Amazing Divers below 40mm: The 4 Best Dive Watches For Small Wrists

In our search, we've scoured the full range of dive watches available. You can't go wrong with the Invicta Men's Pro Diver 37.5mm.

I'm not the biggest guy in the world. And while I'm a fan of big watches (and often wear oversized pieces), I also know there is a time for a more proportionally sized timepiece. But I love my divers, and sometimes I need a diver that fits my slim wrist. And that's where this list's smaller sizes come in.

The Invicta Men's Pro Diver crown's this list because it meets all our criteria at a price that is amazing value for money. It has the 200m water resistance, the unidirectional bezel and luminous indices. All packed into a 37.mm diameter at a price near $50 dollars. You simply couldn't ask for more, and that's why it's our best pick.

For our list, we've looked at different price points to see what is available no matter your budget and picked our favorite for each category.

So for our picks for best dive watches for small wrists, read on!

 

Our Picks for Dive Watches for Slim Wrists

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Watches under $100
Invicta Men's Pro Diver 37.5mm Stainless Steel Quartz Watch, Silver (Model: 8932)
Fashion Dive Watches
Momentum's Unisex M1 Splash Watch | 200m / 660 ft Water Resistant | Rotating Dive Bezle
Mid-range watches
Seiko Black Automatic Dive Watch SKX013K1
High-end watches
Omega Men's O21230362003001 Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Silver Watch
Case Diameter (mm)
37.5
38
38
36
Case Thickness (mm)
11
12
13
12
Case
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Date window
WR (m)
200
200
200
300
Movment
Japanese Quartz
Japanese Quartz
Automatic
Automatic
Crystal
Mineral
Sapphire
Hardlex
Synthetic Sapphire
Strap
Stainless Steel
Rubber
Rubber
Stainless Steel
Watches under $100
Preview
Invicta Men's Pro Diver 37.5mm Stainless Steel Quartz Watch, Silver (Model: 8932)
Case Diameter (mm)
37.5
Case Thickness (mm)
11
Case
Stainless Steel
Date window
WR (m)
200
Movment
Japanese Quartz
Crystal
Mineral
Strap
Stainless Steel
More Information
Fashion Dive Watches
Preview
Momentum's Unisex M1 Splash Watch | 200m / 660 ft Water Resistant | Rotating Dive Bezle
Case Diameter (mm)
38
Case Thickness (mm)
12
Case
Stainless Steel
Date window
WR (m)
200
Movment
Japanese Quartz
Crystal
Sapphire
Strap
Rubber
More Information
Mid-range watches
Preview
Seiko Black Automatic Dive Watch SKX013K1
Product
Case Diameter (mm)
38
Case Thickness (mm)
13
Case
Stainless Steel
Date window
WR (m)
200
Movment
Automatic
Crystal
Hardlex
Strap
Rubber
More Information
High-end watches
Preview
Omega Men's O21230362003001 Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Silver Watch
Case Diameter (mm)
36
Case Thickness (mm)
12
Case
Stainless Steel
Date window
WR (m)
300
Movment
Automatic
Crystal
Synthetic Sapphire
Strap
Stainless Steel
More Information

Watches under $100

1. Invicta Men's Pro Diver 37.5mm

We know Invicta make watches that pack quality content into affordable prices. The Invicta Men's Pro Diver 37.5mm dive watch is no exception. This classic looking stainless steel timepiece is everything you want in a dive watch and more. And you can find it for around $50 dollars.

With a case diameter of 37.5mm and a thickness of 11mm, it's also the thinnest watch in line up. It will sit comfortably on any thin wrist. The Invicta Men's Pro Diver looks like the classic Rolex submariner and a bit like the Christopher Ward Trident Pro. Except at a fraction of the cost of the Christopher Ward, and it's practically free compared to a Rolex.

This one comes with a black dial and bezel (although there are other color options in the lineup). It is rated with a water resistance of 200m. Has a unidirectional bezel and luminous markers. Its quartz movement is accurate. This series has all the requirements to be a true diving tool.

But with the low price comes more compromise. Build quality is not exceptional, it has mineral instead of sapphire crystal, and there have been occasional instances of the watch leaking.

When setting the time, the hand doesn't always hit precisely. And moving the bezel is not quite as precise as the more expensive brands on this list. But all things being equal, this is to be expected. At this price it would be impossible not to have anything wrong, and considering the cost this is still a high-quality timepiece that beats many more expensive watches.

Pros

  • Exceptional price
  • Classic looks

Cons

  • Mineral crystal
  • Build quality compromised more than higher priced watches

Fashion Dive Watches

2. Momentum's Unisex M1 Splash

The Momentum's Unisex M1 Splash is a full-blown dive watch that comes in more than a dozen colors. With 200m water resistance, it can happily stand against more established divers. It's a good-looking item with a more fun style than the Invicta.

Despite its modest price (around $160 dollars with sapphire crystal) and more fashionable styling, it's a great option, considering its specs. The M1 Splash is still a serious dive watch. The unidirectional bezel is functional and luminously marked at every minute. In addition, the entire dial is luminous, making it easy to see in low light. And the dial has large numbers around the circumference.

Momentum has assisted the M1's 200m water resistance with a screw down crown. Just remember to use it before you go in the water. More than one watch has been ruined that way. Two horizontal lugs protect the crown from accidental knocks.

They market the strap as natural rubber, and it comes in the same color as the case. As a unisex piece, those with large hands might find the strap a little short. Reviewers report the watch is very comfortable on, and despite its modest size, still very easy to read.

I'm not a big fan of the hands on this watch, but that's a personal thing and I'm sure most people will like them.

There are reports of the strap having rather a strong smell. Some have stated that this goes away after a couple of days, others have reported it taking weeks.

The M1 comes with a reliable Japanese quartz movement and is entirely assembled in the USA.

Pros

  • Wide range of colors
  • entirely luminous dial

Cons

  • Customer service might not be brilliant
  • Strap might be short for larger wrists

Mid-range watches

3. Seiko SKX013

The Seiko SKX013 is amongst the most quintessential of dive watch offerings. And there is a reason for its fame. It is high-quality, with excellent build standards, classic looks and a very reliable Seiko brand automatic movement that has a 40 hour power reserve. Seiko make movements you can trust.

Sometimes a smaller watch can lack presence. This is not the case with the Seiko SKX013. Despite its 38mm, this is still a timepiece that never gets lost on your arm. It has the perfect balance between weight, chunkiness and style. This is a newer model that the classic SKX007 and I think it strikes a good mix.

Looking further at its specs, the Seiko SKX013 has 200m water resistance. The bezel is solid and feels well made. Lugs protect the crown. The dial, although it looks black in most photos, is actually a matte dark gray. While the bezel is actually black. This two-tone can catch you out the first time you see it, but I find it actually adds something to the SKX013's looks.

The watch comes with hardlex crystal, a very scratch resistance material that helps keep your dive watches looking good for years. And a neat little detail is the combination of day as well as date window on the dial.

The black rubber strap that ships with the Seiko splits opinion. Some love it, some hate it. I think it's functional and fits more with the aesthetic of the watch than some straps. It's comfortable and dries almost immediately if you get it wet.

Pros

  • Built to last
  • Hardlex crystal gives excellent scratch protection

Cons

  • Automatic movement isn't as accurate as quartz
  • Bracelet isn't everyone's favorite

High-end watches

4. Omega Seamaster

Omega are a manufacturer of superb watches. If your budget will stretch this far, the Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Automatic is an example of an outstanding dive watch. It's built with Omega's trademark quality, and if it's good enough for James Bond (since 1995), it's good enough for me.

The Omega Seamaster 300 comes in various diameter's including this one at 36mm. It makes it perfect for our collection. The distinctive blue dial and bezel has become a classic look, and since James Bond adopted it, the Omega Seamaster has sold millions of units. And the newest version continues that fine tradition.

But this isn't just a great-looking timepiece. It's called the Professional for a reason. It comes with 300m water resistance and includes a hydrogen release valve, so it really can be a commercial diver's companion. The bezel is incredibly precise and always lines up perfectly. And it comes with Omega's swiss made chronographic automatic movement, which is known for its quality.

This is Rolex quality at a (relatively) friendlier price point. So if you're looking for something spectacular, that's also incredibly practical, the Omega Seamaster Professional 300m could be your watch.

Pros

  • Outstanding quality
  • It's not a Rolex submariner

Cons

  • It's around $4000 dollars
  • It's not a Rolex submariner

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Alternative Options

Although all 4 of the above options represent excellent choices if you're looking for a sub 40mm diver, there are other alternatives as well.

The Invicta Men's Pro Diver 40mm is a striking watch that didn't make the list because of the 1mm. But it will still look great and has a distinctive look, in addition to amazing specs, at Invicta's hard to beat price point. It is a fully-fledged dive watch with 200m water resistance.

The Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba is another timepiece at 40mm. But this piece only has 100m water resistance. But if you're only planning on desk diving, it's certainly looks the part.

And finally, we couldn't really do an article on dive watches without a reference to THE dive watch, The Rolex Submariner. This one is 40mm with a black dial and doesn't need any introduction. Rolex basically defined the diver with their submariners, and for decades it's been the vintage all others are measured against.

Guide to dive watches for smaller wrists

Dive watches are some of the most versatile timepieces around. They will go with whatever your wearing. And don't look out of place on casual Friday or at the monthly board meeting. But they tend to be bulky. The majority of dive watches are well over 40mm and some like the Tauchmeister 1937 XXL are over 50mm.

And while a big and chunky arm weight is sometimes just what you want, sometimes it's not. For those with small hands or wanting something a little less conspicuous, you need a dive watch under 40mm's. And that's where our list comes in.

Our selection criteria

In order to have a reasonable foundation for comparison, we have defined these watches as having the following criteria:

  • Case diameter: <40mm
  • Water resistance: 200m and above
  • Standard features: unidirectional rotating bezel, luminous indices

So, for a watch to be available for our list, it must meet all these criteria. This means you can be sure the watches we recommend are serious divers. You can get them wet!

I know that the ISO 6425 standard for dive watches specifies 100m water resistance, but I think that's not enough. Most 100m WR won't cope with the pressure of diving, and a lot of these brands specifically say don't take them diving.

Advantages of a smaller diver

Obviously, the most striking reason you might want a small diver is if you have small wrists. But there are other good reasons to have smaller dive watches in your collection. Although, small must be taken as relative to the size of your wrist and not necessarily defined as under 40mm.

There are times you want something that doesn't look out of place on your arm. A smaller, less conspicuous choice is often better with formal or evening wear. Sometimes, a larger-than-life timepiece, as most big divers are, doesn't give the right vibe.

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Conclusion

That's it, our 4 best dive watches for slim wrists. If you're on the lookout for a diver with dimensions below 40mm diameter, you can't fault the Invicta Men's Pro Diver 37.5mm .

But whichever of our models you choose, you'll have the perfect dive watch for smaller wrists.

Just remember, the proof is in the trying. With any watch, you should really try it on to make sure it's the right fit. But with Amazon's returns policy, this isn't a problem.

Happy hunting!

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