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
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.
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
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)
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.
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)