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What Kind of Watch does Stephen Curry Wear

What Kind of Watch Does Stephen Curry Wear?

Stephen Curry, guard for the Golden State Warriors NBA team and two time league MVP,  is actually a bit of a watch collector.

The notoriously under-sized boy from Charlotte sprung out of his father’s (Dell Curry) footprints during the 2012-13 season with a record 272 three pointers made during the regular season. Steph has since shattered this record on several occasions and led the Warriors to NBA glory during the 2015, 2017 and 2018 seasons. He is a phenomenal talent that many now regard as the best shooter in NBA history. However, it wasn’t always this way, as the following short documentary shows his long term struggle to overcome his small stature. Give it a watch, it’s a great story of perseverance.

Steph Curry wears multiple watch brands ranging from high end Rolexes, to the more affordable Movado Museum Classic. With a $35 million salary (2018 Golden State), Steph can clearly afford to wear exclusively super high-end watches if he was so inclined, but we like that the family man mixes up his flashy watches with some simple, elegant and attainable timepieces.

Steph Curry’s Rolexes

Stephen has been spotted wearing various Rolexes. For the big occasions, he appears to prefer his impressive Rolex Deepsea diver. He wore this whilst accepting his MVP trophy in 2016 and when he met President Obama in 2015 through his charity efforts on fighting malaria. His Deepsea is a large 44mm steel oyster model featuring self winding calibre 3135 movement, patented scratch resistance Cerachrom unidirectional bezel with 60 min graduations, and a 70 hour power reserve. Make no mistake, this is a serious dive watch, but obviously also carries the elegance for occasions such as meeting the US President.

Stephen Curry Rolex Deepsea Dweller 666

Steph also owns a 40mm Everose Day-Date President he’s previously sported to some games.

Stephen Curry Rolex Day-Date

Steph Curry’s Movado Museum Classic

One of Steph’s more attainable, yet elegant timepieces is his Movado Museum Classic that he’s worn to post-game press conferences.

Stephen Curry Movado Museum Classic with Daughter

We find that Steph wearing a watch with a family friendly budget to a press conference where his daughter, Riley, stole the show to be quite fitting. The classy, yet relaxed Movado with a simple numberless blackface is dressed up with the goldtone hands and the signature dot at 12 o’clock. This watch suits Stephen Curry’s image perfectly.

We couldn’t let this opportunity slip to show you the video of Riley taking control of yet another press conference with her effortless charm:

You can grab yourself a Movado Museum Classic from Amazon below. Whilst we can’t guarantee it will help you become the next MVP, you can at least look the part.

 

Grab the Movado Museum Classic on Amazon

 

What Kind of Watch does Warren Buffett Wear

What Kind of Watch Does Warren Buffett Wear?

Warren Buffett, currently worth $90B and 3rd on Forbes rich list behind Jezz Bezos and friend Bill Gates, made his fortune by being an incredibly astute investor in various companies. Known for his frugal and practical nature despite his immense wealth, we’re naturally interested in type of watch the ‘Oracle from Omaha’ chooses to wear.

Warren Buffet wears a Gold Rolex Day Date

Known for buying hail damaged cars and driving them until they are “embarrassing”, and living in the same modest house he purchased in 1958 for $31,500 – partly because it’s only a 5 minute drive from his office. You’d almost expect Warren to be wearing a hand-me-down Casio.  Well, not quite. He’s actually very proud of his 18K gold Rolex Day Date and is often seen wearing, and even talking about it. Not in a bragging way, but in a way that backs up his investment principles. This is best illustrated by his quote: “Why not invest your assets in the companies you really like? As Mae West said, ‘Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Word has it that he tried to purchase the Rolex company from the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. A clear indicator in that he doesn’t just love his watch, but sees significant value in the Rolex brand.

 

Whether we’re talking about socks or stocks, I like buying quality merchandise when it is marked down.

Warren Buffett

 

The Rolex Day Date in 18K Gold

Certainly not exactly a watch for the masses with a current price tag of $27,948.95, the 18K Rolex Day Date is not overly flashy either. Known for its classic, timeless elegance, the Rolex Day Date is perhaps the most instantly recognizable watch in the world.

The most popular size of the Rolex Day Date is the 36mm, but you can certainly go bigger with a 40mm models. As the name suggests, the Day Date features the full day name on the dial, along with the date at 3 o’clock. Today, the movement is controlled by Rolex’s Calibre 3255, with self-winding mechanical movement offering superb precision, power reserve and resistance to shocks and magnetism.

Given Warren’s appetite for a good deal, perhaps today he’d be looking for a pre-owned watch like this one which retails for Out of stock, significantly less than the retail price of a new Rolex.

Warren Buffett Rolex Day Date Gold

 

 

Check out the Rolex Day Date Gold on Amazon

 

What Kind of Watch does Bernie Sanders Wear

What Kind of Watch Does Bernie Sanders Wear?

Bernie Sanders, the United States Senator for Vermont raised to fame during the 2016 Presidential election when he eventually lost out to the Democratic nomination for US President to Hillary Clinton.

Known for his strong stance against corporate greed in applying his interpretation of democratic socialism, Sanders rallied a vocal fan-base that continued to find support after the 2016 presidential nomination defeat. Given his strong political views on the influence of corporations and role of social welfare, we thought it would be interesting to find out what watch the Senator chooses to wear.

Bernie Sanders wears a Citizen Eco-Drive

If you were expecting Bernie to wear something super flashy, expensive or exclusive, you’d be rather disappointed as this would definitely run against his public image – which is clearly very important to a politician. Instead, the Citizen Eco-Drive is mostly known for being super practical in that its quartz movement derives its power from the sun (or other light sources), giving it a fantastic power reserve of roughly 6 months after only a couple of days of normal wear.

The stainless steel dress watch is 39mm wide, with a black face, three hand functions, date function at 3 o’clock and water resistance rated to 30m – but certainly don’t take it diving (check out our guide to dive watches for this). Citizen has done a really good job of marketing their watch to the “everyday man” since their founding in 1930’s, something Bernie is no doubt aware of when choosing this watch as it fits his political profile perfectly. The Eco-Drive technology pioneered by Citizen does mean that Bernie can campaign without ever having to worry about changing his watch battery (unlike Donald Trump’s largely ill-received foray into watch manufacturing).

Bernie Sanders Citizen Eco-Drive

The model that Bernie wears (BM0910-57E) is hard to find for retail purchase today. But, that doesn’t really matter as we prefer the style and sleekness of the titanium version of the eco-drive. Both versions of the watch are affordable and stay true to Bernie’s “everyday” appeal.

 

Get your Citizen Eco Drive from Amazon

 

Our Picks for the Best Watch Repair Kits

Best Watch Repair Kits

Watch repair kits have proliferated onto the scene in recent years, allowing home enthusiasts and wannabe watchmakers access to whole new world of tinkering opportunity. But with so many options, the question remains, what is the best watch repair kit for you?

But before diving into some watch kits, it’s important to take a step back and ask yourself whether you really need a fully fledged kit, or whether you really just need one or two pieces first and then start building your own kit.

 

Watch repair kit vs Buying tools as needed

This is generally the first question you should be asking yourself. Are you really just trying to fix the problem you have now, or do you actually want to have that 18+ piece kit handy in case of future emergencies. You might be better off in the long run by slowly building your high quality, bespoke kit if right now you really just want to remove a link or two from your bracelet.

Also, before embarking on a mad scientist type experiment with an expensive watch, ask yourself how much do you care about the watch you are DIY repairing. It will hurt a lot less if your repairs to a $50 Casio don’t got as planned than botching up that antique Rolex Submariner that’s stopped ticking.

The pros and cons of each option are listed below:

Watch repair kits

Many pieces in one kit

cheaper than buying individually

Generally lower quality

Best for light users

Individual Tools

NEED to buy each Tool

Higher cost

Generally higher quality

Best for everyday or heavy use

 

Heck, if you just want to change the battery once every couple of years, you’re most likely better off financially (and with less headache) just going to your local jeweler and have them change it for you. But, you most likely wouldn’t be reading this post if you didn’t want to get your hands dirty and start tinkering with your watch collection.

 

Is your watch still under warranty?

An important point here, as just like jailbreaking your iPhone, opening up your watch will most likely result in voiding your manufacturers warranty. You’ve been warned! Now, with that out of the way, let’s get to the kits.

 

What should your watch repair kit include?

Your budget, short and long term requirements should dictate the quality of kit and how many tools you realistically need. The following tools are common in good quality kits:

  1. Range of small screwdrivers (1.00mm, 1.40mm & 2.00mm)
  2. Spring bar removal tool
  3. Case wrench – for opening cases. The size of the wrench will dictate the size of the case it can open. If you have a large watch case (34mm+), you’ll generally need to make sure the included wrench is large enough.
  4.  Case knife – for opening dust proof cases
  5. Watch link remover tool
  6. Tweezers
  7. Pliers
  8. Polishing cloth
  9. Carrying bag – Easy to overlook, but you’ll definitely loose some of these small tools if you don’t keep them in a dedicated, well organised bag.

 

Our best watch repair kit picks

We’ve chosen the following 3 watch repair kits based on price, quality and user reviews:

Ohuhu Professional 147 PCS Watch Kit

Price 

$16.99


Includes

- Adjustable case opener

- 18x adjustable case opener pins

- Watch case opener knife

- Stainless steel tweezer

- Spring bar tool (& 2 spare tips)

- 108x watch strap spring pins

- Hammer

- Link remover (incl 3 spare pins and 2 spare gold pins)

- Watch case holder (10-45mm)

- 3x screwdrivers

- Carry Case


Best for

This 141 piece entry level kit is great for those that are making their first foray into watch repairing and want a kit with all of the essentials. 

EzTool Professional Watch Repair Kit

Price

$23.87


Includes

 - Extra large (up to 58mm) 3-point jaxa case wrench opener

- Watch link remover tool

- 3x pin-punch

-Hammer

- Pliers

- Spring bar removal tool

- Band holder

- 5x screwdrivers

-Tweezers

- Case pry

- Carry case


Best for

Large watch cases and handy 41 page illustrated guide makes it easy to hit the ground running and make repairs straight away.

Stago Deluxe Watch Repair Tool Kit

Price
$46.97


Includes

Adjustable case opener (up to 38mm)

- 18x adjustable case opener pins

- 3 in 1 screwdriver

- 4x mini pliers

- 90x Watch Strap Spring Pins

- Small Hammer

- Watch Case Knife

- Watch case Holder

- Watch Band Link Remover (incl 3 extra pins)

- 3x Slotted Screwdrivers

- Carry case


Best for

This sturdy 141 piece tool kit offers all the tools you could want as a novice watch repairer in a nicely designed carry bag. 

 

Got some other kit/tool suggestions for tinkering with your watch collection? We’d love to hear your choices in the comments below. Happy repairing!

 

 

What Kind of Watch does Bill Gates Wear

What Kind of Watch Does Bill Gates Wear?

Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and the second richest man in the world (behind Jeff Bezos, but still in front of long time friend Warren Buffett) wears a remarkably modest watch.

Gates is also well known for his many philanthropic endeavors. In fact, one of the primary reasons he is no longer the richest man in the world is because he has chosen to give away a substantial part of his fortune. He, along with Warren Buffet, also influenced many other mega-rich celebrities and entrepreneurs to donate at least half of their wealth through “the Giving Pledge”. Well played Mr Gates.

Given Mr Gates’ wealth, you’d possibly expect him to be sporting a super exclusive Rolex, Omega or similar. But no, fitting with Mr Gates’ rather conservative lifestyle, he opts to wear what he calls a “$10 watch”. This $10 watch is actually a Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV, and whilst it is certainly an inexpensive watch, you may have to pay a little more than the $10 quoted by Bill (check Amazon for current price).

Check out the video below by Politico where when asked whether the watch he is wearing is similar to a medical watch he is currently speaking about, Bill responds with “no, this is a $10 watch.”

The Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV

Certainly a relatively humble watch for a man of Bill’s stature, the Casio Illuminator W214H-1AV is a digital watch with a 45 mm plastic case and silicon band. The Japanese manufactured Casio is water resistant to 50m and has quartz based movement. Digital features include 3 countdown dials, stopwatch and alarm. For a cheaper watch, it’s certainly well built and durable. Given many ultra-rich decide to show off their wealth with flashy, expensive watches, it’s refreshing that all fans of Bill Gates can “be like Bill” with a very affordable Casio.

 

Bill Gates Wears a Casio W214H-1AV

 

Get your own Casio Illuminator from Amazon

 

The Casio Quartz Diver 200m WR

Clearly a Casio fanboy, Bill has also been spotted wearing another affordable timepiece, the Casio Quartz Diver 200m WR. This dive watch features Japanese Quartz movement, unidirectional bezel (a key feature for a quality diving watch), stainless steel case and a resin band. The face has a black background with white display for markers for the hour indices and bezel markers. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock, includes a screw down crown and is rated to 200m water resistance.

This is a homage watch to the much more expensive and iconic Rolex Submariner and is a very practical watch for those on a budget, but still expect to get wet from time to time and want a durable watch that won’t break under the stresses of an active lifestyle. Whilst more than $10, few would argue that this watch is out of character with Bill’s preference for functionality over glamour. An affordable watch for the most active keyboard warriors, this would be our choice when emulating the style and philosophy of a man worth 90+ Billion.

 

Bill Gates Wears a Casio Diver 200m WR

 

Grab a Casio Diver from Amazon

 

What kind of watch does Terry Crews wear in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a popular US sitcom that spices up the regular “cop-show” format with easy watching humor led by Andy Sandberg’s character Jake Peralta. Jake’s good, but often naive intentions land him and his precinct in difficult, and humorous, situations. The show has received praise (and awards) for the way they blend current social issues into the story line, such as the Captain Holt’s sexuality.

Terry Crews (Jeffords) Luminox Navy Seal Colormark

Terry Crews plays Terry Jeffords, a Detective Sergeant with a hard-ass appearance, but has recently become well acquainted with his softer side after being taken off field duty following the birth of his twin daughters. Terry has an annoying habit of referring to himself in the third person, but this gentle giant makes up for it with his leadership and support of his team through thick and thin.

Terry wears a Luminox Navy Seal Colormark throughout the series. Given his bulky, muscular stature, and need to be ready for whatever life as a cop throws at him, the Luminox Navy Seal is a solid choice. With Swiss quartz movement, this watch features a black dial, black unidirectional bezel with white contrasting bezel markers, white hour markers and date displayed at 3 o’clock.  The 200m water resistance is rather expected given the “Navy Seal” model, and whilst I can’t recall an episode where Terry needs to hunt any criminals underwater, he can if duty calls!

 

I need to eat 10,000 calories a day to maintain muscle mass!

Terry Jeffords, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 

Check out some of Terry’s finer moments in the mashup below:

 

Luminox Navy Seal Colormark Rating

 

Buy the Luminox Navy Seal on Amazon

 

Best Dive Watches for 2019 Revealed

Best Dive Watches for 2019

Scuba diving is testament to mankind’s ingenuity in overcoming natural barriers, and dive watches are one of the best examples this. Combining precise engineering and looks into an accessory for an activity that humans shouldn’t really be doing is why dive watches have a soft spot in our hearts here at WKOW. So, if you’re thinking about purchasing a dive watch for that 2019 holiday, or potentially saving for that splurge watch, this guide will definitely point you in the right direction without getting your feet wet.

The main functions of a high-quality dive watch is to allow scuba divers to keep a record on the dive time, under pressure, by using a rotating (or analog) bezel that allows the wearer to pre-select a period of time up to 60 minutes. This allows the wearer to understand their dive time, and then calculate maximum dive time before hazardous gases build up in their blood system. Diving is by its a nature a risky sport, so the last thing you want to be worrying about is whether your dive watch is going to give way mid-dive, leaving you more vulnerable than is necessary. This is where technical specifications and user reviews come into play.

The robustness of a watch will be tested underwater. Yes, you’ve got additional pressure from water above, but watches also get banged around a lot whilst diving. This can be from rocks, coral, your own tank/gear and even fine sea particles such as sand and seaweed can play havoc to the durability of a dive watch.

We all love a sexy design, but don’t just base your decision on looks. Instead, make sure the watch has the features you’re going to use the most. This doesn’t mean you need to go for the highest-price watch simply because it has the most features. If you aren’t going to use the feature, you’re basically adding extra expense for no benefit.

I personally perform a simple design when I’m diving because I don’t want to be wasting my dive time playing around with features, dials and buttons. This is time I can spend hanging out with my dorsal appendaged friends. That said, we’ve included a range of watches for different budgets, styles and preferences in the round up of our 7 favorite dive watches below:

Seiko Prospex Padi Solar

Depth Rating: 656 ft

Price: $442.42
Best for: Value conscious without compromising on quality

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Depth Rating: 2000 ft
Price: $5,170.00

Best for: Sticklers for precise chronometer movement and classic designs

Rolex Submariner

Depth Rating: 1000 ft
Price: $8,995.00

Best for: Wearers of iconic, durable and timeless dive accessories

 

1. Seiko Prospex Padi Solar

Depth Rating

656 ft

Case diameter

44 mm

Price

$

Overall rating

4.9

This is one of the most affordable watches on our list, but this doesn’t come at a big compromise on style or performance. The lower price point and more casual look of this watch has allowed it to attract the eye of many divers. The solar quartz movement with a long power reserve means this watch will keep you under the water with a minimum of maintenance and stress.

These Padi licensed watches are water resistant up to 200m (656 ft), made of stainless steel and the overall look of the watch is quite appealing with a smaller form factor than some of the more bulkier dive watches on the market.

The word Prospex implies professional specifications and these watches don’t disappoint the budget conscious diver that also needs precise engineering. With a lower price point, you’d be forgiven for splurging a little more on that new Go Pro you’ve been eyeing…

Buy Seiko Prospex Padi Solar on Amazon

 

2. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Depth Rating

2000 ft

Case diameter

42 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.8

The Omega Seamaster has experienced a resurgence in popularity ever since Pierce Brosnan wore a Seamaster Professional in Goldeneye . But even before this, the Omega Seamaster has been a long time favorite of water sport aficionados, with the rivalry between Omega and Rolex pushing advancements in underwater watch technology and design. The following video shows a detailed history of the Seamaster Planet Ocean, featuring the old and newer designs – it’s beautifully shot too!

Where this watch really departs from its predecessors is the technology and associated attention to detail. They’ve removed the satin aluminium bezel inserts and replaced with scratch resistant ceramic inserts. And, perhaps the biggest improvement to design is the use of liquid metal, rather than traditional casting and subsequent machining. This produces a very precise, strong and corrosion resistant watch.

This level of engineering finds it’s way throughout the entire watch, including the movement system.  Powered by the Omega 8500 caliber Co-Axial based automatic movement which has been widely regarded as a robust and precise movement system. This watch is a true competitor and alternative to the Rolex Submariner.

One of the main drawbacks of the new Planet Ocean’s technology is that they are a few millimeters thicker. This has left some enthusiasts shaking their head as one of the Seamaster’s long running standout trait’s has been it’s slim, elegant design. This watch has been known to actually feel thicker than it is.

The bold design with broad arrow hands and gloss dials, works effortlessly with the well proportioned, precise engineering contained within this iconic and practical watch that James Bond still wears to this day. This watch is definitely one to consider if you have the budget and want a stylish, practical and superbly engineered dive watch.

Buy Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean on Amazon

 

3. Tudor Pelagos Blue

Depth Rating

1650 ft

Case diameter

42 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.8

Next on our list of best dive watches for 2019 is the Tudor Pelagos Titanium dive watch. Tudor is a sister company to Rolex – both are owned by the Hans Wildorf Foundation, so it’s no surprise that this watch follows in the footsteps of the Rolex Submariner. We’ve chosen to feature the blue version of the watch, as we’ve fallen in love with the vibrancy and deepness of this blue backing. Check out the brilliant blue color in the video below:

This Swiss made watch with automatic hand movement has been gaining in popularity with divers since the Pelagos’ rebirth in 2012. Because this watch is made of titanium, it is lighter than it’s stainless steel counterparts, which is a great feature if you plan on this watch being your everyday watch too. The titanium watch and bracelet have a brushed finished, which makes it stand out from a traditionally high-polished finish of a stainless steel and tends to hide scratches very well.

In 2015, Tudor introduced it’s own revamped movement system, the MT56 12 with a 70 hour power reserve. The saphire crystal is completely flat, eliminating any distortion that a raised crystal provides, which is a handy underwater feature. The build quality can be felt and heard in the click of the bezel as you move it.

The Tudor Pelagos is much more than a “cheaper” version of it’s big brother, Rolex. The titanium build provides a sophisticated , lightweight alternative to a Submariner or Planet Ocean and is very worthy of at least adding to your shortlist. At least try and check out the brilliant blue version of this watch as we’ve found it to be very striking, whilst remaining elegant for those dinner occasions.

Buy Tudor Pelagos Blue on Amazon

 

4. Rolex Submariner

Depth Rating

1000 ft

Case diameter

40 mm

Price

$$$

Overall rating

4.6

Rolex has followed diving technology ever since aqua lungs were invented and revolutionized the depths humans could explore. The Submariner was invented shortly after, with it’s iconic status cemented by Sean Connery wearing one in the first Bond film, Dr No.

There are two main versions of the Submariner; with and without a date plus magnifier. The non-date version costs about $1,000 less and is arguably the more popular of the two. It was also the original as the date version only came in later.

Featuring a 40mm wide case crafted from a single block of a corrosive-resistant 904L steel, and a turning bezel made from Cerachom (a type of ceramic) which makes it extremely resistant to scratching, fading and corrosion. The movement is controlled by the in-house Rolex Calibre 3130. An important visual and functional feature is the winding crown, which closes much like a submarine latch.

This video shows the beauty of the Submariner close up in all it’s beauty:

The Submariner isn’t just renowned by divers, or for precise engineering. It redefined what it meant to own a prestige watch. You certainly do pay a premium for the Rolex brand, but in return, you know you’re getting an incredibly engineered watch that will last for many years, is universally loved and admired. Indeed, a significant factor for many in purchasing this watch is for the status, announcing to the world that you’ve made it. Don’t let this fool you though, the Submariner is a serious dive watch and definitely worth considering.

Buy Rolex Submariner on Amazon

 

5. TAG Heuer Aquaracer

Depth Rating

1000 ft

Case diameter

41 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.4

The TAG Heuer Aquaracer is another diving watch with an interesting history. The Aquaracer has evolved from the  Heuer 2000 which came out in 1982. Tag Heuer have used this time to add various features, whilst retaining the original elegance and style.

The 41 mm case features alternating polished and brushed stainless steel, bringing a casual elegance to this watch. The biggest change in recent years has been the addition of the ceramic bezel. Similar to Rolex’s Submariner and Omega’s Planet Ocean, the ceramic bezel allows the watch to take an absolute beating without scratching, fading or corroding. This is a massive feature for dive watches given that it’s very common to bang your hands on all sorts of rocks, corals, sand and other general underwater hazards whilst diving. But, the Aquaracer is considerably more affordable than a Submariner or Planet Ocean, making it a great entry-level dive watch for collectors and wearers.

The Aquaracer comes in both chronograph (three-counter calibre 16 movement) and automatic (Calibre 5) models. The chronograph models are generally around $1,000 more than the automatic models. Both models are quality, durable dive watches.

Check out this detailed review on the Aquaracer below – FWIW, I don’t think this watch deserves any hate!

What I like a lot about the Aquaracer is that it doesn’t try and be a Submariner clone. It is bold and unique in its own right. Go elsewhere for a Submariner clone. Choose a Tag Heuer Aquaracer if you want an extremely durable Swiss-engineered dive watch that has many of the features that rival its more expensive counterparts.

Buy TAG Heuer Aquaracer on Amazon

 

6. Oris Titanium Divers

Depth Rating

3280 ft

Case diameter

49 mm

Price

$$

Overall rating

4.5

Oris, a Swiss watchmaker that was once more widely known for it’s alarm clocks than watches has been producing high quality dive watches since the 2006 Carlos Coste Limited Edition Chronograph. We’ve chosen the titanium version of the Oris Diver collection because the watch is on the chunky side and we love how lightweight this watch is. It’s actually a little deceiving when you first pick it up – as given it’s size you’d expect it to be heavier.

The 49mm case is the largest in our roundup of favorite watches for 2019, so it’s definitely one you’d want to put on your wrist before buying. Other notable features are the ceramic unidirectional bezel which is great for resisting scratches and bumps, anti-reflective sapphire window and a date window at 6 O’clock. Aesthetically, the subtle waves behind the dial give it a smooth look against black face and the luminous indicators work well at night.

This watch definitely makes a statement, and whilst it may not have the same branding appeal as a Rolex or Omega, it is definitely one to look out for if you prefer slightly larger watches that won’t weigh you down. We’ve seen some good deals on these watches too, so don’t be afraid to shop around.

 

Buy Oris Titanium Divers on Amazon

 

7. Victorinox Dive Master 500

Depth Rating

1640 ft

Case diameter

43 mm

Price

$

Overall rating

4.4

Victorinox’s move into higher end watches has given consumers the option of a well engineered, durable, sporty watch at a price point which is more affordable to most of us. Indeed, this is one of the least expensive quartz based dive watches that is rated to 500m water resistance.

The simple, practical design performs very well under low light conditions, with bold, luminous hands, hour markers and graduations on the unidirectional stainless steel bezel. Bezel movement is met with solid, deep clicks – something that is often missing in less expensive dive watches. The date function features a magnified display for easy reading.

This watch should be on your radar if you want a practical dive watch rated to 500m, but aren’t prepared to fork out thousands more for brand or prestige appeal. It is a very good watch for the price and worthy of consideration.

Buy Victorinox Dive Master 500 on Amazon
 

What’s your pick for dive watches to consider for 2019? Feel like we’ve left out some worthy tool watches? Let us know in the comments below. Happy diving!