Dive watches are not only big in the Scuba market. These are timepieces that have become extremely desirable in the last few years. Beautiful, high-class dive watches have been around for decades, like the Rolex Submariner for example. There is no doubt that watches like the Submariner are TOP NOTCH timepieces, however, I will not be reviewing the “luxury” dive watches today. Sorry Rolex fans!
Today, I will be focused on more affordable freediving watches. More specifically, the watches being reviewed today can almost be called computers. Read on to find out why the SUUNTO D6I is today’s ultimate winner and holds the title of the BEST freediving watch!
|Top Freediving Watches||What Makes it Great||Diver Rating|
|Suunto D6I||Tilt-compensated 3D compass, wireless air integration. Overall the technology is great with a clean design||★★★★★|
|Garmin Descent Mk1||Futuristic design, great value, dive log up to 200 dives||★★★★★|
|Suunto Zoop Novo||Affordable, easy to use, large screen||★★★★★|
|SuuntoD9Tx||Trimix support, three dive modes, continuous decompression||★★★★★|
|Dive Watch By Pyle||VERY affordable, more classic dive watch design, multiple colorways||★★★★★|
Best Freediving Watches
Suunto D6I Dive Computer Watch
If durability, design, technology, and specific “dive features” are important to you (they better be), this is the perfect watch for you!
Suunto is a brand that may not be mainstream (yet). But they are definitely increasing popularity. And for a very good reason, they create great, innovative timepieces.
The D6I Novo Zulu captures features a textile strap, which is built for strength and durability. This NATO strap was originally designed for military use! To ensure extra protection, the D6I is built with a high grade, steel case, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. An awesome feature is also the logging, video, and image capturing abilities of the D6I. Once you take the image or video, you can easily sync to Suunto DM5 software, so you can share your underwater adventures with the world!
Robust “All Around” Dive Watch
Why the Suunto D6I is the best dive watch, in my opinion, is because of its all-around features. Not only do you get extreme durability, but also advanced technological features, nice design, and loads of other useful perks. These perks make the watch a PERFECT choice for any professional diver as well as those who dive as a hobby. The D6I hands down has the most dive modes and features to ensure a smooth dive every time.
- Durable, army-style textile Zulu strap
- Camera and Video options to sync with a computer
- Great Design
- Recommended for Freediving and Scuba diving
- 5 Modes: Air, Nitrox, Free Dive, Gauge and Watch
- Wireless air integration
- Best for breath-hold training
Garmin Descent MK1
Garmin is a brand that many people know about. They produce high-quality tech gear and did not disappoint with the MK1 Diver.
The MK1 is an innovative masterpiece. Garmin has merged a technologically advanced smartwatch look, with the durability and some physical features of a typical dive watch. If this is a watch you decide to purchase, know that it has great reviews from current owners and is known to last for a very long time.
With the MK1 you are receiving a watch with a full-featured GPS, a fully functional Bühlmann ZHL-16c algorithm that ensures you stay within your dive limits and a heart rate monitor that keeps track of your heart rate throughout your whole dive. The watch was designed for serious divers who take the sport seriously and want a RELIABLE and BEAUTIFUL device to tag along through every journey they encounter. You will always be confident where you are with the reliable GPS feature, so you will not have to worry about getting lost at sea.
- ABC sensor capabilities (altimeter, barometer, and compass)
- Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology
- Futuristic look with high-quality materials
Suunto Zoop Novo
The Zoop Novo is not as flashy as the other watches being reviewed today. But do not let that count this one out, it is powerful.
Isn’t the name in itself just fun? Imagine telling people what kind of watch you are wearing.
“Hey man, what kind of watch is that?”
“Oh, just a Zoop Novo dive watch by Suunto!”
It sounds straight out of a fictional cartoon story, so you know this has some interesting features to it. For one, you are not limited by color. With 4+ colors to choose from, you are sure to find a color that fits your underwater personality. Even better is the Zoop Nova is affordable. This is a diver that does not break the bank. Easily flip through the five-dive modes (Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Free and Off) while smiling because you were able to save money with this purchase!
Simple and Easy to Use
When hundreds of feet under the great abyss, you can be easily distracted by a watch with hundreds of buttons and features. Not with the Zoop Novo. The simple interface has 4 buttons that control the whole watch. Readability of the dial is also simple, with a bright backlight display, that is meant to be read in the darkest of areas. So although the Zoop Novo does not have the most innovative and advanced features like other watches on the list today, it is a watch that will function with ease.
It is a nightmare when you are one hundred feet under the ocean and struggling to get your watch to function properly. With the Zoop Novo, it is as easy as a push of a button.
- Easy use/simple design
- Long-lasting battery life
- Multiple colorways
Wow! A lot of Suunto watches made the list today! Time to find out what makes the D9TX a great choice!
Anyone who glances at this watch will be intrigued. The full-body, titanium design is as durable as it looks. Add the protective sapphire crystal and you got yourself a durable watch. Even the bracelet on this watch is titanium. It was literally built with strength in mind. I am pretty sure it was tested out on Bruce Banner while he was angry…..
Other than the beautiful physical features, there are also great aspects that are inside of the watch. You can easily plan or log any dive straight from your PC or Mac. A full continuous decompression algorithm is installed to ensure a safe dive every time you take a dive. And this watch even has a tilt-compensated 3D-compass.
Strong and Complex
No, I’m not describing a Bourbon whiskey; save that for after you purchase a watch!
It is easy to fall in love with this watch by sight. The watch is bright, shiny, and made for any type of dive. The titanium build sets this watch apart from many of its counterparts. Titanium gives the watch a futuristic, yet lustrous look. This may be one of the more pricey of watches being reviewed today, but if you like the design and materials more than the others; than there is nothing wrong with purchasing the D9TX. Current owners are MORE than happy with their watch. It is not easy to find negative reviews about the D9TX, simply because it is a great watch.
- Titanium case and bracelet with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- 5 modes to choose from while freediving (Air, Trimix, Free Dive, Gauge and Watch)
- 3D compass with wireless air integration
- Recommended for advanced freedivers in the commercial or technical diving
- Memory up to 80 hours
Dive Watch By Pyle
The Dive Watch by Pyle definitely has a more “classic” dive watch look to it, rather than the dive computer style.
Now, to be honest, this watch was added to today’s review because of its INSANE affordability. You are losing many features because of the cheaper price point, however, it is still a notable mention against the other watches.
The bezel on this piece looks exactly like one on a Submariner. What is different on this dive watch is the rubber band and its digital features.
This watch has a built-in stopwatch, thermometer, countdown timer, and has multiple time zones. It also has an automatic dive mode that sets in when in depths of more than 5 feet.
A Functional Watch at a Great Price
You get what you pay for. That is exactly what I say to describe the dive watch by Pyle. It is a decent dive watch that has multiple colors and designs to choose from and many digital features for diving. Is it the MOST reliable watch? No, not at all. But for the insanely great price you pay, it is what you should expect. If only it worked like a Rolex….
Go with Pyle if you are a new diver and want to try out how dive watches work, to see if they are helpful for you. After that, you can move up to the big leagues!
- The amazing price
- Automatic dive mode
- Multiple colors to choose from/ Good to wear out, other than just for diving
Freediving watches, or more appropriately, freediving COMPUTERS, are very important devices for serious divers. If you plan on diving professionally, or for fun, it is always a good idea to have a trusty dive watch. My review today was to show some of the BEST freediving watches, of all different styles and price points.
Any watch you decide to purchase should fit your needs if you look closely at all the features that the watch includes. At the end of the day, my suggestion would be to go with Suunto D6I. But hey, who am I, I’m just a watch fanatic. The final decision is up to YOU!
Buy From a Reliable Source
Always remember when buying a watch online, especially ones with higher values. Buy from a trustworthy marketplace like Amazon. I hope I was able to make your search for the perfect freediving watch easier today. Happy watch shopping my friends!