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4 OF THE BEST DIVE WATCHES FOR SMALL WRISTS – MAKE DIVING EASIER [2020 UPDATE]

Dive watches have many features that help users when they’re underwater. As they are packed with features, they tend to be on the larger side. Unfortunately, this can be a drawback if you have smaller wrists. No need to fret, we’ve discussed some of the best dive watches for small wrists.

best dive watches for small wrists

The Watches - At A Glance

We’ve run through our most noteworthy picks in the table below.

Preview
Our Pick
Seiko SKX013K2 Black Dial Automatic Divers Midsize Watch
Our Premium Pick
Longines Men's L3.640.4.56.6 Hydro Conquest Black Dial Watch
Our Women’s Pick
Oris Women's 73376524154MB Divers Stainless Steel Black Dial Watch
Water resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
1000 feet (300 meters)
1000 feet (300 meters)
Movement
Japanese automatic
Swiss automatic
Swiss automatic
Crystal
Hardlex
Scratch-resistant sapphire
Scratch-resistant sapphire
Strap
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Case (size)
1.41 inches (36 mm)
1.53 inches (39 mm)
1.41 inches (36 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Ceramic
Ceramic
Our Pick
Preview
Seiko SKX013K2 Black Dial Automatic Divers Midsize Watch
Water resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
Movement
Japanese automatic
Crystal
Hardlex
Strap
Stainless steel
Case (size)
1.41 inches (36 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
More Information
Our Premium Pick
Preview
Longines Men's L3.640.4.56.6 Hydro Conquest Black Dial Watch
Water resistance
1000 feet (300 meters)
Movement
Swiss automatic
Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire
Strap
Stainless steel
Case (size)
1.53 inches (39 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Ceramic
More Information
Our Women’s Pick
Preview
Oris Women's 73376524154MB Divers Stainless Steel Black Dial Watch
Water resistance
1000 feet (300 meters)
Movement
Swiss automatic
Crystal
Scratch-resistant sapphire
Strap
Stainless steel
Case (size)
1.41 inches (36 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Ceramic
More Information
Invicta Men’s 8932OB Pro Diver

The Watches

Our Pick

1. Seiko SKX013K2

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The timepiece has a 1.41 inch (36 mm) case. Its bracelet is small too. The device is made from stainless steel. Seiko’s known for using high-grade steel, so scratching it will be hard. As it’s a dive watch, this is what you want. It will never corrode. The metal is also waterproof.

It comes with a dark display, with large circular hour markers. If Arabic numerals were present, it would be easier to read. However, its circular markings are very luminous. Seiko’s favourite LumiBrite is used. The pigment glows for 3-5 hours. It also charges easily. Not only does this help when it’s dark out, but such a dial helps when you’re deep underwater.

The Seiko SKX013 can handle quite the dip in the pool. It’s resistant up to 660 feet (200m). We’re happy to say that it is ISO certified. The SKX line has a number of great dive watches. Not all are fit for smaller hands, though.

The 36mm dive watch has a rotating bezel. It ticks as it turns. Why would you want this? Because you’ll be able to time yourself when diving.

The manufacturer has a love affair with automatic devices. It’s not shocking that the timepiece has an automatic movement. The 7S26 mechanism is inside of it. You’re getting a 40-hour power reserve and 21 jewels between gears. We’re disappointed that it doesn’t come with hacking or self-winding.

The glass on its window is hardlex. It’s impact-resistant but is not as tough as sapphire crystal

Although we reviewed a variant with a steel bracelet, there is an SKX013 option made out of rubber. For dive depths, it’s better, as it’s more waterproof.

Our Premium Pick

2. Longines HydroConquest

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If you're on a budget, the HydroConquest is not for you. It's the most expensive entry we reviewed. This is the result of it being a Swiss timepiece. Watches from the region have a lot of craftsmanship put into them.

It can easily be worn if you have smaller arms. Its case is 1.535 inches (39 mm). Its strap isn’t wide, so you don’t have to worry about sweat collecting. Yes, it is made from stainless steel. That's why it's so shiny.

The Conquest has a water resistance rating of 1000 feet (300 meters).  Like any useful piece for the seas, it has a rotating bezel.

Its hour markings are a mix of shapes and Arabic numerals. Super Luminova is lathered all over them. The pigment can be charged by all kinds of light sources. .

As Longines is a luxury brand, expect premium materials . Its bezel is a tough ceramic. Its crystal isn’t hardlex or mineral – you’ll be looking through a sapphire crystal window. What’s even better about its display is that it has an extra layer of scratch resistance.

The small divers watch is a Swiss quartz. Units with the movement are more accurate than their automatic counterparts. They have less parts, so there's less room for error. To be more specific, the Longines Calibre L263 mechanism is inside of it.

Our Women’s Pick

3. Oris Women’s 73376524154MB Diver Watch

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The timepiece is one of the smaller entries on our list. Its case is 1.41 inches (36 mm). Its styling is familiar, it looks a lot like the 2 other entries– they all have silver bodies, black dials, and jagged bezels. That's because they're paying homage to the Rolex Submariner. Some do a better job than the others, though.

We're bummed that we couldn't review any Omega Seamaster tributes. There aren't any superb ones for smaller arms. The device became a legend after being in the James Bond movies.

The women’s watch comes with sharp hour markers. They’re thin, which is a nice change as the devices so far had fat markings. As you can imagine, they’re full of luminous paint. The pigment is on its hands too. They haven't made public the type of lume used. We suspect that it’s Super Luminova.

It is pretty water-resistant. It can handle 990 feet (300 meters) underwater. As it’s made from high-quality steel, it’s waterproof. Like its counterparts, you’re getting a rotating bezel.

You’re looking at an automatic watch. Just like Longines, the manufacturer is Swiss. This means its automatic mechanism was well-crafted. We unfortunately don't know its specific mechanism, so we can't tell you about its power reserve or jewel-bearings. 

Sapphire crystal is on its face. If we didn't mention it earlier, it's the toughest glass around. It's tougher than usual as it comes with an extra layer of scratch resistance.

4. Invicta Men’s 8932OB Pro Diver

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The 8932OB has a 1.467 inch (37.5 mm) case. It’s the perfect size if you have a smaller wrist. It doesn’t have a wide strap either. Just like the entries above, it’s made from high-quality steel.

It is also a homage piece. It very Rolex Submariner like. The company did an especially good job nailing the luxury piece’s hands.

Unlike Submariners, it hosts a quartz movement. The thing is, we don’t know the name of its specific mechanism. Invicta’s a fan of the ultra-accurate Miyota mechanism, so we’d bet on it.

There are circular markings on its face. They’re full of pigment. We also don’t know the lume used. But we suspect that it’s Trinite. Just like LumiBrite and Super Luminova, it’s a powerhouse.

It has a water resistance of 660 feet (200m) . Its bezel rotates, letting you time yourself in the pool.

You get regular mineral on its window. The glass isn’t as resistant as its counterparts'.

Although the 8932OB is sealed up well, it snagged our last spot for a reason. It is not ISO 6425 certified. Regular, consistent diving would not be possible. Water would leak inside. More on this in the section below.

FAQ

Having run through our picks, you might have a range of questions about watches for diving. Let’s answer them.

What Is A Dive Watch?

It is a unit that can be worn when scuba diving. To help it withstand considerable depths, a screw down crown and sealed case back would be present. Their dimensions would also be on the larger side to make them easier to read, but this doesn't apply to ones for smaller arms.

If it's resistant up to 660 feet (200 meters), it has to be ISO 6425 certified. If it can handle 1000 feet (300 meters), this is not an issue. If it's resistant up to 660 feet (200 meters) but is not ISO certified, this means it wasn't sealed up well, so it can handle such depths, but not for consistent dive periods.

You'd find a stainless steel case or any material that's water-proof on them. Their bodies are experts at repelling liquids.

What IS ISO 6425?

It’s the check-list that the International Organization of Standardization uses to regulate what a “dive” watch is

Are Dive Watches Useful Outside of Diving?

They’re accessories, so you can wear them wherever you like. Timepieces made for diving usually come with water-proof bodies. If you’re someone who spends a lot of time outdoors, being able to just fling mud off would be useful. When you look at their specs, you'll realize that many of them have timing/tracking features that would help if you're a hiker.

What’s the Deepest A Dive Watch Can Go?

Depending on the piece you’re looking at, how deep it can go would differ. Options with bigger price tags tend to come with more than 1000 feet (300 meters) of resistance. The CX Swiss Military has a resistance rating of 20,000 feet. It's a great watch, it's definitely one of our favourites.

Must All Divers Wear Diving Watches?

They’re not mandatory, but they make your time submerged easier. To begin with, you'd get an ultra-readable face. This helps you stay on top of your schedule, even when you’re at the bottom of the sea.

Many of the devices also come with chronographs – they act as stopclocks. They’re good for timing laps in a pool. Sadly, none of the units we talked about came with the feature.

They come with rotating bezels as well. They tick as they turn, acting as timers for you to get out before your oxygen supply runs out.

Final Thoughts

Pieces for scuba diving come with stainless steel bodies that make you look polished. In reality, the steel is present for water-proofing. The devices have easy-to-read dials and can handle considerable depths underwater. You don’t have to regularly hit the pool to appreciate all of this.

Sadly, most dive pieces aren't made for women. That's why if you have a small hand, you’d find it harder to find one for you. Our guide ran through 4 of the best, but the SKX013 takes the cake. It is one of our favourite dive watches and automatics, regardless if it's for a smaller wrist or not. It's also from a collection with more formidable timepieces for the seas. Unfortunately, it's aesthetic isn't anything to write home about. That being said, this is common for the category of watches.

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