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.
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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