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THE BEST WOMEN’S DIVE WATCH - WHO SHOULD YOUR SCUBA BUDDY BE? [2020 UPDATE]

The number of watches for women aren’t as diverse as the options for men. This can get frustrating, especially when shopping on a budget. We did you a favour, running through 4 great entries to help you find best women’s dive watch.

best women’s dive watch

The Watches - At A Glance

Instead of diving right in, going through the following table would help. We summarized some of our most notable picks.

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Our Pick
TAG Heuer Women's WAF1414.BA0823 "Aquaracer" Stainless Steel Dress Watch
The Most Convenient
Citizen Women's Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Plastic Strap, Black, 16 (Model: EP6050-17E)
Water resistance
1000 feet (300 meters)
660 feet (200 meters)
Movement
Swiss quartz
Japanese quartz
Crystal
Sapphire
Mineral
Case (size)
1.11 inches (28.3 mm)
1.33 inches (34 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Strap
Stainless steel
Rubber
Colour
Silver
Black & silver
Our Pick
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TAG Heuer Women's WAF1414.BA0823 "Aquaracer" Stainless Steel Dress Watch
Water resistance
1000 feet (300 meters)
Movement
Swiss quartz
Crystal
Sapphire
Case (size)
1.11 inches (28.3 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Strap
Stainless steel
Colour
Silver
More Information
The Most Convenient
Preview
Citizen Women's Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Plastic Strap, Black, 16 (Model: EP6050-17E)
Water resistance
660 feet (200 meters)
Movement
Japanese quartz
Crystal
Mineral
Case (size)
1.33 inches (34 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Strap
Rubber
Colour
Black & silver
More Information
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The Watches

Our Pick

1. Tag Heuer Aquaracer WAF1414.BA0823

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The timepiece is pricey - you are purchasing from an acclaimed Swiss band after all. It certainly looks the part – it rocks a regal Icey-look.

As it’s made from quality stainless steel, scratching it is hard. It’s also very water-proof. Something else that is durable is its window. It’s made from sapphire which is the hardest window you could get. When diving, such durability is what you want.

Its display is anti-reflective. It can get bright at sea, so you won’t be blinding yourself.

It can handle a lot of water. It’s water-resistant up to 1000 feet (300 meters). When you’re deep underwater, you’ll love how easy it is to read. There is Super Luminova all over its hands and markers.

As the Aquaracer is a women’s watch, it’s no surprise that its face is on the smaller side. It stretches 1.11 inches (28.3 mm) across. If you’re a lady with larger wrists, it might look awkward on you. We’re glad that its strap isn’t that big either. Wearing a lot of stainless steel will make you sweat.

There is a calendar on it. We have a problem with it, though. It’s seriously small – you might not even notice that it’s there. It only reads the date which we’re not that mad about.

You’re looking at Swiss quartz. We unfortunately don’t know the name of the specific movement used. You’ll probably like to know that Swiss movements have a lot of craftsmanship in them. This makes it one of our contenders for the best dive watches for small wrists.

It rocks a push-button deployant clasp. The type is super secure, so the chances of the Aquaracer falling off your wrist when diving are eliminated.

Did we mention that its bezel rotates? It turns as it ticks to help you time yourself in the pool.

What makes it special:

It’s a Swiss device.

The Most Convenient

2. Citizen Women’s Eco-drive EP6050-17E

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The eco-drive can handle 660 feet (200 meters) underwater. It’s capable of scuba-diving, but you can’t deep dive with it. As it’s made for the sea, it comes with a super water-proof body. Its strap is made from rubber. If you didn’t know, the material flings anything off. Its case is high-quality stainless steel, so it can handle a beating and muck as well.

We love that its crown is in the 4 o'clock position – you’ll not slam it into your wrist. Its calendar is in the position too – it isn’t the easiest angle to read, but the date is bolded well.

There are large indices that mark the hours passed. They are thick, so ample lume is in them. We don’t know the type of pigment present, but it shines bright underwater. There’s even a sharp red hand that makes telling the time easier.

Something we love about the device is that it’s an eco-drive. They are solar-powered – all kinds of light sources charge them. They’re acclaimed as one of the best solar pieces in the world. What makes the watch even more convenient is that a full charge lasts around 6-8 months.

If you’re not familiar with diving watches, you might find the indentations on its bezel strange. They make it easier for you to turn it.

You’re probably wondering about the mechanism inside of it. Sunlight powers its Japanese quartz movement. Citizen is a fan of ultra-accurate Miyotas.

Of course, it is small. Its case stretches 1.33 inches (34 mm).

The glass on its window is not sapphire. You’re met with mineral which isn’t the toughest glass out there – be careful.

What makes it special:

It is solar-powered.

3. Momentum Women’s Dive Watch 1M-DN11LU1U

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You can pick the Momentum timepiece in a number of colours. There are several strap designs to choose from, and we appreciate this a lot. The material its strap is made from is rubber. The company says that it’s high-quality which is easy to see as it’s so comfortable.

How much water can the 1M-DN1 handle? 660 feet (200 meters). It comes with ample lume on its markers. However, it’s not as bright as some of the other pigments we’ve seen. We would’ve loved to see it on its hands, but the watchmaker decided to disappoint us.

Compared to the other entries, its case is on the larger size. It is 1.45 inches (37 mm). It’s one of the small dive watches that’s still small enough to be a lady’s timepiece but still rocks a decently sized dial. When it comes to diving pieces, larger dials are preferred as they’re easier to read.

The crystal on it is mineral – you already know how we feel about it. 

Like the other 2, its bezel rotates. You’ll be using its indentations to grip it better.

What movement does it rock? Japanese quartz. Unlike the Eco-drive, it is not solar-powered.

It has a calendar on it – it’s in the 3 o'clock position, so you won’t be straining your neck. It only reads the date. Thankfully, it’s not too small.

On its strap is a tang buckle clasp. They’re harder to take on and off compared to push-buttons. If you have smaller wrists, finding the right hole to pin into isn’t that fun.

What makes it special:

It comes in various designs.

4. Seiko SKX013K2

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The watch is a bit smaller than the momentum timepiece. Its case is 1.41 inches (36 mm). It’s still small enough to be worn by a lady. It comes with a great stainless-steel strap. Seiko is known to build its devices well, so good luck trying to scratch it. As you know, stainless steel is water-proof too.

If you’re not a fan of the material, know that the SKX013 comes with a variant that has a rubber strap.

Its dial is black while its markers are thick and full of lume. The pigment on it is LumiBrite. It’s one of the most powerful lumes out there – it lasts up to 10x longer than regular ones. It’s on its hands as well.

You’re not getting sapphire on its window. No, it isn’t mineral either. It is Hardlex which is Seiko’s tougher, more improved version of the latter. It’s great for reading underwater. So, how much water can the SKX013 handle? 660 feet (200 meters).

We have to say, it’s screwed down well. This is true for its back too. Surprise, it’s a women’s  automatic dive watch! We would’ve loved if it rocked a skeleton rear- you’d be able to look at its gears move.

The automatic mechanism inside of it is Japanese. It is the 7S26. It’s a workhorse. It comes with 21 jewels and a 40-hour power reserve. If you’re wondering what jewels are, they’re pieces of glass placed between gears. They keep friction at bay. Power reserves are how long automatic watches can last off your wrist.

You get a calendar in the 3 o'clock position. What we love about it is the fact that it’s a day-date feature. Meanwhile, its crown is at the 4 o'clock angle – you know that we’re happy about this.

A fold-over clasp with an extra safety mechanism is attached to its bracelet. It is quite secure.

We have to be honest – the SKX013 isn’t technically a women’s watch – it’s in that size range, though. We along with other watch enthusiasts think it’d make for a great women’s diving piece. Look at our FAQ section for more on this.

What makes it special:

It comes with LumiBrite.

Things You Should Know

Why don’t we answer some burning questions you probably have?

What Differentiates A Women’s Watch from A Man’s?

Good question – it’s pretty subjective. The design has a lot to do with it, but something you find feminine may be masculine to others. When it comes to dive watches, it isn’t the easiest to be dainty and feminine as you need hardcore, water-proof materials. So, size is a major factor. Women have smaller wrists so timepieces for them tend to be below 38 mm.

What Should You Consider When Buying A Dive Watch?

There are quite a few features that make up a good diving piece. Make note of them regardless of which gender they’re supposed to be worn by.

Luminous Pigment

When you’re deep underwater, you need a bright watch. We’re glad that there are multiple lumes out there- Super Luminova, Tritium, and LumiBrite are the best. The best dive watches have thick markers so that there’s ample space for the pigment to shine on.

Water-proofing

The materials you should keep your eye out for are rubber, silicone, and stainless steel. Generally, nylon doesn’t work as it’s a fabric, but it can be treated to withstand water. Water-proof materials are great as they not only repel water, but they keep mud and dirt away too.

ISO Certification

If you want a device that’ll let you safely handle diving depths, it’ll need to be ISO 6425 certified. Most watches that are ISO certified come with ‘divers Xm’ on their dials.

Water-resistance Rating

If your watch is resistant up to 660 feet (200 meters), it needs to be ISO certified. But it can withstand 1000 feet (300 meters) or more, not be ISO certified and still be a great diving piece.

Helium Valves

When diving, air can get trapped in your watch. Helium valves release anything built up. You usually see the feature in more expensive watches.

Visibility

In general, dive watches have large dials to make them easier to read. But as you know, female dive watches don’t have large faces. A lady will have to look for a timepiece with a dial that has minimum clutter and large markers.

What’s the Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Dive Watches?

We had an expensive dive watch on our list – the Tag Heuer. More expensive ones usually handle the most depths. They are also built the best and have quality mechanisms. As you saw, the Aquaracer was the only timepiece with a sapphire window. It also had Super Luminova on its dial. However, the SKX013 had LumiBrite which is as good, even better.

Can You Go Deeper Than Specified?

If your watch says it’s resistant up to 660 feet (200 meters), don’t even think about going deeper. It wasn’t made to handle the pressures of such depths. Its seals would break and water would ruin its insides.

Final Thoughts

Finding the best women’s scuba diving watches is not hard. Many people think getting hold of women’s timepieces is a challenge, but we at Wrist Watch Pro have successfully done so multiple times, even for specific budgets.

It’s clear that the Tag Heuer Aquaracer deserved our number 1 spot – it looked the best, handled the most water, and was quite durable.

If you’re looking for more durable pieces, do check our Pinterest out!

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