Watch Buying Guide: 5 affordable dive watches around $500

You don’t have to spend a fortune to own a watch with good quality. Actually there is a lot of manufacturers that deliver a lot of bang for the buck.

How I got started

My first watch was the classic Seiko SKX007 that I got a couple of years ago before I fell deeper into the world of watches. Many people tend to fall in the trap that they put a pretty big amount of money for a replica of let’s say a Rolex. Don’t go there. It’s better to invest in one of the watches I will show further down rather than a fake one. Remember, fake watches are for fake people.

This time we’ll focus on dive watches. A dive watch is often the first type of watch people tend to buy. Why? It’s probably because the dive watches suits perfectly as a everyday timepiece. Yes, I know what you are thinking if you are a daily suit guy, but don’t worry, we’ll cover the perfect budget timepieces for a suit later. So here comes 5 affordable dive watches (yes, it was pretty hard to narrow it down to only 5 since there is a lot of great timepieces out there)


Certina DS Action Diver


Certina DS Action Diver

Certina DS Action Diver  – Roughly $600 US

The Certina DS Action Diver is a great choice as your first dive watch. A sporty look with good water resistance and on a steel bracelet.

This allows you to wear it all the time and not have to worry about getting the watch wet, not even when you shower or take a swim.

If you prefer a splash of color this model also comes in green and blue.

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX007 – Roughly around $450 US

Probably one of the most popular Seiko dive watches. A lot of bang for the buck. If you want the “Pepsi” edition, look for SKX009.


Seiko Sumo SBDC001

Seiko Sumo SBDC001

Seiko Sumo SBDC001 – Roughly around $500 US

The Sumo is like the SKX007’s bigger brother. Comes in quite a lot of different looks (SBDC001/003/005/007/009/027) therefore, choose wisely (I like the blue one)


Orient Mako

Orient Mako. Photo: Ablogtowatch

Orient Mako – Roughly around $300 US Photo: aBlogtoWatch

The Orient Mako is a solid contestant to the SKX007 . A really affordable dive watch that comes in different dial colors(blue, orange). This watch has sold in over 100 million pieces to date.

Citizen Aqualand 

Citizen Promaster Aqualand JP2000-08E

Citizen Promaster Aqualand JP2000-08E – Roughly around $500 US

Probably one of the most iconic dive watches. A lot of people find the Aqualand ugly as hell while many people love it.
Of the ones listed it’s the only one with a quartz movement (hence the digital display)

So, thats my five picks this time. Which pieces would you like to see on this list? Let me know in the comments!

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