No watch style has benefit more from a fictional character than the dive watch. Ever since we saw Sean Connery in the 1960s with his Rolex Submariner in the first James Bond films, guys everywhere have been channeling their inner secret agent by strapping on a dive watch. Luckily, today you can look like Bond without having to spend thousands. Here are my 9 picks for the best affordable dive watches under $100 for 2019.
Last Updated: 4/8/19
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Best Affordable Dive Watches: #1 Casio Duro 200 MDV106
If you want to look like Bond, it’s going to cost you less than $50 thanks to the Casio MDV106. This list is going to be littered with options from Casio, and their Submariner homage is the best diver under $100. It features a beautiful, simple black dial with contrasting white luminous markers. The thing that really differentiates the MDV106 from its competitors is that it’s not just a great looking watch, but one you can take in the water. It’s rated to 200m, has a unidirectional diver’s timing bezel, and a screw-down crown. It comes on a functional and comfortable resin band that can easily be replaced with a third party strap or bracelet if you want a different style. Like most of Casio’s quartz watches, the MDV106 uses a modified Miyota quartz movement. You will not find a better functional dive watch for the price.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: #2 Invicta Pro Diver (Automatic)
If you own one Invicta, an automatic Pro Diver should be the Invicta you own. I don’t normally rate Invicta very high as a brand, but the Pro Diver is a great looking watch with a quality movement. The automatic Pro Diver uses Seiko’s workhorse NH35A automatic movement that features hacking and is hand-windable. Like the MDV106, the Pro Diver is a Submariner homage, feature a screw-down crown, date window, and unidirectional bezel. Unlike the MDV106, the Pro Diver is available on an OEM stainless steel bracelet and comes in a wide range of other Submariner influenced color schemes besides just black. The specifications are great for the price, and your only option under $100 for an automatic dive watch.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: #3 Vostok Amphibia
The Amphibia is Vostok the most well-known watch. It was iconically featured by Bill Murray’s character Steve Zissou in The Life Aquatic. Like the Komandirskie, the Amphibia delivers a great value for a mechanical watch that features an automatic movement with handwinding, 200m water resistance, and is extremely durable. You can take it in the water, but the bezel is bidirectional which is not ideal. Still, it delivers a great value and unique style.
There are too many styles to list here individually. Please check out all of the Vostok Amphibia styles here on Amazon.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: #4 Timex Allied Coastline
I have always been a big fan of Timex, but a big hole for them has been an affordable dive watch with semi-decent water resistance. and I was very excited to see them add the Allied Coastline with 100M WR this year to their collection.
The Coastline comes in three different colors (Blue, black, Orange), three different straps (silcone, leather, steel) and in two different dials- one a Submariner influenced design but with a unique flair on the bezel, and the other classic Timex Arabic numeral markers with 24-hour subdial markers.
It’s a great choice if you want a classic style with some WR to go with Timex’s great Indiglo lume, but not a direct homage like the Casio MDV106 or Invicta Pro Diver.
Check out all of the Timex Allied Coastline options on Amazon.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: #5 Casio Marine Gear AMW 330
If you are looking for a diver-inspired chronograph for under $100, this watch is your best bet. It contains three chronograph subdials along with a day complication on the dial. However, despite its “Marine Gear” name, the AMW330 is not as water-resistant as the MDV106 (only 100m) and does not feature a unidirectional bezel or screw-down crown.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: #6 Timex Expedition Ranger
If you are looking for something that is not a Casio or a Submariner homage, the Timex Expedition Ranger is a handsome looking option that includes its great Indiglo lume feature and a date window.
New for the Expedition Ranger this year is a line of solar-powered watches to the collection. It’s a unique feature that found on any other dive watch under $100! I would rate the Ranger even higher, if not for the it only being rated to 50m, the stationary bezel, and the lack of a screw-down crown.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: #7 Casio MRW200H
The Casio MRW200H is one of Casio’ best selling dive watches. For under $20, you get a no-frills dive-style watch with a day-date window that is rated to 100m. With a variety of styles, you have a lot of options to choose from!
There are too many styles to list here individually. Make sure you go to Amazon to see all the different Casio MRW200H styles.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: #8 Casio Super Illuminator
Super Illuminators in Casio’s MTD series offer a lume features using two very (super) bright LED lights. They also feature a day and date window. However, these watches are only rated to 100m of water resistance and do not feature a screw-down crown.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: #9 Timex Harborside
Also new for this year is the Timex Harborside. The Harborside comes in black and blue/green color schemes. Just like it’s cousin the Expedition Ranger, if you are looking for a sharp watch, but do not need other dive watch features (only 50M WR and no screw-down crown), this is an option to consider.
Best Affordable Dive Watches: Closing
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