use. So far, the case back design holds up but my confidence for it to last is low.

The actual design is also uninspired and needlessly busy.

The Crown

As far as watch operation goes, you only have the stainless steel screw-down crown.

The crown is just the right size and it’s easy to grip. The crown guards are positioned just right and it makes it easier to grasp and operate the crown. The engraved coin edge also provides good friction for the fingers. The end of the crown has a small “S” engraving which adds a much-needed detail to the watch.

The crown has two positions of operation. The first pull is used to set the date of the watch. The second pull is used for adjusting the hands.

The Dial

The main selling point of the watch for me is the marine dial. With how the dial looks alone, it’s easy to think that the Regatta Champion costs more than it is.

The minimalistic design of the dial certainly does the watch plenty of favors. At the 12 o’clock position is the “STUHRLING ORIGINAL” text while at the center button, you’ll see the ‘PROFESSIONAL DIVER 200 METERS’ text. I have always been a fan of watches with minimal texts, so plus points for the Regatta Champion.

The markers are applied which adds a good deal of texture to the dial. The markers are also outlined with chrome around the edges. The 12, 3, 6, and 9 hour markers are printed in Arabic numbers while the other markers are represented by trapezoids.

The hands are lumed which comes in handy if you’re going to use this watch for diving. But the seconds hand is not lumed which is a weird design flaw for a dive watch. The lumed hands are decent but I just wish the illumination is brighter.

There’s also the date window located between the 4 and 5 markers. However, the date window is very small which makes it hard to read the numbers inside.

Overall, the dial’s design is very impressive (with the exception of the date window) and does a great job of making the watch look high-end.

The Bracelet

The next stop for this Stuhrling watch review is the bracelet.

The bracelet is also polished stainless steel in the center link which I don’t really care for. It looks like your standard three-link bracelet in most watches. Unfortunately, I gave up trying to make the bracelet fit since I was unable to find the right tools to adjust it.

Therefore, I opted to swap the three-link steel bracelet with NATO and leather straps. And oh boy, it made the Regatta Champion experience a lot better for me.

By swapping the bracelet with something else, the Regatta Champion gained a whole lot more personality. The quality of the steel bracelet is really not that great which is acceptable for a budget timepiece. Luckily, I decided to change things up by swapping the bracelet.

On a side note, swapping the bracelet was not easy especially when there’s not much space between the bars and the case. My advice, choose a thinner strap like the AUTULET NATO Watch Band.

The Movement

Stuhrling Watch Review Ronda 515 Movement

The Stuhrling Original Regatta Champion is powered by the Swiss Quartz Movement Ronda 515. Being a cost-effective dive watch, Stuhrling would have just slapped a generic quartz movement here and I would have been fine.

It’s a good thing that Stuhrling opted to include a fairly reliable movement, the Ronda 515. The 515 is truly a workhorse movement and based on past experiences, I have nothing to worry about. In addition, on top of being reliable, the Ronda 515 also boasts decent accuracy for daily timekeeping.

The only downside is that the durability and battery life of the 515 is lesser when compared to a newer movement like the 715.

The Regatta Champion’s timekeeping is solid and reliable, thanks to the Ronda 515 movement.

Pricing

One can argue that the best part about the Stuhrling Regatta Champion is the price. By all accounts, the Regatta Champion is a slightly above average dive watch that excels in design more than anything.

Performance-wise, I haven’t tested the Regatta Champion for diving so I can’t really comment on that. However, it does offer a 20 ATM Water Resistant rating which should be more than enough for most divers. As for the timekeeping aspect, the watch delivers the accuracy and reliability aspect which all I ever need for a budget watch such as this.

For less than $100, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a dive watch this good-looking. On the flip side, if you’re going to use this for diving, even the sub-$100 price might not be worth it.

There are plenty of durability, construction, and quality issues with this watch, making it hard to recommend for heavy-duty activities such as diving. Plus, the lume is lacking in brightness which is a problem when you’re underwater.

For a beater watch, on the other hand, I highly recommend it for the price.

Should You Get the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch?

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As per usual, we conclude this Stuhrling watch review with our verdict. Is the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch worth buying?

Well, it really depends on you.

If you are planning to dive with this watch, then I struggle to recommend this diving watch. Although it has the waterproof factor, it has some issues that could affect your diving experience. For instance, the quality of the watch is not that great. Second, the lumed hands and markers are not bright enough for underwater excursions.

On the flip side, I highly recommend the Stuhrling Regatta Champion Dive Watch for casual use. The dial is bold, clean, and minimalistic – just the way I like my watches. The blue dial is stunning and is joined with some very exciting design elements.

If you can get past the quality issues, the Stuhrling Regatta Champion is worth looking into.

Best Women’s Dive Watch

Best Womens Dive Watch

We’ve researched for hours on end to provide you with a few recommendations for the best womens dive watch. When diving, it’s crucial to have information at the tip of your finger.

If you’re wondering whether a womens dive watch is necessary or not, we may be able to give you some insight. Overall, the best women’s dive watch is the Momentum M1 Mini Women’s Dive Watch. Why? Mostly because the price-point is very affordable and isn’t as expensive as other brands. Plus, the company ensures you’re not skipping on quality. Although it is the “mini” version, which may not be suitable for all divers.

As a water sports enthusiast, it’s essential to have a stylish yet reliable wristwatch on hand. Each of the watches on this list are beautiful watches. Not only do they work while you’re diving but can quickly transfer into the workplace or everyday life — no need to purchase a separate dive watch, as you can use it as your everyday wristwatch.

Alternatively, if you’re just looking for a men’s dive watches, then check out this article.

Momentum M1 Mini Women’s Dive Watch

The Momentum M1 Mini Women’s Dive Watch is the best womens dive watch. The attractive and detailed watch face is incredible to look at and is specially designed to fit women’s wrists. It includes a slim  31 mm diameter outer case, which is perfect for diving and other daily activities. Even though it’s a “mini” version, you’re still getting all the enhanced features you’d find in a full-sized watch. Plus, there’s a large variety of colors to choose from, ensuring you’ll find one to your liking.

Elegant Design

The M1 Mini features one of the thinnest watch-faces on the market. The thickness is approximately 31mm and includes various features. Some of the features included is a rotary bezel, date window, luminous dial, and buckle closure. Each element is based on classic diver watch designs, ensuring you’re getting a stylish product. Lastly, the analog display includes marks for minutes, seconds, and the date.

Long-Lasting Precision

As for other features, the long-lasting precision ensures that the watch never lags behind in time. The main watch face includes Japanese quartz movement that’s been powered by a non-standard battery. Each clock consists of a battery length of at least two years at minimum and three at max.

Water-Resistant

All dive watches are waterproof, but this one includes a few enhancements. The dive watch has been rigorously tested to ensure that the device will still work even submerged at 200 m/660 ft. This makes it ideal for scuba diving, boating, or other types of watersports.

This not only makes it suitable for recreational diving but also everyday life. It doesn’t matter if you’re washing your hands, taking a dunk in the pool, or just walking in the rain – this watch can handle it all.

Comfortable

What makes this watch a step above the rest is the unique natural mini rubber band. It’s much smoother and softer than other materials, plus the size is suitable for women’s wrists. The rubber ensures that the watch stays on your wrist at all times, which is designed for all day use.

What Do We Think?

Overall, the dive watch includes many features any diver would be happy with. The watertight sealing helps prevent any accidents by keeping water out of the working parts. Plus, the battery replacements happen every 2-3 years. This helps avoid tinkering with the case to replace the battery and loosening the casing.

As for the watch face, there’s more information than other dive watches including a rotary bezel, luminous dial, and a date window. Plus, the multiple color and design options are what make this version stand out amongst many others. We’d say it’s well worth the investment and would even go as far to say that it’s the best womens dive watch of 2019.

Invicta Mako Pro Diver Women’s Dive Watch

 

The next choice on our womens dive watch list is the Invicta Mako Pro Diver Women’s Dive Watch. If you’re looking for a stunningly detailed watch with all the features you need to succeed it in your dive, you won’t have to look far. The slim band is perfect for dainty wrists, and the case features a small 24.5mm design. These features make it lightweight, manageable and enable you to use it in everyday life.

Classic Nautical Design

When thinking about dive watches,  you don’t exactly imagine a stunning silver and gold peice. Instead, you think of dark bland colors. However, the Invicta Mako Pro is designed to give classic nostalgia to the signature colors you’d find on any diver’s gear. The case itself is only the size of a quarter, or roughly 24.5 mm, which works well for small wrists. Plus, the long bracelet band is around 170 mm, but you can remove and adjust the band as needed.

Sturdy & Stunning Watchface

The watch face features Japanese quartz movements while also boasting an analog display. Beyond that, the screen is coated with an anti-reflective mineral crystal dial window to make it easy to read in all forms of lighting. Plus, the anti-reflective properties ensure that you’ll be able to read it above or below water.

Water Resistance

As with any excellent dive watch, the case must be fully waterproof. Each clock includes different levels of submersible, which can be useful depending on what watersports you’re doing.

The Mako Procan resist water levels of 330 ft, or approximately 100 m. This makes it suitable for recreational scuba diving, watersports, etc. Although, the company does suggest that you tighten the crown every time you set the watch, ensuring water won’t leak in.

What Do We Think?

It’s a stunning womens dive watch that can be used for watersports or other daily activities. When compared to others, it features higher quality materials such as stainless steel and a blue bezel. If you’re looking for a diving watch that’s not only accurate but also stunning, then this is for you.

Orient Automatic Women’s Dive Watch

 

The next on our list is the Orient Automatic Women’s Dive Watch. It’s an affordable priced automatic watch which has been specially crafted for female divers. With the affordable price range, you’re getting a steal with all the beautiful features, inducing the luxurious and stunning design. Plus, the textured wristband is crafted from sturdy urethane rubber, which is goth sporty yet comfortable.

Extremely Durable Case

The case is crafted using sapphire crystal, which is known to have high durability and scratch-resistant properties. Plus, the 32 mm thick stainless steel case can be put through rigorous everyday tasks and still hold its delicate design. If you’re looking for an all-around, watch that not only is water-resistant but can also last through daily life, you can’t go wrong with the Orient.

Automatic Movement

The watch is powered through automatic movement, which uses a self- winding Orient caliber 55742. This means that instead of relying on batteries or other energy sources, your movement will keep it functioning.

Why is this a huge benefit? Other cases require you to replace the battery, which can lead to water leaking in if it’s not placed correctly back together. Plus, the Orient also includes a clear backing, allowing you to watch the intricate mechanical movements.

Beautiful Design

With the fact that it’s been designed for women’s wrists, the watch face includes a beautiful design. Displayed is a luminous dial which includes contrasting hands. Each of these consists of both hour and day markers, along with an easy to read screen. The casing is made using anti-reflective sapphire crystals, which ensures you’ll be able to read it in any lighting conditions.

What Do We Think?

Compared to the others on the list, we believe that the Orient Automatic is an excellent choice for those looking for a more reasonably priced watch. Just because the price point is dropped doesn’t mean you’re skipping out on quality. It includes a very sturdy stainless steel casing. Plus, the rotating bezel is beautiful and provides you with more information than just the time.

Other than that the automatic movement can come in handy for those who don’t want to replace the battery. It ensures that the watch will always be working, plus you won’t have to pay for an excerpt to replace batteries or risk doing it on your own. This ensures that the case stays intact and that no leak ever happens.

What is the Best Womens Dive Watch?

Overall, the best women’s dive watch is the Momentum M1 Mini Women’s Dive Watch.

Purchasing a womens dive watch can be a difficult task, as you want to make sure that the quality is superior. Picking a bad dive watch can not only ruin your scuba diving experience, but also lead to the watch becoming damaged. 

To ensure that you’re getting a reliable watch, we’ve research hours on end to give you the top pics for womens dive watches for 2019. However, if you find that you didn’t find a watch that you like, we recommend checking out our review for the Breitling Superocean 44 or the Seiko Dive Watch.

Just remember, when searching for womens dive watch it’s important to keep a note of two factors. The first factor is that is has a wristband that is designed for dainty wrists. If its a multi-gender or men’s dive watch, it will likely not fit and may fall off.

The second factor to keep in mind the different water-resistant levels. Some watches are suitable for deeper dives, while others are only good for diving on the water’s surface. Check what meter/feet the watch can withstand water to ensure it fits your needs.

Best Affordable Chronograph Watch [Buyer’s Guide]

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If you are in the market for a versatile watch to add to your collection, it’s hard to go wrong with a chronograph. Most people are attracted to chronographs because of the extra functionalities to your wrist – not to mention its unique aesthetic.

Chronograph watches are simply great timekeeping tools.

However, when people think about chronographs, they expect them to be expensive – that’s a huge misconception. If you are willing to shop around, there’s plenty of chronographs that won’t have you clutching your wallet.

Today, we made a list of the best affordable chronograph watch. Let’s get to it!

Best Affordable Chronograph Watch

Key Features

Our Rating

Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph Military-inspired stainless steel watch, Charges in natural sunlight or indoor light, Mineral crystal dial window, Date window, Three subdials, Luminous hands, Water resistant to 330 feet (100 M) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Bulova Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph Six hand calendar chronograph, Stainless steel screw-back case, Silver-tone finish and black dial, High-performance UHF quartz movement, Water Resistant to 50m ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Invicta 0070 Pro Diver Collection Chronograph Blue dive-style bezel, Skeleton hands, Luminous indices, Three sub-dials, Steel bracelet with fold-over clasp with safety closure, Water resistant to 200 m (660 ft) ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Seiko SNN241 Stainless Steel Stainless steel case, Two subdials and date window at 6 o’clock, Hardlex dial window, Japanese quartz movement, Contrast-stitched leather band, Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft) ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Timex Fly-Back Chronograph Stainless steel case, Fly-back chronograph functions, Indiglo night-light, Fourth-hand indicator, Two subdials, Date window, Mineral dial window, Quartz movement ★ ★ ★ ★
Casio MTP4500D-1AV Slide Rule Bezel Aviator Stainless steel bracelet, Black multi-function dial, Three sub-dials, Fold-over-push-button-clasp-with-safety closure, Water resistant to 50 m ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Affordable Chronograph Watch

1. Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph

When it comes to the best affordable chronograph watch, it’s hard to ignore the value that the Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph offers. It’s a military-inspired chronograph that delivers in terms of functionality and ruggedness.

Highly Functional and Reasonably-Priced

The Citizen AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph has been with me for quite a while and it continues to provide value.

This rugged stainless steel chronograph is very well-suited to everyday wear. As you might expect, the watch is quartz-powered by Citizen’s Eco-Drive solar charging technology. This means that you don’t have to worry about charging the watch. Simply leaving the watch by your windowsill gets the job done of charging, although indoor light works as well.

The pictures of the watch don’t do it justice. It looks better in person which is great if you’re planning to use this watch daily. Furthermore, the strap is quite robust and looks great for casual wear.

The AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph features three sub-dials that measure the hours, minutes, and seconds. The red seconds hand adds a good deal of depth to the dial. All in all, the dial itself is very legible despite the lack of significant texture.

Overall, the AT0200-05E Eco-Drive Chronograph is a durable, no-nonsense watch at a steal price.

2. Bulova Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph

As far as lunar-themed chronographs go, the Omega Speedmaster is widely considered to be the definitive timepiece. However, the Bulova Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph is also worth mentioning alongside the Speedmaster.

A Lunar Chronograph with a History

For a bit of history, the Bulova Lunar Pilot was actually worn by astronaut Dave Scott during his time in the moon, replacing his NASA-issued Speedmaster. The Bulova Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph is the recreation of that lunar classic.

Right off the bat, you know that you have something special on your wrist.

First, this is a stunning chronograph. The case features a wonderful satin finish that gives the watch an elegantly sporty look. The design is a noteworthy departure from the usual Bulova timepiece – this is certainly more of a tool watch than a dressy unit. The build quality is top-notch, especially for a sub-$500 watch.

At 45 mm, the Bulova Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph is not a small watch. For most folks, the large size is a boon as it looks more fashionable. Fortunately, the large size doesn’t come with discomfort and weightiness.

The watch is powered by a high-performance UHF quartz movement. It vibrates 8 times faster than your usual conventional quartz timepiece. There’s not much that can be said here except that the accuracy is on-point.

Ultimately, the Lunar Pilot might be the other “moon watch” but it’s certainly a no-slouch affordable chronograph.

3. Invicta 0070 Pro Diver Collection Chronograph

If you are in the market for a budget dive chronograph, the Invicta 0070 Pro Diver Collection Chronograph is worth looking into. It’s unbelievable that it’s a sub-$200 dive watch and did many things right that it belongs on this list of the best affordable chronograph watch.

Sizable Dive Watch That Delivers

For starters, the Invicta 0070 Pro Diver is a huge and imposing watch. For that reason, the watch works well as a fashion piece. The stainless steel case is brushed and well-polished, and frankly, it looks great for a budget timepiece. Plus, the rugged construction provides the much-needed durability which is important for a dive watch.

The dial comes in marine blue which is always a nice aesthetic when it comes to dive watches. At first look, the dial may look a bit too crowded but I quickly came to realize the mindfulness of the layout. The three sub-dials are all highly readable, although two of them are partially obscured by the date window.

The watch also features skeleton hands which I am not too crazy about. The hands obscure the dial elements more than they need to. As for the movement, it is powered by a Chinese quartz movement which might seem like a drawback but it’s really not. As far as accuracy goes, I have no problem with the Invicta 0070 Pro Diver.

Overall, the Invicta 0070 Pro Diver is an ideal dive chronograph that’s budget-friendly without too many compromises.

4. Seiko SNN241 Stainless Steel

You can’t make a list of the best affordable chronograph watch without listing a piece from Seiko. The Seiko SNN241 Stainless Steel is a luxury dress watch without the exorbitant price.

Solid Dress Watch for the Price

First, let’s get out the drawback out of the way. The Seiko SNN241 Stainless Steel chronograph has a case diameter of 42 mm with a band width of 11 mm. Just by looking at the specs, it’s easy to tell that the watch will look bigger than you expect. It becomes even more apparent once you have it on your wrist.

For a dress watch, it is indeed large so keep that in mind.

Fortunately, the rest of the watch is fantastic. For instance, the construction of the Seiko SNN241 is top-notch. The stainless steel case, hardlex crystal, and contrast-stitched leather band all add up to solid and reliable timepiece.

In terms of timekeeping, there’s nothing revolutionary about it but everything is done accurately and consistently. The Japanese quartz movement, as you might expect, is highly accurate. Both the chronograph dials are working consistently as well. The leather band feels high-quality and comfortable, so no complaints about that.

Seiko did a good job of providing both class and amazing value with the Seiko SNN241 chronograph.

5. Timex Fly-Back Chronograph

Timex has plenty of great affordable chronograph watches from its lineup. Ultimately, I went with the Timex Fly-Back Chronograph due to its unique aesthetic and solid performance.

An Interesting Watch With Unique Complications

It’s hard to look at the Timex Fly-Back Chronograph and not be intrigued. One of the first things you’ll notice about the watch is its unique complication – the Fly-Back Chronograph Movement.

Instead of having two circular sub-dials, the watch features two half-circle displays that measure the minutes and hours. The Fly-Back mechanic is called as such because once the hands reach the end of the scale, they fly back to their starting position for another cycle.

Regardless of its functionality, I’m sold for its interesting complication alone.

With the unique complications, the watch also looks very interesting and aviation-inspired. The dial looks very complicated but it’s not a big deal once you get used to it. It looks elegant and sporty at the same time. The leather strap is a bit thick but it’s well-stitched and comfortable.

Wrapping up, the Timex Fly-Back Chronograph is greater than the sum of its parts. With its current sale price, this is one of the best Timex chronographs that you can get.

6. Casio MTP4500D-1AV Slide Rule Bezel Aviator

Casio isn’t known for their chronographs but that doesn’t mean they don’t have one. The Casio MTP4500D-1AV Slide Rule Bezel Aviator is a well-made chronograph with an amazingly low-price.

Walks and Talks Like a $200 Watch

The Casio MTP4500D-1AV has made it into this list of the best affordable chronograph watch because it’s a steal. It looks and feels like a $200 watch but it’s a bargain timepiece through and through.

The quality of the construction is surprisingly solid and consistent. I am not normally a fan of mirror finishes but I don’t mind it here. Fortunately, it’s very easy to swap out the stainless steel bracelet with a different one – I replaced mine with a NATO strap.

The dial is also very interesting, mainly due to the design of the sub-dials. Personally, I am not too thrilled with the minutes sub-dial which displays a large 60 at the top portion and a large 30 at the bottom. This leads to confusion when trying to tell the minutes when the hands are near these positions.

Overall, the Casio MTP4500D-1AV is a great beater chronograph with a crazy value proposition.

Top Chronograph Watches for Less

This ends our list for the best affordable chronograph watches. If you think chronographs are expensive, think again – you just might not be looking hard enough!

Best Seiko Automatic Watches: Rounding Up Seiko’s Top Automatic Watches

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When it comes to brands that helped shaped the watch industry, one brand that comes into mind is Seiko. After all, the Japanese company Seiko put out the very first quartz movement in history. Over the years, Seiko remained a powerhouse brand and will likely stay that way for the years to come.

So for today’s round-up, we highlight some of the best Seiko automatic watches that you can get from the market. This is going to be a particularly tough list especially when there are so many great Seiko timepieces out there.

Best Seiko Automatic Watches

Key Features

Our Rating

Seiko SARBO33 Automatic Automatic Movement with 50-hour power reserve, Sapphire Crystal, Case Diameter: 38.4 mm, Water resistant to 100m (330ft), Seiko 6R15 caliber ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko 5 Automatic 37 mm stainless steel case, Hardlex mineral dial window, Precise 21-jewel automatic movement with analog display, Water resistant at 30 meters / 100 feet, Seiko Caliber 7S26 automatic movement with about 40 hours of power reserve, Luminescent hands ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic Automatic, Self-winding capability w/ 21,600 vibrations per hour, Water-resistant to 200M, 3 fold push closure w/secure lock with extension, Screw down crown and caseback ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon Seiko 23 Jewels Self-Winding Automatic Movement, Hackable Second Hand (Calibre 4R35B), Stainless steel case, Hardlex crystal, Push Button Deployment Clasp, 5 ATM water resistance ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SSA231K1 Analog Automatic Gents leather analogue, Open-heart design, White dial and brown strap or bracelet, 50-meter water resistance, Scratch Resistant Hardlex, Stainless steel ★ ★ ★ ★
Seiko SRPC07 Prospex Automatic One Way Rotating Elapsed Timing Bezel, Automatic-self-wind Movement, 44 mm diameter, 200m (660ft) water resistance, Hardlex crystal, Fold-Over Clasp with Single Push-Button Safety ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Seiko Automatic Watches

1. Seiko SARBO33 Automatic

Seiko watches come in a variety of types and styles. However, it’s really hard to beat the classic styling of the Seiko SARBO33 Automatic. Dubbed as the “Baby Grand Seiko”, the SARBO33 is truly a special automatic timepiece.

Best Valued Seiko Watch Around

For starters, the Seiko SARBO33 Automatic is a 38 mm watch, so many of you may be shocked at just how small it is. I have a medium-sized wrist so I didn’t mind the size. However, in just a few days, I got used to the 38 mm and the size even grew on me. With that said, it’s no wonder that many women opt for this watch.

One of the main standouts for me is the deep inky black dial. It looks elegant and even sports a minor reflective quality. The hour indices are applied and work well with the black dial – this is especially true when the indices catch direct sunlight. The date aperture is located in the 3 o’clock position and I must say that it’s framed rather nicely.

Overall, all the elements in the dial are laid out beautifully and feels perfectly balanced.

The watch is powered by the Seiko 6R15 movement which provides the watch with a great deal of value. It has a stated accuracy of +25/-15 sec a day and a power reserve of 50 hours.

The Seiko SARBO33 Automatic ticks all the right boxes and is one of the best Seiko automatic watches that you can buy.

2. Seiko 5 Automatic

The Seiko 5 Automatic line is one of the most popular collections from the Japanese company. This comes as a no surprise especially when it’s a well-made automatic watch that won’t break the bank. This model is a great gift for newcomers in the watch game.

For People Who Don’t Wear Watches

The Seiko 5 Automatic is considered to be a modern classic. One look at it and you’ll notice its simple profile and design but it’s the good kind of simple.

Initially, the monochromatic dial is what drove me to check out the Seiko 5. The white printed Arabic numbers for the hour hands and inner circle along with the minutes for the outer circle are all placed beautifully. While the dial looks fairly flat, the 5-minute markers have bumps to keep it interesting.

With that said, the dial looks crisp and very legible. It even features luminous hands to ensure that you can read time during low-light conditions.

Another thing that I like about the watch is the brushed stainless steel finish. The case almost looks like it has a matte finish which is a nice bonus. However, the strap could be better though.

The Seiko 5 Automatic doesn’t break any new ground but it’s stylish, functional, and comes at a great price.

3. Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic

The Seiko SRP777 Prospex Turtle Automatic is one of the best Seiko dive watches that you can buy. However, the main draw of the piece, in my opinion, is its unique design profile.

Bulky, Unique Dive Watch

At first, you will likely think “that is one bulky watch”, and you would be correct. From the bulky profile to the oversized lugs, this is one chunky timepiece and makes no apologies about it. This model is a redesign of the old dive watch, the 6309-7040.

If you can get past the bulky profile, it’s an excellent dive watch on its own.

For starters, I like the integration of the drilled lugs which add a lot of character to the Seiko SRP777. The dial is protected with Hardlex crystal and I must say that it has done a great job over the years. While it’s a dive watch through and through, the Seiko SRP777 is also well-suited to outdoor environments.

Another noteworthy upgrade over the original is the addition of the LumiBrite technology which provides excellent illumination.

Also, the SRP777’s dial has got all the elements in without looking too busy. Seiko did a great job of squeezing in the essentials without cramping up the dial too much. With that said, the dial looks clean and legible, even when underwater.

Overall, the Seiko SRP777 is a model that you should get if you’re interested in a Seiko dive watch.

4. Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon

Now, we bring you something from the classier side of Seiko. The Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon is a beautiful timepiece that oozes elegance. However, it’s a watch that won’t have you scrambling for your checkbook.

Luxury Watch Without the Luxury Price

The Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon comes in a 40 mm case which is a bit too big for a dressy watch. However, since I opted for the Blue Moon dial, the Seiko Presage looks a bit more playful and sporty even. This is an excellent watch for a wedding or business casual events. Despite the size, the watch fits nicely and is comfortable and not too heavy.

As for the dial, I have to agree that it’s indeed that central element of the watch. The blue dial just looks stunning with a great deal of polish usually seen in higher-priced timepieces. I actually enjoy wearing this watch since I’ve been getting a lot of compliments. The crystal is not sapphire but it’s hard to complain about that in a sub $500 watch.

The metal bracelet is serviceable but it could be a lot better. The bracelet is the typical OEM bracelet that you can find in many Japanese watches. Fortunately, you can easily swap out the bracelet with a strap if you choose to.

Ultimately, the Seiko Presage SRPB41 Blue Moon comes with a firm recommendation. Great-looking watch at a great price.

5. Seiko SSA231K1 Analog Automatic

The Seiko SSA231K1 Analog Automatic is a unique entry to this list of the best Seiko automatic watches due to its open heart design. I am normally not a fan of open heart watches but the Seiko SSA231K1 has more than won me over with its excellent design and functionality.

Open Heart Excellence

As expected, the main selling point of the Seiko SSA231K1 is its open heart design. As mentioned, I was never a fan of open heart watches since I think they belong to a steampunk convention. However, I am quite surprised that I liked the Seiko SSA231K1.

The white dial features the open-heart feature at 9:00. On top of the open heart window is the 24-hour subdial. I hate to say it but the open-heart design does a great job of making the watch look interesting and unique. The 24-hour subdial is a nice addition as well but it’s a bit too small for my taste.

Regardless if you like open-heart watches or not, the SSA231K1 is a fine-looking watch and even so while I am wearing it. The watch looks like a classic pocket watch right on your wrist.

6. Seiko SRPC07 Prospex Automatic

Also referred to as the “Orange Samurai”, the Seiko SRPC07 Prospex Automatic is a must for collectors who don’t shy away from bold and colorful pieces.

Dive Watch With a Helping of Color

It’s hard to talk about the Seiko SRPC07 Prospex without noticing the bright orange dial. The watch’s bold and vibrant design ensures that it will be getting plenty of looks. Furthermore, orange is also safety-oriented color which means that it’s a perfectly capable dive watch due to its marginally better legibility.

The orange dial is a design element that has to be seen in person.

Furthermore, the watch comes with chunky but wearable dimensions. There’s a bit of bulk to it but nothing too bothersome. In fact, I was fairly surprised by its manageable weight. In terms of durability, the watch also delivers and can easily handle a few nicks and bumps.

Overall, the Seiko SRPC07 Prospex looks unique but familiar as well. It’s just a great dive watch with a bold design.

Hard to Go Wrong with a Seiko

At last, you’ve come to the end of the list of the best Seiko automatic watches. Again, this was a hard list to make since Seiko offers many outstanding pieces. Hopefully, this guide has helped you choose your next Seiko timepiece.

Best Microbrand Watches: Fantastic Timepieces from Smaller Brands

These days, you’ll see a lot of smaller brands or “microbrands” put out by people who are passionate about the art of watchmaking.

These brands are not run by massive companies but instead by a single individual or a small team. If you want to learn more about microbrands, it’s highly recommended to check out our previous writeup about the best microbrand dive watches.

For today’s post, we take a look at the best microbrand watches that you can find in the market today.

Best Microbrand Watches

Key Features

Our Rating

Halios Seaforth 41mm steel-cased watch, 200m water resistance, Domed sapphire crystal, C3 SuperLuminova, GMT bezel, Miyota 90S5 movement, Beveled lugs ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Aevig Corvid Bauhaus influence, Bold mono spaced numbers, Swiss STP 1-11 movement, Water resistance up to 200 meters, Swiss Luminova, Pullup oiled leather strap ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Pantor Seahorse Miyota 9015 Japanese automatic movement, 316L stainless steel with brushed finish, Sapphire crystal, Swiss C3 SuperLumiNova, 24mm with 15pcs links separately and 6 step micro adjustment, 40 hours power reserve ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Farer Cobb 316L high grade stainless steel, Brushed bezel with polished edge, Matte night-sky blue dial, Super-LumiNova infill, Solid bronze straight crown, Anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal, 10ATM water resistance ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
Marchand Legacy High quality Japan Miyota 9015 movement, Carbon fiber dial, High grade stainless steel, 42mm diameter, 10 ATM (100M) water resistant ★ ★ ★ ★
Oak & Oscar Humboldt 40mm diameter, Stainless steel, Super-LumiNova BGW9 lume, Multiple bracelet options, Double-domed sapphire crystal with AR coating, Comes with a waxed canvas travel wallet ★ ★ ★ ★

Best Microbrand Watches

1. Halios Seaforth

Best Microbrand Watches Halios Seaforth

Halios is a brand that I have recently discovered and I must say that I am very impressed. This microbrand is known for its dive watches and its most famous offering is the Halios Seaforth.

Big Value Dive Watch

Halios and its flagship Seaforth diver watch have risen to fame on the internet. The brand is basically a one-man operation of Jason Lim out of Vancouver, Canada. It’s a passion project that attracted a lot of attention from the watch community.

It’s a good thing that Lim had an impeccable taste.

The Seaforth is a 41mm steel-cased watch that offers 200m of water resistance and protected with a domed sapphire crystal. If you are a fan of svelte minimal aesthetic, the Halios Seaforth warrants a well-deserved look from you.

Most of the heavy lifting is done by the dial and bezel. The combination of the brushed finish and expanding polished bevel on the lug adds up to an elegant but somehow still casual timepiece. The dial is a bit on the low-key side but that depends on your choice of dial.

The baton indices and matching hands are fitted with C3 SuperLuminova and are outlined in bold black. The dial really does have an undeniable charm that just puts a smile on my face.

The Halios Seaforth is an excellent dive watch that’s under $1,000. It’s a big value proposition that dive watch fans can’t afford to miss.

2. Aevig Corvid

Best Microbrand Watches Aevig Corvid

Aevig Corvid is another brand that recently came to my attention. If you are looking for a rugged field watch that offers no fuss, the Aevig Corvid comes highly recommended.

A Field Watch for Urban Warriors

Aevig has plenty of eye-catching timepieces in their stable but it’s the Aevig Corvid that really drawn my attention. Aevig describes the Corvid as a “no nonsense easy to read field watch” and I can only nod in agreement.

The Corvid is housed in a 40mm case which can be quite small by current standards. However, the watch has plenty of heft and its combined dimensions give the watch a substantial feel. The case is made from 316L stainless steel and it gets the job done of providing a solid feel to the watch.

I was not expecting much from the caseback but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a basic caseback but it has a block design which adds a great deal of character to the piece.

Of course, you can’t talk about this watch without mentioning the face. The dial reminds me of a vintage instrument panel found in early fighter planes. The dial features a metallic champagne color which adds more to the vintage look.

Moreover, the indices are all straight lines and topped with yellow orange circles for the hour hands. The dial looks clean and legible, and reminds me the best pilot watches out there. However, I was really thrown off with how the numbers are oriented.

Overall, the Aevig Corvid is elegant, simple, and offers good functionality.

3. Pantor Seahorse

Pantor is perhaps the oldest microbrand in this list. However, their track record continues to impress. The Pantor Seahorse is one of the best microband watches for the savvy diver.

A Dive Watch That Won’t Break the Bank

The Seahorse was released back in 2013 by the Hong Kong-based Pantor brand.

Just by looking at it, it’s quite clear that the Seahorse looks are inspired by the legendary Rolex Submariner. The watch’s face is in matte and is populated with circular and shield-shaped hour markers. The dial stands out for its simplicity and legibility. The overall design looks like it’s the illegitimate child of the Seiko Turtle.

The case is made from 316L surgical grade stainless steel with a brushed finish. One of the best design elements of the Seahorse is the recessed crown. This reminds me of the Girard-Perregaux Seahawk but with a less exaggerated approach.

Pro divers who are looking for an affordable dive watch that simply works will have a lot to like about the Seahorse. It is waterproof up to 1,000 meters and it even has extras like the automatic helium valve at 9H. The dial markers are lumed and they are sufficiently illuminated even when you are underwater.

The watch is powered by the reliable Miyota 9015 automatic movement which also helps in keeping the cost down. It’s hard to go wrong with a dive watch that offers great value and functionality.

4. Farer Cobb

Best Microbrand Watches Farer Cobb

Farer is a British microbrand company that offers Swiss-made timepieces. Even the most jaded watch snob has found it difficult to ignore what Farer has to offer. When it comes to the Farer lineup, the Farer Cobb mechanical watch is one of the standouts.

Microbrand Watch Luxury

Without a doubt, the Farer Cobb caught my eye because of its colorful aesthetic. When it comes to luxury watches, a healthy dose of colors would be viewed as experimental or avant-garde. It’s really not the case with Farer – a brand that doesn’t shy away from colors.

The Cobb is a watch with a striking blue dial. The shade is somewhat of a midnight blue which simply looks elegant. Then, your eyes move on to the subdials which are now aqua. Afterward, you notice the other colors like the yellow, red, and burnt orange.

Initially, this sounds like a mess on paper but Farer managed to nail all the design elements and colors without looking too garish. The execution is simply on-point.

The Cobb is a mechanical timepiece which happens to be a big step for the brand. The watch is powered with the ETA caliber 2894-2 movement which is more than a competent addition.

Lately, Farer has been knocking it out of the park with their offerings and the Cobb might just be my absolute favorite.

5. Marchand Legacy

Previously, microbrands mostly turned to crowdfunding platforms in order to have the money to get their passion project going. Most microbrands were funded via Kickstarter and that applies to the Marchand Watch Company. The Marchand Legacy is one of the many babies of crowdfunding.

Designed by Racers for Racers

Just by looking at the Marchand Legacy, you’ll know that it’s a racing-inspired watch. As if the iconic racing checkered flag on its face is not the biggest tell.

For starters, the case is made from high-grade stainless steel and the bezel is knurled but can’t be adjusted. It comes with a screw-down crown which is quite a surprise. The Legacy has a waterproof rating of 10ATM – not exactly a dive watch but it should be fine against the occasional splash.

The watch is powered by the Miyota 9015 movement which provides reliable timekeeping. In addition, the strap is also very high-quality and reminds me of a svelte leather racing car seat.

Last but not the least, the dial is obviously the star here and it’s interesting to note that it’s constructed with layers. The skeletonized minute hand is one of the most unique design elements of the Legacy. Of course, you can see that the center of the dial features a checkered flag in various colors.

To put it simply, the Marchand Legacy will have your hearts racing.

6. Oak & Oscar Humboldt

Best Microbrand Watches Oak & Oscar Humboldt

During the explosion of the microbrands, Chicago-based Oak & Oscar is one of the companies that made the watch folks stop and notice. The Oak & Oscar Humboldt is perhaps the best timepiece from the company and is worth including in this list of the best microbrand watches.

A Daily-Driver With a Story to Tell

Firstly, the Oak & Oscar Humboldt is a 40mm millimeter piece which means that it has medium thickness. I prefer to go with 42mm but for some reason, the Humboldt felt just right on the wrist.

The watch has a 20ATM water resistance rating which is a nice touch considering that it’s not even a dive watch. The rotating bezel is bi-directional and comes in handy for tracking an additional timezone. The dial is protected by a double-domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

The dial is actually a two-layer sandwich design which is an Oak & Oscar thing. Whether you get the watch in a blue or grey dial, you’ll end up with great-looking watch that you can wear almost everywhere. Night time use becomes possible with the Super-LumiNova BGW9 illumination. Also, the date window is located at the 6H which is another signature design element by the company.

Overall, the Humboldt is a distinct yet familiar effort from Oak & Oscar.

Microbrands Are Here to Stay

Thus, we’ve come to the end of our roundup of the best microbrand watches in the market.

Ultimately, the rise of microbrands excites many watch lovers.

As you can see, even independent companies can put out timepieces that are mind-blowingly good. Now, we’re not stuck with popular brands for our watch-collecting needs. After all, having more options is always a good thing.

Rolex GMT vs Submariner: A Showdown of Two Very Similar Rolexes

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When it comes to Rolex luxury sports watches, the Rolex GMT and Submariner are two of the most well-known models from Rolex’s lineup.

Many friends and loved ones have asked me about which Rolex timepieces to buy and many inquiries are about the Rolex GMT vs Submariner. At first glance, it’s easy to think that the GMT Master and Submariner is basically the same watch.

However, the devil is always in the details.

So for today’s head-to-head comparison, we are taking a closer look at the Rolex Submariner and the Rolex GMT Master II, and how they stack up against each other.

Rolex GMT vs Submariner: Specs Comparison

For this head-to-head comparison, we’ll review the Rolex GMT Master II reference 116710 and the Rolex Submariner reference 116610.

But first, let us take a look at the key specs for both the GMT Master II and Submariner.

Model: Rolex GMT Master II Rolex Submariner
Reference #: 116710 116610
Model case: Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel
Dial color: Black Black
Oyster architecture: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Material: Oystersteel Oystersteel
Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel. Two-colour brown and black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, engraved numerals and graduations Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum
Winding crown: Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet 300 meters / 1,000 feet
Movement: Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
Caliber: 3285, Manufacture Rolex 3135, Manufacture Rolex
Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand. Instantaneous date. Stop-seconds for precise time setting Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Power reserve: 70 hours 48 hours
Bracelet: Oyster, flat three-piece links Oystersteel
Clasp: Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Rolex GMT vs Submariner: Head-to-Head Review

Design

In terms of design, no one will blame you if you think that both watches look very similar.

Both timepieces are housed in the 40mm diameter which is often referred to as the “super case.” The case features thicker lugs and crown guards which give off a bolder and chunkier appearance. Of course, both cases are done in 904L stainless steel (with the GMT receiving it a year later than the Submariner).

Both watches also come with the signature Oyster bracelet. However, the style of clasp and the polish are done differently on each of the watches. If you look closely, the GMT Master II bracelet’s center link features a high-gloss polish while the Submariner received a brushed satin finish for its bracelet.

Being a dive watch, Submariner gets the folding Oysterlock safety clasp with the proprietary Glidelock extension system. On the other hand, the GMT’s Oyster bracelet comes with a simple folding Oysterlock safety clasp with the Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link.

The bezel design is one of the key differences between the GMT Master II and Submariner. The Submariner is fitted with a 60-minute scale bezel which is used as a dive timer. On the flip side, the GMT Master features a 24-hour bezel for use in combination with the GMT hand.

Other models of the GMT also adds a splash of color which makes it more interesting for more people. I particularly enjoy the GMT model with the iconic Pepsi bezel. The Submariner has retained its iconic black dial over the years. However, the Submariner does have other color options like the vibrant green “The Hulk” Submariner.

Movement

Aside from a number of cosmetic differences, one of the most major differences between the GMT Master II and Submariner are their movements.

Rolex 3135 Movement

The reference 116610 Submariner is powered by the venerable Caliber 3135 movement which remained unchanged since 1988. The Caliber 3135 is a standard 3-hand automatic movement (hours, minutes, and seconds) with a date complication. Nothing much to say here but it’s a workhorse movement that gets the job done.

Rolex 3186 Movement

On the other hand, the reference 116710 GMT-Master II is fitted with the in-house Caliber 3186 movement. It also comes with a date complication and the hour hand can be adjusted independently. Like with all GMT Master models, the GMT Master II has a 4th GMT hand. This allows you to adjust the hour hand separately from the GMT hand.

As a result, GMT owners can simultaneously reference three time zones when used in combination with the watch’s rotating 24-hour bezel.

Both movements are COSC certified and run at +/- 2 seconds per day. In addition, both movements are equipped with Parachrom Bleu hairspring which protects the movement from magnetic fields and shocks. It’s also worth noting that the aesthetic of both movements is also fairly similar.

The power reserve of the GMT is far superior to the Submariner. The former boasts a 70-hour power reserve while the latter offers 48 hours of power reserve. This should not be an issue for most people but should you go on a weekend without wearing a watch, the difference in power reserve should show itself.

Functionality

When it comes to buying Rolex watches, you’re not really looking at your options with functionality in mind. As you can see, both the GMT and Submariner have their own uses.

However, just how do they stack up when it comes to day to day use?

For overall functionality, I reckon that the GMT Master II has the upper hand over the Submariner. The GMT function is just so robust and flexible that I can see myself using it more in daily life. From timing something while on the kitchen to deciding whether it’s time to call a loved one from another country, the GMT Master II can handle these tasks with little to no problem.

Sure, a smartphone is good enough for such tasks but there’s just something satisfying about looking down on your wrist to tell the time. With that said, jet-lagged travelers and jet-setters will have a lot to love about the GMT functions of the GMT Master II.

As for the Rolex Submariner, I can also time things but that’s about it. If I am a professional diver or someone who’s always near the water, the possibilities for the Submariner certainly do open up. After all, the Sub can handle depths to 300 meters. The Submariner’s water-resistance does add a great deal of ruggedness to the watch.

But alas, I’ll never come close to 300 meters of depth which means that the Submariner’s greatest asset is now moot. However, you really can’t underestimate the ruggedness and reliability of the Submariner for everyday use.

This feels like I’m grasping for straws here but the GMT Master II certainly has the upper hand when it comes to pure timepiece functionality.

Pricing

Looking at the price of the Submariner Date and the GMT Master II, they are about in the same price range. The GMT Master II is the pricier between the two but the price difference won’t be much of an issue – at least to an avid Rolex collector.

However, if the budget is tight and every dollar matters, the Submariner Date is the no-brainer option. It might be the less expensive watch between the two, it’s certainly not the inferior model. You will be getting your hands on a legendary timepiece that’s literally timeless. If you want, you may even opt for the more affordable standard Rolex Submariner, if you think you won’t miss the date aperture.

There’s more watch here than you can shake a stick at.

However, for pure functionality alone, the Rolex GMT Master II is hands down the better value for the money. This is especially true if you are always traveling abroad or simply want a watch with a GMT feature.

Rolex GMT vs Submariner: The Verdict

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This concludes our Rolex GMT vs Submariner head-to-head review, so what’s the verdict?

From the design to the specs and features, you could swear that the Rolex GMT Master II and Rolex Submariner are essentially the same watch. However, as you can see, there are numerous key differences that set apart one from the other.

If you are giving me the choice between the Rolex Submariner or GMT Master II, I’ll have to give it to the GMT. Give me the Pepsi-bezeled GMT and all bets are off.

Don’t get me wrong though.

If you are an avid reader of WatchIdeas, you’ll know that I am the biggest fan of the Submariner. However, in this particular head-to-head comparison, the GMT edges out the black-dialed Rolex classic.

It is just that I think I’ll be able to use the GMT Master II in the spirit it was intended when compared to the Submariner. There’s just more watch that the GMT can offer more than the Sub. However, when it comes to the price, it’s really hard to go wrong with the Submariner and you won’t be missing much.

If you’re someone who’s having this conundrum, I’d say that it’s a good problem to have – but it’s also a very tricky choice. One has a GMT feature and a more complex movement while the other offers superior water resistance and ruggedness.

It’s really up to you to decide where you think your money is worth.